During their meeting on Jan. 22, the Alliance City Council voted to waive the required three readings of a rezoning application, approving it on the second reading without opposition. 

The application is to rezone a six-acre tract of land from agricultural to highway commercial to allow for the expansion of a local business in the Flack Ave./Highway 87 corridor: the Alliance Animal Clinic. 

At the council’s meeting on Jan. 8, the council heard from three people speaking in favor of the rezoning application, including one of the owners of the Alliance Animal Clinic, who described the need to expand at the location in order to offer more services to their customers in Alliance and throughout Box Butte County. 

The council approved the first reading of the application at the previous meeting, and voted to approve the second reading at their meeting on Jan. 22. Following the unanimous vote in favor of the reading, the council voted to suspend the three readings and approve the application. The vote was unanimous, and the council adopted the ordinance. 

Also at its meeting on Jan. 22, the council: 

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance changing the municipal code in regard to unarmed sports, such as boxing and mixed martial arts. The proposed amendment would limit the city’s regulation of unarmed sports. 

• Approved the purchase of two pickup trucks for the Water and Street Department, totaling $65,129. City Manager Rick Kuckkahn explained that the pickups being replaced would be utilized by the parks department. 

• Approved a resolution to award the 12.47 kV Distribution Line Rebuild project for the airport area to IES Commercial, Inc. The total cost of the project is $366,175, with the contractor supplying the labor and services, and the city providing most of the materials required for the project. 

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