Commissioners Hold One & Six Year Road Hearing

The Kearney County Board of Commissioners took care of some regular busi- ness before opening a public hearing for the County One & Six Year Road Plan during their March 7 regular meeting.

The meeting began with a courthouse phone update from Darin Haight. Nextiva has agreed to release all the County’s phone numbers and Great Plains Communication provided a contract for the board to sign for service. Coun- ty Attorney Melodie Bellamy told the commissioners she had discussed some contract changes with Great Plains Communication and presented an updated contract for consideration.

A motion for Bellamy and Chairman Brent Stewart to sign the contract with Great Plains Communication was approved. The three year contract includes telephone, internet and fax service at a lower price than the County paid to Nextiva for telephone services alone. The board also approved a motion for Bellamy to review the Nextiva cancellation contract when it is ready and for Stewart to sign the contract after it is reviewed.

Two property request applications were approved. The Minden Lions Club will use the courthouse lawn for their annual Easter egg hunt in April. The Minden Chamber of Commerce will use the courthouse lawn for Dawg Days activities in May.

After their regular business was completed, the board recessed and recon- vened in the courthouse assembly room for the One & Six Year Road hearing. During the hearing, Highway Superintendent Randy Smith gave an overview of the road projects completed this year, the projects planned for next year, and long-term project plans.

There are three grading and four surfacing projects in the one year plan. Three miles of R Road from Highway 44 west will be milled and have a three inch hot mix overlay. Three projects will utilize microsurfacing to address road rutting. These projects include five miles of 26 Road from the Franklin County border north, four miles of 40 Road from S Road to W Road, and two miles of 40 Road from G Road to J Road.

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