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Posted on: March 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City Council to learn more about CPS bond referendum, consider request from axe throwing business

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The Columbus City Council is set to hear a special presentation from Columbus Public Schools regarding an upcoming bond referendum, consider a liquor license for a new axe throwing business and more at its next meeting.

The council will gather at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3rd, in the City Council Chambers, 1369 25th Ave. in downtown Columbus.

CPS is set to make a presentation to the City Council regarding the May 9th special mail election for a facilities bond referendum in the amount of $53.5 million. The Columbus Public Schools Board of Education in early March approved calling a special election in May for voters to decide on the $53.5 million facilities bond referendum. According to a bond issue information sheet provided by CPS, if voters approve the bond issue, those residing in the school district would see a property tax increase of $4 per month on a $100,000 home.

“I asked that this get out on the Council agenda because I think that it is important to get information out to our Council and the public …,” Mayor Jim Bulkley said. “Quality education and a solid school system are as important to the growth and betterment of our community as is affordable housing and child care. We should be educated so we can make informed decisions.”

The council will also hear from Ed Bogue, of nonprofit Guardians of Children, who will request a proclamation declaring April 2023 as “Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.” National Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed in America each April in hopes to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.

During the public hearings portion of the meeting, the council will consider approving the application of a Retail Class A liquor license for AITB, LLC dba Axe in the Box, an axe throwing business set to open at 311 E. 23rd St. later this year. The council will also consider the application from Axe in the Box for Derek T. Sharman as manager in conjunction with the liquor license.

Other meeting highlights scheduled include:

  • The reappointment of Logan Bronson to Civil Service Commission for five-year term.
  • Considering a quote from Motorola Solutions in the amount of $58,947.48 for five-year software maintenance contract for joint communications center.
  • Considering a quote from Platte Valley Communications in the amount of $73,342.50 for three repeaters for joint communications center.
  • Resolution No. R23-53, approving request to Nebraska Department of Economic Development to extend completion date of Community Development Block Grant No. 10-DTR-101 for downtown revitalization to Nov. 20, 2023.
  • Considering a request to waive notice and public hearing requirements and approve application of Columbus Rescue Mission Inc. for permit to move garage from 1471 25th Ave. to 1112 15th St.
  • Considering the purchase of furniture, fixtures, and equipment from Best Buy, CleanWash, Butler Human Services, Fire Station Furniture, Vevor, and Sandry Fire Equipment in the total amount of $112,858.79 for Charlie Louis Fire Station.
  • Resolution No. R23-56, approving agreement with Avcraft, Inc. for nonexclusive rights as fixed base operator at the airport effective April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2028.

The meeting will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube page.

You can view the full agenda here.

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