The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Elks BPO Cozad Lodge 2250 was approved for a special designated liquor license for Friday, June 10, 2016 from 5 – 10 p.m. at the Cozad Municipal Airport in conjunction with the air show events that evening.
Approval was given for Mayor Nancy Meyer’s appointments to the following commissions and boards:
Planning Commission: Kim Sassali will replace Heidi Bazata (June 2019); Tim Williams will replace Ron Olds (June 2017) and Garnold Kreft will renew his term (June 2019)
Board of Public Works: Alan Clark is renewing his term (June 2020)
Board of Parks Commission: Brian Regelin, Betty Proctor and Darrel Francescato all renewing their terms (June 2019
An ordinance amending and adding provisions regarding truck routes to the Municipal Code was introduced. The ordinance will include designating routes and repealing any conflicts.
Concern has been expressed about heavy traffic from trucks traveling at inappropriate speeds through downtown Cozad on 8th Street. Not only is it hard on the street, but also it is feared that a pedestrian or someone getting into their vehicle may be struck and injured or killed.
It is proposed that Section 5-204: Truck Routes be changed to the following: It shall be unlawful to operate upon any street or alley in the City of Cozad, Nebraska, except those streets and alleys hereinafter designated as a “Truck Route”, any Semi Tract Truck with Trailer attached or unattached, Trucks with bed or boxes that exceed nine (9’) Feet in length or more, including agricultural and industrial equipment exceeding 10,000 pounds gross weight.
It shall not be unlawful for the following vehicles to operate upon any street or alley in the City of Cozad, Nebraska: emergency vehicles, vehicles being used for the purpose of delivering or collecting goods, wares, merchandise, vehicles being directly used for building, repair, service, moving operations, vehicles being used to obtain materials or making repairs while dealing with regularly established businesses or equipment related thereto, vehicles being driven directly to the residence of the owner of the same and by only the shortest route from the nearest truck route.
The following streets are hereby designated as “Truck Routes”:
a.All Federal and State Highways passing through the Corporate City Limits, including Highway #30 and Highway #21.
b.8th Street from F Street to the East City Limits.
c.Newell Street from 8th Street to 24th Street.
d.24th Street from Newell Street to 0 Street.
e.0 Street from 24th Street to 2nd Street.
f.2nd Street from 0 Street to Highway #21.
Trucks shall not be allowed for any purposed whatsoever on 8th Street from highway #30 to F Street.
If a revised ordinance is passed, the Nebraska Department of Roads will need to approve signage designating said streets as “Truck Routes” or restricting Truck Traffic altogether to be erected upon or at the entrances to such affected highway/street or parts thereof as affected as may be most appropriate. The city will be responsible for the cost of the signs.
The ordinance was tabled with revisions to be made prior to the next council meeting.
Approval was given to the Wilson Public Library Board for their proposed updates for job descriptions for Library Director, Assistant Library Director, Youth Director, Library Aide and Student Aide, cleaning Personnel as well as staff expectations and a list of cleaning duties.
Under reports, Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported his department had been repairing pipes on 11th and 14th streets and that the four-inch pipes have been installed for the splash pad at Candy Cane Park.
Lights Commissioner Britt German and his crew have been keeping busy reading meters in the municipality.
Parks & Streets Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that water has been turned on in all of the parks and that his department is working on controlling the infestation of dandelions. Cozad Telephone Company will be installing electrical boxes in the picnic shelters and work on the splash pad is progressing at a good pace.
Police Chief Randy Adams is still working on the body cameras and taser training has been scheduled for his officers.
The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.