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Public hearings top city council agenda

New convenience and fuel store granted liquor licenses.

Three public hearings kicked off the June 25 meeting of the Gothenburg City Council.

The first two dealt with the approval of liquor license hearings for new businesses in town—Cubby’s II Express and Cubby’s II Truck Plaza.

After closing the public hearing, council members approved both applications which means that both businesses, the former I-80 Pit Stop and Plaza Shell, can sell beer, wine and spirits.

Cubby’s Express is the former Shell Plaza on the west side of Highway 47 (416 Platte River Drive)while the truck plaza is on east side of the highway and used to be I-80 Pit Stop.

Cubby’s Inc. bought the businesses from Dean and Linda Goad earlier this month.

Following the third public hearing, the council gave their approval to continue application for $150,000 in Community Development Block Grants.

If granted, the money will provide $25,000 for each of five homes to be rehabilitated if owners meet income and other guidelines.

Additionally, $25,000 could be available to demolish two non-commercial structures.

Mayor Joyce Hudson was authorized to sign documents pertaining to the owner-occupied housing grants.

In other action, the council passed a resolution to sell city property (airport land) to Central Nebraska Seed & Chemical on which part of their building is located.

CNS&C leases the property from the airport and the city owns the airport ground.

In return, the business will sell a tract of land west of its building to the city.

The properties are of equal size and valued at about $5,000.

In actuality, city officials said itwill be more of a property trade but the city cannot just sell land without offering it for bid.

On another matter, council members discussed the need for repairs of the roof covering the city maintenance facility.

City services director Shane Gruber said they’ve experienced issues with leaks during heavy rains since the facility was built.

Gruber proposed spraying a special coating on the steel roof by Tillotson Enterprises of Kearney at a cost of either $30,096 or $26,864 (depending on which estimate the council chooses).

Clymer said the city has $48,000 in the budget that could be used to pay for the service.

The council tabled the decision until the July 8 meeting.

In other business, the council:

authorized the mayor to sign a Nebraska Community Energy Alliance Interlocal Cooperation agreement so District 20 can get a grant-funded electric car. The grant is through the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund and the city had to make application for the grant.

approved an agreement with Miller & Associates Consulting Engineers of Kearney for someone to oversee the construction phase of Lake Helen at an hourly fee not to exceed a total cost of $35,000.

gave the okay to a facility recovery agreement with Horvarth Towers which recently installed a cell tower on the west edge of town. The city has installed power to the tower at a cost of $5,430.

The agreement states that the company will pay 75% of the cost which is $4,073.

gave the First Baptist Church permission to close 15th Street, between Lake Avenue and Avenue F, for a portion of the day on Aug. 3 for a church service, community lunch, activities for kids and a car show.

changed the dates of July meetings from the first and third Tuesday to the second and fourth Tuesday to insure there’s a quorum to do business. The council will meet July 8 and 22.

gave the Gothenburg Improvement Company the go-ahead to detonate fireworks during a community celebration Wednesday (today). The date falls within guidelines to permit fireworks in town but approval is needed for a public display.

learned that voting for west ward voters will move from city hall to the United Methodist Church.

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