By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
A new grain elevator with a proposed capacity of seven and a half million bushels is scheduled to be opened this fall in Seward County.
County commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit and a resolution authorizing the use of that permit in a special meeting Tuesday for Reiss Farmland for a commercial grain warehouse (elevator) project.
That approval came just more than two weeks after the Seward County/City of Kismet Planning Commission hosted a public hearing regarding the project.
Following that hearing, the planning commission recommended approval of the permit.
At the hearing, Jay Garetson of Hansen-Muller Company informed the board that the company is requesting a zoning change for the purpose of constructing a grain elevator to serve the community in the area of County Road T and Highway 160 near Kismet.
The facility will be publicly licensed and bonded. Hansen-Muller has a facility along U.S. Highway 83 about 12 miles north of Sublette that they have operated for approximately 12 years. The new facility was requested to accommodate the growing need for grain storage in the area.
Both county commissioners and members of the planning commission had concerns about traffic safety, stating traffic through the city of Kismet may be increased requiring more road maintenance, and there is not a turn off of Highway 160 onto Road T.
Garetson said there is enough space on the property to allow waiting trucks to park preventing trucks from backing up on the highway.
The county commission voted 4-0 Tuesday with chairman Joyce Hibler absent to approve the permit and the resolution.