Hobbs memorial gets $5,000 from county
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday agreed to contribute $5,000 to the Hobbs Park Memorial project.
Mark Kaplan, area historian and administrator of the memorial fund, said the money will help complete the memorial to abolitionist newspaper publisher John Speer.
Commissioner Jere McElhaney at first hesitated to vote for the request, saying he supported the project but wanted to make sure the money is being spent wisely.
Kaplan said he still would provide a spreadsheet on the group's expenses to the commissioners.
In August, the Civil War-era house was moved from 909 Pa. to the southeast corner of 10th and Delaware streets in Hobbs Park, near Speer's homestead.
Pavement markings contract approved
Commissioners approved spending nearly $100,000 on pavement markings.
Midwest Striping of Grand Island, Neb. submitted the lowest bid of $99,275, and the contract is renewable for two one-year periods. Keith Browning, the county's director of Public Works, said he had earmarked $120,000 for the work.
Two years ago, he said the Nebraska company provided quality markings on the roads.