By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
After reviewing the work completed by the Chase County Planning Commission, Chase County has a new Comprehensive Zoning Plan following approval by County Commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. at the Feb. 24 commissioners’ meeting.
Charley Colton and Keith Marvin attended the meeting to explain the county’s updated Comprehensive Zoning Plan. Marvin, with Marvin Planning Consultants, worked on updating the old policy, which was from the late 1990s, with changes being made to demographics, facilities, policies and updated maps.
Marvin said the biggest change resulted from a bill passed in 2010 which requires all counties and municipalities to update the zoning plan with an energy element. The new plan includes power providers and a “wide brush approach” to tracking down usage.
Colton said meetings were held in Wauneta, Champion and Imperial and available housing came up at each meeting.
He said changes have been made with some regulations to help with the housing issue, and added that the updated policy is a very good comprehensive plan with ag being a priority and water “out of our hands.”
The policy had received approval from the Planning Commission and was also approved by the commissioners.
One and six-year
road plans approved
The commissioners also approved the county’s one and six-year road plans at the Feb. 24 meeting.
Jeff Tidyman, county highway superintendent, presented the plans to the commissioners at the Feb. 10 meeting.
The one-year plan includes crack filling and armor coating on the last two-and-a-half miles of asphalt south of Wauneta and all of Old Highway 6.
After July 1, a new lid will be placed on the bridge south of Imperial on Ave 331 and a new bridge will be put in west of Wauneta on 344 Avenue.
County road crews in Imperial and Wauneta will have new payloaders to work with after commissioners approved the purchase of a new Case payloader for Hogsett’s district and a Cat for Vette’s district.
The Case will cost $162,500, minus $29,525 with trade-in. The Cat will be $184,040, with $27,500 taken off for trade-in. Payments will come from the county’s inheritance fund and the road fund will reimburse over three years.
After attending the Feb. 10 commissioners meeting, County Assessor Dotty Bartels stopped by last week’s meeting to follow up with additional information about the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).
Bartels said letters have been sent out asking for land owners to stop at the assessor’s office and identify their land so that if the decision is made to change CRP and CREP, land valuations the county will be prepared.
Hiring new staff
With the resignation of Tracey Pribbeno, a courthouse janitor, the commissioners are looking for someone to clean the courthouse. Hogsett, Vette and Weiss looked over and approved new contracts for the janitor and for grounds keeper. Job descriptions can be picked up at the county roads office and bids can go to County Clerk Deb Clark. Applicants must be present at the March 24 commissioners’ meeting when the bids will be opened.
Kristi Eskew was approved to take over Don Welch’s position on the Champion Mill Board.
Tax corrections were given to Kent Silvester and Kaylene Silvester and exemption applications were approved for St. Patrick’s Church of Imperial and Mercy Meals of Wauneta.