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As the Spring and Summer months continue to heat up the 100th Meridian City, the Cozad City Council approved and addressed many items on their meeting’s agenda in preparation for the warmer climates.

Chris Barnes approached the City Council about hosting the Dawson County Relay for Life event at Veteran’s Memorial Park on June 2nd from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m.

Barnes asked if the closing of F Street along with 9th and 10th Street around the park would be possible during the event. City of Cozad officials approved the street closings. Barnes also asked about additional picnic tables and dumpsters being added temporarily for the event. The City Council and supervisors didn’t see a problem with that proposal and approved the hosting of the event.

The formal reading of the minutes from the March 20th meeting was waived and approved as presented.

All claims were approved with no exceptions.

The Wilson Public Library recently hosted a Severe Weather Presentation that was well attended. Dawson County Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Woldt was the presented during the informational meeting. The showing of Moana was very well attended with over 40 viewers in attendance at the Library.

The staff of the Wilson Public Library is currently preparing for the upcoming Summer Reading Program.

Giving voice to children in history; Andrea Warren, the author of, ‘Pioneer Girl’ the book chosen for One Book, One Cozad will be at the Library on April 24th with scheduled visits to Cozad Elementary as well.

Water Superintendent Dallas Nichols expressed that the Lift Stations are in and are being installed. The installation is going as planned.

As the Streets Supervisor along with being the Parks and Recreation supervisor, PJ Jacobson spoke about the status of the parks for the upcoming Summer season. The City of Cozad staff is working on turning the water on for the sprinklers and the new Pet Waste Stations have been installed at Muni Park. The Swimming Pool managers for the upcoming season are taking certification classes in Kearney.

Cozad Rescue Unit Chief Travis Lee announced that Cozad was awarded the highly acclaimed Leo J. O’Brien Jr. award at the NEMSA Conference. The award was given to the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit for its continued humanitarian efforts to give back to the community of Cozad and surrounding areas with their annual soup supper that has raised over $60,000 in total that has been given to the Med Center in Omaha, for the Cozad Area Food Pantry, Relay for Life and the Make a Wish foundation.

Travis Lee also mentioned that initial plans are being worked out for City of Cozad staff CPR courses to be scheduled.

City Council member Charlie Block asked his fellow council members about the allotment of hiring a Utility Superintendent/City Adminstrator as part of the approved budget for this past term. It was mentioned by Cozad Mayor as well as Block that a committee would be created to address which direction to go with that position.

The next regular scheduled meeting will be April 24th at 7:30 p.m.