Holcomb City Council to consider rezoning land
Liquid cattle feed firm wants to start construction July 8.
BY SCOTT AUST
The Holcomb City Council decided Wednesday to schedule a special city council meeting for 6:45 a.m. July 5 to consider rezoning currently un-zoned land near the corner of Main St. and Railroad Ave. to allow a liquid cattle feed company to begin construction.
Agridyne, an Illinois-based company, wants to start work by July 8 on a distribution facility in Holcomb.
The company will ship its product in by rail to the site in Holcomb, offload it into a storage facility and then load it into trucks for distribution to its customers throughout the area.
The company is working on a 15-year lease agreement with the railroad for a rail spur.
Last week, the planning commission recommend against approving the zoning change, based on a question raised by a Holcomb resident about possible odor the facility might generate.
Holcomb Mayor Gary Newman said Garden City's planning and community development staff subsequently called several communities where Agridyne has similar facilities and none of the communities reported any complaints about odor.
Newman said the planning commission recommendation is not binding on the Holcomb council. The city can choose to override the planning commission recommendation at the special meeting next week.
An estimated 10 to 15 temporary construction jobs and anywhere from six to 12 permanent jobs could be created by the company.
In other business:
* The council voted to spend $5,676 to purchase a teeter-totter, slipper slide and super dome jungle-gym type play apparatus for the city park from Nebraska-based company Bluegrass Playgrounds Inc. The equipment should be delivered within four weeks.
Council member Brian Rupp said the new equipment will help improve the park and could also lead to more people using it.
"I think for the quality of life of Holcomb we can definitely get that to be an area for people to go out and enjoy a little bit more," Rupp said. "The upgrades we've done by spraying, putting in additional sprinklers, and keeping it green have been a very big positive."
Newman noted the city put in a walking trail that has seen increased usage, and he expects putting more equipment in the park could have the same effect and lead to even more park improvements in time like added benches or maybe more gazebos.
* The council approved the appointment of Riley Carey as a probationary firefighter Holcomb Community Fire Department.