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Proposed site is circled.
The North Platte City Council approved a zoning change Feb. 7 to allow a crematorium to be located off Philip Ave. on the east edge of the city.The council unanimously approved the change, 8-0, on first reading. Two more readings will be held, Zoning Administrator Judy Clark said after the meeting.
The land, which is in the southeast corner of Philip and Bicentennial, is currently zoned agricultural. That will change to light industrial, conforming to businesses in the city’s industrial park, which lies directly west of the site.
The crematorium would be inside an property maintained, eye-appealing 40 x 40 foot building, applicant Troy Douglas said.
Cremations are increasing in Nebraska as well as nationally. The closest crematorium to North Platte is 40 miles west, and much farther in other directions, the applicants said, so North’s Platte’s three funeral homes would be well served.
The equipment would operate without smoke or odor, and residents of the area will not be aware that it is operating, according to combustion systems manufacturer, Matthews Environmental Solutions of Apopka, Fla.
Emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds would be considerably less than those of a residential fireplace and a fast food restaurant cooking 100 hamburgers an hour, the Matthews company said.
It was a short meeting for the council, lasting less than 10 minutes.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a special liquor license for a night of mixed martial arts fights on March 25 at the D&N Event Center.
• Approved a special liquor license for the Eagle’s state pool tournament on March 31-April 2 at the D&N Center.
• Accepted the annual audit of the city for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
• Okayed the appointment of Colleen Parker to the library advisory board, replacing Patricia Abels.
• Designated Western Nebraska Bank as a depository for city funds, joining other banks in the city. .
• Approved the Mayor and council members as the members of the North Platte Leasing Corporation, as required under the terms of the bond that funds the Iron Eagle Golf Course. The leasing corporation elects officers and specifies members every two years. The corporation has not conducted any business since 2010, when it authorized the refinancing of the Iron Eagle bond, city clerk Angela Gilbert said.
If all goes as expected, the Iron Eagle bond will be paid in full this year.