Building permits, which were approved by the City of Cozad officials in 2017, amounted to a $7,749,893.13 valuation in the Cozad community in 2017. In 2016, the valuation totals were just over $3 million dollars. 
There were over 94 building permits approved during 2017. Improvements of all kinds are included in the project list, including remodeling, fences, additions, sprinkler systems, etc.
Projects approved:
•  Signs, $1,900
•  Handicap Ramp, $4,444.20
•  Addition, $400
•  Sign, $400
•  Garage, $6,880
•  Sign, $411.78
•  Fence, $700
•  Sign, $350
•  Fence, $1,500
•  Sprinklers, $2,000
•  Garage, $800
• Carport, $800
•  Fence, $500
•  Fence, $100
•  Addition, $37,000
•  Alteration, $$57,540
•  Alteration, $1,000,000
•  Building, $12,000
•  Fence, $700
•  Alterations, $7,550
•  Sprinklers, $800
•  Landscape Fence, $150
•  Handicap Ramp, $100
•  Sign, $1,000
•  Shed, $100
•  Fence, $5,000
•  Shed, $500
•  Fence, $50
•  Fence, $2,000
•  Fence, $3,500
•  Fence, $1,000
•  Deck, $2,100
•  Fence, $2,000
•  Fence, $800
•  Fence, $200
•  Fence, $3,000
•  Fence, $200
•  Fence, $765
•  Enclose Carport, $1,000
•  Shed, $1,000
•  Classrooms, $75,000
•  Fence, $673
•  New Addition, $5,300,000
•  Sprinklers, $2,000
•  Fence, $1,100
•  Roof, $3,000
•  Cover Porch, $300
•  Deck & Fence, $2,000
•  Fence & Pool, $500
•  Building, $90,000
•  Sprinklers, $1,800
•  Garage, $15,000
•  Bathroom & Concession, $40,000
•  Sign, $369.15
•  Fence, $300
•  Addition, $8,000
•  Shed, $6,000
•  Pads, $600,000
•  Foundation, $2,000
•  Shed, $600
•  Carport, $400
•  Sprinklers, $1,950
•  Shed, $400
•  Roof, $5,000
•  Porches, $1,000
•  Sprinklers, $2,600
•  Sprinklers, $2,300
•  Shed, $3,500
•  Flagpole, $50
•  Fence, $8,500
•  Sign, $4,200
•  Fence, $300
•  Deck, $1,200
•  Fence & Alteration, $30,000
•  Sign, $14,000
•  Flagpole & Deck, $300
•  Shed, $200
•  Fence, Gift
•  Signs, $2,000
•  Sprinklers, $2,400
•  Flagpole, $10
•  Garage, $12,000
•  Pole Building, $30,000
•  Temporary Storage, $0
•  Building, Fence & Sign, $300,000
•  Building, $1,500
•  Sign, $200
•  Building, $1,000
•  Pole Building, $15,000
•  Pumps & Parking, N/A
Total: $7,749,893.13
Looking for a way to give back to the community but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds people that in only about an hour, those eligible can help save lives by donating blood and feel instant gratification.
During January, which is National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. 
Severe winter weather has had an impact on donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. 
“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”  
While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.
Cozad Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Catholic Church Parish Hall, 613 West 13th Street. To make an appointment, please call or text Amanda at 308-660-6709.
Donors are encouraged to use our new online health history service ‘Rapid Pass’. It allows donors to complete their health history questions in the privacy of their home or office the day of the blood drive, saving them about 15 minutes of time at the blood drive. It is accessible at www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. 
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
 
The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, December 29th. 
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $199,573.82 were approved as submitted. The Total Claims in the amount of $1,050,808.55 were also approved as presented.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that Miller & Associates had attended the landfill meeting. Bid proposals will be drafted at the next meeting for the landfill expansion and published in local news media for three weeks.
Dawson County Zoning Administrator Pam Holbrook informed the commissioners that the zoning regulations are continuing to be updated. 
“We have collaborated with Marvin & Associates for a complete rewrite of the zoning regulations document and is a slow process,” Holbrook shared with the board.
“We are in the final stages of the new document that will first be submitted to the Board of Commissioners for their approval, followed by public hearings and then enforcement,” Holbrook continued.
Deputy County Attorney Jared Dean noted that during his brief tenure thus far he has located several flood plain regulation issues. It is his goal to enforce these regulation offenses by taking legal action vs. the offending parties.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber inquired where the enforcement for these offenses would lie and was informed that they would go through the county attorney’s office and then proceed with civil actions; not criminal actions against the offending parties. Only nuisances will go through the Sheriff’s Department.
The following appointments were approved from the Commissioners Districts to the County Extension Board: Commissioner District 1 – Amanda Rossell was reappointed, Commissioner District 2 – D‘Lacy Lans will be replacing Carlie Fellers, Commissioner District 3 – Joe Gangwish will be replacing Travis Edeal, Commissioner District 4 – Ann Smith was reappointed and Commissioner District 5 – Massiel Solis will replace Patsy Meyer.
The interlocal agreement between County of Dawson and County of Jefferson to house inmates in the Dawson County Jail was approved. Jefferson County, (county seat being Fairbury, NE) had already signed the agreement and Sheriff Reiber was authorized to sign the agreement. ]
“We basically take their overflow inmates that doesn’t amount to many inmates,” Reiber noted.
The final item of business involved approving a resolution for the Conservation Easement between Central Platte Natural Resources District and Dalankco, LLC. 
Zoning Administration Holbrook noted that this resolution had to go through the planning commission and involves the perpetual surface water rights on a 16.5 acre property south and to the west of the Darr interchange. 
The planning commission received no negative comments on the resolution and it is a carbon copy of the last agreement.
District 2 Commissioner Bill Stewart has announced his candidacy for a sixth term in 2018. Stewart is currently starting his fifth term and 20th year in 2018. Stewart, a Republican, will be on the May primary ballot only if there is another Republican candidate to apply for the position. If not, his name will automatically appear on the November general election ballot in addition to a Democratic candidate should there be one to file.
The board members took visitation of the Dawson County Jail.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Commissioners meeting.
Tax corrections were approved for parcels owned by K & M LTD, Kenneth Hanks, Alan Smith, Virgil Coryell and Jerry Byrns. Receiving tax corrections on personal property were Sabin Enterprises, Inc., Farm Bureau GB and John Miller ETAL.
Board members also discussed tax foreclosures on properties delinquent since 2012 as presented by Deputy County Attorney Jared Dean.
The first case involved two lots owned by Ms. Nancy C. Canas. She will be notified, as she may not be aware that she even owns these small lots.
The second case involves a storage building on leased land that happens to be on a railroad right-of-way. Edwin Mc Donald owns this building. The railroad will be notified.
A resolution was approved for the above tax sales certificates.
The statutory meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 beginning at 8 a.m. in the County Commissioners Room located in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE.
The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, December 29th. 
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $199,573.82 were approved as submitted. The Total Claims in the amount of $1,050,808.55 were also approved as presented.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that Miller & Associates had attended the landfill meeting. Bid proposals will be drafted at the next meeting for the landfill expansion and published in local news media for three weeks.
Dawson County Zoning Administrator Pam Holbrook informed the commissioners that the zoning regulations are continuing to be updated. 
“We have collaborated with Marvin & Associates for a complete rewrite of the zoning regulations document and is a slow process,” Holbrook shared with the board.
“We are in the final stages of the new document that will first be submitted to the Board of Commissioners for their approval, followed by public hearings and then enforcement,” Holbrook continued.
Deputy County Attorney Jared Dean noted that during his brief tenure thus far he has located several flood plain regulation issues. It is his goal to enforce these regulation offenses by taking legal action vs. the offending parties.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber inquired where the enforcement for these offenses would lie and was informed that they would go through the county attorney’s office and then proceed with civil actions; not criminal actions against the offending parties. Only nuisances will go through the Sheriff’s Department.
The following appointments were approved from the Commissioners Districts to the County Extension Board: Commissioner District 1 – Amanda Rossell was reappointed, Commissioner District 2 – D‘Lacy Lans will be replacing Carlie Fellers, Commissioner District 3 – Joe Gangwish will be replacing Travis Edeal, Commissioner District 4 – Ann Smith was reappointed and Commissioner District 5 – Massiel Solis will replace Patsy Meyer.
The interlocal agreement between County of Dawson and County of Jefferson to house inmates in the Dawson County Jail was approved. Jefferson County, (county seat being Fairbury, NE) had already signed the agreement and Sheriff Reiber was authorized to sign the agreement. ]
“We basically take their overflow inmates that doesn’t amount to many inmates,” Reiber noted.
The final item of business involved approving a resolution for the Conservation Easement between Central Platte Natural Resources District and Dalankco, LLC. 
Zoning Administration Holbrook noted that this resolution had to go through the planning commission and involves the perpetual surface water rights on a 16.5 acre property south and to the west of the Darr interchange. 
The planning commission received no negative comments on the resolution and it is a carbon copy of the last agreement.
District 2 Commissioner Bill Stewart has announced his candidacy for a sixth term in 2018. Stewart is currently starting his fifth term and 20th year in 2018. Stewart, a Republican, will be on the May primary ballot only if there is another Republican candidate to apply for the position. If not, his name will automatically appear on the November general election ballot in addition to a Democratic candidate should there be one to file.
The board members took visitation of the Dawson County Jail.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Commissioners meeting.
Tax corrections were approved for parcels owned by K & M LTD, Kenneth Hanks, Alan Smith, Virgil Coryell and Jerry Byrns. Receiving tax corrections on personal property were Sabin Enterprises, Inc., Farm Bureau GB and John Miller ETAL.
Board members also discussed tax foreclosures on properties delinquent since 2012 as presented by Deputy County Attorney Jared Dean.
The first case involved two lots owned by Ms. Nancy C. Canas. She will be notified, as she may not be aware that she even owns these small lots.
The second case involves a storage building on leased land that happens to be on a railroad right-of-way. Edwin Mc Donald owns this building. The railroad will be notified.
A resolution was approved for the above tax sales certificates.
The statutory meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 beginning at 8 a.m. in the County Commissioners Room located in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE.
The Lexington City Council geared up for the New Year by making appointments to city boards and commissions during a short meeting Thursday noon at the council chambers.
Appointed as city officials for 2018 by ordinance were Pam Baruth – City Clerk, Brian Copley – City Attorney and Dr. Francisca Carlson – City Physician.
Those appointed to boards and commissions by the council were: John Knapple, Board of Adjustment, reappointment to a 3-year term; Vickie Clements, Housing Authority, reappointment to a 5-year term; Depha Albus, Library Board, reappointment to a 4-year term; Doug Heineman and Sadie Worthing, reappointments to three-year terms on the City Planning Commission and Curtis Roemmich, newly appointed to the Planning Commission to replace Derek Hains.
Reappointments made by City Manager Joe Pepplitsch included Steve Smith as the City Council representative to the Community Development Agency for a 5-year term and James Macias to a six-year term on the Civil Service Commission.
Other city appointments included Gosper County Attorney Todd Wilson as the city’s special prosecutor because City Attorney Copley still does defense work in private practice and a special prosecutor is needed on occasion. Street Superintendent will be Darold Tagge of Miller and Associates.
In other business the council approved a service agreement with Miller and Associates for consultant work and approved the final $31,932.86 pay request for work on the Adams Street culvert and a change order of $9,508.40, plus the certificate of substantial completion.
Pepplitsch reminded the council that they have a work session scheduled for 8 a.m. on Jan. 6.