City Council Approves Street Plan
February 17, 2021
The Sidney City Council met Feb. 9 with councilman Joe Arterburn meeting via Zoom.
The agenda included a public hearing on the City's One and Six-year Street Improvement Plan. Street Superintendent Hank Radke said one of the projects is 13th Avenue from the new concrete south to north of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossing. The City's road plans also include the 17J link park of US Highway 385 work. The City's share of the cost is about $2.4 million, 20 percent of the cost.
The plan was approved with a 5-0 vote.
Don Dye of MC Schaff met with the council. Dye said he conducted the traffic study on the intersection of Fort Sidney Road and Pole Creek Road. He said he focused on four warrants, or standards, to assess the intersection. One of the warrants was an eight-hour volume study.
“There wasn't an hour we met the warrant,”Dye said.
Mayor Roger Gallaway asked if the rail on the west walkway guard could be removed. Dye said there is a strong possibility removing the guard rail between the road the pedestrian walkway. Aarterburn referenced a question from a resident about setting a four-way stop. Dye said previous studies do not support a four-way stop. Dye said there were three accidents in the previous four years that would have been correctable by a traffic control device. Installing a traffic light would cost the City about $250,000.
The Council also approved manager applications of David W. Staab for High Plains Pizza Hut, Inc., Joseph D. Gorman for Dude's Steak House & Brandin' Iron Bar/Lounge, and Jason J. Schmunk for Sonny's Super Foods.
The council also discussed and approved granting the landfill an annual burn permit. Supervisor Dean Sterling said the burn would be for trees and brush. The annual permission is because weather can change in the time it takes to meet with the council.
The council also approved the Wastewater Department purchasing a new ½-ton pickup truck to replace a 1998 pickup with 190,000 miles.
The council also received budget reports from Finance Director Lane Kizzire and reports from council members. Mayor Gallaway talked about meeting with the Natural Resources Committee and referenced a proposal to move the Nebraska Game and Parks to Sidney.
“It was a good opportunity to be heard from Western part of the state,” Gallaway said.