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Tekamah city auditorium

Tekamah Auditorium

Already several years in the planning and developmental stages, renovation work for Tekamah City Auditorium has inched closer to the starting gate.

During the June 27 Tekamah City Council meeting, the council decided to wait on selecting a contractor in order to tie up a couple of loose ends.

Council members wanted to be sure a $200,000 gift from an anonymous donor was a sure thing. Also, a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture is planned to finance half a million dollars in bonds city voters authorized nearly two years ago. Both items are expected to be cleared up this week. If they are, the council could award a contract at its meeting July 11.

If the $200,000 is certain, the city holds $1,030,000 to fund the project. Preliminary bid figures show that total could be enough to pay for all of the options that were included with the bidding documents—depending on which of the four contractors gets the bid.

In other business June 27, the council:

—Voted to approve to extend the completion date for the P St. project until July 5.

Mayor Ron Grass said that a walk-through of the job site earlier in the day showed a small amount of work remains to be done, “but none of it interferes with using the street.”

—Approved a $10,255 payment, and a $3,755 change order that accompanied it, to Groundwater Solutions Inc. grant funding is expected to pay the tab.

The company performed decommissioning work on one of the city’s wells. The intent is to further mitigate the intrusion of nitrates into the city’s drinking water system.

—Approved a one-day liquor license for a fundraiser to be held at the city pool.

The adult pool party is intended to kick off a fundraising process for pool repair or replacement

No definite plans have been made on the future of the 46-year-old pool.

—Accepted the final plans for the Tiger Trail Loop.

If the project is bid as currently specified, organizers could be facing a $45,000 deficit.

JEO engineer Julie Ogden told the council that the total price could be lowered by including an alternate set of bid specifications which would narrow the trail from 10 feet to eight feet.

—Took no action after adjourning from a closed session called to discuss real estate.

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