Council OKs start of home repair project

November 7, 2018

North Platte City Council members Tuesday made short work of an abbreviated election-night agenda, accepting a lease-purchase agreement to finance a new fire pumper truck and approving the start of work on owner-occupied rehabilitation projects under a two-year-old federal grant.

The council voted 7-0 in favor of a six-year agreement with U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing and Finance Inc., which submitted the low proposed interest rate of 3.57 percent for paying off a 2019 Pierce 7000 Enforcer truck. Councilman Jim Carman was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

The city’s 2018-19 budget includes funds for a $75,000 payment on the $448,037 pumper truck. The remaining $373,037, plus $47,972.44 in interest, would be covered by annual payments of $70,168.24 each Nov. 15 between 2019 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bancorp proposal.

Another 7-0 vote cleared the way for repairs to begin on the first six of 12 homes whose low-income owners are slated to receive grants or forgivable loans to help make vital repairs. The item was added to the council’s agenda Monday, when amended agendas were sent to The Telegraph and other North Platte press outlets.

The city received $397,500 in Community Development Block Grant funds in September 2016 to assist eligible homeowners in fixing roofs, testing for and removing lead-based paint, and repairing or replacing plumbing, heating and/or electrical systems. Eligible families can make no more than 80 percent of Lincoln County’s median income.

CDS Inspections & Beyond of Plainview, Nebraska, recommended the six homes for final approval after ensuring they met the grant requirements, according to council documents. Three more homes have been verified thus far as eligible under the grant’s household income limitations, Planning Administrator Judy Clark said Tuesday.

In other business, the council:

» Unanimously granted a conditional use permit to Janna Ryan, owner of Legacy Dance & Gymnastics in North Platte, to relocate her school from 2607 Rodeo Road to the former Hall Elementary School north of town. Ryan, who bought the closed country school at a Sept. 27 auction, plans to open there Jan. 7.

» Completed city action on the West Philip and Dixie housing project by voting 6-1 to approve its final revised 37-lot subdivision plat. Councilman Brook Baker cast the lone “no” vote.

The vote also granted a variance from city codes to allow a 50-foot-wide public right-of-way for the development’s internal streets, compared with the usual 60 feet for paving and sidewalks for a local street.

The Planning Commission recommended the variance Oct. 23 after Clark said the streets’ paved surface would be 37 feet wide, broader than a typical local street. The city’s dedicated utility easement beyond the sidewalks also would be 10 feet wider than usual, North Platte homebuilder Lonnie Parsons told the commission.

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