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Following the recommendation of the Beatrice Planning and Zoning Commission, the Beatrice City Council approved vacating and replatting the land that holds Paddock Lane Elementary.

On Monday night, the council voted unanimously to replat the area of Paddock Lane into one addition in anticipation of the school’s construction of a new building.

At a meeting last month, the city council approved vacating a 20-foot section of Irving Street between 15th and 16th streets, which had never been vacated, for replatting.

The area was formerly known as various blocks of Grable & Beachly’s Addition and Grable & Beachley’s Second Addition—the variations in the spelling of “Beachly” and “Beachley” are how the additions are filed with the Gage County Register of Deeds. Now, it has become the Paddock Lane Elementary School Addition.

“When we started to talk to the school about the new building they're looking to build there, it became obvious that it was easier simply to replat everything,” said City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer.

The new proposed building at Paddock Lane is scheduled to go out for bids on Nov. 21 and Beatrice Public Schools officials expect it to be completed by the beginning of the next school year.

The new building will include six classrooms that will replace four portable classrooms that are currently in use at Paddock Lane, with two additional classrooms to accommodate more students.

The addition will be outfitted with traditional tile in the hallways, carpet in the classrooms and at least one window per classroom. LED lights will also be featured in each classroom.

The city council approved both vacating and replatting unanimously with eight votes to zero.

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