Downtown Gets New Look

A historic night in Plattsmouth. That’s the term used at Monday’s city council meeting to describe tonight’s dedication of the new look of downtown Plattsmouth.

The Cassgram reports faced with a federal environmental mandate to separate the storm and sanitary sewers where they were connected in downtown Plattsmouth—their connection caused an overflow during rain events at the sewage treatment plant on the Missouri River—the city decided to incorporate a long-talked-about streetscape design into the project.

15 months after the first ceremonial pickaxe went into the dirt, the dedication of the downtown improvements happens tonight. After an invitation-only VIP reception, the dedication begins at 6pm in the new Entertainment Plaza on 4th Street just south of Main. You’re encouraged to bring your chairs for the ceremony and the nationally-acclaimed Buddy Holly tribute show that follows, featuring Billy McGuigan and the Rave On Band.

The entire project with both the streetscape and the sewer separation started out with a $4.18 million bid. Information supplied by engineers now puts the total cost at $5.89 million—$3.09 million for the sewer separation and $2.8 million for streetscape. Big factors in the increase: wet soil which had to be scooped up, hauled away and replaced with dry soil, and replacement/repair of other dilapidated storm sewers that were not on the original schedule. Old coal chute vaults and unexpected debris were unearthed as the project proceeded and those things also added to the cost.

Still, city officials have said the debt service on the project will be below original projections.

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