PEETZ – The deteriorating condition of some of the streets, in part a result of the number of wind farm trucks on the streets, took over the discussion of Monday’s town council meeting.
Main Street near the school, and also the block stretching from the Peetz Co-op gas station to the town hall, are particularly in need of repairs.
Bryan Stelly and Bret Beatty from Blattner Construction, the general contractor for the FPL Energy wind farm, were at the meeting to talk about streets. Most of Blattner’s crew have finished their work and have recently moved on.
“In the next couple of weeks, you’re going to see the rest of us moving out, too,” Stelly said. “We’d like to leave with a good relationship, because there’s a very good chance we’ll be back next spring to do one more phase” of the wind farm.
“We’d decided that the street wasn’t going to hold up, and we were hoping for some help,” Mayor Greg Nienhuser said.
Stelly said he has tried to keep Blattner’s trucks off the town’s streets as much as possible, but that some truck travel has been unavoidable. He said that he and FPL know they are responsible for some of the wear on the streets.
Nienhuser showed council members the street repair bid they had received from McAtee Paving for $110,000, which included installing a concrete surface along one block of Main Street. He also had a copy made for Stelly.
“Your FPL contact person is Dave Tenan,” Stelly said. “I’d try to contact him as soon as possible, because he won’t be here much longer.”
After more discussion, Nienhuser and the council members decided it is probably getting too late in the year to do major asphalt or concrete work on the street. Instead, they voted to accept the portion of McAtee’s bid for patching holes and sealing cracks, which was for $14,400. They will consider the more major work next spring.
John Japp, from the Logan County Sherrif’s Office, was also at the meeting at Nienhuser’s request, because of problems with dogs in town – one of which recently bit two children.
“(Sheriff) Brett (Powell) and I talked the other day about dogs and stuff,” Japp said. “We’ve been trying to get the Humane Society to help us ever since they were formed, and we can’t even get them to come down a mile (from Sterling city limits).”
He said the county commissioners are working on dog ordinances for the county and hope to get something worked out with the Logan Humane Society.
“In the meantime, since you’re within Logan County, if you’re threatened or your family or livestock is threatened, you have a right to get rid of the dog,” Japp said.
Nienhuser and the council decided to have a letter sent to Wendy Moore, the owner of the dog that bit the children. Moore has stated that she is not going to get rid of the dog because it is a “member of the family.” She recently fenced her year, but Councilman Leon Testerman said he saw the dog running around loose again this weekend.
The letter to Moore will include the amount of the fine as stated in town ordinances, accrued since Oct. 1, the day she was ordered to remove the dog.
“If she doesn’t pay it, we will add it to the amount of the water and sewer bill,” Nienhuser said, “and deal with it that way.”
By Carol Barrett
Journal-Advocate agriculture editor
13 November 2007
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