John Collins, formerly the Public Works Director for the City of Grand Island, was named the new Director of Utilities for the City of Amarillo. John started serving the City on Monday, September 26. 2022.
At least a dozen sample are taking daily at the Wastewater Plant Operation Center. They test everything for bacteria to chemicals. It is an important job because people are drinking the water down the line. John Collins, Public Works Director said, “It is very spacious but we’re projecting for 50 years in the future so in ten years we don’t have to add on.”
On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the Hall County Board and the Grand Island City Council approved the low bid for the Sewerage Project at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. “The airport is one of the critical pieces of infrastructure that supports the city,” said John Collins, Public Works Director for the City of Grand Island.
John Collins, Public Works Director said “It is not the first time the city has received the awards, but it is no less an honor.” The award is to not only recognize safety in wastewater facilities, but also to promote it.
After the long construction of the Eddy Street Underpass, there is still work that needs to be done. “If you were walking under there, you could look at the concrete on the retaining walls and you’d see cracks and you’d see chips off of it,” Collins noted. “And, some places, you might even see some pieces of metal, which is the rebar that gives it’s strength to the concrete and it would be rusty.”
The major Old Potash project has completed a new phase. The roundabout near Hy-vee is now open. It is the City’s first multi-lane roundabout.
A house near the location of the future Five Point Roundabout may need to be removed to make room for the construction. According to John Collins, the Nebraska Department of Transportation is currently acquiring the land that will be needed for this project.
Public Works Director John Collins made a report to the Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday. Included in the report his said that the bid for the Five Point Roundabout should occur in the Fall of 2022.