Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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County moves toward abandoning Road 443

Rather than temporarily closing a minimum maintenance road in northeast Dawson County, commissioners voted on March 1 to proceed with measures to abandon Road 443 and transfer ownership of the land to adjacent landowners.

Bart Beattie previously asked that the road either be abandoned or improved so construction trucks and equipment could get into property where his family is building a hog confinement operation near Sumner.

Concerned about the condition of the minimum maintenance road, Beattie presented a petition to commissioners that included signatures from adjacent landowners, asking that the county abandon the road so he could make improvements.

Highway superintendent and engineer Jon Mooberry told commissioners that Road 443 is a dead-end road with no benefit to the county.

Mooberry recommended the county host a public hearing to abandon the road. It will be conducted during the next county board meeting on March 14 .

In other action, the county board:

withdrew pavement of 1.95 miles of Road 768 northeast of Gothenburg from the federal aid project list as a housekeeping measure. The road has already been paved with county funds and donations.

accepted a bid for $169,000 for a 2011 John Deere road grader from Murphy Implement for roads department use near Farnam. The only other bid from CAT was slightly higher.

appointed Dave Lahm and Curtis Sargent to a joint zoning board with the Cozad Airport Authority in anticipation of proposed construction near the Cozad airport.

approved opening a dual-control account for money received from county vending machine beverage sales as per a request from auditors.

chose not to participate in a survey by Douglas County, investigating the possibility of merging the assessor and register of deeds offices.

authorized further investigation by county officials into a change from MIPS network services to CSTG Inc. of Omaha for improved computer support and secure off-site backup.

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