Gering council, Bluffs Planning Commission have important meetings

The Gering city council will meet this evening at 7 p.m. to discuss a proposed option to lower the city's landfill height and remove three extra layers of trash that have been placed on the top of the east side of the landfill since January while the city was waiting for construction of cell six to be completed. Nearby homeowners have complained at council meetings that the extra layers are taking away their view of the Scotts Bluff National Monument and lowering property values.

Engineer Jennifer Hoevet told the Gering city council's Public Works Committee Monday evening the city can approve the proposed option, but it would result in a cost of as much as two million dollars over the next nine years. The extra cost is because of lost revenue and associated requirements to close the current landfill earlier and open the proposed new site east of town in a shorter time frame.

A presentation will be made by a few city residents this evening who claim the height of the new homes near the landfill are doing more to block the view of the Monument than the landfill height. The residents say they don't want to pay more in sanitation fees to appease the concerns of those who purchased homes near the landfill.

The Scottsbluff Planning Commission will meet this evening at 6 consider a request by Future Food Energy, LLC to rezone 43 acres in a city industrial park from M-1 light industrial to M-2 heavy industrial, which would allow the property to be used for beef processing. Future Food Energy, LLC is proposing to locate a processing facility that would employ 250 people initially and ramp up to 500 in five to seven years.

The Planning Commission's recommendation are part of the entire process the council is considering as they decide whether to accept the company's purchase offer.

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