County board gets to work

January 10, 2019

The Butler County Board of Supervisors was quite productive at its first meeting of the year on Jan. 7.

First, the board discussed the Dwight-Brainard Highway Overlay Project. This road, also known as County Road S, goes north to south from Oak Creek to Plum Creek townships. District 6 Supervisor Greg Janak said the road is in need of repairs.

He explained that the road has been deteriorating over the past couple of years. Last fall, the county did some repair work on the road, fixing up several pot holes. But several have started to reappear since then.

“It is hard surfaced now, and it needs an asphalt overlay,” Janak said. “We’ve been trying to do it for several years, and now we feel we have enough funds to get it done.”

The project was put on the county’s one year plan last year. It’s estimated to cost $1.3 million to place an asphalt overlay over an 8-mile stretch of the road. The board voted to add a vote on whether or not to open the project up to bids at its next meeting on Jan. 22.

The board also unanimously voted to set One and Six Year Road Plan public hearings for 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 4. at the Butler County Courthouse. The meeting is where the board will decide on what county road and bridge projects to pursue in the next year.

A public hearing on approving the expansion for Butler County Landfill was also set for 4 p.m. on Jan 30, at the David City Auditorium, 699 Kansas St. If the event gets canceled or needs to be extended, a backup/extension date had been set for Feb. 6 at the same time and place.

According to The Banner-Press archives, the previous request for an expansion of the private landfill operated by Waste Connections was rejected by board. Without the expansion, it’s expected to be filled within the next decade. This original rejection was overturned by the Butler County District Court, only to later be reinstated by the Nebraska Supreme Court. Now with this meeting, the board is seeking public feedback on the landfill’s new application.

Supervisors also made some decisions on who will serve in what roles on the board during the meeting. District 1 Supervisor David Mach was re-elected Board of Supervisors chairman and Janak vice-chairman for 2019. The two were also voted into the same positions for the Board of Equalization. Mach said he has served as board chairman for about the past eight years.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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