NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City City Administrator Grayson Path updated Rotarians Wednesday on city activities including bridge construction and a new bidding policy.
He said the city typically follows public bidding procedures, but has not developed a formal written policy over the past 100 years.
Path: “We decided here a couple months ago as a council to create a new bidding policy, so that’s one thing we are working on. Just so the citizens have some transparency and see what we are doing and make sure things are being done right.”
Mayor Bryan Bequette questioned why the bidding process was not used after Parks Commissioner Patrick Wehling announced a contract with Musco Lighting for lights at the softball field. The project was estimated to cost $270,000.
Path said state law requires counties to bid out large projects, but cities are left to develop their own policies.
He said Nebraska City has established rules to bid out some street projects of $30,000 or more and electric projects in excess of $20,000, but bidding for the field light project was not required.
The city did seek bids on the North 11 Street project and the North Table Creek bridge, but received no responses this winter. The project was re-bid and the city opened seven bids on Tuesday.
Path said there was more interest in the project because the city did not require a completion date prior to AppeJack but requested a start date after the annual festival.
Demolition of the old Fourth Corso viaduct is underway. Path said the work stops when trains are coming through. He said dirt work will be next on the schedule followed by bridge construction this fall. From that point, Path said work should be completed within a year.
Path: That puts it into July/August of 19, but the contractors is pretty confident they will have it done before then. But, of course, as you know, we have another winter between now and then. Winters are pretty unpredictable and they have a tendency of stopping projects in their tracks, so, we’ll hope for the best.”
He said the city’s portion of the $7.2 million project is under $1 million.
Nebraska City is also updating its 15-year-old zoning and subdivision ordinances. An open house is set March 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Rowe Complex. The proposed updates will be presented.