The November meeting of the Bennington City Council is this Monday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the city offices next to the library.
I will be joining remotely because my family and I are under quarantine, and I am still recovering from COVID-19. This experience compels me to plead with you and the rest of the Bennington community: Please help limit the spread of this virus.
To keep our elderly family members safe, to keep our kids in school, and out of respect for our teachers, healthcare workers, and first-responders, please consider steps you can take. The Douglas County Health Department, UNMC, and many others recommend:
- Avoiding crowded places, close contact, and confined spaces.
- Wearing masks in public indoor spaces.
These sacrifices are small and temporary. They can literally save someone's life. If you've talked with anyone from Omaha's hospitals, as I have, then you know that this virus can kill people, and when it does, it forces them to face their final days alone, without the comfort of family and friends. Small sacrifices can prevent enormous suffering.
Monday evening's meeting will be the final full meeting of the current Council and mayor, as the newly elected members will be sworn in at the December meeting. Clint Adams and Joshua Dowding have been elected to the Council, and current councilmember Zac Johns has been elected mayor.
The full agenda is posted here. Highlights include:
- Updates on the new housing developments Newport Vista and Kempten Creek, including the new parkland and potential recreational facilities alongside Kempten Creek.
- Approval of sewer rate increases for 2021.
- A second look at options for improving CW Haden Drive in front of Cubby's and nearby businesses.
- An update on 156th Street as winter approaches and a pause in construction is likely.
- The hiring of a new police officer, bringing the department to full capacity at four full-time positions.
If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns about these topics or any other, please let me know.