NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City Street Department’s $1.2 million budget will be part of the city’s overall budget hearing scheduled at city hall on Sept. 18.
Street Commissioner Vic Johns said the budget request for tree removal has nearly doubled. He is seeking up to $30,000 to respond the emerald ash borer, an invasion beetle that kills all the ash trees where it is active.
Johns: “That part of the budget was increased substantially to, you know, take into consideration that we may get struck with that. It may already be here, nobody knows for sure.”
He said the street department is already beginning to remove some ash trees.
The budget proposal also includes a project to replace the 11th Street bridge near the old Norman’s IGA and pave 11th Street from First Avenue to the city limits. Johns said the bridge includes space for a pedestrian trail.
Johns: “There is a lot of need, especially from a paving standpoint. We are just trying to do the best with the limited funds we have without trying, you know, be a big burden on the taxpayer and what no. We’re trying to be great stewards of what we do have.”
Other projects underway include a culvert replacement on north 15th Street at Fourth Avenue and pavement repairs on north 22nd Street near Steamwagon Road.
City crews recently repaired a wash out beneath of Fourth Corso near Steinhart Park. A cavern about eight feet high and 12 feet long was filled to support the roadway.