Venango annexation discussed with commissioners

Village of Venango board member Tom Tines briefed Perkins County commissioners during their Oct. 2  meeting on the annexation issues being discussed in Venango.

In 2010, the village annexed the entire section, but they were not informed they would be in charge of maintaining the county roads. Because they do not have the equipment to do this, they de-annexed in 2013. 

The new area being annexed will take in sewer ponds, the solar complex and  other open areas. 

Tines said moving back 40 feet from the center of the road complicated the issue more than what they anticipated. 

Commissioner Steve Tucker asked Tines if the village would consider annexing the entire section. Tines said they are concerned about the roads. They don’t have the equipment or the desire to maintain them. 

It was questioned whether they could annex up to the right-of-way. Tines said there were a couple board members who didn’t think they could do that. 

Tucker said he had no problem keeping things the way they were in terms of the roads in order to keep things simple. He said there are some statutes he looked at that will allow them to work out an agreement. 

“To prevent turmoil we need to keep this simple,” said Tucker.

Tines said the surveyor recommended annexing to the section line, which would be the center of the road.

The Village of Venango met on Tuesday, Oct. 10 to discuss their options. 

Elevator

The courthouse elevator remains out of service pending the installation of the sump pump and fire alarms. Staff member from second and third floor offices will come to the first floor to assist people who are unable to use the stairs. 

New employee

Barb Tines’ last day in the clerk’s office was Friday, Sept. 29. Tammy Gasseling was hired to fill the position and began on Oct. 10. 

Audit

Perkins County Clerk Rita Long said the auditors were there Sept. 28 and 29. They said everything was very well organized. 

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