The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, July 23rd with Deputy City Clerk Kelly Peden presiding.
Pastor Susan Sukraw, Cozad Church of the Nazarene, provided the invocation following The Pledge of Allegiance.
Two public hearings were held considering recommendations from the Cozad Planning Commission to amend existing zoning maps in the municipality.
The first involved property owned by Jim and Janet Klein on Maple Street across the street from Natural Escapes. Klein wants to sell the property so it has to be rezoned. Council members approved to amend the existing Zoning Map from Residential-3 to General Commercial.
Council members also approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation to amend the existing Future Land Map from Residential-3 to General Commercial-2 for a property just down the street that has a Special Use Permit at the present time.
Jill Nelsen, Cork & Cap Liquor, appeared to request a Special Designated Liquor License for a wedding reception at Chipper Hall on Saturday, August 25th from 3 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Nelsen’s request was approved.
Council members authorized Mayor Nancy Meyer to execute a supplemental agreement for Lease Audit No. 228916, Covering Use of Railroad Property. Mayor Meyer explained that this was just an update on the original agreement from 2008 involving the land by the recycle bins south of Highway 30 in Cozad.
Mission to Cozad (M2C) Leader Mike Steinwart’s request to have a fireworks display on Thursday, July 26th for M2C participants was also approved. Troy Wuehler and Greg Hartman, both licensed pyrotechnics will be lighting off the fireworks.
Under Reports, both Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols and Lights Commissioner Britt German reported that they are working on their annual budgets and working on maintenance work.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom thanked Britt German and his crew for their assistance at July 20th’s Star Party at the Cozad High School football field. She also thanks Jim Weinmaster and his crew for their help with all of the Music Mondays.
Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that several NTAs have been served but not too many filed. He expressed appreciation for those who have taken care of their NTAs on vehicles and properties.
Deputy City Clerk Kelly Peden reported that the swimming pool would be closing at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th.
Cozad Development Corporation Executive Director Jen McKeone appeared to seek the council’s approval in moving forward with the next Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program grant.
“We will be working with Miller and Associates to secure this $450,000 grant, “McKeone explained.
“We are currently working on our 12th home and there are twenty on the waiting list at CDC for this next round,” McKeone continued.
Mayor Nancy Meyer commented that she has been happy to see the ‘Green Space’ where the former Rialto Theater stood utilized for events this summer. “
There are several items I would like to see added to the ‘Green Space’ in the budget for next year if feasible,” Meyer said.
Mayor Meyer reported that the weeds at the Monroe Auto site had been sprayed and mowed, Steve Gomez is baling them and then the city will spray by the fence.
Finally, Mayor Meyer reminded the council and department heads that budget hearings would begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 30th.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 6th beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The 12th Annual Mission to Cozad (M2C) will take place Thursday, July 26th – Sunday, July 30th. M2C is open to ALL students in Grades 7 – 12.
This year’s theme is ‘Called By Name’, based on Isaiah 43:1: “But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you: I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
Registration will take place at 5 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell Street if you have not registered on line at missiontocozad/facebook.com You may also register by calling Mike at 308-325-0504 or Paul at 308-325-4903.
A food drive for the Cozad Food Pantry will take place from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. followed by a spaghetti supper.
After supper, worship time, small group discussion and game time will be on the agenda. Worship Leader Carter Hollis from Kearney will be in charge of the music assisted by members of the Cozad Bible Church’s Praise Team.
Sharing the speaking duties each evening will be Caleb Perkins and members of his team who are returning for the 4th straight year, bringing “THE FIRE”. This former Specials Ops Forces sniper turned evangelist has become a favorite of all M2C participants and will be sharing the joy, hope and freedom found in knowing whom you are.
A special treat is on tap for Thursday evening as Troy Wuehler and Greg Hartman
will be setting off a fireworks display at dusk for the participants to enjoy.
Service projects in the community will be on the agenda from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
A pool party is scheduled for Saturday evening at Muny Park.
Area churches and organizations are providing the meals throughout the weekend and the Community Wellness Center is providing shower facilities. Participants and sponsors spend the nights at the Church of Christ.
The weekend will conclude with a community worship service at Chipper Hall at 10:30 a.m. A sloppy joe lunch will be served following the service with drinks and tableware provided. Anyone who can provide a salad or dessert for the meal is welcome to do so.
The Cozad High School Student Council is holding their fourth annual Back 2 School Backpack Supply Project for Cozad students and families that need help with school supplies.
Donation boxes are available at most Cozad churches with the pick up date scheduled at the end of July.
The following items are needed: crayons (24 count), pencil boxes and bags, headphones or ear buds, wide-ruled spiral notebooks (one subject), watercolor paint sets, loose leaf wide-rule notebook paper, pocket folders (without the center clasps), colored pencils (12 count), Fiskars scissors, pens (blue, black & red), new or gently used backpacks, disinfectant wipes, #2 pencils, dry erase markers (blue and black), rulers cm/inches (clear), Kleenex, divider tabs, glue sticks, Classic Crayola markers, erasers, highlighters, book covers (jumbo size), 3-ring binders and 12 oz. hand sanitizers.
If you would like to donate and have your items picked up, please call Student Council Sponsor Dawn Beans at 308-325-7778 or email her at dawn.beans @cozadschools.net and a student council member will contact you.
One can celebrate the annual cycles, marked on calendars, remembered in the heart. This is the story of Cozad, Nebraska, 1873.
THE SEASONS OF DOUBT, written by Jeannie Burt, reflects the pioneers coming to Dawson coujnty to claim their homesteads. One such family is Mary Harrington, her husband and their little boy. They have built their sod house northwest of Cozad, and they celebrate the opportunities of the beautiful Platte River Valley.
The novel “is in the time of Robert Henri.” Thus, the stories weave together families known throughout the history of Cozad, i.e., Schooley, Claypool, Gatewood, Cozad.
Jeannie Burt provides in-depth historical recounts of events as the city of Cozad is settled and the peoples are coming from the East, searching this new land.
With the premier of the book, May 2018, the author compliments those in Cozad, who provided “a history they care about.” Those acknowledged in the book are Marlene Geiger, President, Robert Henri Museum Board of Directors, plus those serving on the Board, including Betty McKeone, Jane Kinnan, Earl Pharris and Bonnie Young, in addition to Della Hendricks and Jan Patterson.
Dr. Marilyn Peterson was asked to edit the pre-publication edition. In her critique, she said,” THE SEASONS OF DOUBT is the realism of our legacies, whith our generation living the dreams of our ancestors, who came to Nebraska as homesteaders, searching for ‘the better life’.”.
Marlene Geiger is also referenced. “In her well-researched book, THE SEASONS OF DOUBT, Jeannie Burt captures early Cozad, Nebraska. I had to keep reminding myself, it is a novel, based as it is on historical faces, when John J. Cozad, father of the world-renowned artist Robert Henri, founded our town.”
In a published interview, Jeannie Burt said, “You have to be able to respect the time and what’s happening. Sometimes you hope that a reader might even be able to smell the prairie or the dirt of the earth.”
THE SEASONS OF DOUBT is available for sale at the Henri Museum in Cozad, bookstores and on-line. Visit jeannieburt.com for additional information.
“There are moments in our lives,
there are moments in a day,
when we seem to see beyond the usual.
Such are the moments of our greatest happiness.
Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.”
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