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Applicant withdraws controversial permit request

March 6, 2019

Perhaps the most notable item on the rest of Tuesday night’s North Platte City Council agenda was one that disappeared before the meeting started.

As he called the meeting to order, Mayor Dwight Livingston told neighbors of a controversial building at 515 E. Eighth St. that its owners had withdrawn their application for a conditional use permit meant to bring it into compliance with zoning codes. Several left soon after.

The city Planning Commission Feb. 26 voted 5-2 to recommend the council deny the application by Darlene Albrecht and her son, Jack, in part because they used the residential building permit they received in 1998 to build a commercial structure instead.

The Albrechts, who had seen a previous 2003 conditional use permit application rejected by the City Council, had asked this time for permission to rent the structure to a professional soil-testing firm with two employees.

Despite the Planning Commission’s negative vote, the council still would have had the last word had the Albrechts not withdrawn their latest request. Applicants who withdraw their requests before a council vote can reapply any time, but those who lose before the council must wait two years, Planning Administrator Judy Clark told the commission Feb. 26.

Councilman Jim Backenstose asked later Tuesday night when the council could discuss the future status of the building. The matter will have to be put on a future agenda so neighbors know in advance, City Attorney Doug Stack said.

In other business, the council:

» Adopted an ordinance to issue general obligation bonds of up to $7.75 million to pay off warrants for a variety of recent infrastructure projects, including last fall’s accelerated resurfacing projects on several streets. Council members first voted to suspend the rules requiring three positive votes.

» Gave first-round approval to an ordinance rezoning the site of North Platte Mobile Home Park East at 518 N. Bicentennial Ave. The motion advancing the ordinance also immediately amended the site’s master plan so new owner Douglas Curley of Denver can rent empty mobile home pads for longer-term use by RV owners, said City Administrator Jim Hawks.

» Granted a conditional use permit to Gordon and Susan Crewdson of North Platte to turn the former Log Cabin property at 4012 Rodeo Road into a small log sawmill and custom-made furniture shop. Their project also includes a small number of RV pads and a community meeting room.

» Approved Verizon Wireless’ application for a conditional use permit to build a 98-foot-tall cellular tower at 420 E. Walker Road to improve smartphone data reception in that part of North Platte.

» Renewed the city’s self-insured health and accident plan for the plan year beginning April 1. The proposal increased city employees’ annual deductible from $500 to $750 and raised the city’s cost by 15 percent to reflect an unusually high year for insurance claims.

» Accepted a four-year lease-purchase agreement with U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing and Finance Inc. for the bulk of the city’s recent $398,350 purchase of a replacement Rotochopper for the Public Service Department.

The city received a 3.22 percent interest rate for the $288,350 balance after its down payment, according to council documents.