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Paving break
Warning signs alert drivers to the perils ahead on North Bend’s Main Street. Pot holes have caused damage to several vehicles, including one that had to be towed.

Council not happy with state's response to pot holes

by Nathan Arneal
Published 3/14/18

The mayor and members of the city council expressed their frustration with the growing pot hole problem on North Bend’s Main Street at their March 6 meeting.
With Main Street being part of State Highway 79, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Nebraska Department of Roads for maintenance.

Main Street pot holes
Parts of Main Street, North Bend have been rough on cars and truck trying to pass through.

City Clerk Theresa Busse said last week a car had to be towed after its wheel broke off in a pot hole, and people have been sending their repair bills to NDoR. Busse said she calls the state almost every day concerning the conditions on Main Street. The council also sent a letter voicing its concern after its previous meeting.

The city requested warning signs be put up, and NDoR did put up “rough road” signs, but mayor Jeff Kluthe said those don’t accurately convey the danger ahead.

“They need to be blinking signs,” he said, “‘Stop! Five miles an hour or you’re going to break your car.’”

State workers had been out filling the pot holes the week prior to the meeting, and have returned in the days since last Tuesday’s meeting, but the council feels that it is not enough as the filling is quickly eaten out of the holes by traffic.

“They need to be out there every day filling it up,” councilman Tom Mullally said.
The worst sections of Main Street are in front of the Veterans Park and near the stoplight at 11th and Main.

Busse said North Bend asked NDoR to repair the street after pot holes began to form last year. NDoR did not get to it last summer, and by the fall it was too wet with all the rains and NDoR was backed up with other projects.

“They’ve got to stop one lane (of traffic) and fix it,” Kluthe said, “or cut it out down to the cement and put some new cement in there.”

Mullally said that probably wouldn’t happen for at least another month, or more, until the ground is dry.

In other council business:

• Busse reported that her questions to attorneys and state officials say that a new owner of Westward-Ho Mobile Home Park would be grandfathered rules as the previous owners and new ordinances wouldn’t affect it.

This includes the FEMA elevation regulations. New construction in North Bend must be built one foot above the base flood elevation, but mobile homes moved into Westeward-Ho only have to be 36 inches above the ground. This is because Westward-Ho existed before the FEMA regulations were put in place.

• The city was asked to share costs of installing a high school softball regulation fence at the high school softball field, sharing the cost with the Optimist Club and NBC. The current outfield fence is at a depth for mens slow pitch. No action was taken.

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