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Construction trailers could be allowed on city streets

Contractors wanting to park construction trailers on city streets may soon have that opportunity.

At their July 8 meeting, the Gothenburg City Council members discussed—but took no action— on an ordinance that would allow contractors to violate legislation that bans all unattached trailers from city streets.

Police Chief Randy Olson said having trailers in front of work sites is the norm for contractors.

“This would allow them to violate the ordinance for a certain time,” Olson said.

Under the proposed ordinance, trailers would have to be used for construction and left unattached on the street from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or at a particular site for less than 10 days.

Trailers would not be allowed to be parked in front of a contractor’s house on a permanent basis during the day.

A city permit would be needed to park an unattached trailer on a street that would need approval by Olson or a designee.

On another matter, the council authorized Mayor Joyce Hudson to enter into a contract with Tillotson Enterprises of Kearney to spray a special coating on the steel roof of the city shop.

The cost is $30,096 and includes a 12-year, leak-free labor and materials warranty.

Leakage during heavy rains has been an issue since the facility was built, city officials said.

Resident Dennis Meredith will get six more weeks to complete the siding of his home at 123 Fifth St.

Meredith was given 90 more days in early April to show substantial progress with the construction project and said, at the meeting, that he’s been working on the home and hopes to have all the metal attached in a couple of weeks.

“It’s just me and another guy,” he said about the work.

He was issued a building permit in 2005 for the project which, under city law, requires that work must be finished within 18 months of issuance.

If not, the city can charge violators $100 per day plus court costs.

Meredith said he wants to put a porch on the building and will file for another building permit.

The council decided to give Meredith more time to complete the work minus the addition of the porch.

On an unrelated matter, two other city residents, who attended the council meeting, must remove a tree in front of their home at 1703 Lake Ave.

The tree, which is in city right of way, was declared a nuisance and Delmar and Carol Brass were asked to remove it.

City administrator Bruce Clymer said the tree has a lot of dead branches and brings about potential danger to property or people the way it leans.

“If it fell over and hurt someone, both you and the city would have potential liability,” Clymer said.

Delmar asked if he could have a branch removed from the silver maple instead but council president Jeff Kennedy said, because of the decay inside, that wouldn’t work.

“Silver maples are poor quality and don’t have a lot of strength,” Kennedy said.

Delmar then asked why he had to pay for the removal of the tree if it was on city property.

City attorney Mike Bacon said the homeowner planted the tree.

The couple was given until Aug. 21 to remove the tree. If they don’t, city workers will remove the tree and the cost will be tacked on to their taxes.

In other action, the council hired local attorney Steve Vinton as city prosecutor. The city’s long-time prosecutor, Willard Weinhold of Lexington, is retiring.

approved a resolution to enter into an interlocal cooperation agreement with the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance and appointed Clymer to serve on the board of directors.

granted a request to close 27th Street from Lake Avenue to Avenue M for a Pony Express Road Race to raise money for indoor cycling bikes at the Wellness Center.

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