Golf Clubhouse, tennis bubble not addressed

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— At Tuesday's budget review, City Council members said almost nothing about the two largest capital projects budgeted for 2005, but they did approve a long list of other capital improvement items.

The council had agreed to wait until later this month to discuss replacing the $1.9 million tennis bubble and building a $4 million golf clubhouse.

Besides those large-ticket items, the council gave the go-ahead to fund a $250,000 field at Heritage Park west of town. The proposed field would be a baseball field and youth-sized soccer field with artificial turf.

The budget has another $50,000 for ball field improvements.

During Tuesday's budget review, the council discussed whether the city should be spending more money on city sidewalks and less money on improvements to the South Lincoln median. The council's budget has $20,000 allocated for median improvements in 2005 and $931,000 in the next five years.

The budget indicates $75,000 will be spent on sidewalk improvement in 2005 and $150,000 will be spent during the next five years.

Some council members said new development pays for sidewalk expansions on the land that is being developed. But Councilman Ken Brenner said in areas such as Old Town, where development has happened, sidewalks are in dire need of repair and, in some areas, still need to be built.

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