The North Bend Eagle


ATV's to be on November ballot

by Nathan Arneal
Published 9/10/14

North Benders are going to get to vote on whether or not they want to allow ATV’s and golf carts on city streets during November 4 election.

At its Sept. 2 meeting, the North Bend City Council approved the language that will appear on the ballot. A vote for the referendum would allow the council to pass an ordinance allowing ATV, utility vehicles and golf carts to be driven on North Bend streets.

[Edit: Shortly after the publication of the story, the city attorney said golf carts will not be part of the ballot initiative, as a state statute does not allow for golf carts on public streets. If approved, the city ordinance could allow ATV's and UTV's, but not golf carts.]

In other council business:

• At the August 5 meeting, the city’s nuisance officers from the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District presented to properties to be declared nuisances and be given 30 days to rectify the nuisance. Last Tuesday, Tina Engelbart reported that the nuisance on W. 10th Street had been fixed, so the Council voted to rescind the nuisance declaration. However, the nuisance on W. 9th Street was tabled since the line of sight to the nuisance, an unlicensed vehicle, had been blocked.

The council, which had previously planned to tackle one of five sections in town per year with the nuisance abatement program, asked if it would be possible to do more than one section per year. Englebart said is possible and she would draw up a proposal.

• Dan Martinez of Apex Land Sureying showed the final plans to Phase 3 of the Pioneer Lake development, which adds 12 new lots around the lake southwest of town. The council approved the plans.

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