|Terrytown adds 225 new residents|
|September 23, 2010 Jerry Purvis|
According to Mayor Kent Greenwalt, Terrytown recently became the fastest growing town in Nebraska.
The growth was the result of Terrytown annexing a previously unincorporated area on the southern outskirts of the town. The area, Sanitation Improvement District 3, included 71 homes and about 225 people.
“The residents came to the city council and requested we consider taking them into Terrytown,” Greenwalt said. “One of the big reasons is that the area has no police protection.”
He said the sheriff’s office does patrol the area, but there are gaps during certain hours of the night. Terrytown has the Scottsbluff Police Department under contract to offer patrols 24 hours a day.
Greenwalt met several times with residents of the area to discuss the feasibility of annexation before taking the proposal to their city council. The entire process took about four months before the Terrytown council made it official.
The annexed area includes housing along the north side of Country Club Road, west of Nebraska Transport Company, and Michael, Barbara, and Gary Streets to the north.
Greenwalt said Terrytown is also in the process of upgrading its sewer system. They will continue to pump their “gray water” to Scottsbluff for treatment. The lift station for pumping the water is being updated. The project will run about $200,000 – $250,000, which Terrytown plans to pay for with its own money.
He said the council is still studying whether to convert from a flat rate for potable water to a metered system. That would be an expensive project, as water meters would need to be connected to all Terrytown residences.
“We’re also studying whether to put in a new water tower to replace the one in Bellevue,” Greenwalt said. “The current one doesn’t have a lot of capacity and really needs to be upgraded.”
He said the city is also planning some street work. However, Greenwalt said it’s important to do all the projects on a pay-as-you-go basis and avoid a lot of debt.
As for future expansion, Greenwalt said there are no plans in the future. “This one caught us kind of by surprise as we weren’t expecting this. But it’s worked out well for everyone.”