The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Monday, July 3rd.
Approved were Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $2,092,264.4l and Claims in the amount of $1,439,178.56. A resolution was approved granting First Bank & Trust, Cozad to recall $55,000.00 in collateral.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that since everyone has left the DAD (Dawson Area Development) Office, the county would need to advertise for someone to operate the grant for the fairgrounds improvements requested by the Ag Society.
An annual agreement with the Lancaster County Youth Services Center for Juvenile Detention Services was signed upon request of Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber. “We’ve also taken juveniles to Madison County (Norfolk), and it may be wise to do a study comparing the cost of housing juveniles there and in Lincoln,” Reiber commented.
The commissioners approved canceling administrative services with DAD for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grants). Executive Director Jen McKeone is now in a similar position at Cozad Development Corporation, and Suzanne Brodine and Abby Brecks have found other employment. “The county needs to terminate DAD as administrator for grant funds and needs to appoint a new administrator” according to Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatovsky.
Approval was granted to publish requests for CDBG Administrative Services, and Zlatovsky will be sending out letters to qualified entities.
Steve Zerr, Veteran’s Service Officer appeared to request a special designated liquor license for a Business After Hours event at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles on Friday, July 28, 2017. “Dawson County Sheriff Reiber has already signed off on it,” Zerr said. The request was approved.
A letter from Arlys Torrey regarding prairie dogs on her property was presented to the board. The commissioners agreed to refer this situation to Marty Craig, Noxious Weed Superintendent.
The final item of business was approving an amendment to the employee health insurance policy.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The lone agenda item involved a tax correction request from James Aden. The request was approved.
The next meetings for the Dawson County Boards of Equalization and Commissioners are scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.
The Lexington Police Department conducted a controlled delivery of 18 pounds of Khat, a schedule one controlled substance on Thursday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.
United States Customs Enforcement had become alerted to a large package being sent to an address in Lexington and forwarded the package to Homeland Security Agents who in turn assisted the Lexington Police Department and officials from the United States Post Office in a controlled delivery.
Yerrow Mohamed of Lexington signed for and received the package was immediately taken into custody. He was booked into the Dawson County Jail on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance. The investigation is ongoing.
State. Sen. Matt Williams stopped by the Orthman Community YMCA on Thursday, June 29th, to present the non-profit organization with a special gift, a United States flag.
Orthman YMCA Executive Director Riley Gruntorad said he is grateful for Sen. Williams’ donation of a flag to the YMCA, and they are now seeking donations for a flag pole.
“I truly believe that we should have a flag and flag pole at our YMCA to represent our veterans and current service members who make Lexington, our state and our nation great,” Gruntorad said. “Also, I believe it is fitting with what the YMCA stands for and coincides with our mission and core values.”
Gruntorad said Orthman YMCA Associate Executive Director Amy Adams contacted Sen. Williams after learning about other states flying the American flag over their state capitols and then donating them to organizations. While Nebraska does not have such a program, Sen. Williams purchased a flag on his own, flew it over the Nebraska State Capitol and donated it to the Orthman YMCA.
Williams made a personal stop at the YMCA on June 29th to present the flag and an official certificate proving that the flag was flown over the state capitol building on June 5 in honor of the Orthman Community YMCA. He then spent some time visiting with Orthman YMCA members.
“We thought it was an amazing gesture and were so blessed that Sen. Williams made this happen for us,” Gruntorad said.
Sen. Williams said he was excited to make the first donation to the flag pole project at the Y.
“The Y in Lexington provides many services to area residents,” Sen. Williams said. “With more than 1,500 memberships that represent nearly 4,000 people, you can see what an impact the Y has on people. It's more than just a place to exercise. It's a ‘meeting’ place for people.”Sen. Williams encourages others to support the flag project.
Mr. Bowker, a Cozad High School teacher from 1961 to 1965, has published a nice litte volume of poetry, his fourth. He writes of the river, the dust and the sky. he knows cottonwoods and sand pits and time so simple and slow, it includes a blacksmith. He was my high school English teacher and I loved him for it, so did most of his students. He was 8 or 9 years older- 4 college years and 5 years teaching junior high at Osceola. Mr. Bowker was born in the small, think 200 persons, town of Alexandria, 50 miles south of York. Upon leaving Cozad, he taught 5 years (1966-1970) at Hastings College. - Charly Knauss, Class of 1963 Cozad High School.
Larsen Bowker attended college at Kearney State, the University of Wyoming, and at the University of Rhode Island. His poems have been published in Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, Midwest Review, California Review, and the Potomac Review, (and several dozen other publications.) He is a jazz buff who collects records and books. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia where he was an English teacher and Varsity tennis coach at Virginia Tech. His wife, Jeanette Turner Bowker is an artist, and illistrator of his books.
“Larsen Bowker’s voice in Flowers from a Deeper Soil is a clean vision of the High Plains, spied from Virginia mountains, of boyhood from the vantage of retirement, of had living through the lenses of poetry. Amidst hay bales, train lines, and wooded churches... these are elegies from an unsung master; honest, elemental, and durable.” - Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University
“Larsen Bowker grew up in the hills and gullies of farmland better suited for pasture than crops, and found poems among the men and women who every day struggled against the land, the weather, and themselves, in a small town surrounded by hard scrabble farms, a town not knowing it was dying and farms unaware they would soon be corporation owned. Remembering the past in its mortal flesh, lunges us toward daylights love affair with shadows, silences that would otherwise go unheard.”
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