City commission

Without further discussion the Abilene City Commission approved on a 5-0 vote a conditional use permit for Environmental Energy to store used oil and antifreeze at 307 Augusta Avenue.

Storage tanks are located in the 100-year floodplain.

The Abilene Planning Commission had approved conditions, one of which was to have the tanks raised above the floodplain.

The city commission sent that back to the planning commission which approved different conditions at last week’s meeting.

Those conditions area:

1. The tanks remain locked when not being filled or pumped;

2. Removal and filling of the secondary containment excavation when the site is no longer used;

3. Provide a copy of all renewed KDHE permits relating to this operation;

4. The tanks must be located at the original ground level and contained within a compacted earth berm, which is built to the elevation of the 100-year floodplain; and

5. The tanks be removed from the site within 12 hours of Smoky Hill River cresting at 25 feet as determined by the Dickinson County Emergency Management Office.

The commission, also on a 5-0 vote, appointed Abilene Public Works Director Lon Shrader to the Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation Board.

The Corporation had an opening and wanted the city to appoint someone to the two-year term which starts next month.

“One of the things learned with the Bradford deal is infrastructure is one of our biggest challenges,” said City Manager Austin Gilley.

Gilley reported to the commission there were 60 applications for the position of communications coordinator and he was in the selection process.

The next meeting of the commission will be a study session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

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