The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 16th.
Official’s Receipts were filed as submitted: $1,060.21 - County Clerk; $32,896.91 – Register of Deeds; $14,376.05 – Clerk of District Court and $1,280.00 – Surveyor.
Treasurer’s Receipts were approved as presented in the amount of $856,522.76.
The commissioners approved a resolution to allow Security First Bank, Cozad of $05,000.00 of collateral.
Total Claims were approved as submitted in the amount of $767,985.18.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that work at the fairgrounds was going good. “Concrete has been poured and the water and sewer lines will be going in this week,” Hagan said. Hagan also noted that the landfill was hauling dirt for their expansion.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the April crime reports. There were 865 total services provided in April compared to over 1,000 during March. Reiber was pleased with this number. There were 1,718 calls for service.
The Dawson County Jail booked 180 inmates during April with an average of 96 housed per day in the facility. Of these, 63 were contract inmates, with the average daily population of contracts rising during April and Dawson County’s going down.
Revenue received was approximately $123,000 during April with a total of $1.6 million so far in 2018.
Sheriff Reiber noted that drug offenses were up, mostly due to drugs being found during traffic stops.
The commissioners authorized Sheriff Reiber to sign the annual tower lease contract from Dawson County Public Power District. Dawson County Public Power District will now need to sign the contract.
Brenden Young, Cozad Country Club appeared to request that he be recognized as the Liquor License Manager for the club. Young’s application was accepted.
Young also requested Special Designated Liquor Licenses for the Cozad County Club for hard liquor to be sold from 7:00 a.m. to noon on the following dates of golf tournaments held at the club: June 3rd, July 15th, August 5th and August 26th. All dates were approved.
Melanie Gomez, Parent Child Center Director appeared with an agency update and requested $10,000 in funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This is the same amount as they requested last year.
Gomez reported 274 clients had been served by her agency last year. The shelter was used 357 days during the year, with 25 adults and 22 children staying in the facililty. There are currently three families in the shelter.
Over 88 percent of those served are from Dawson County with the majority being from Lexington.
Gomez highlighted several of the awareness activities for the agency throughout the year including the ‘Walk In Our Shoes/Denim Days’ in April.
She and her staff provided 50 presentations during the year, including 12 to 196 adults.
Gomez explained that her agency’s major funding comes from the Nebraska Crime Commission and that they receive reimbursement late. She just received the reimbursement for January claims.
County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky will be getting her a claim for funding the annual garage sale scheduled for May 25th. Profits from this sale go for financial aid and gas vouchers for those served by the agency.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Friday, June 1st at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.
The Cozad City Council and Mayor met for a regular meeting on Monday.
Cozad Development Corporation President Kirk Riley read a letter to the Mayor and council on behalf of the corporation. Six other CDC members and CDC Executive Director Jen McKeone were in attendance for his presentation
“The CDC has made it a priority to ensure that citizens and visitors have an excellent first impression of the community, no matter what part of town they may be in. Recently CDC lost a multi-million-dollar industry because the consultant said, “Cozad does not show well.” “Riley said.
Code Enforcement is one area that the CDC Board wants to emphasize is important to the economic vitality of this community,” Riley continued. “CDC would like to strongly urge the City Council to allocate resources every year in the budget specifically for code enforcement. The CDC wants to be the City’s partner to eliminate slum and blight in Cozad,” Riley said.
Under New Business, Cozad Fire Department President Brett Sassali and fireman Scott Schmidt appeared to request assistance from the council on the Volunteer Responder Incentive Act and their request to the state to simplify the annual application process.
The act provides for a $250 tax credit each year for qualifying members. Cozad has had 17 members complete the six-category spreadsheet the past two years. The first year it was submitted after the deadline and this year it wasn’t received by the February 15th deadline even though mailed in enough time.
Schmidt has visited with Senator Matt Williams and Lt. Gov. Jon Foley about the situation and asked the council if the applications could be mailed by registered or certified mail in the future and to address the actual legislation.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale agreed to draft a letter to send to Senator Williams concerning the matter.
In Other Business, a request by Jill Nelsen from Cork and Cap Liquor for a special designated liquor license for the June 25th Music Monday was approved.
Council members also approved the request from Troy Wuehler to block off streets close to American Lutheran Church for his annual free fireworks display for the community on June 29th. Rain date is June 30th.
The request from Mission to Cozad to use Veteran Memorial Park on Thursday, July 12th from 5 – 9 and extra picnic tables for a special fundraising event for this year’s M2C was also approved.
Larry Harvill, Vice President of the Wilson Public Library Foundation appeared to request permission for the foundation for Phase 1 of the Bronze Garden project. According to Harvill, “We’ve wanted this sculpture garden ever since the library opened, and the foundation now has enough money to begin this project which will involve additional landscaping and sculptures between the south side of the library abutting the Cozad Post Office,”
Council members gave the library foundation a ‘thumbs up’ to pursue the project.
A resolution was passed appointing Ron Olds as the alternate on the Board of Directors for NMPP ACE.
Under Reports, Lights Commissioner Britt German reported they have almost completed the alley project.
Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that cement had been poured in the alley behind the Green Apple Café and that the leak on East 6th Street had been repaired.
“The one inch water tap has been finished for the Cozad Sports Center.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that they had received over $1,000 from the State Library Commission for once again receiving silver accreditation. The Summer Reading Program will begin on Monday, June 4th.
Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that the new pick-up had been ordered and that it needs to go to the outfitter before delivered.
“We have received word that the state is going to require us to go to an electronic citation system which will have a price tag of $3,500 per police vehicle,” Montgomery said. “We hope to receive some grant money for this.”
Councilmember Charlie Block complimented the city workers on their prompt tree removal these past two weeks and asked that a thank you note be sent to Boy Scouts Jacob Engel and Evan Thome for the dugouts they constructed at Bellamy Park for their Eagle Scout projects.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale reported that the city had purchased property on north Meridian Street with the funding assistance of two entities. Work will be completed to improve the appearance of these properties before June.
Hospital Administrator Lyle Davis announced that he had invited Ken Klassmeyer to the hospital board meeting to further discuss the future for Cozad Care and Rehabilitation Center.
“The Cozad Hospital Foundation and the Wilson Foundation are helping the 94 employees at the care home who still have not received the paycheck that they missed and I would ask that the City consider helping them, too,” Davis said.
CDC Director Jen McKeone introduced her two summer interns from UNL’s Rural Futures Institute, Christy Cooper from Waverly, NE and Shelby Utech from Hubbard, NE. Both will work alongside McKeone and Laura Rody for ten weeks and have a lot of experience with both FFA and 4-H programs.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m.
All cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to participate in the 24th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dawson County on Friday, June 22, at Veterans Memorial Park in Cozad.
The theme is “A Cure Is A Magical Thing” and the evening promises inspirational speakers, fun entertainment, a park picnic and door prizes.
Survivor registration begins at 5 p.m. with opening remarks to follow at 6 p.m. The Walk of Hope with all survivors and caregivers participating begins at 6:15 p.m.
“We have some fun entertainment planned and of course the walk around the campsites and looking at all of the luminaria bags is always a must do!” said Chris Barnes of Cozad, Event Leadership Team Survivor Chairperson. “Team members will be walking around the track until midnight, when we all make the first lap for 2019. We would love to have you stick around, enjoy the evening and take that celebratory lap with us!”
Survivors planning to attend may go to the website for Dawson County Relay For Life and pre-register. (www.relayforlife.org/dawsoncone) “It’s very easy to do and one of the questions asked will be your shirt size!” Barnes said. “It makes our jobs so much easier to have an accurate count of how many and what size shirts we need. It is so disappointing to not have the correct sizes available, and this helps so much!”
Barnes said survivors also can call her at 308-784-1342 and she will take information over the phone. Please register by June 10.
Luminaria bags are available for sale now at $10 each. Barnes will be glad to decorate them at no extra charge. At dusk candles will be lit in the bags and a short ceremony will CELEBRATE our survivors, REMEMBER the ones lost, and FIGHT BACK against our enemy cancer. “This is a very moving time and if you have ever seen it, you won’t forget it!” Barnes added.
For more information about cancer, go to www.cancer.org or call the American Cancer Society toll-free hotline at 1-800-227-2345.
With chemigation season quickly approaching, the Central Platte Natural Resources District is reminding producers that current renewal permits expire on June 1st. Renewal permits can be issued without an inspection at a cost of $20.00. Renewal applications received after June 1st must comply with provisions for new permits, including a $60 permit fee and a required inspection before the permit can be issued.
Chemigation, also known as fertigation, is an efficient and economical means of applying chemicals and fertilizer that are necessary for crops. To comply with Nebraska state law, any new chemigation system must be inspected by a producer’s local natural resources district prior to any application of fertilizer or chemicals.
Once a system has been inspected and a renewal application is sent in, the system needs to be inspected every three years if chemigating in the Central Platte NRD. If changes are made to any part of the system, for example, a new pump or a new pivot, reinspection of that system is required.
There are many advantages to using chemigation with center pivots. One advantage is chemical coverage. Properly designed and operated irrigation systems may apply chemicals more uniformly than aircraft and some ground sprayers. It allows prescription and timely application of chemicals based on the crop requirements.
Chemigation also provides savings and profit. Applying chemicals through an irrigation system can save 40 percent or more in chemical application costs.
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