Metropolis of the Damaged Arch Focus on the necessity for board members and the worker retirement plan

BROKEN BOW – The town of Broken Bow is looking for members of the public who work in town councils. During the city council meeting on Tuesday evening, city administrator Dan Knoell said several bodies need new members to reach a quorum – otherwise no decisions can be made.

“The reason I asked to be on the agenda is because a lot of our boards are getting fewer and fewer,” continued Knoell. “Getting the quorum is going to be really difficult for the planning committee.”

Four new members are currently needed in the planning committee, two in the Park Board and two in the Board of Adjustment. Knoell said the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment will meet as needed based on the variance and lot splitting applications. The Park Board meets every first Monday of the month.

Interested citizens must complete an application and reside within the Broken Bow city limits. Mayor Rod Sonnichsen encourages the public to stand up for the city and to become more involved.

“This is the public’s chance to change something,” said Sonnichsen.

The new 1999 Pierce Dash 100 ‘SkyArm Firetruck from the Broken Bow Fire Department.

The city council heard from Edward Jones’ local financial advisor Tim McCaslin about a possible partnership with One America Financial Partners for retirement plans for City of Broken Bow employees. McCaslin said this potential partnership would improve retirement options for city workers, allow more investment flexibility, and provide improved advisory support.

“The local representation is very important to us,” said Mayor Sonnichsen on behalf of the city’s employees.

Tim McCaslin said it was his job to provide this local support. “That’s my job: to make sure the employees are taken care of,” said McCaslin.

Kara Knotts, Regional Sales Director of One America, and Stacey Hoffman, Relationship Director, spoke to the council about the Midwestern company, which has more than 100 years of experience. They used a personalized website and mobile app to explain what the employee experience would look like for all of the urban employee’s retirement options. Knotts and Hoffman said staff can work with them and McCaslin during a possible transition. No decisions were made.

Also on Tuesday, the council approved the reappointment of the planning commission’s board members, Cecil Burt III, Nicolle Bailey and Jim Girardin Jr., for a three-year term ending February 2024.

After a public hearing, Casey’s General Store No. 1845 was approved for a replacement application for beer, wine, and class D distilled spirits.

The new city fire truck was parked in front of the community hall on Tuesday evening for the public to see. The fire truck comes to Broken Bow after the purchase of a 1999 Pierce Dash 100 ‘SkyArm fire truck was approved on April 13. (Click here to read the April 14 story.)

The next city council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 11th at 6pm

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