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Bluffs Council approves hospital speed ordinance and movie LB-840 request

Bluffs Council approves hospital speed ordinance and movie LB-840 request
Scottsbluff Councilman Jordan Colwell points out sustainability benefits of film projects from LB-840 funding. (Strang/RRN/KNEB)

The Scottsbluff city council last evening approved a request by Regional West for the council to establish an ordinance that will allow police to enforce speed limit signs along Rugger Drive during the West 42nd Street construction that began yesterday.

Regional West Risk Director Joanne Phillips told the council their concern is that with traffic increasing on Rugger Drive, which circles the south and east side of the hospital, the possibility of harm to patients,visitors, and staff increases as well.

When questioned whether it was proper for the police department to patrol a private street, Police Chief Kevin Spencer said if it is requested by the property owner they can do that.

The council then introduced the ordinance and waived the three required readings before placing it into law.  The council will then have to rescind the ordinance once the 42nd Street project has been completed.

The council also approved an economic development grant application by American Doorstop Project Productions.

City Economic Development Director Starr Lehl told the council the grant of up to $25,000 would assist with the production of a documentary to commemorate Nebraska’s contributions to American horse racing, including trainer John Nerud, a native son of Minatare.

In support of the application qualifying for LB-840 funds, councilman Jordon Colwell pointed out the economic benefits of funding this type of endeavor.

Colwell said the grant could produce job sustainability, using an example of just the clothing that was cleaned recently during a Coen brothers movie project filmed here.

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