Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2013

Cell tower construction to begin, KENO hours extended

CENTER —A new cell tower will be going up just a few miles southwest of Wausa.

The permit for US Cellular to construct the tower one-half mile west of Hwy 121 on 873 Rd has been approved. Construction on the cell tower, which is estimated to cost around $175,000, will take place in the fall.

Building permit valuations listed on the April report showed a large increase from previous months this year.

The April Building Permit Report showed a valuation total of $1,080,000 while the 2013 year-to-date valuation total was $1,868,000.

Fees collected for building permits so far this year total up to $900.

April building permits included two cabins, two pole sheds, three home additions, two homes, two garages, four mobile homes, two bins along with one permit each for a deck, shed and a machine shed.

A permit for a livestock expansion in Western Twp has also been approved.

Zoning Administrator Liz Doerr met with board members.


The next meeting for the Planning Commission will be June 11, at Bloomfield.

An item on the agenda will include steps that can be taken to ensure that Knox County is designated as a Livestock Friendly County, according to Doerr.

Economic Development Director Matt Cerny and the Supervisors will be in attendance at the meeting.


Sheriff Don Henery opened three bids for the cost involved in re-locating the prisoner exercise area and the sidewalks that are between the buildings to a new location in order to make way for the construction of the new addition at the Courthouse.

Board members accepted the low bid of $17,000 from OK Concrete at Wausa.

The bid does not include the cost of installing the razor wire on the fence at the exercise yard Henery said.


A Knox County Supervisor has been asked if the board members had made any decisions on whether they would approve a request, if one was received, to allow a crude oil pipeline to cross the county.

“A guy asked me what the county would do if we were approached about allowing the oil pipeline to cross Knox County,” said Supervisor Norman Mackeprang.

Mackeprang said he would need to have some additional information before he could make the decision whether he would be against or for it.

Swanson said he has only heard good comments concerning the oil pipeline that crosses Cedar County.

Board members took action to appoint Supervisor Rayder Swanson to fill the vacancy that has occurred on the Missouri River Sedimentation Action Coalition Board.

The county donates $1,000 to the Coalition each year.

Board members agreed to use some of the money from the county’s Keno fund to renew the GIS Workshop which provides online access to records at the Courthouse.

Total cost for the offices that are involved in the GIS Workshop is close to $10,000.

Having the records online saves wear and tear on the county’s records books, according to County Clerk Joann Fischer.

“There has been a lot less traffic to the offices,” County Assessor Monica McManigal said.

Board members agreed to extend the KENO hours at the Cattails Saloon, Center, from 1 a.m. until 2 a.m.

The only “no” vote came from Supervisor Marty O’Conner who voted against extending the hours.

“It just involves more drinking and more problems,” O’Conner said.

Knox County receives a percentage of the money that is spent playing KENO games at the Cattails Saloon and Eatery and also from the Rolling Hills Golf Course.