The North Bend Eagle


Community garden proposed to city

by Nathan Arneal
Published 5/24/18

A teenager approached the North Bend City Council at its May 15 meeting with an idea to get more growth in the city.

Growth in the form of cucumbers, pumpkins and sweet corn, that is.
Shelby Dunn, a senior-to-be at NBC, was recently awarded a $1,000 grant by Nebraska Farm Bureau as part of its Student Project Grant program. She wants to use the funds to start a community garden.

Dunn suggested installing the garden spot on the empty lot east of the library. Councilman Tom Mullally said that area contains a lot of rock that would have to be dug out with new dirt brought in to work as a garden. Dunn said her dad, Billy Chromy of Standing C Excavation, would be able to handle that.

She said her idea is to have users of the garden pay annual dues. She is looking into how Fremont handles its community garden for guidance.

The council was supportive of the garden idea.

“I love it,” council president Emily Kirschenmann said. “I think it would get used.”

City clerk Theresa Busse suggested fencing around the garden to protect it, especially during Old Settlers, when that ground is used for parking. Dunn said she had figured fencing into her grant application.

Dunn said she would return to the council will more concrete plans on how the garden would operate and with a letter of permission from the Library Foundation Board.

In other council business:

• The city hired Mackenzie Madsen as a librarian.

• American Tower currently had a 30-year lease on the land northeast of Foltz Field where it operates a cell phone tower. The company proposed a payment of $90,000 for a perpetual easement for the ground the tower sits on. It also suggested an option of paying $1,030 a month for 10 years, a total of $123,658 for the perpetual easement.

Busse said this is about double what American Tower is currently paying, but it would also end after 10 years.

The council decided to make no changes and remain with the current lease.


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