The North Bend Eagle


Council looking at new city well sites

by Nathan Arneal
Published 10/9/13

The city of North Bend continues to lay groundwork to add a new well to the city’s water system.

At the Oct. 1 city council meeting, mayor Jeff Kluthe shared his conversation with the city engineers at JEO Consulting about the placement of the new well.
JEO identified a couple of possible sites northwest of town. The best site, Kluthe said, is a spot about a half mile north of town on County Road 7, the road that sits on the west side of the high school.

The site sits on a corner of land that is separated from the rest of the field by a ditch. Because the corner is so small, it is not farmed. Kluthe said the land should be cheaper for the city to acquire since it is not useful for farming. The city would build a small block building to house the well.
Work on the well will probably not begun until next year.
In other business, the council:

• Appointed Amy Reznicek library director to fill the position vacated by Amy Williams.

• Decided to move forward with the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District’s Nuisance Abatement Program, which was detailed in the Sept. 25 Eagle.

The ordinance that will enact the program will receive its first of three readings at the Oct. 15 council meeting. Council members debated on how much to spend on the program in the first year, with suggestions ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Spending $5,000 in a year will cover about 100 properties. Eventually, all 570 properties in North Bend will be covered.

The council did not decide on an amount to budget for the program and will revisit the issue if and when the ordinance passes.

• Heard that the North Bend Public Library will be handed over to the city at the next council meeting.

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