Piatt County board members approved a special use permit request that will enable Piatt County Service Company to move one of its most dangerous operations out of the Monticello city limits.
FS plans on halting use of a 30,000-gallon anhydrous ammonia tank at its facility on Marion Street, and move that service to a 40-acre piece of rural property it is purchasing at 525 East Old Highway 47 between Monticello and Cisco.
“In town here, we have a 30,000-gallon anhydrous tank that we use currently. We want to decommission it, try to be good environmental stewards and not have the liability issue to the city. It’s been there for several years, and I just have worries that someday there could be an accident,” said the company’s general manager, Kory Kraus. “We just need to get it outside of town.”
FS plans to take ownership of the rural land on Oct. 1, then move two 90,000-gallon tanks purchased in Cisco to the new site, which will be used mostly for anhydrous sales for now.
The special use permit, approved unanimously by the county board Sept. 11, was needed to allow the new use on agricultural-zoned land.
County Treasurer Debbie Marshall said 95 percent of the county real estate tax payments have been collected, higher than usual for mid-September. She said her office left the online payment option until Sept. 20 — 17 days past the due date — “and that seems to be helping folks pay.”
Also added this year was an e-check option, which requires less in fees for the payer.
“So instead of using a credit card where it was 2.5 percent of the amount paid, it was a flat $2 per transaction, so it’s been used quite often,” said Marshall.
In other action, the board:
—approved the following appointments: Doug Winder, Emergency Telephone System Board; Will Timmons, Goose Creek Drainage 2A; Robert Huisinga, Wildcat Creek Drainage District No.1; K. Max Olson, East Camp Creek Drainage District; Glenn Curtis, Trenkle-Slough-Blue Ridge Special Consolidated Drainage District; John McIntosh, Union Drainage District No.7; James Burns, Willow Branch Drainage District No.10; and Davis, Unity #3 Drainage District;
—approved $1 million in motor fuel tax funds for general road maintenance. County Transportation Engineer Eric Seibring said he only has $400,000 in work planned at this point, but wants enough available for emergency road repairs throughout the year;
—heard from Piattran Director Jami Trybom that public transportation ridership is up to about 6,000 riders per month. She added the agency will reach 1 million riders later this year; and
—learned from PIatt County Mental Health Director Tony Kirkman that 2-1-1 telephone services will soon come to Piatt County. It will allow an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that will enable a critical connection between individuals and families in need and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies.