Road, bridge items delayed until June 25

Monday, June 18, 2018

McCOOK, Neb. — Red Willow County’s road superintendent Tyson Bardsley will return to the commissioners’ weekly meeting next week to finalize some road and bridge work that he and commissioners discussed at their meeting this morning.

Commissioners took no action on three items today, but will at their June 25 meeting:

— A request from Mike and Susan Broomfield to change 6,000 feet of a minimum maintenance road southwest of McCook to a “local road” designation because they are building a new home along the minimum maintenance road between County Roads 711 and 712. The change will make the road more accessible to their home and to mail and school vehicles.

— Added “a short quarter-mile” of armor-coated road north of the fairgrounds and into Countryside Estates to the list of 2018 summer AC projects: Bartley North, the Danbury-Marion Cemetery Road and County Road 714 south of McCook.

— Finalize plans to replace a Beaver Creek bridge northwest of Danbury with twin 8 1/2x40-foot corrugated metal pipes using matching funds from the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s County Bridge Match Program.

In other action, commissioners:

— And county assessor Kristi Korell and deputy county attorney Phil Lyons discussed, in closed session, a possible settlement with a property owner who has appealed his property tax valuation with the state’s Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC).

— Set July 2 at 10 a.m. as the date and time to open gravel bids.

— During public comment, listened to Myrna Harper of rural Indianola comment on road safety and the need for regular updates to safety manuals. She said she travels 15 to 20 miles a day on county roads and, citing her father’s and brother’s road-building experience, told commissioners how to drag county roads to avoid dangerous piles of dirt and weeds.

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