The next meeting of the Bennington City Council is this Monday, Oct. 14. The full agenda is posted here. Highlights include:
Prairie Hollow: We'll get an update on the progress of this new development east of North Molley and Stark streets. Heavy rains and soil compaction issues have slowed this project down. Rain has also caused concerns about erosion along the property lines of existing homes. We'll hear from the city engineer on these issues.
156th Street project: As will be the case at most meetings for the foreseeable future, we will get an update on the replacement of 156th Street from the intersection at Bennington Road to Highway 36. Many residents have been notified about this project's potential impact on their property, both temporary and permanent, and utilities are in the process of being moved.
Police chief and sergeant position: We'll review the official six-month and one-year performance goals for newly appointed Police Chief Drew Hilscher as well as other terms of his contract. We'll also discuss the progress toward hiring a full-time sergeant to join the force.
Bennington Road resurfacing: We'll consider bids for the maintenance of Bennington Road west of the Papio Creek bridge, work that is still slated for this fall.
Sewer rates: We'll vote to approve new sewer rates for 2020 as part of the city's agreement with MUD. Right now the proposed rate is 4% to 6% higher than 2019 for residential customers, depending on usage volume.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the city offices downtown. As always, if you have any ideas, concerns, or questions about the topics above, please let me know.