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Sonic, sales tax and appointments highlight latest City Council agenda

August 20, 2018

The Columbus City Council will have a lot on its plate when its 7 p.m. Monday meeting gets underway, including 14 public hearings, numerous appointments and several preliminary plat discussions.

“The upside of that is there is a lot going on in our community,” City Administrator Tara Vasicek said.

Among the many items of business will be reviewing a preliminary plat application of Ernst Realty LLC for land on 23rd Street that is expected to eventually house a popular fast food chain.

“The old Ernst dealership, where Oasis used to be (on 23rdStreet ) is going to get demoed,” she said of the subdivision at 2014, 2112 and 2118 23rd Street. “So there is a preliminary plat on there and Sonic (Drive-In) is going to go in one of the lots.”

The council will also decide whether or not to authorize the issuing of sales tax revenue bonds in the amount not to exceed $16 million for the new police and fire stations voters approved in May, as previously reported by The Columbus Telegram. The ordinance will receive its first reading.

Also on the schedule is the appointment of Ken Kurtenbach as the fifth member to the Joint Communications Center Committee for a four-year term. As previously reported, The Consolidated Communications Center Interlocal Cooperation Agreement was approved by the Columbus City Council and the Platte County Board of Supervisors earlier this summer and will put the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the City of Columbus’ police and fire departments’ dispatch centers under one roof.

Steve Anderson is also expected to be appointed to the Board of Adjustments for a three-year term.

Undoubtedly, though, the focal point of the meeting will be the public hearings. One of the major ones is the review of the city’s Economic Development Plan. The resolution on the council’s agenda requests its members to consider asking Columbus voters to approve to authorize the reallocation of one-tenth of the sales tax collections not to exceed $425,000 per year from existing 1-percent sales and use tax through the next eight years (2027) to be used for the economic development program. If council gives the OK, residents would vote on the matter in the general election on Nov. 6, 2018.

“It’s not a tax increase,” Vasicek stressed. “It says if council approves, it gets put it on the ballot and will ask Columbus voters if they would approve reallocating that much sales tax and approve of using that money for economic development.”

Other public hearing topics include:

* Application of Oasis PALSS LLC dba Oasis Bar & Package, for change of location for a Retail Class “C” Beer, Wine, Distilled Spirits, On and Off Sale Liquor License from 2010 23 St. to 1264 27 Ave.

* Application to Nebraska Department of Economic Development for Community Development Block Grant Phase II comprehensive development activities.

* Resolution No. R18-103 approving application to Nebraska Department of Economic Development for Community Development Block Grant Phase II comprehensive development activities.

* Town hall meeting to consider the Northeast Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition budget for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019.

* Application of C. Ronald Lambert for final plat and subdivision agreement of Lambert’s Townhouse 2nd Subdivision at 68 Street and Eagle View Place.

* Application of Granville Custom Homes, Inc. for final plat and subdivision agreement of Farm View Subdivision located in vicinity of 18 Avenue and 31 Street.

* Application of Granville Custom Homes, Inc. to rezone property located in the vicinity of 18 Avenue and 31 Street from “R-1” (Single-Family Residential District) to “R-2″ (Urban-Family Residential District) and “R-3” (Multiple-Family Residential District) and amend the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan.

* Application of Granville Custom Homes, Inc. for a Planned Unit Development Overlay District (PUD) in an “R-1” (Single-Family Residential District), “R-2″ (Urban-Family Residential District) and “R-3” (Multiple-Family Residential District) zone located in vicinity of 18 Avenue and 31 Street.

* Application of M and T Partnership to rezone property located at 160123 St. from “MH” (General Industrial District) to “B-2″ (General Commercial District).

* Application of Samson Green Solutions, LLC to rezone property located at 2419 11 Street from “ML/C-1” (Limited Industrial District) to “B-1″ (Central Business District).

* Application of Samson Green Solutions LLC for special use permit to allow single-family dwelling in a “B-1” (Central Business District) zone. (Planning Commission recommends approval.)

The third and final reading of the annexation ordinance that was set for Monday will be continued to the Sept. 4, 2018, City Council meeting. This is due to the request of one of the City Council members who will be absent on Monday and wishes to be present for the final reading.

See the complete Columbus City Council agenda at: https://bit.ly/2OLqF1q.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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