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Council plans to upgrade streets, battle pigeons | Bird•B•Gone Blog

Council plans to upgrade streets, battle pigeons

Article Shared From: The North Platte Bulletin

by Dillon Daigger (The North Platte Bulletin) - 2/22/2012

Those pesky pigeons around town will again be the target of eradication, following action by the city council Tuesday.

Pigeons will be targeted by a U.S. Department of Agriculture specialist in upcoming months, at the same time as the city moves to update traffic signals, make improvements downtown and pave U.S. Highway 83 through town.

The council unanimously approved the one-year street plans, 8-0.

And, the council approved a cooperative agreement for pigeon control. City administrator Jim Hawks said the $5,000 fee for the service would be divided three ways — one-third each be paid by the city, Ag Valley Co-Op and the Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

The birds have ruffled feathers for years. A similar program was conducted in 2006 under a similar contract. Pigeon droppings are also a health hazard, officials say.

Hawks said the hospital staff is concerned about pigeons getting caught in helicopter rotor blades during flights for life, and Ag Valley is concerned about pigeons eating corn and defecating on it, so they agreed to contribute.

The USDA has been battling pigeons in Bailey Yard under an agreement with Union Pacific, which helps alleviate the costs of the operation. The cost to the city is $2,000 less than discussed earlier, officials said.


One year plan

Prominent in the one-year plan, U.S. Highway 83 from the South Platte River to First St. and on the north side from Seventh to 13th will get an overlay, the city’s contracted engineer Tom Werblow said, at an estimated cost to the city of $271,000.

Also, the open drainage ditch along W. Rodeo Road will be replaced with a covered pipe, and traffic lights could possibly be installed along East Fourth, according to the one-year plan.

More downtown streets will be rebuilt in six years, according to the plan, with some of those improvements coming within a year.

The expected cost is $6.6 million to renovate all the remaining streets in the core of downtown — from Jeffers to Chestnut and from Fourth to Front, according to the plan.

On the north side of the city, renovations are planned this year to 18th St. from Miles to Buffalo Bill, and to 16th from U.S. 83 west to Sycamore, at a combined cost to the city of $475,000.

Prominent on the city’s six-year plan is reconstruction of State Farm Rd. from Newberry to Jeffers. Also, E. Philip could be rebuilt from Jeffers to Tabor within six years, although Werblow did not discuss the six-year projects.

Ward 4 councilmen Martin Steinbeck and Larry Campbell said they want S. River Road to be paved from Jeffers/U.S. 83 to the new Buffalo Bill Ave. extension. S. River Road is currently gravel, but has considerable traffic and is rough, Campbell said.

“I was on it a few days ago,” he said. “I wouldn’t recommend it again.”

The Lincoln County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to renovate that road within a year by thoroughly mixing dirt into the sand base and adding gravel, but that was not discussed at the council meeting.

Councilwoman Judy Pederson said paving that road could open potential for business development in that area.




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