City Council 6.4.2020

City Administrator Gary Greer sat in on his first in-person City Council meeting since starting his job March 30.

The last time the Gothenburg City Council met for a meeting in person was March 17, and Bruce Clymer was still the acting city manager. Gary Greer began his duties in that position, replacing the retiring Clymer, on March 30, and was introduced to the public through a virtual meeting. On Tuesday, June 2, the council convened in person, with Greer at the helm.

The meeting was short and sweet, with approvals for payments being the only items on the agenda. The only discussion item was in regards to the hospital substation, which is now fully complete.

The substation is located at 21st Street and Avenue J, and was recently upgraded to a 69V transformer. The council approved the project last year In an effort to meet the demand of power in one of the city’s most rapidly expanding areas.

IES Commercial, Inc. of Holdrege was awarded the contract, which was funded through electric revenue bonds. The project was completed March 18, and all inspections have been made and signed off on by Chief Electrical Engineer Doug Hartman of RVW, Inc. architecture and engineering firm of Columbus.

The final payment for the project of $83,077.74 was approved by the council. The total cost of the upgrade was $1,351,257.35. The new transformer can handle approximately three times the capacity of the former unit, which the council felt was needed to handle the expanding hospital and residential area in that section of the city.

Greer reported on City Hall now being open with limited lobby access. He also announced that the Gothenburg Public Library will open to the public on June 15. Plans are underway for a city cleanup later this month as well.

Finally, Greer announced that City Clerk Brandi Kloepping has accepted another position and will be leaving her office in two weeks. The search for her replacement has begun.

The next meeting of the Gothenburg City Council will be June 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Contact Ellen Mortensen at ellen@gothenburgleader.com or call 308.536.6499