Following reports that Grand Island is contesting Gov. Dave Heineman's recommendation to build the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney, city leaders in Hastings say they are following the discussion, but not engaging in it.
The Grand Island Home for Our Heroes Committee drafted Grand Island's proposal in the open bid process for the veterans home this spring and is now considering several actions it could take to contest the state's decision.
City leaders in Hastings, however, have openly congratulated Kearney on its proposal and thanked state officials for what they believe was a fair and detailed bid process.
"We're not going to contest the state's decision. We were all given a fair chance," said Hastings Mayor Vern Powers. "I have spoken to Mayor (of Kearney) Stan Clouse to congratulate him. Sometimes you're not first, and we weren't first this time."
Click HERE to view the score sheet and other details from the veterans home bid process.