Beatrice approves agreement for garbage service to Pickrell

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has reached agreement with another nearby community to provide garbage service, through Midwest Area Refuse Solutions.
A five-year-contract was approved by the Beatrice City Council Monday night, with the village of Pickrell. The town was formerly served by Sanitary Garbage prior to the city purchasing the assets of the company and running a municipal service.

The council also approved the new Whitetail Ridge Subdivision at the southwest edge of Beatrice, also rezoning a small area of land from agriculture to rural residential. City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer talks about the location of the plan submitted by Chad Buhr.

"It's a three-lot plat located on South Sumner Street, south of Belvidere approximately a half-mile. They're located out in the county, so he had about ten acres he is subdividing off to make about three individual lots, hence the rezoning from agricultural to residential."

The city’s planning and zoning commission previously approved the plan.

Monday night, the council approved a liquor license manager application of GNS corporation, which does business as the Git-N-Split convenience store on South 6th. Councilman Ted Fairbanks casting a no vote.

"They changed the law several years ago where it allows them to have one off-site manager that has a liquor license for all of their locations. I vote against it when it's the other convenience stores. I think if you're going to have a liquor license here in Beatrice or Gage County, you ought to live in Beatrice and Gage County, and I'll vote against it....I'm just being consistent."

In other action Monday night…..two sewer back-up damage claims at homes in the seventeen hundred block of South 14th were taken under review. A lease of north water tower space for equipment of U.S. Cellular was approved by the council. The city will contract with Anne Bauer for an archaeological survey of land the city is acquiring next to the current water well field….and the council approved the use of Kubert Appraisal Group for services associated with the West Scott Street paving project.