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Noxious weed notices sent out

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Red Willow County's noxious weed control director will send out 10-day notices to two landowners with musk thistle growing on their land.

"I've got a list," Bill Elliott told county commissioners during their meeting Monday morning. The notices allow landowners to take steps to control the weeds within 10 days or the county will spray and bill the landowner for time and weed killer.

Elliott said he will serve more notices this fall.

Commissioner Steve Downer said it's been hard to "keep up" with weed control this year, with plenty of rainfall. "You might have been able to keep up once," Downer said, "and then a new growth starts again."

Elliott said that he has been impressed with several landowners "who really had a mess" and have done a good job at control.

In other action:

* Ron Friehe of rural McCook told commissioners that Highlands Subdivision homeowners are curious about the process of creating a paving district for their streets. Friehe said that a former City of McCook administration considered annexing the subdivision, which is outside of the McCook city limits bordering the west edge of Heritage Hills Golf Course, but that most homeowners prefer being outside the city.

Friehe and commissioners discussed the possibility of homeowners purchasing paving materials and the county applying them.

Gary Dicenta, the county's roads supervisor, said it's not difficult to create a paving district, but that creating a paving district would mean that the county assumes maintenance of the road.

Dicenta said the county would most likely have to borrow money upfront to pay the paving contractor, and it has been difficult in the past to collect paving assessments charged to property owners in other subdivisions.

Friehe told commissioners that Highland homeowners are not dissatisfied with county maintenance of the road, and they are not asking for money.

Commission Chairman Earl McNutt said he will visit with county attorney Paul Wood about the creation of a paving district, and Friehe said homeowners will discuss purchasing paving materials for the county's application.

* Commissioners asked Dicenta to mark, yet this week if possible, the center of Road 713, abandoned during commissioners' action last week, so that the road and right-of-way can revert to Stan Quigley on the north and Phil Bamesberger on the south. Quigley asked commissioners and Dicenta Monday that the road be marked through sunflowers that Bamesberger planted on the road/right-of-way so he (Quigley) can spray on his land.

Commissioners will contact Bamesberger about his mowing or disking the sunflowers or the county mowing/disking before Quigley sprays. Quigley told commissioners, "I'm gonna kill 'em if he don't."

Quigley also asked commissioners to have county road crews remove dirt that the county road grader rolled onto his fence line in the same area.

* The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NDED) reported to commissioners that 21st Century Systems, the military software firm that located in McCook in 2004/2005 with the help of an $180,000 CDBG grant, has completed its grant requirements and has received a "Certificate of Completion."

* Commissioners, Steve Charleston of the NDED and Andela Taylor of Hilton Farms Eco Retreat near Cambridge are communicating about Taylor's compliance with the hiring requirements tied to her acceptance and use of a $131,000 CDBG grant from the NDED to create her agricultural/environmental retreat.

In March 2005, Red Willow County commissioners agreed to act as grant applicant for Taylor because NDED grants must be funneled through a government entity.

Taylor indicated in an Aug. 1 letter to Charleston that she has renamed the retreat "EarthBlooms EcoRetreat" and that while she "hopes to operate the tourism attraction for the majority of the year, the primary season will be the four months from May through August. We expect to open the business in March 2010 during the crane season."

Taylor reported to Charleston that she as manager accounts for one of the 3 1/2 full-time positions the retreat is required to create. Her husband's position with the retreat is one-half time, she wrote, so she is advertising for two additional full-time employees.

Taylor wrote to Charles-ton, "We will most certainly have all the necessary hiring done and staff on payroll by January 2010 at the latest."

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