The Gering city council Monday evening officially appointed a new city engineer
Brendan Lilley will replace Paul Snarr, who had been the city engineer for most of five years during two stints before he left in late November to go back to Idaho with family. Lilley is coming back to the panhandle after graduating from Alliance High and earning his civil engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines. Lilley has 25 years of experience working on municipal water, sewer and paving projects while being employed in Scottsbluff and York.
Lilley says he’s had an interest for several years in coming back to western Nebraska, and immediately applied when the job came open. Lilley says “everything worked out for the best” and he’s glad to be coming back to the drier climate in western Nebraska.
Lilley says one of the things he will work on immediately is the new ball field at Oregon Trail Park. At first glance he has some ideas on improving the drainage and making it a better project.
The council also approved nearly $61,000 in keno funding requests, highlighted by $20,000 to Buckboard Therapeutic Academy for a well, septic system, land prep and to help pay for the building that will be the organization’s new indoor arena.
Keno Committee Chair Darrel Bentley says the committee had over $100,000 in requests during this quarter and brought in only $48,000 in revenue. Even with funding lesser amounts from those who have applied Bentley says they have dipped a little into the reserve recently, so the committee will be reviewing their process before the next quarterly meeting, possibly prioritizing requests from Gering projects and then funding others with any money that is left.
The council walso approved a preliminary and final plat to formally split the NTC Logistics building from the remainder of the NTC property off of Country Club Road.