Local groceryman takes seat on Bow city council

Cody Schmick is the newest member of Broken Bow’s City Council. He was sworn in Feb. 24, taking a seat as a representative of the West Ward vacated by the death of Jim Franssen. Schmick said he is pleased to be able to serve. Relatively new to Broken Bow, he had been looking for a place not just to volunteer, but to be useful. “Owning a business in town, I know the uphill battle our business owners are fighting,” he said. Schmick, 28, moved to Broken Bow when his family purchased a local grocery store and opened Schmick’s Market in October 2010. “It amazes me how progressive Broken Bow is. Where other small cites and towns are depleting, Broken Bow is growing. I love being a part of this.” Schmick is no stranger to small town life. His roots go back to Bayard, where he grew up and attended school. His family purchased the grocery store in McCook seven years ago, and he and his wife moved from McCook to Broken Bow when the family opened the business. “This is exactly where we want to be,” he said. “We are making friends and growing customers. People in cities don’t realize what they are missing.” Now, for the next step said he looks forward to learning more about city government and fighting for what’s right, and what’s best. The City Council also: Heard a report from the Nebraska Department of Roads regarding the community’s “Put on the Brakes” petition asking for the speed limit to be lowered on State Highway 2 on the west side of Broken Bow. State Highway officials say they intend to lower the speed limit from 65 to 55 between Mid Plains Community College and Trotters, as the city’s boundary on the south side of the highway now extends to Trotters, however the speed limit coming into town will remain, for the time being, the same. Organized by KBBN, the radio station is going to forward the petition, and supporting documentation onto additional state officials, hoping someone will listen. The NDOR said another traffic study will be completed when the new businesses are fully open.