The North Bend Eagle

 

City looks at parking, sprinklers

by Nathan Arneal
Published 3/23/16

Edited 3/31/16

The NBC elementary school is expanding its parking area to make picking up kids after school safer and more organized.

NBC superintendent Dan Endorf presented the plan at the March 15 City Council meeting.

The additional concrete will begin in front of the main entrance and run the east along 11th Street. It will give space for four school busses to pull up alongside the school building.

An additional concrete parking apron would extend about 192 feet to the east, giving space for vehicles to park parallel to the street while they wait for and pick up children.

“Instead of having people pull in and back up and some little tyke runs across the street because they’re happy to be done with school,” Endorf said, “now that driver should have a clear line of sight the entire time from when they pull up to when they leave.”

Endorf also said 11th street adjacent to the school needs repair work. He asked if the city would be interested in joining in with the school to repair the city street at the same time the parking surfaces are being installed to save money.

The plan is to start the parking project in July, after Old Settlers.

Council members said they were interested in redoing the street at the same time, but they didn’t know if there was time to do the required engineering before the school starts on its project, which is already accepting bids. Advice will be sought from the city engineer.

Darrin Bjorklund, representing the baseball association, asked the city to install sprinklers in the outfield of Foltz Field at the city park.

He said the baseball program costs about $9,200 per year to run, which doesn’t include about $21,000 on facility and equipment improvements over the last three years.

“As a (baseball) board and as a set of parents,” Bjorklund said, “I think we’re showing we’re doing our part.”

Currently, the infield is watered, but the outfield is not.

“Every year starting about the 15th of June, things start drying up and looking a little weedy,” Bjorklund said. “It starts looking kind of bad, especially out in left field.”

Bjorklund said he already has one bid to install 68 outfield sprinklers and will seek a couple more. He asked if the city would pay for the project.

Mayor Jeff Kluthe said he expected to be asked to split the cost of the sprinkler installation, not for the city to pay for the whole thing.

“I feel we as an organization are starting to push our program and improve our program,” Bjorklund said. “I feel in my mind that the city could take this responsibility on. I know the entire city park is done (with sprinklers). Honestly, I feel this is just on the city just to finish that. We have done a lot of improvements up there. If you look at this list (of projects), asking the city to step in on one out of five, I don’t think is too bad.”

The council said it would consider the idea after the rest of the bids come in.
In other council business:

• The city turned in an unpaid bill of $2,200 by Platte Valley Bank for repair of a water leak to small claims court. The bill is disputed by the bank. Tom Wolf of PVB said the bank should not be responsible for the leak since he asked for the water to be turned off three years earlier.

A pre-trial hearing has been set for June 6.

The original Dec. 9, 2015, Eagle article on the matter can be here.

• The council revisited the idea of installing a new water well for the city. The permitting process can take up to a couple of years, city clerk Theresa Busse said, so the city may want to think about starting on a new well before it becomes an emergency need.

 

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