Gering council discusses road project, dog ordinances, saving golf course

The Gering City Council Monday night approved Simon Construction of Cheyenne as the contractor for the 10th Street reconstruction project planned for next summer between Crescent Drive and the River Bridge. Simon bid $990,000 on the project, an amount that will be split 60% by the state and 20% each by the county and the city.

The council's recreation committee also told 15 residents they are not planning to approve an ordinance banning any particular dog breeds in the city limits. The possibility had briefly come up three weeks ago after a pit bull attacked a Gering couple and its dog.

But the residents, several of whom owned pit bulls, Dobermans, and German Shepards, said the attack was due to a lack of responsibility by the owner in caring for the dog. The residents asked the council to consider ordinances that would provide for progressively stiffer fines after each instance dog owners were found irresponsible . They also said they would work with the city and the school districts in educating residents and children about the different breeds.

The recreation committee also endorsed a suggestion by finance director John Mejia to shift funds in the city budget to help make the golf course's annual $150,000 land payment and keep the course financially solvent. Mejia's suggestion would shift electricity revenue annually from homes whose front or back yards abut the course to a special fund that will make the land payment.

Mejia told the council the Electric Fund would still be in good shape if the switch was made, and the city could stabilize user fees that have been going up every year threatening a loss of memberships.

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