AUBURN – The Auburn City Council approved pedestrian crossing signs for the six-way intersection of Courthouse Avenue and K and 15th Streets at Monday’s meeting.

Councilman Rick Janssen moved to approve the pedestrian crossing signs without painting a crosswalk on the Courthouse Avenue brick. The motion passed 4 to 2 with Council members Katy Billings and Shawn Clark dissenting.

Todd Zimmerman of the Auburn Christian Church said the church would pay the cost of the signs due to pedestrian traffic for the family life center. He asked for the signs to be installed before vacation Bible school later this month.

Janssen said it would be a maintenance issue for the street department to keep a crosswalk painted on the brick streets of Courthouse Avenue.

City Attorney Angelo Ligouri said the benefit of a painted crosswalk would be to direct pedestrians where to cross rather than any point on the six-way intersection.

The city council approved a $299,000 real estate agreement and construction program under the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund and a $922,520 application for grant funding through the state Department of Economic Development were approved. Playground renovation, sports court renovation and trail lights are proposed.

City Administrator  Crystal Dunekacke said the renovations would include the Nature Classroom on the courthouse square and the existing courts by the swimming pool. It also includes lighting the entire trail at the recreation complex.

Dunekacke said the city will be applying for remaining American Rescue Plan Act funds available through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

A construction contract is proposed for Graham Construction for the Westgate project. The $2.7 million contract would include grading, roadway, sewer, water main and hydrants.

Monday's agenda included a liquor license application by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce for a business festival at the Nemaha County Fairgrounds air pavilion on Sept. 28.

Appointments include Richard Clopton and Deb Clopton to the tree board, Amber Kinnaman, Dave Davis and Doug Jones to the planning commission and Vanessa Bingham to the library board.

The council approved a digital services retainer with BCom Solutions for $16,800 and SENDD membership and housing dues of $3,116.