The eagle-viewing facility at the Johnson No. 2 (J-2) Hydroplant has been open to the public since December 23rd.
The J-2 facility is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CDT) through at least the last weekend in February.
The facility is located south of Lexington near the intersection of County Roads 749 and 750.
Central’s second eagle-viewing facility is at Kingsley Dam near Ogallala. The freestanding building below the south end of the dam has been open for the season since New Year's Eve. It will now be open for business with a normal weekend schedule: open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MST) through the end of February.
A limited number of binoculars are available at the facilities, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own viewing equipment.
Central has been providing eagle-viewing opportunities at J-2 since 1988 and at Kingsley Dam since 1990. The eagles – as well as other wildlife — are attracted by the open water below the hydroplants, particularly when rivers and lakes in the area are covered with ice.
Several factors influence the number of eagles seen from the facilities on any given day, including climatic conditions, ice coverage on area bodies of water, the number of forage fish for feeding, how many eagles are wintering in the general area, and whether the hydroplants are on-line. The best
viewing time is normally earlier in the day. There is no charge to visit the facilities.
For more information about eagles and viewing opportunities for groups, visit Central’s web page at www.cnppid.com or call (308) 995-8601.
Familiar faces will be seen, just in new roles at the Meadowlark Pointe facility in Cozad. Bri Snider was unveiled as the new Administrator of Meadowlark Pointe. The former Administrator, Cindy Schneider will assume the role of being the new Resident Care Coordinator of Meadowlark Pointe.
Meadowlark Pointe has been serving the Cozad area for eleven years. Cindy Schneider has been the Administrator for all those years and has done a great job making the Residents her top priority. Schneider will now solely be focusing on the Residents as the Resident Care Coordinator of Meadowlark Pointe. She will be focusing on Resident care including overseeing admissions, appointments, medications, activities, and writing policies. As the new expansion will have 14 memory care units, Schneider will also focus on educating and training employees.
Lyle Davis, Administrator of Cozad Community Health System, announces Bri Snider as the Administrator of Meadowlark Pointe. Snider, a Cozad native, has been with the Cozad Community Health System for two years. She has been responsible for employee health, infection control, and total quality management. Snider will begin the Administrator role of Meadowlark Pointe starting in January. Snider’s Bachelor Degree in Healthcare Management will be an asset in her new position. “I am excited that Bri has joined our staff and I know she will continue the same care and philosophy that has been instilled in Meadowlark Pointe,” Schneider said.
Snider is the daughter of Don and Peg Butler of Cozad. She is involved in the community through Rotary, Community Foundation Board, and she has helped plan numerous community events. Snider and her husband Clint have three children, Ashtyn (12), Bryson (10) and Braiton (10).
Schneider has successfully lead Meadowlark Pointe the past eleven years, and Snider plans to continue the same excellence in service and care to the residents and employees. “I am very excited about the opportunity to serve this group of Residents, to be a part of the expansion, and the Meadowlark Pointe family,” Snider said.
Meadowlark Pointe construction is making great progress. To date the foundation has been poured and the walls are now being built. Also in the works is the electrical and plumbing of the addition, and next will be enclosing the structure with the roof. The progress is incredible to see moving toward the goal of adding 26 rooms, 12 assisted and 14 memory care.
Present at his first commissioners meeting was the county’s new Civil Deputy County Attorney, Jared Dean. Dean, originally from Dallas, Texas, filled the vacancy left by previous Deputy County Attorney Joscelyn Brasher who has accepted a position in Omaha to be closer to family.
Official’s Receipts were filed as submitted: $794.29 County Clerk; $28,377.51 Register of Deeds; $18,894.60 Clerk of District Court and $1,589.50 Surveyor.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $739,256.94 were approved as presented, as were the Total Claims for $360,268.91.
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the Ag Society would be meeting on December 28th to finalize plans for the restroom remodeling at the Dawson County Fairgrounds. Bids will be let in January or February and a completion date set for the end of June.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the November crime reports. There were 953 Total Services provided and 1,640 LEC Dispatch Calls for Service during the month. 172 new inmates were booked into the Dawson County Jail.
“The average daily population was 98.7 with 57 of these being contract inmates and the remainder from Dawson County,” according to Reiber.
“Total Revenue for the first five months of our fiscal year are $749,327.81 which is up from $720,944.10 from one year ago,” Reiber reported.
Chairman PJ Jacobson was authorized to sign the amendment to the CDBG Administrative contract with Miller & Associates.
Chairman Jacobson was also authorized to sign the certificate of substantial completion as well as a change order for the parking lot project on the site of the former Dawson County Jail. Total cost for construction including change orders totaled $63,000.
Chairman Jacobson signed the annual certification of County Highway Superintendent Mark Christiansen. This is due on January 1st of each year and since Christiansen is a Class A the county receives a double incentive payment.
The Conservation Easement between Central Platte Natural Resources District and Dalankco, LLC was referred to Planning and Zoning.
A resolution to approve all elected officials salaries, with the exception of the Commissioners salaries was unanimously approved. Prior to the vote, the County Attorney’s salary was raised from the initial proposal of $98,000/year to $100,500/year.
Present County Attorney Liz Waterman had informed the Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky that her office had handled almost as many felony counts this past year as Buffalo County.
The proposed salary for Commissioners was $23,000, up from the $18,050 this past fiscal year. Chairman Jacobson felt this increase was too high and made a motion for the annual salary to be $21,000. A resolution was passed by a 3-2 vote for the amended Commissioners salary.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Commissioners meeting.
Dawson County Assessor John Moore appeared with tax correction requests from several Dawson County residents.
Tax corrections were approved for Raymond Groenwold, Douglas Simmons, James Linnemyer, Edwin Fruit Marvin Barrios, Brad Williams, Nansel Farms and David Rowe.
Board members also allowed the reclassification of acres on K & M, LTD from irrigated cropland to grass.
The next regularly scheduled meetings for the Boards of Equalization and Commissioners are scheduled for Friday, December 29th at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, NE.