1. Cleared up an issue at Centennial Park
The city put to bed pending litigation against a property owner next to Centennial Park to clean up a drainage issue.
At the heart of the issue was a culvert blockage caused by a fence and trees that impeded water flow out of Centennial Park along a natural waterway to the east of the park. The city filed a lawsuit to try and get the property owners to clean up the area.
Tuesday the city approved a proposed settlement agreement that will allow the city to clean up the ditch them. The cost to the city is estimated at $3,000.
2. Sold some property
The city approved selling two pieces of property: one adjacent to 901 N. Elm Street and one adjacent to 314 Glendale Ave.
The Elm Street property was a former utility easement the city sold to the adjacent property owner. The property on 314 Glendale Ave. was a 5,500 square foot lot and was sold to the adjacent property owner. According to city staff, neither property held any value to anyone other than the adjacent property owners. The city agreed to sell each property for $50.
3. Proclaimed awareness days and months
The commission passed a proclamation declaring April 24 as Arbor Day in Newton.
Arbor Day was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska and is now observed throughout the United States. The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Newton as a Tree City USA.
At about 9 a.m. at Slate Creek Elementary kindergarten students will participate in Arbor Day festivities including planting a tree.
The commission also passed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Mont.