BEATRICE – A Beatrice City Councilman wants the city to establish a public restroom building along the Chief Standing Bear Trail.
Councilman Ted Fairbanks’ proposal was discussed during a work session of the council, Monday night. Fairbanks could not attend the meeting. This past year, the Standing Bear Trail section within the city was completed, and a connection between Dempster Industries and Trailhead Park at Second and Court, is now being finished.
City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says a suggested location for the public restroom is near South 6th, where a trail shelter and parking are located.
Executive Director of the Main Street Beatrice program, Michael Sothan, suggests another approach.
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One challenge to locating restrooms near Court Street, is the flood plain. But, Sothan says that could be overcome.
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Public restroom facilities tend to be targets of vandals over time…which has happened in Beatrice City Parks. City Councilman David “Pede” Catlin says restrooms in public parks, “take a beating”, and that makes location, critical.
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Restrooms closer to a highly traveled street or highway may help limit vandalism. Pride in wanting to preserve an area could also help.
A restroom facility is not included in the current city budget, but Mayor Stan Wirth says now is a good time for discussion on the issue, and planning for it in the future.