As National Ag Week comes to a close, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is reminding drivers to watch for agriculture producers working near and traveling on Nebraska’s roads.
“Agriculture is Nebraska’s number one industry for a reason: the hard-working men and women around our state who have dedicated their lives to farming and ranching,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We salute Nebraska’s Ag producers and encourage other drivers to be aware that there will more equipment on the roads for the next several months.”
As planting season gets into full swing in many parts of the state, drivers should be aware that it is legal for farm machinery to travel on public roads to move from field to field. Drivers should use caution around this equipment because it is often slow-moving and its size may limit the operator’s visibility.
Drivers should always be alert, but use extra caution on roads they may share with agriculture implements. With the potential combination of a fast-moving vehicle and slow-moving farm equipment, it is critical that drivers avoid distractions.
Ag producers are also encouraged to voluntarily comply with traffic safety laws, display warning signs on machinery, use flashing yellow caution lights when traveling, and be aware of vehicles that may be attempting to pass.
The Cozad Jaycees are planning their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25th at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 2 p.m.
The hunt is open to all children up to age of 5th graders. Participants are asked to bring your own baskets, baskets will not be provided.
The Easter Egg Hunt will be moved indoors to the Cozad Community Wellness Center in the case of inclement weather conditions.
Questions may be directed to Ashley at 308-325-0626.
Lexington High School students will enjoy prom activites under the theme of “Garden Of The Gods’ on Saturday, March 24th
Events will kick-off in the East gym at Lexington High School when the public is invited to view prom decorations from 4-6:30 p.m.
Student photographs will be taken from 3-5 p.m as well.
The ‘Grand Entrance’ for the prom goers will be through the main entrance on the west side of the school. The students will be spotlighted during the traditional ‘Hollywood Style’ arrival from 8-9 p.m. Family and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the festivities that will be held in the West Gym.
The dance will be held from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at the High School. Prime Time Music out of Lincoln will supply the music.
Post-prom activities will be held at the YMCA in Lexington following the dance.
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 14th.
The major item on the abbreviated agenda was the approval on bids for new patrol cars that was tabled at the March 1st meeting.
The Commissioners accepted the bid from Pony Express Chevrolet in Gothenburg for one 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe with a trade-in of $8,000 for a total of $30,923. They also accepted the bid for two 2018 Ford Explorers from Platte Valley Auto in Lexington with trade-in for two vehicles at $10,000 for a total of $66,106. According to Deputy Sheriff Mike Hudson the two Explorers will be utilized as canine vehicles since they sit closer to the ground are easier on the dog’s hips when they jump in.
In other business, Official’s Receipts were filed as submitted: $2,042.32 County Clerk; $25,418.11 Register of Deeds; $15,290.04 Clerk of District Court and $550.00 Surveyor.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $958,739.41 were approved, as were the Claims in the amount of $270,549.76.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the fairground has experienced some issues with construction but the end product will be nice.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the February crime reports.
Chairman Dean Kugler received authorization to sign the audit representation letter.
Prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Dawson County Board of Equalization met.
Chairman Kugler opened a public hearing at 8:01 a.m. regarding the approval or denial of a tax protest exemption on political subdivision property for use for public service for the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District. Central Nebraska Public Power representative Charles Brewster formally requested the hearing to be scheduled at a later date. The hearing closed at 8:05 a.m. and the commissioners approved to table the public hearing.
Tax corrections were approved for parcels owned by Kevin Rhone and Tyson Foods.
The next regularly scheduled meetings for the Dawson County Boards of Equalization and Commissioners is scheduled for Friday, March 30th at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.
Lexington City Council members had a light agenda last Tuesday and after one amendment quickly passed the one- and six-year street improvement plan after closing a public hearing on the plan.
In the amendment the city moved the box culvert construction on Adams Street 100 feet north of the intersection with Cattlemen’s Drive into the one-year plan, as it was already completed in December of 2017.
In addition, they moved construction of three streets in the Southwest Addition into the one-year plan, as the developer is ready to start housing construction there. They will include: Eisenhower Drive from Walnut Street to Locust Street, Roosevelt Drive from Walnut Street to Locust Street, and Cedar Street from Eisenhower Drive to Roosevelt Drive.
In other new business the council voted to suspend the rules and pass on first and final reading an ordinance designating the law firm of Louthan and Wilson, P.C., specifically Beverly Bogle Louthan and Todd Wilson, as special prosecutors for the City of Lexington.
At 5:38 p.m. the council voted to go into executive session for their annual discussion on the city manager’s job performance. At 5:51 p.m. they voted to come out of executive session with no action taken.
The next council meeting will be on March 27 at 5:30 p.m.