Commissioners approve conditional use permits

Two conditional use permit requests for rural lot splits in A1 primary agriculture zones were approved by the Boone County Commissioners Monday morning, Dec. 17.
Both permit applications were recommended for approval by the Boone County Planning Commission.
One permit will allow CLAN Farms, LLC, to split off 12.4 acres from agricultural land.
Rod Nelson represented the application, stating he plans to sell the parcel to his son, Chris, for a cow-calf operation.
The parcel is located on 180th Street, east of 280th Avenue, or about four miles south and 5.5 miles east of Petersburg.
No objections were raised at the public hearing.
The other conditional use permit, filed by Nathan Mueller, will split off 11.3 acres, containing a building site and pasture, from agricultural land located along 240th Street between 280th and 290th Avenues. The property is about three miles east and 2.5 miles north of Albion.
No objections were raised at the public hearing.
Surveyor Appointed
Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to appoint Hays Land and Surveying of Osceola to the position of Boone County Surveyor from 2019 through 2022. Chris Hays has served in this position for several terms.
A second proposal for the surveyor position was submitted at the Dec. 10 meeting by Brent D. Cyboron of Grand Island, so commissioners had tabled their decision until Monday’s meeting.
Hays will maintain the current hourly rates for the next four years.
Department Heads Report
Sheriff Denny Johnson reported that frequencies had been changed on all law enforcement and fire department radios in preparation for merging the Boone and Nance County communications systems. A meeting on implementation of the merged system will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, for personnel from both counties.
Equipment installation for the Statewide Radio System (SRS) is to be completed this week.
Testing will be conducted to determine what consoles to purchase for the merged system.
Stacey Ziemba, highway superintendent, reported that the supplier had sent replacement parts for the new heater at the Cedar Rapids road shop.
Zoning Administrator Mary Ziemba said officials from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources will be updating flood plain regulations and maps for Boone County.
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They will be meeting with county officials to discuss the process on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Boone County Development Agency office.
Steve Prichard, Extension educator, reported that UNL Extension will be restructuring to improve engagement and administration across the state. Extension is now gearing up for 4-H activities early next year.
New Officials to Take Office
Commissioners Hilary Maricle and Luettel expressed appreciation to the department heads for working with them throughout their terms.
New commissioners Ben Rutten and Larry Temme will be taking office in January, replacing Maricle and Luettel.
County Clerk Kathy Thorberg announced that all elected and appointed officials, including deputies, will be sworn in for their new terms on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at 8:45 a.m.
Commissioners Alan Rasmussen and Ken Luettel reported on training they had attended during the recent Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO) conference. in Kearney.
Luettel reported that dirt work for the new fairgrounds building is progressing well. Excavation for footings should take place soon, and some concrete pours may be completed if the warm weather holds.
Luettel suggested that Boone County apply next year for safety grant funds through the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (NIRMA). The county did not apply for any grant funds this year.
Department heads reported that the first reviews and recommendations for merit-based pay had worked well.
The commissioners approved the annual certification from the County Clerk’s office stating there were no unpaid claims on file.
Next meeting of the commissioners is set for Thursday, Dec. 27, at 9 a.m., and a final meeting for the current board is scheduled Monday, Dec. 31, if necessary, to take care of year-end business.

Read the complete story in the Dec. 19 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.