Local officials decry regulations

The annual State of the Valley address Thursday as usual outlined the various accomplishments of local government this past year. But included in those presentations were comments about constant delays in needed infrastructure projects due to state and federal regulations.

Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger noted two major road projects planned for this summer had to be pushed back because of problems with bureaucratic red tape. Meininger says the repaving of Avenue I and Broadway were pushed back to next year because of regulation, while admitting it was probably a blessing in disguise because of the number of road projects that were on this summer's calendar. Meininger says the communities are doing the best they can to get around all the red tape

County Board Chair Mark Masterton, Gering council President Larry Gibbs, and Terrytown Mayor Kent Greenwalt echoed Meininger's remarks. Masterton says the frustrating part is that the regulations will change in the middle of a project or budget year, resulting in dealys and more costs.

Gibbs says there are just "too many pencil pushers and not enough workers" in Washington.

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