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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

News from the City of Nevada



­The city had the Blue Bird Cafe building on the Nevada Square razed Sunday with no problems.

Nevada City Manager Mark Mitchell said Sunday afternoon the work started about 8 a.m. and with a lunch break was finished and everyone headed home by about 2 p.m.

To move the project ahead, Tuesday night the city council voted 4-0, with Ryan Watts excused, to pass on first reading a special ordinance approving the transfer of the title to the property involved to the city of Nevada.

Mitchell told the council the three lots comprising the property, appraised at $38,000. When the debris is disposed of the city will have two vacant lots and the building on the east end of the Blue Bird building, that used to be a pet store.

Mitchell told the council the plan is to renovate that building and sell it, to recoup some of the cost.

So far the city has about $32,000 invested in the project.
The next step is to solicit bids to haul the debris to a landfill.
Mitchell told the council the city should have the bids for removal by the next council meeting on Feb. 2.

He said the hope is the cost of removing the debris will be less than $75,000, at which point paying prevailing wage kicks in, which would increase the cost by about 20 percent.

He said there may be some additional cost to weather proof the west wall of the pet shop building.
To cover the cost of the project, Mitchell said they had cashed in a $250,000 CD that should easily cover the total cost of everything.

In other business the council:
– Voted 4-0, to give final approval to a special ordinance approving a one-year employment contract with Mark H. Mitchell as city manager.

– Voted 4-0, to pass on second reading a special ordinance approving a one-month extension of the city’s contract with the Vernon County Commission for 911 dispatch service while negotiations continue on a new contract.

– Voted 4-0, to pass on second reading a special ordinance authorizing the city manager to establish an agreement with Inetvisions LLC, for managed computer and network services at a cost of $99,000 per year for a three-year contract.

– Voted 4-0, to give final approval to a special ordinance accepting ownership by the city of Nevada of a waterline in lots 5 and 6 in the Curtis Business Park and accepting maintenance responsibility for it.


Courtesy of the Nevada Report Facebook Page