KEARNEY — The city intends to buy 40 more acres at the technology park in northeast Kearney.
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Kearney City Council will consider authorizing the purchase of land at Tech oNE Crossing, which is southeast of 56th Street and Antelope Avenue.
The parcel is east of the more-than-100 acres the city previously owned before it was transferred to the Economic Development Council of Buffalo County.
The land will cost $793,560, or $19,450 per acre, and is being purchased from Two Sisters Farms Inc.
Software development company Xpanxion will build its Kearney headquarters at the tech park. Solar power company Infigen Energy has signed an option lease agreement to construct a solar power facility on 53 acres at the park.
Also Tuesday, the council will have a public hearing on the status of Community Development Block Grants funded by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The hearing will consider two grant-funded projects in the city: $150,000 for construction of sidewalks and ADA ramps near Emerson Elementary School and $140,000 for construction of streets, sidewalks and ADA ramps near Bryant Elementary School.
A long consent agenda for the meeting contains 11 items, including accepting bids and change orders or authorizing payment for various construction projects that were completed this summer.
Also on the consent agenda, the utilities department has included a memo about a new vehicle storage building. The proposed building will be constructed across the street from the department’s administration building at 1220 E. 26th St. The building will house vehicles and equipment belonging to the Water Distribution and Sewer Collection Division.
The proposed building will be at least 60 feet by 80 feet and contain a mechanical room, a fire suppression system and heating. The department budgeted $500,000 to construct the building. If approved, bids for the project will be opened at 2 p.m. Jan. 19.
Also on the consent agenda, the city will continue to be a part of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance Agreement, which has 10 cities, including Lexington and Holdrege. The group was founded in 2014 and includes a statewide network of charging stations for electric vehicles. It also helps identify, apply and administer grants to its members, according to a memo addressed to the council by Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno.
Also on the consent agenda, the council will consider approving the leasing of a small building and parking lot at Kearney Regional Airport to Contractor Services Inc. The lease will run month-to-month beginning Dec. 1. The company will store road and highway barricades at the location.
On the regular agenda, the council will consider approving $42,000 of NorthWestern Energy funds to help with natural gas infrastructure for Marshall Engines. The Kearney-based company is building a new facility at 2915 Cherry Ave. The project will create 12 full-time positions, according to a memo addressed to the council from Darren Robinson, president of the economic development council of Buffalo County.
If specific objectives, such as job creation, are not met, the company will face penalty repayment provisions, the memo says.
City Manager Mike Morgan will give a report on the status of a project to update the runway at Kearney Regional Airport.
Also on Tuesday, the council will:
- Appoint Chais Meyer to the Downtown Improvement Board. Meyer owns 24-Hour Tees, and his term will expire in 2018. He replaces Walter Martin.
- Appoint Dick Johnson to the Senior Services Advisory Board. He replaces Delbert Brock.
- On the regular agenda, the council will consider accepting the Kearney Housing Agency’s annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31.
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in council chambers at city hall at 18 E. 22nd St.