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Councils lower levies

Councils lower levies

The city councils of La Vista and Papillion convened Aug. 31 for their separate bi-weekly meetings.

Both councils finalized their budgets for the upcoming year, as all local governments must have their approved budgets filed with the state by Sept. 20.

Papillion’s approved annual budget for 2021-2022 is $77,420,812. La Vista is at the end of the first year of a two-year budget, and its updated biennial budget was approved for $77,679,166 for fiscal year 2022. Both cities are lowering the property tax levy by 2%, with Papillion’s down to 44 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and La Vista’s down to 54 cents.

The Sarpy County Tax Administrator figures the average assessed value of a home in the county at a little over $252,000. Using that amount, the average Papillion homeowner will pay $1,109 to the city, and La Vista residents around $1,362.

In Papillion, the city council took action on the following.

Approved a resolution to extend the area the Papillion Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. can allow mobile food vendors to congregate at PVFD, Inc.’s parking lot, located at 1001 Limerick Road. The parking lot is owned by the City of Papillion, and leased by PVFD, Inc.

Approved a request for a special use permit to allow storage (limited access) as a permitted use on the property in Tara Hills located northwest of North Washington and Cary Streets, and dedicate a street within as North Adams Street.

Approved a sixth amendment to the Granite Falls North subdivision agreement, updating the costs related to Phase 3 to be consistent with bids for the public improvements. It will also eliminate a redundant cost related to a Magellan gas main relocation.

Approved a resolution to adopt the City of Papillion Reasonable Accommodation Policy, providing application of reasonable accommodation for all laws, policies and processes for persons with disabilities seeking fair access to housing in conformity with federal and state law. A request for reasonable accommodation may be made by any person with a disability, or by any entity acting on behalf of a person or persons with a disability.

Approved vacating an unimproved part of Conestoga Road, with ownership vesting in the adjoining property owner (Wickersham Family Limited Partnership.)

Approved an ordinance renaming Conestoga Road (within Prairie Corners) to be Werner Way. Werner Enterprises, founded by C. L. Werner in 1956, is located within Prairie Corners. Werner recently retired as the chair of the Board of Directors, and the renamed road is an honor proposed by the company.

In La Vista, the city council took action on the following:

Approved a conditional use permit to allow for outdoor storage and an indoor self-service storage facility at 9710 Portal Road. The outdoor storage use on this property is currently considered legally non-conforming (i.e. it is considered to be “grandfathered in”). The applicant seeks to construct a self-service, indoor RV storage building and extend the outdoor storage of RVs.

Approved an ordinance amendment specifically prohibiting trailers attached to vehicles, which in combination exceed a length of 22.5 feet, from parking on public streets in residential districts. This change is in line with the cities of Papillion and Omaha. La Vista’s current ordinance uses the word “commercial vehicle”, the definition of which excludes personally-owned large vehicles.

Awarded a contract to Sampson Construction of Papillion for construction of Structure No. 2 in Off-street Parking District No. 2 in the 84th Street Redevelopment Area. The parking structure would contain 495 structured parking spaces and 11 surface parking spaces for an amount not to exceed $12,514,000. An additional $337,100.50 will be paid to the DLR Group for project management, site visits, pre-construction preparation, construction inspection, materials testing and project closeout.

Authorized Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU) to conduct a traffic study and provide subsequent analysis and reports in an amount not to exceed $28,050. As part of the 84th Street Redevelopment project, this traffic study will identify the expected trips that would be generated by the proposed redevelopment area and determine effects of site traffic on the surrounding area.

Authorized the purchase of an Exmark Lazer Z 60 inch zero turn mower from J and J Small Engine Service in Bellevue, NE 68147 for $7,283.

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