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Landowner says he'll comply

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook man who is stockpiling inoperable vehicles and appliances, computers, tanks and oil filters on 30 acres of land that he owns southwest of McCook is complying with county officials who have asked him to clean up his property.

Bill Mathies said this morning that he has hauled a trailer-load of drained oil filters to a crusher facility in Kearney. He also said that he is taking a load of computer monitors to the Red Willow County household waste collection shop at west Railroad and South streets in McCook for proper disposal.

The county's household waste department will accept computer monitors, but people wanting to drop off the equipment must contact director Bill Elliott before bringing items to the shop. Elliott said that in some instances, there is a charge. Call Elliott at (308) 345-4333.

County commissioners told Mathies at their meeting May 17 to work with county zoning administrator Darcey Eckhardt to ensure that he is in compliance with zoning regulations regarding salvage yards, although Mathies has said repeatedly that his property is not a salvage yard or salvage business. Neighbors don't agree, and have taken the disagreement to commissioners.

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Mr. Mathies who likes to collect stuff bought a few acres in the country to store his stuff on not knowing it could or would be considered a salvage yard. From the first meeting may 17th when it was brought to his attention, there was a concern about his stuff and that a complaint had been made, Mr. Mathies has and is trying to comply with the zoning laws. He has stated he does not agree with the zoning law but would cooperate. Is he given a chance? Nope! one week later a formal complaint is made, his private property trespassed on ( pictures were taken to use against him,) He was threatened to have the EPA and the DEQ called on him. His Phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting to do buisness with him. People have been out snooping around his stuff. Maybe the Craig's should have taken a little more time when they built their house at and angle. as there back door faces Mr. Mathies stuff. Or maybe if Mr. Mathies had lowered his price and sold the place to the Craig maybe there would not have been a complaint filed. Who's next and where is this going to end .

-- Posted by angel sue on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 7:03 PM

The craigs remind me of people who build their house near an airport, gun range, etc..etc.. and then after they move there complain and try to get whatever shut down.

I remember a guy telling me a story about the Eagle Vail valley. He word for the Colorado DNR. The valley is one of the bigest wintering areas for a huge Elk herd. People built the valley up and it is now litterd with houses and developments. People actually call and complain and ask the DNR to move the elk and do something because they are eating flowers and on their property. People are amazing.

I am looking forward to the County enforcing thise statute on all the folks around that have lots of junk on their property.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 8:49 AM

Yes, the cragis should have been aware that someday, someone my pile garbage in there view. The should board up the offending windows promptly.

This is not stuff, who out there has a pile of old computer monitors? Its junk. If it quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, guess what, its a duck.

-- Posted by president obama on Fri, May 28, 2010, at 10:58 PM

what more do you want from Mr. Mathies. Even though he does not agree he stated he would cooperate from the first meeting. But has that been good enough for the Craig's nope. They did not have to build their house to over look his stuff. His stuff was there first.

as far as the computer monitors Mr. Mathies got the computers for the SWATTs would have something to do. And if the monitors are so dangerous why are we letting our kids sit in front of them at school. Besides that as stated in the article above the monitors are gone. The craigs have poles that appear to be treated with creasol laying in their yard. not everyone keeps everything in their house personally i store my lawn mowers, cars and other stuff in my yard. and instead of renting a space he bought some land in the country to store his stuff on. things might get cleaned up alot quicker if the craigs would give him a chance.

-- Posted by angel sue on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 5:39 AM

I dont want anything from him

I just love the "his stuff was there first" argument. I bet if we traced it down the native americans were there first. Should we ask them if his stuff is ok there?

THe monitors are not dangerous until we dispose of them improperly. Sitting in front of a computer all day and dropping a few into your well water to let them rot are 2 different things.

-- Posted by president obama on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 7:31 AM

Not sure i want someone moving into my neighbor hood and turning me into the zoning board cause i have 3 lawn mowers. I would hope that they would come talk to me first give me a chance. Mr. Mathies unknowingly collected to much stuff he does not want to be a salvage yard. He has agreed to clean it up and get rid of it. the neighborly thing to do. Wouldn't it be nice if the Craig's would have done the neighborly thing and talked to him first or even given him a chance before they knowingly tresspassed on his land. I just think that maybe if they were to cooperate a little with Mr. Mathies things could get done alot faster.

-- Posted by angel sue on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 1:19 PM

as far as the monitors they were not broken up as you can see in the picture. and were not a threat to the well water. and they are gone. they share a well so i am sure mr Mathies is not going to do anything to harm his own water. like spraying weed killers.

-- Posted by angel sue on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 1:29 PM

maybe the craig's are the ones that are breaking the zoning law. they built their house to close to what people want to concider a salvage yard or is only Mr. Mathies supose to follow the laws.

-- Posted by angel sue on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 1:40 PM

mabey they are, call them in and see what you can get done about it. Make the call and lets see if they are breaking the law. Go ahead and put your time and energy into it.

I think Mr. Mathies is a swell guy for cleaning it up. Kudos to him. Obviously a good person trying to do the right thing. Why all the disdain for the craigs? Sounds like the law falls on their side.

-- Posted by president obama on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 6:43 PM

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