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Two Superior storm sirens fail test

Council approves change to utility service area


Two Superior storm sirens fail test
When the Superior Civil Defense sirens were tested as part of the annual Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Day, it was discovered two of the sirens did not sound, the ones at Eighth and Hartley and Eighth and Park streets.
The siren service company sent a representative to Superior last week to work on the sirens. A temporary repair was made but the service man determined with a change in radio transmitters implemented earlier by the city, the sirens needed new receivers and one new antenna.
Monday evening the Superior City Council approved the expenditure of $5,850 to complete permanent repair of the sirens.
Sirens are placed throughout the community and sounded in times of emergency. Different tones are used to signal the type of emergency.
The sirens were once used to summon members of the fire department to respond to fire calls. That duty has largely been replaced by a pager system. The sirens generally are sounded only for weather or national emergencies.

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Council approves change to utility service area

With the construction of the Superior East business park and the annexation of land associated with that project, South Central Public Power District and Superior Utilities began discussing the service area of the two utilities.
Monday evening members of the Superior City Council approved the first change in the service area since the original agreement was formulated in 1965.
The new boundary lines pass responsibility for serving Superior East to the City of Superior. The area was earlier annexed by the city.
In another matter related to the Superior East development, the council approved a contract for the extension of a natural gas pipeline to the development area. Six companies expressed an interest in the project but only one, MidCon Underground Construction, submitted a bid. MidCon's bid was $756,332 for the joint portion, $22,104 for the city-only portion and $23,029 for the cooperative's portion. The total project will cost the city $400,270 which the city expects to recover over a period of years through the sale of natural gas.
The contractor and the city previously worked together on the first two phases of the distribution system replacement.
The new line to serve Superior East will connect with the wholesale gas supplier's line near the former Superior Floral Company greenhouses, go west to the former alfalfa mill, then north to Fifteenth Street, east to Hartley, through the Kottmeyer Business Park and down to Third Street and east to the cooperative's development. The line will be large enough to serve new developments along its route.
The council accepted a bid from Bruce Fullerton for the repainting of parking and handicapped lines but again declined to repaint most curbs. For many years yellow paint was applied on the curbs near intersections but the curbing has not been repainted sine 2011.
The city currently has 6,600 linear feet of painted curb. Fullerton proposed it would cost 31.5 cents per foot to paint.
Members of the city council Monday evening agreed to accept septic tank pumpout waste from S&S Septic Pumping for a trial period.
The Hastings company is the only company currently serving the needs of area residents with septic tanks.
There has been some concern with regard to the type of waste the company may discharge into the city system and the ability of the wastewater treatment plant to handle the waste. The company visits the Superior area about four times per year and currently has been hauling the waste back to Hastings.
The Red Cross has replaced the cots and blankets stored in Superior since the 1950s as part of a civil defense field hospital. Most of the hospital equipment was disposed of long ago, but 50 cots, blankets and pillows have been maintained in case the need should arise for temporary shelter.
With the delivery of the new supplies, the Red Cross authorized the city to dispose of the old supplies as the city saw fit.
Monday evening Dwayne Bostel-man appeared before the city council and asked if the Orphan Grain Train program could have the cots, blankets and 50 chairs from the City Auditorium.
Bostelman said the Norfolk based charity would pickup up the items, clean and prepare for distribution, probably in another country during a time of need.
The council agree to Bostelman's request for the blankets and cots.
The items are among a variety of things the city has been storing in the former water department shop located at the south end of Central Avenue.
In a related action Monday, the council awarded a contract for the demolition of that building.
About 18 months ago the city council tabled discussion about what to do with the former municipal water plant and shop. The options considered had included repairing the related buildings, razing the buildings and the possible construction of a new building.
Since then the fire department has expressed an interest in using the southern two buildings as a permanent training facility. Utility departments and the police department expressed an interest in having a secure storage area for items which do not need to be stored inside. Plus storage is needed for some items now stored in the buildings.
Construction of a 3,000 square foot metal building to replace the inside storage now afforded by the old building has been estimated to cost $67,500.
Monday evening the council awarded a contract to remove the old shop building for $13,930.
A decision on the future use of the area was delayed until after the old building is removed. It may be possible to reuse the foundation and floor of the building but the condition will not be known until the demolition is complete.

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