Tensions rise at Commissioners meeting about vacant boat ramp

Lincoln County Commissioners
A portion of Sea Street's ownership is in question from a petition submitted by property owners...
A portion of Sea Street's ownership is in question from a petition submitted by property owners to the Lincoln County Commissioners.(Marresa Burke)
Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 4:18 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -On November 30, the Lincoln County Commissioners discussed a petition submitted by Rick and Kim Konyak of Brady, requesting the “vacancy of a portion of Sea Street and an unfinished boat ramp in Jeffrey Fjords Estates.”

Sea Street extends to a private road, but it must be determined if the plot of land in question is or is not county property. If the property is the county’s, can it be relinquished from the county’s possession and into private ownership? If so, it would potentially remove the public cul-de-sac and a portion of Sea Street.

Independent investigations regarding the ownership of the land have been begun privately by the Konyak’s. They presented to the Commissioners a petition in their posession, for the entire area to be cleared, stating it is not being used for its intended purpose. In addition to their research, they say they have lived in the area for three years and have not witnessed county maintainers tending to the property.

The Konyaks did not specify their intended plans property if they are able to acquire it.

John and Jane Kippenberg of Brady say the property is a part of their driveway. The Kippenbergs attended the commissioner’s meeting to explain to the board that two families utilize the land. They have occupied their home for 13 years. They voiced concerns about the future of their own property if the portion of Sea Street in question and unfinished boat ramp are sold to the Konyak’s.

Commissioners decided to conduct an independent study before any future discussions or decisions can be made.

“They asked us to do a study first to see if it is a county road, or if we maintain it. Or if it is a county road and it hasn’t been maintained, whatever the case may be. But yes, this is usually standard procedure,” said Highway Superintendent Carla O’Dell.

This story is on-going.

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