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The North Platte City Council approved a new ordinance for above-ground storage of flammable liquids, changed the way warrants are paid to contractors and authorized a supplemental agreement on a Federal Funds Purchase Program, regarding bridge projects.

Seven council members were present with Jim Carman absent.

The council approved a change in ordinances , requiring above-ground fuel tanks to be double walled, with an outer shell surrounding the inner tank that holds the liquids. This eliminates the need for secondary containments to be built around the tanks.

The council suspended the three-reading rule and approved the change unanimously on this, the second reading. On the first reading May 6, Fire Marshal George Lewis said the change will improve safety, is approved by the EPA, and the space between the inner and outer shells is monitored electronically for leaks and other hazards.

The council decided to finalize it on the second reading because there had been no negative feedback from either the fire marshal or the public

Approved a resolution allowing the mayor to sign a Federal Funds Purchase Program supplemental agreement, will provides for the state to purchase, at a discount, the city’s share of certain surface transportation funds and highway bridge program funds.

The federal government passed legislation eliminating the highway bridge program and did not provide an alternative source of funds for bridge replacement, rehabilitation or maintenance. This resolution authorizes an agreement that for the re-creation of bridge funds by apportioning and assigning other federal funds to bridge funding. According to City Engineer Tom Werblow this action was more or less non-negotiable and this resolution clears the way to keep bridge projects funded.

City Administrator Jim Hawks said it would not change or eliminate any planned projects.


• Approved 7-0 Ordinance #3874 providing for the registration and issuance of warrants. This action was to ensure warrants are issued and registered in compliance with relevant statutes and Internal Revenue Codes. It should help speed up the process by which warrants are paid to contractors.

• Agreed to move the June 18 council meeting from its regularly scheduled time of 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to eliminate conflicts with some NebraskaLand Days events.

• Authorized the sale of surplus vehicles at the next police impoundment auction, to be held in the fall.

• Approved application by Smoker Friendly/T&D Liquors for a permit on June 22 for a product tasting.

• Approved a permit by Charles M. Burklund/The Pocket for permits for a music series to be held on June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Fort Cody Trading Post.

• Send application of Alfredo Ponce as liquor manager at Margarita’s Family Mexican Restaurant to the Liquor Commission with no recommendation.

• Approved the mayor’s re-appointment to the Cody Scout Commission.

• Approved mayor’s re-appointment of Stephen Granger and Kaycee Anderson to the Historic Preservation Board.

• Approved mayor’s re-appointments of Marilyn McGahan, Terri Burchell and Pete Volz to the planning commission.

• Accepted bids and awarded contract for water extension district #260 (Bryan Ave. from 15th to 16th St.) to Cement Products Inc. in the amount of $32,259.25 and authorized the mayor to sign the contract.

• Accepted bids and awarded contract for street improvement district #296 (Community Development Block Grant project for 18th St. and Cody Ave.) to Cement Products Inc. in the amount of $302,545.93 and authorized Mayor to sign the contract.

• Accepted certificate of completion and assessment schedule for sanitary sewer extension district #344 (at Bicentennial Ave. continuing east and parallel to lots 1&2 Yoshida subdivision) and set the Board of Equalization meeting for June 18.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/25/2013
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