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Donation paves the way for more arboretum trail

BnE Construction
Eric Johnson and Bill Hubbell of BnE Construction, along with employees Chris Sempek and Mike Hubbell, will be working on the concrete paving in the arboretum this summer.

by Mary Le Arneal
published 5/20/09


Related: Find out more about the trail project and the arboretum on's improving North Bend pages.

Bob Feurer is beaming these days. A goal he has been working on for some years is one step closer to completion.

The North Bend Tree Board approved a bid from BnE Construction at its board meeting for paving the south loop of the walking/fitness trail around the Franklin-Cotterell Greens Arboretum at North Bend Central.

BnE discounted its bid by $14,000 as a gesture of community support, allowing the Tree Board to finish the entire south loop and a connecting “spur” to the walk from the practice building.

Trail plans. Click for larger map.
The green shows what will be paved this summer.
Click map for a larger view of what is set for paving

“This is a huge boost to our project and will bring the project to the halfway point,” Feurer said.

BnE Construction is owned by Eric Johnson of the Webster area and Bill Hubbel of rural Morse Bluff. They founded the company in 2000 and do commercial and residential flatwork concrete work.

“As a member of the North Bend community and Chamber of Commerce, this project has special importance to our company,” Johnson and Hubbel wrote in their bid. “Over the years the North Bend community has been very good to us and this is an opportunity for us to give something back in return.”

After being contacted by Feurer in April, Johnson said that as he was working on the bid he just kept stretching it to go as far as he could with the money available.

“We figured a walk half way around wouldn’t do,” Hubbell said. “We thought this was a good project to get involved with.”

The Fremont natives both have young children and plan to “stick around” the North Bend community, Hubbell said.

The job will include more than 22,000 lineal feet of trail eight feet wide and four inches thick.

Feurer said this contribution is the single largest value donation made by an organization or individual.

The $12,000 donation from the City of North Bend, the $10,000 match from the Lower Platte Natural Resource District and the $9,400 raised previously will enabled the Tree Board to do $30,000 worth of work for the project.

The stadium walkway was the first phase of the project and is already complete. It cost $8,400.

“BnE Construction is a living example of community,” Feurer said. “They were able to set aside the profit motive and do good for someone else whom they may not even know. They’ve demonstrated the best that people can be! It’s one of the advantages of living in small-town Nebraska and being lucky enough to be the home to a business with a heart.”

A start date has not been set, but BnE thought it would be sometime between graduation and Old Settlers.

Donations to the future and maintenance of the arboretum and pathways can be sent to North Bend Community Arboretum, c/o Platte Valley Bank, P.O. Box 500, North Bend, NE 68649. More information on the project can be found by clicking the yellow “Improving North Bend” box at

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