City of Gering says it has to reject Croell land purchase offer

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GERING, Neb. (by Release/KNEP) - The City of Gering has released a letter that says it cannot accommodate a land purchase request by Croell Redi-Mix, but is working with the company to find another location.

In the letter, the City says a number of circumstances prevent the sale. Various private enterprises, including Croell, have recently expressed interest in the site east of the city's wastewater treatment lagoons, and the letter says Nebraska law requires any such sale must be achieved through competitive sealed bids.

The letter says that in addition, the site is the proposed location for a certified industrial park that would be developed in partnership with the City of Scottsbluff. It also explains that Gering does not own the mineral rights to the site, which were retained by a previous owner. Croell was proposing a new concrete plant and regional offices at the site, along with the creation of up to 20 jobs.

The City says it's actively working with the Wyoming-based company to explore possible partnership opportunities and other sites for the location of their business, and will work diligently to see that possibility through.