A citywide garage/yard sale is planned in Cozad for June 2nd.
Locations for sales are being coordinated with advertisements, which will be published in May 31st Tri-City TRIBUNE.
The deadline to get ads into the feature is 10 a.m. on May 24th.
Times of neighborhood sales will be optional for the vendors involved.
The Cozad Area Arts Council will be sponsoring their Summer Fun Art Lessons program Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8.
Teresa Savick will be teaching the lessons at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Cozad. There is NO charge for participants.
Kindergarten students will meet from 8:30 – 9:10 a.m., Grades 1 & 2 from 9:20 – 10:00 a.m., Grade 3 from 10:10 – 11:10 a.m. and Grades 4 & 5 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
(Grade just finished during the 2017-2018 school year)
Registrations are due to Thursday, May 24th.
The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Gothenburg’s Kori Kowalewski and Katie Wightman of Lexington as the recipients of the Elks Teens of the Month for April.
The pair of students have maintained stellar academic portfolios at Gothenburg and Lexington throughout their high school campaigns.
Kori Kowalewski is the daughter of Gary and Karen Kowalewski. Kori maintains a 4.0 GPA at Gothenburg High School and currently ranks #1 overall in cumlative GPA out of the 77 students in the GHS Senior Class.
While excelling in the classroom, Kori Kowalewski has managed her time wisely to be among the elite in many different activities and organizations throughout her career at Gothenburg High School.
Getting the chance to step into the spotlight, Kowalewski shined as an integral part of the Gothenburg High School Play Production team throughout her campaign at Gothenburg. She was a four-year member of the team.
Kori has been deeply involved in the Interact organization for the past four years at Gothenburg as well. She was elected to the Human Relations leadership position of Interact this past year.
Showing great leadership and vision, Kori was selected to be a Gothenburg Student Council member as a Sophomore and Junior.
Kowalewski is currently the Gothenburg FFA Chapter President. She was the organization’s Secretary during her Junior year. She has showcased great leadership and led by example during all four years of being an FFA member. Kori has achieved state champion and national qualifying performances for her efforts in Parliamentary Procedure. Kori earned a silver medal for National Parliamentary Procedure this past year. She was part of the state runner-up biotechnology team as well. As a result of her academics and achievements in activities, Kori was inducted into the Gothenburg National Honor Society as a sophomore. She has continued to exceed the expectations of the organization.
“If the dictionary held a definition just for Kori, it would have to include elements of leadership, academic achievement, community service and diplomacy,” expressed Gothenburg English teacher Jay Garrison.
Katie Wightman is the daughter of Jeff and Gail Wightman. Katie maintains a 4.43 GPA while being an active student in a variety of activities at Lexington High School.
Wightman has been a mainstay on the honor roll throughout her prep years. She was honored by the Lexington Rotary Club as a Scholastic Award recipient.
She is a four year member of the Lexington Band program. Katie has been in the concert band for four years while being in jazz band for three seasons. This past year, she was a captain of the Flag Corps during Marching Band season.
In the past two years, Wightman has excelled as a member of the Lexington Mock Trial team.
Katie was selected to the Lexington National Honor Societ in 2016 and continues to exceed the expectations of the group.
“I am confident that Kate’s intelligence and work ethic will allow her to be successful, but it is her caring personality that makes me know without a shadow of a doubt that Kate will be successful in life,” expressed Personal Finance Teacher Zach Jones.
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 1st.
Under Committee Reports, Veteran’s Service Officer Steve Zerr reported that Dick Pratsch had agreed to serve another five year term and that an additional board member will need to be added when Andy Cowan relocates in June.
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the concrete for the storm shelter and restrooms at the fairgrounds had been poured and that construction at the landfill will begin the middle of this month.
Emergency Manager Brian Woldt reported that a disaster declaration has been signed by Dawson County. The county met their threshold of $89,600 by Dawson Public Power claiming $105,000 in damages for the April 13 – 15, 2018 blizzard.
Road Superintendent Mark Christiansen opened bids for two new dump trucks complete with boxes and snowplows.
RDO Truck Centers in Lincoln, Nebraska submitted a bid of $388,068 for the two Mack trucks minus two trade-in trucks at $26,000 for a total bid of $362,068.
Nebraska Truck Center in Grand Island, Nebraska submitted bids for two Western Star trucks at $191,414 each with a trade-in of $13,000 making each truck $178, 414 or $356, 828 total for both trucks.
Christiansen took the bids to check over the specs and returned to the meeting. The Western Star trucks needed a $5,125 transmission option added per vehicle making the total bid $367,078.
The commissioners awarded the bid to RDO Truck Centers for the trucks that will be in next year’s budget with a request to have them here before November.
Register of Deeds Dian Lauby appeared to request a change from Filing & Recording Fees to Document Stamps $2,039.30 and Preservation & Technology Fund $1,191.50 as per auditor’s request.
Weed Superintendent Marty Craig appeared to ask the commissioners to okay the appointment of Dean Brand to fill the vacancy on the Dawson County Weed Board caused by the death of Ervin Williams. Brand’s appointment was approved.
Barb Otto, who resides near O’Neill, Nebraska, appeared to explain the ‘In God We Trust’ patriotic campaign.
Otto, who is a 70 year old retiree, has traveled to 55 counties in Nebraska to invite and encourage elected officials to join the growing list of cities and counties across America that are displaying our national motto, ‘In God We Trust’. Otto works free gratis for the grassroots patriotic movement, ‘In God We Trust-America, Inc. that was started by Bakersfield, CA City Councilmember Jacquie Sullivan in 2002.
The movement encourages the placement of the national motto in all government buildings from courthouses to school classrooms.
According to Sullivan, “This effort is legal and there is nothing to challenge!”
Otto noted that the signs may be vinyl, wooden or metal and are paid for by donations, not county funds.
Deputy County Jared Dean asked the commissioners to table the proposal until the next meeting so that his office may look into it and the public be made aware of it with someone possibly offering to purchase the sign for the courthouse.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting.
A public hearing opened the meeting for the purpose of approving or denying tax protest exemption on political subdivision property for use for public service from Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District.
Attorney Charles Brewster and CNPPID official Jim Brown fielded questions from Deputy County Attorney Jared Dean and the commissioners concerning if the land is truly for public use or not.
Brewster presented three exhibits and Dean presented one during the hearing.
Dawson County Assessor John Moore explained that this matter is left over from a 2016-2017 TERC case.
Chairman Dean Kugler asked if the ‘in lieu of taxes’ was to be full or partial.
The hearing closed at 8:16 a.m. and the commissioners voted unanimously to deny the 2017protest exemptions presented by Brewster and Brown on behalf of CNPPID.
Board members approved tax correction requests for parcels owned by Kenneth Hanks and Alan Smith.
The next regular meetings for the Dawson County Board of Equalization and the Dawson County Board of Commissioners are scheduled for Wednesday, May 16th at 8 a.m.
The Lexington City Council reviewed plans and specifications for the Kirkpatrick Memorial Park Lake restoration project and authorized the city to send out requests for bids at their April 24 meeting.
City Manager Jo Pepplitsch noted clearing and grubbing activities have already occurred around the lake with the exception of a small piece behind the Dawson County Museum. “We now need to reshape and stabilize the banks for more gradual grade and to create angler access,” he said.
Pepplitsch noted the plans call for a stair step drop with a concrete pad at the water’s edge along Seventh Street, and also some pads in lake corners. “There needs to be a lot of dredging on the southeast corner of lake, which is the shallowest part at this time. We want a 12-13 feet depth there with 17 feet down the lake’s center and 15 feet along the west side of lake,” he said, noting those depths are necessary for improving fish habitat.
The plans also indicate where added parking will be, with paving for handicapped access first, then as funds allow. Sidewalk access is planned on the lake’s west side with improved access on all sides.
More park development is also planned, said Pepplitsch. “The spoils from the dredging and grubbing will be used on the north side to build some type of sledding and climbing hill in the future.”
Goals of the project are to improve: 1) Lake water health; 2) fish habitat; 3) and provide additional recreation such as kayaking, etc.
In other business Delpha Albus, president of the Lexington Public Library Board, presented the annual library report. Assistant City Manager Dennis Burnside noted the council report is required to maintain Nebraska Library certification.
Albus discussed the Library Initiative Grant, which is funded by the Lexington Library Memorial Fund, the Lexington Community Foundation, the Emerson Fund and the Lexington Friends of the Library. The grant provided a total of 27 programs for the community to attend for free during 2016-17, she said. “Twenty-one of the programs were adult and family programs including the monthly “Booked for Lunch” program and six were children’s programs.”
Children’s programs offered during 2016-17 were presented as part of the 2017 Summer Reading. Lexington Public Schools transported students to the library for many of the performances that included: “The Little Mermaid” with the Crane River Theater, “Legos with Curtis Monk, the Lego Man,” and “Storytelling and Music with Dino O’Dell.”
Friends of Lexington Library assist with the Books on Wheels program, the Monday Afternoon Book Club and the Novel Stitchers. They have also helped introduce new technology - the library mobile app, which utilizes Auto-Graphics, and the Overdrive app.
Some major maintenance and building repairs were required last year when a water pipe leading to the overhead fire sprinkler system cracked in the east entryway on Jan. 7, 2017. Water leaked through the ceiling area, which in turn burst through the ceiling tile and began to seep through the building, all the way to the circulation desk. Repairs were quickly made and the library only had to close over a weekend.
Albus pointed out some key library statistics, noting that even with the increase of home computers and access to all types of tablet devices, the 23 public access computers are used daily throughout library hours. “There were 20,479 logins for the year on those computers and there is constant wireless usage, as often people will sit in their cars outside the library to access the free Wi-Fi. Last year there were a total of 29,247 logins on the wireless. The library is still an important, vital resource for Lexington,” she concluded.
In other business the council approved a request by Derek Haines on behalf of the Lexington Housing Authority to wave the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT), which has been done in the past.
The council also adopted Resolution 2018-06 authorizing the sale of property at 204 E. Fourth St. to Rick Price. It was noted the remonstrance period had passed without any petition of sale being filed.
The final action included setting a council work session for 8 a.m. May 19.
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