The Scottsbluff City Council Monday evening tackled a full agenda as they heard and considered a variety of items.
The council approved adding two officers to the Scottsbluff Police Department in anticipation of an agreement between the city and Western Nebraska Community College to have two Student Resource Officers on campus at the college from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Police Chief Kevin Spencer told the council that two seasoned officers would be assigned to the SRO positions at the college, while the new hires would be assigned to standard traffic patrol duties.
In other action, the council approved an agreement with Western Nebraska Community College to allow Health Sciences Division students to obtain clinical experience by riding with the Fire Department.
The council delayed action on selling two of the city’s parking lots downtown to Western States Bank and Chaloupka, Holyoke, Snyder, Chaloupka and Longoria for $20,000 and $12,500, respectively. The council directed staff to explore the possibility with the businesses of having included in the contract language that the businesses would make the parking lots available for public use after hours.
A Community Festival permit was approved by the council for the city to hold “Food Truck Fridays” centered around the Downtown Plaza on Friday evenings through September. Economic Development director Starr Lehl told the council after experiencing Food Truck Thursdays in Omaha, which is an all day event, she felt a similar event could work in Scottsbluff on a smaller scale. Food trucks will be serving from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Downtown Plaza with local artists providing music and entertainment.
The council also approved an Economic Development Assistance agreement for American Lodging, LLC to help pay for hotel rooms for participants in the 2019 National Hot Air Balloon Championships.