In a special meeting of the Gothenburg City Council held Tuesday, Aug. 31, the council approved the proposed 2021-22 city budget for publication and public hearing. The hearing on the proposed budget will be held Monday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. The public will have opportunities to comment and ask questions at that time. A special meeting to adopt the budget will take place on Sept. 14, also at 5:30.
At the Sept. 7 regular meeting a resolution voicing the council’s support of retaining the current 36th District legislative boundary was approved. City Administrator Gary Greer said this resolution is simply a formal request urging the Nebraska Legislature to maintain the current district boundaries as they convene for a special redistricting session on Sept. 13. The City of Gothenburg will be joining Dawson Area Development in support of the districting request.
The council also approved an ordinance Tuesday to transfer a 60-foot platted right-of-way owned by the city to the Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA). The property, known as Peterson Estates 1st Subdivision, is located on the east side of Avenue M.
A resolution pertaining to a recently completed housing development in the Hilltop Estates subdivision was also approved. The resolution formally names the cul-de-sac located adjacent to the Crossing Second Subdivision as 23rd Place.
Gothenburg Chamber Director Deb Egenberger shared some good news with the council. The chamber’s Tourism Committee, represented by Matt Weiss, made a presentation to the City of 30 metal light pole banners to be installed along Highway 47 and Highway 30. Weiss said the design of the banners has already been approved by the Department of Roads.
The cost of the production of the steel signs, which are being manufactured by a local artist, will be entirely covered by the Tourism Committee. Weiss said the hope is to have the signs completed and ready for hanging before the end of the year. The council approved the receipt of the signs and thanked the Chamber and Tourism Committee.
In one final business action item the council approved the appointment of Cole Lorenzen to the fire department roster.