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County reviews plans for new subdivision

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners looked over plans for a new subdivision northwest of McCook and, because of the potential for new business(es) to locate on the new blocks, commission chairman Earl McNutt wished the best for developers.

County surveyor Gary Dicenta -- who is also a surveyor for Miller and Associates Consulting Engineers of McCook -- told commissioners that the new "A.M. Bishop Addition" includes one two-acre block north of Orscheln Farm and Home on North U.S. Highway 83 and three five-acre blocks west of Orscheln's on County Road 716.

The addition is outside McCook city limits, but within the city's two-mile jurisdiction, Dicenta said. Developers, the family trust of the late A.M. "Archie" Bishop, have followed city zoning and subdivision regulations, Dicenta said, because of its location within the city's two-mile radius.

Dicenta said that the county has no authority within the city's two-mile radius, but that the county itself has no subdivision regulations in its own zoning regulations anyway.

The city's zoning requires at least five acres for land that is zoned agriculture. If the subdivision is approved, Dicenta said, approval will include a variance for the two-acre block (which includes the home of Bishop, a cattle buyer and oil developer who died in December 2002) sandwiched on the highway between Orscheln's on the south and Farm Credit Services on the north.

The county can provide its input regarding the subdivision and voice any concerns to the city planning commission and/or city council, Dicenta said, but city officials will make final decisions regarding the acceptance of the new subdivision. The county has no authority with the city's two-mile radius except for maintenance of county roads, Dicenta said.

The proposed subdivision includes future easements and road rights-of-way necessary if development would continue to the north at some point, Dicenta pointed out. It is bordered on the south by County Road 716.

"We're not stopping any progress," said commission chairman Earl McNutt. In fact, he said, "we hope everything runs smoothly," mainly because of the potential for new business(es) to locate on blocks located ideally close to McCook and highway access.

Dicenta asked commissioner Steve Downer to have his District 2 road crews prepare a bridge located southeast of Bartley for a "fracture critical" inspection by Mainelli Wagner and Associates, a company assigned by the Nebraska Department of Roads to do the inspection in 2012.

Heavy cleaning of the bridge is the county's responsibility, and includes removing vegetation from trusses and cleaning gravel, dirt and snow from the deck and abutments.

The inspection is scheduled Monday, Jan. 9, and will insure that the county and the state are in compliance with federal bridge regulations.

Dicenta said the fracture critical rating does not mean the bridge is unsafe, but that if one key member of the structure were to fail, the bridge could be at risk of collapse.

Commissioners took no action Monday morning following a 30-minute closed session called to discuss a real estate purchase, presumably the two privately-owned apartment houses north of the courthouse on Norris Avenue.

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