Scottsbluff Council approve agreement for new business but disapproved the liquor license for bar & grill

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Scottsbluff Council met tonight to approve an agreement to establish a new business but also disapproved the liquor license for one business making its way to the City of Scottsbluff.

Council disapproved of the liquor license for Goonies Sports Bar and Grill. According to the Chief of the Scottsbluff Police Department Kevin Spencer, there are at least two failed compliances within the business’s history. Owner of Goonies Sports Bar and Grill Paul Guhn says the compliances happened when he was not there. Guhn states that one of them was from alcohol being sold to a minor by an ex-employee who didn’t show up for her shift for a no call no show. The next step is the possibility of a show cause hearing to determine if the liquor license will be received or not. Council did approve with a 3 to 2 vote for Guhn being a Manager.

Council approved a resolution rescinding resolution regarding the City’s LB840 participation with the City of Gering Industrial Park Development and rescind action taken on January 16, 2018 allocating up to $1 million LB840 funds for matching LB518 Rural Workforce Housing Grants.

Council received an update on the negotiations with the Riverside Discovery Center Contract. According to City Manager Nathan Johnson, he is not anticipating anything to happen because the current contract will go on for two more years. It was approved to have it on the agenda on every council meeting.

Council discussed information pertaining to school zones. According to Council Member Scott Shaver, people are continuing to drive more than 15mph on Broadway in front of Bluffs Middle School. Shaver also states that the sign that displays ‘While Children Present’ is too vague. Another issue involves traffic being backed up going east on 27th Street. Chief Kevin Spencer says he wants to conduct an engineering study.

Council approved the Administrative and Operational Agreement for Hazardous Materials Response Services between the State of Nebraska, acting by and through the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Scottsbluff Fire Department. This will allow for the department to help others in other communities and receive the same treatment. It will also reimburse for wages and equipment that is used for emergencies. If not approved, those funds would come out of other funds.

Council approved an Economic Development Agreement for Prime Metal Products. This business will be established on 220757 Highway 92 East in Gering and will be used for manufacture, distribution and installation of HVAC duct systems. The proceeds of the loan, in the amount of $1.75 million, will be used for the construction of leasehold improvements for the relocated business. This will provide employment for 70 full time employees. Four people from the audience spoke towards this agreement stating that it will provide more job opportunities for the community and hope to keep the younger generation in town.