Mayor to negotiate cost of Springfield's splash pad
Springfield Mayor Mike Dill will negotiate with the low bidder on the proposed Buffalo Park splash pad to cut costs.
The Springfield City Council on Tuesday approved a plan for Dill to talk with Dostals Construction, the Gretna contractor that in October submitted a base bid of $288,400. Its total bid — which included two sidewalk extensions, shade structure, accessory seating and trash cans, and additional park irrigation — brought the cost to $318,400.
Through two rounds of bidding, the council has yet to accept any proposal because they exceed what the city budgeted for the project. The city has $285,000 from city sales tax proceeds, plus $25,000 from keno funds, for a total of $310,000.
Dill said he'll bring the results of the negotiation before the council at its next meeting on Dec. 3.
Springfield council OK's Sarpy sewer extension
The Springfield City Council this week approved Sarpy County's sewer extension proposal that will serve the $200 million Travelers Cos. data center.
The proposal required a public hearing and city approval because the extension is located within the city's area of future growth and development, County Administrator Mark Wayne said.
It will go to the area of Highway 50 and Schram Road, and could serve future businesses that choose to locate there.
Springfield Mayor Mike Dill said the line has the potential to help spur development in the southern part of the county because it anchors part of Highway 50, which is 144th Street.
Longtime La Vista law firm receives mayor's award
La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig on Friday awarded the city's longtime law firm with the Mayor's Distinguished Business Partner Award.
The award to Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler and Brennan coincides with the firm's 125th anniversary and 50 years of partnership with the City of La Vista.
Joe Barmettler became the city's attorney in 1963 and helped the city to pay off its early debt and develop a plan for the future, Kindig said. The firm continues to support La Vista by participating in community events and contributing to the La Vista Community Foundation, he said.
Speaker in Bellevue pushes for more trade with Mexico
Jose Antonio Peral painted a picture of a different kind of Mexico during a recent stop at Bellevue University. Gone was the Mexico plagued by drug cartels and political corruption.
In its place he presented the 11th-largest economy in the world, whose citizens buy more American goods than any other country in the world save Canada.
Peral, the Chicago-based trade and investment commissioner for Mexico, is touring Nebraska and Iowa making the case for boosting trade relations with Mexico.
“The goal is the same in Mexico, in Nebraska and in Bellevue,” he said. “We want to support companies, we want to look for opportunities for Bellevue companies in Mexico, and for Mexican companies in Bellevue.”
Mayor Rita Sanders thanked Peral for his interest in Bellevue.
“As a city we are looking at increasing our sales tax base, and if we have the opportunity to do some trade with Mexico and to bring companies here, this is the time to do that.”
Bellevue OK's jail time for unlicensed tree trimmers
A tough rewriting of Bellevue's ordinance controlling commercial tree trimmers would permit jail sentences if people performing such work don't secure a city license. The proposal passed a second reading of the City Council.
The ordinance would impose a maximum fine of $500 and six months in prison, and would require that each day the violation continues be treated as a separate offense.
Councilman Paul Cook said the jail provision seemed excessive.
But Councilman Don Preister said the penalties were maximums, and courts would have leeway to impose less onerous punishments.