Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2013

County Commissioners say right-of-way law is aimed at public safety

HARTINGTON — Landowners installing fence and planting in the right-of-way is not only a liability but also creates a safety hazard, County Commissioners said at a meeting last month.

In response to the problem, Road Supt. Carla Schmidt has prepared a certified letter which will be sent in the next fews weeks to those violating the statute. Commissioners reviewed it at their May 14 meeting.

“Really, we are not threatening them with anything, we are just asking them for their cooperation,” Schmidt said.

Commissioners also approved three conditional permits during their May 14 meeting — one which will allow Verizon Wireless to  install three more 109-foot antennas, according to Zoning Administrator Dave Sudbeck. They will accompany the 109- and 47-foot antennas already on the Hartington water tower.

For the original two antennas, Verizon paid $900 a month for rent. With the additional three antennas, $700 was added bringing the total to $1,600. After five years, a three percent increase will be applied annually. Verizon Wireless is also responsible for removing their equipment if the tower would need repainting.

They would also be charged if they did not do so, according to City Council members. And, if the process of repainting, any of Verizon’s equipment is damaged, the city will not be held liable.

Commissioners also met the UNL Extension Office intern Stephanie Smolek who started two and a half weeks ago. She is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln double majoring in agricultural journalism and animal science and will graduate in December 2014.

Stephanie is the daughter of Larry and April Smolek, Battle Creek. She has two older brothers, Andrew and Austin. She also has a horse named Blaze and an Australian shepherd named Cowboy.

Cedar County Emergency Manager Kevin Garvin and the Commissioners briefly analyzed the full-scale disaster conducted last month, which included overturned vehicles, uprooted trees, and a fire.

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