Citizen opposition carries the day on Legion Park bandshell

The Gering city council voted seven to one at a special meeting Thursday noon to reject bids for new restrooms at Legion Park because of citizen opposition to removing the park bandshell as part of the project.

Gering council member Jill McFarland, a member of the council's recreation committee, said the public concern about the bandshell which shares a common wall with the restrooms, carried the day. McFarland said over half a dozen people at the committee's latest meeting opposed demolishing the band shell, maintaining it is historic.

Council member Larry Gibbs was the only member to vote no, pointing to staff comments that the council needed to approve the project soon so work can be completed before the summer. City Engineer Paul Snarr also indicated it would be more expensive and complicated to try to build the restrooms without demolishing the bandshell.

Snarr said one alternative would be to delay the project until the fall which would allow him to re-bid the restrooms and offer an alternative location in the park for the bandshell.

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