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By Forrest Hershberger
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City Council Tables Communicatons Center Agreement

County Commissoners Approve Agreement in May 3 Meeting

 


The Sidney City Council tabled action on proposed changes to the Cheyenne County Communications Center agreement.

The proposed changes include adjusting cost sharing of the service to increase Deuel County's share and including the Deuel County sheriff as a voting member of the board. Two years ago, the City and Cheyenne County signed an agreement for the Cheyenne County Communications Center to dispatch Deuel County agencies.

The discussion centered around if the City is receiving adequate representation for the amount of funding the City contributes. The next question was how much does the County provide directly and indirectly. It was noted the County provides the office space and salary/benefits for the Communications Center employees.

City attorney J. Leef encouraged the council to let the county knows it is not trying to be unfair. The council is seeking the to expand the representation of the City on the board, based on the amount of funding budged by the City.

The topic was also discussed by the Cheyenne County Commissioners Monday morning. The commissioners approved the updated agreement Monday, May 3, in 3-0 action

The council also approved an LB840 project. The proposal is to fund ReCircled, a new company opening at a warehouse in the Industrial Park at $100,000 per year for five years. The funds will be reimbursed starting 12 months after the beginning of the contract, according to Economic Development Director Melissa Norgard's presentation. The company will also be required to submit an employment report showing the number of jobs created and total new payroll added to the economy. Norgard said the company has signed an agreement on a 90,000 sq. ft. warehouse and expects to add at least 150 new employees in five years.

The proposal was approved 4-0 with councilmember Burke Radcliffe absent.

“Their goal is to eliminate all waste (shirts, pants, and shoes) going to the landfills,” Norgard said.

The council also reviewed the agreement with the Cheyenne County Community Center. City Manager David Scott said the contract has been expired for about a year. He said the Community Center is willing to proceed with the contract as is. Facility manager Mike Namuth noted the Center has been busy, even with COVID restrictions.

“Even with COVID, I think we had a very successful year

The council also confirmed the reappointment of Amanda Popp and Mike Leininger to the Economic Development Citizen's Advisory Review Committee for four-year terms.

City Parks Superintendent Tom VonSeggern Presented the city council with an Arbor Day Proclamation. Councilmember Brad Sherman was presented with the City's 35th Tree City USA banner at the tree give-away held April 24.

 

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