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County vacates road near Sumner

LEXINGTON—Dawson County commissioners voted on Friday to vacate Road 433 near Sumner, officially transferring ownership to adjacent landowners.

The action allows Bart Beattie of Sumner to bring the formerly minimum maintenance road up to standard so heavy construction equipment will be able to access land where the Beattie family is building a swine confinement operation.

“I believe it’s in the best interest for everyone to vacate this road,” Beattie told the county board during a public hearing. “We need to be able to have heavy equipment navigate that road in all weather conditions.”

Jon Mooberry, county roads superintendent, recommended vacating the road as opposed to abandoning it.

Vacating the road alleviates all ownership and liability.

Beattie said concrete work has begun on the hog operation.

In other county roads business, commissioners approved a resolution authorizing a local public agencies agreement for a bridge project southwest of Overton.

Mooberry said the agreement with the Nebraska Department of Roads means the county commits to all federal requirements for the federal aid project.

The board also approved gravel bids for the upcoming year.

Bids were submitted by T&F Gravel of Elm Creek, Paulsen Inc. of Cozad and Overton Sand and Gravel.

Commissioners awarded the low bids in each range and township, as well as the pit price, to Paulsen and Overton Sand& Gravel.

T&F’s bid, only on the eastern area, was rejected.

In other action, commissioners:

authorized deputy county attorney Kurt McBride to negotiate changes in a proposed contract from Client Server Technology Group for maintenance and service for all technology systems within the courthouse, including computer upgrades, back-ups and e-mail.

awarded a bid for three sheriff’s department pickups to Plum Creek Motors of Lexington. The Plum Creek total bid, with trade for $55,381, was for three 2012 Chevy crew cab pickups to replace three older units. The only other bid came from Pony Express Chevrolet of Gothenburg for $57,780 with trade.

accepted the annual audit from the state auditor with no major corrections necessary.

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