Summer may be a time for vacations but it was vacating that had the interest of the Burt County Board of Supervisors.
Following a public hearing July 26, board directed County Clerk Sarah Freidel to draft a resolution vacating an unused road near Summit Lake. Because it is being vacated, the land will be distributed to adjacent property owners.
The decision followed a brief public hearing that saw one of the new owners, Ian Maslowsky, and representatives from the Papio-Missouri River natural Resources District and the Nebraska Game and parks Commission speak in favor of vacating.
Maslowsky told the board he lives on the east end of the road in question. He said what used to be the roadway is overgrown with trees and grass.
“It doesn’t go anywhere but my back yard,” he said.
Another neighbor, Scott Herbolsheimer, uses past of the old road for access to his property.
Dist. 7 Supervisor Carl Pearson said he wished the two could come to the board with an agreement on what will happen to the road once its vacated.
“If we vacate it now,” he said, “they don’t have to agree to anything.”
The supervisors initially were inclined to wait until the Aug. 13 meeting to render their decision, to give the neighbors time to come to an agreement.
“I think we should vote now,” Dist. 6 Supervisor Gary Swanson said. “We shouldn’t be their referee.
In other business July 26, the supervisors:
—Heard a report from engineer Jeff Wagner about repairs to county roads V and L.
A culvert on V west of Decatur remains washed out from the spring flooding.
He told the board if they want Road V back in service quickly, the only option is to put it back the way it was. The flood washed out a 14-foot, 150-foot long multi-plate tube. Replacing it is expected to cost $113,000. Wagner said it failed because it couldn’t handle the velocity of the onrushing water which was running at 29 cubic feet per second.
He presented two other option, both of which will require a permit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
One is to replace the culvert with two 10-foot tubes, each of which is 154 feet long; or replace it with a 14-foot square box culvert. He said he latter would do the best job at preventing another washout, but at $250,000 it’s also the most expensive. If the board waits for a FEMA approved project, the federal agency will pay 75 percent of the cost.
Dist. 5 Supervisor Dale Webster said it may come down to when they want the work done. “If it’s not now, then it’s next June or July.”
The board directed Wagner to begin a project worksheet to submit to FEMA.
Wagner said work on L also awaits a FEMA permit. He said proceeding without one could jeopardize funding for the project.
The board also learned that paying for additional crack repairs will push the cost of resurfacing County Road GH roughly $100,000 over the bid price. He said some of the overage could be recouped during the final paving process.