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At its regular meeting Tuesday the North Platte City Council unanimously approved the Mayor’s appointment of Dennis Thompson as fire chief. Thompson has been the deputy North Platte fire chief for five years. He has served as interim chief after Paul Pederson retired earlier this year.
Thompson said he is looking forward to providing leadership to the fire department, and talked about the department’s team efforts.
“I don’t do it alone,” he said. “It’s all of us down there that get out and do the job. I look forward to this opportunity to lead and help the department progress.”
The council had a short regular agenda, with only four items. Seven council members were present. Councilman Glenn Petersen was absent due to a death in the family.
The council held a public hearing on a permit to allow construction of a cafeteria at North Platte Community College, located in an A-1 agricultural district at 601 West State Farm Road.
No one spoke for the public either for or against and the application was approved 6-0.
Martin Steinbeck, an instructor at the college, abstained.
The council also adopted, on first reading, an amendment to the city municipal code relating to above ground fuel tanks.
At a public hearing, Fire Marshal George Lewis said change is needed to require those tanks be double walled, with an outer shell tank surrounding the tank that contains the liquids.
This is a safety factor and eliminates the need for secondary containment to be built around the tanks, Lewis said. He said this type of tank is approved by the EPA and that the space between the two tanks is monitored electronically for leaks or other hazards.
The council voted unanimously to approve the change. There will be two more readings before final approval.
Also, a public hearing was held regarding to rezoning land located just north and west of Kohler Trailer Sales (two lots) from an A-1 agricultural district and an R-3 dwelling district to a B-2 highway commercial district.
The council voted to suspend the three-reading rule that is normally required because builders are eager to get started on one of the lots. The council approved the ordinance 7-0.