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The North Bend Eagle

 

City council meets new water manager

by Nathan Arneal
Published 8/11/21

Mile Adair, the new regional manager in Nebraska for PeopleService, introduced himself to the North Bend City Council at its Aug. 3 meeting.

The city of North Bend contracts PeopleService to manage its water and sewer systems. Adair is replacing the retiring Duane Grashorn.

Adair was previously director of operations for PeopleSerivce for nine years and before that was the local operator in North Bend and Valley.

Though North Bend has a full-time local operator, Adair said he wants to be a hands-on manager and told the council to feel free to reach out to him at any time.

“I want you to call me when you start seeing stuff so I can take care of it,” Adair said. “I don’t want it to go six, nine, 12 months and then get a call that (you’re upset). I will be responsive if you call me.”

Council members told Adair they were concerned that maintenance at the waste plant was not being kept up. Adair said housekeeping and maintenance will improve.

“I want to emphasize that the wastewater plant is 53 years old,” he said. “There’s only so much maintenance you can do... We’ll maintain it the best we can.”

In other business, at the July 20 meeting the council approved an agreement with JEO Consulting to prepare a levee easement. The $39,000 fee will be split three ways between the city, Dodge County and the Natural Resources District. The easement will give the city access to the Platte River dike and about 10 feet of ground to the north of the dike, Mayor Rod Scott said.

The city has always been in charge of mowing and filling animal holes along the dike. The new agreement officially makes the city of North Bend the entity in charge of the Platte River dike, Scott said, and gives it the necessary space to do the work required. The dike runs from Highway 79 to the North Bend Cutoff Ditch by McGinn’s Lake about three miles west.

“One of the things we found with the flood,” councilman Ken Streff said, “when we started losing that levee out by Riverview Shores, was who was really in charge of it? It was on (private) ground and we were in charge of maintenance of it, but who really owned it? It was kind of a nightmare that probably delayed repairs for six months.”

Scott said the easement agreement will also make federal money available for the city to make levee improvements.

 

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