City News This Week with Bob Flittie & Special Guests – July 29

FREMONT – Our city news update this week came from two longtime city employees. Bob Flittie hosted two guests Monday noon, in the absence of Brian Newton: Shane Wimer, Assistant City Administrator and Police Detective Lieutenant, and Lottie Mitchell who functions as the Executive Assistant and Grant Manager for the City.

First, Shane gave an update on the activities and responsibilities that he’s involved in since assuming the joint role:


Tonight the City Council will be asked to approve a contract with Sawyer Construction in the amount of $203,000 for grading services to be performed on City-owned property in northern Saunders County. This is the first step in the construction of a new Police Shooting Range.  Shane explained the need:


And he says other agencies will be able to use it:


In other City Council related items, Lottie Mitchell reviewed the flood-related grant proposals the City Council will be asked to approve tonight. First, a $450,000 grant, if approved, that would help fund repairs to flood-damaged properties:


An application for $1-million would aid in “hazard mitigation” for properties


And a second “hazard mitigation” proposal would be designed for the acquisition of irreparable properties:


And the State’s “Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund” has a pool of $3 million, which Fremont wants to tap for additional assistance for repairs to property:


The City will be applying for $750,000 from that $3 million fund for additional repair work.


You can hear the full interview on our Podcast page.