Current Beatrice City Council member Rick Clabaugh has filed to run again for the position to represent Beatrice’s Ward 2.
Clabaugh, who has owned and operated Clabaugh Pharmacy since 1980, said that he’s been honored to serve these past four years since he was elected to the city council in 2014.
The council has made some big changes during his term, he said, like upgrades to the landfill and tackling economic development issues, but there’s still work to be done.
“One of the bigger things coming up is going to be whether we do a new fire station or refurbish what we have,” Clabaugh said. “That would probably be the most immediate decision.”
Clabuagh said he’s been impressed with the city’s department heads, saying they’re doing a fantastic job that everyone in the city of Beatrice can be proud of. More than anything, he said, keeping everyone moving in the right direction and staying on track has helped to improve city infrastructure and to clean up the town.
Clabaugh said that the city’s recent downtown revitalization grants have started giving the city a whole new look and bringing downtown back to its former glory.
“You see an older building that's really being refurbished and everybody wondering what's going to go in there,” he said. “Seeing a building that's coming to life, I think it gives everybody a good feeling that things are happening.”
Though he can't foresee the long-term impact of every decision made by the city council, he said it all comes down to making the best decisions you can will all the information you have.
“Everybody seems to be rowing the boat in the same direction now,” he said. “There seems to be a lot more community pride than we might have had a few years ago. It seems to really be catching on right now.”