County Supervisors Discuss Zoning Permits

BROKEN BOW–Zoning permits became a topic of conversation during Tuesday’s Custer County Board of Supervisors meeting. When in the Board of Equalization, the supervisors heard over/under/omitted tax list corrections.

They began further discussing state and local statutes regarding zoning permits when a property owner puts up a new building but does not report it to the county.

The conversation then went to whose duty it is to report a property improvement and whether it is the responsibility of the property owner or a village clerk. No decisions were made and discussion of a Merna property was tabled.

Resolution #15-2019 was approved to transfer funds from the miscellaneous general fund to cover over budget costs for the County Treasurer Fund, County Attorney Child Support Fund, and the Judicial Center Miscellaneous Fund.

Resolution #16-2019 was approved acknowledging the name change of Gothenburg State Bank to Flatwater Bank.

Arnold resident Mike Harvey was approved to serve a five-year term on the Veteran Committee Board. In May of 2018 Harvey, an army veteran, had been approved to fill the vacancy on the board following the passing of Darrell L. Sheets.

A county match request in the amount of $27,735.81 was approved to the Region 3 Behavioral Health Services out of Kearney. On May 28 of this year Beth Baxter presented to the board with an update of the organization’s partnership with Custer County and the mental health and substance abuse services it provides. County Attorney Steve Bowers said the county is “utilizing it [Region 3] more and more.”

The board agreed to donate the courthouse’s old chairlift to Arnold Public Schools because the county no longer has a need for it with the installation of the elevator.

Four requests to cross county right-of-way were approved for various fiber optic cable installation and putting power lines underground. Locations included Roads 429-434 near Anselmo, Ryno Road southwest of Broken Bow, Township 15 on Road 413, and near a portion of the Arnold River Road.

One man in attendance expressed concern to the board about his property taxes and Chairman Barry Fox said he understood the concern but said the county has lowered the levy for the last four years. Valuation protests can be filed by the ed of the month with the clerk’s office. Valuation protest hearings will be held in July.