Taxpayers Should Watch For Study

Cass county taxpayers wait study for use of 12th Street county roads department property. The study will help determine the feasibility of the site for use as a location for a new county roads maintenance shop.

The Cassgram reports For years the main maintenance facility was west of Plattsmouth on Oak Hill Road. The general consensus was the shop there had been less-than-adequate for a long time and several county boards over the last two decades had agreed a new maintenance facility was needed. However, commissioners could not agree on other points such as the location and the scope of the building that was needed.

Last year, the county roads department moved its two mechanics that had been based in Plattsmouth to the upgraded Manley site. The move was made with the understanding it is only temporary while the county board decides on a permanent maintenance shop.

A new county roads shop was listed on the One Year Road Plan presented several weeks ago.

This week, Roads Superintendent Lenny Thorne requested the county board authorize the county’s part-time engineer to do a site study of the county’s 12th Street property west of Mynard—the site of the current roads office and the county recycling operation. He estimated the study cost around $1,000.

The study will include an overlay of the property onto the FEMA flood plain map.

With that study in hand, Thorne proposed the county can “then decide from there what needs to be done or where we are going to move to.”

“Didn’t we go over that years ago?” asked District 5 Commissioner Duane Murdoch, referring to the situation the county board went through in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a “fiasco.” (A shop project was started on the 12th Street site but then stopped.)

“We never did an official site study,” responded Thorne. He pointed out that a big knock against the site by opponents was that it was in the flood plain, but that was never confirmed. “If that is the problem it will then be on paper with this study,” he said.

The board voted 5 to 0 for the engineer to do the work.

(If you’re unfamiliar with the background on the events of 2006 through 2008, type in “Prairie Construction” in the Cassgram Archives at and numerous articles will appear.)

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