The Gering city council Monday evening approved an over $50,000 feasibility study to determine whether a new library is needed, but not without a lot of debate and a split 5-2 vote.
Council member Phillip Holliday questioned whether money should be spent on considering a new library, especially at a time when residents are complaining about utility rate hikes and there are water and street improvements that are a higher priority.
But Mayor Tony Kaufman noted there had been money set aside in the last budget and this year’s budget to fund the study, which he said was needed to make an informed decision on whether a new library is needed.
Troy Cowan joined Holliday in voting against the spending the money to hire Joseph Hewgley and Associates of Scottsbluff to conduct the study. But five other council members voted yes and they were in the majority.
The council also approved an interlocal agreement to provide potable water to Terrytown as part of multi-million dollar water project. Federal and local match funds will be utilized to connect Terrytown to the City of Gering’s water supply, repaint Terrytown’s water tower, install water meters, and replace water mains.