A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Cozad, Nebraska was held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 18th, 2014, at the City Office Building.
Cozad Boy Scout Gage Sutherland led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jason Headley, representing Dollar General, appeared before the council and reported that he had met with the Cozad Planning Commission on the preliminary and final plat of Dollar General Addition earlier in the day. This is a replat of part of Tract 14, South Addition to the City of Cozad.
Headley noted that the new Dollar General will be 8,000 square feet and similar to the one built in Holdrege, Nebraska.
All guidelines have been met, but Headley fielded questions from the council members and commissioners.
Commissioner Dallas Nichols requested that the water and sewer lines be tapped prior to the ground being filled and leveled. This will be added to the building permit.
When asked for a completion time, Headley replied: “After ground breaking, the new Dollar General Store should be up in four months.”
The council members unanimously agreed to issue to the building permit.
A request was considered for a special designated application by McFarland Family Farms, LLC for the September 18th, 2014 grand opening of Flowers at 826 Meridian in Cozad. The event will be from 4–10 p.m. Approval was granted to recommend approval to the NLCC.
The claims were approved, excluding none.
Under reports, Commissioner Nichols is receiving quotes to upgrade the SCADA system.
Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that Steve Comfort tested the wells at the dump, which is necessary to receive grant money from UNL.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom is completing the yearly strategic plan that is required to receive accreditation. When finished, the plan will be made available to council members and the Wilson Public Library Board.
The Wilson Foundation has voted to present a second “Make Your Mark” award this year, with the recipient to be surprised with the presentation of the award.
Yocom reminded the council that a book signing by former Cozad resident Holly (Kostman) Mthethwa would take place on Friday September 5th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the library.
Beginning on Saturday, September 20, WPL employee Vickie Gilbert will be presenting a Saturday Story Time. This will continue every 3rd Saturday of the month.
Police Chief Randy Adams reported that they have been towing vehicles that are not moved after 10 days of receiving notice. Vehicles receive a bright orange tag on the 9th day and are towed on the 10th day.
City Clerk Susan Kloepping noted that discussions have begun with RTSD (Railroad Transportation Safety District) on a possible pedestrian overpass as requested by Cozad resident John Shepard.
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Cozad City Council will be on Monday, September 8th, 2014, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the City Office Building Council Chambers.