The Lexington City Council approved an agreement with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) for aquatic habitat and angler access rehabilitation at Kirkpatrick Memorial Park Lake during their recent council meeting.
Under the agreement the city will contribute $100,000 toward the project with NGPC expected to contribute up to $150,000. The city is also applying for a Clear Lakes Grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
City Manager Joe Pepplitsch noted the total for the rehabilitation project would be about $500,000 if all the grants come through. The city has already removed trees from the west side of the lake and thinned out scrub brush and dead trees around the remainder of the lake, he said. They will be working with the Dawson County Museum to finish the thinning of trees and brush immediately behind the museum later this spring, as part of the lake falls on museum property.
“Hopefully we will have plans in place in about two weeks. That’s my goal,” said Pepplitsch. “On the west side of the lake we will create an area where people can get down and fish. The east side is shallow and needs dredged. Eventually we hope we can let people use kayaks on the lake.”
The city has already removed junk fish from the lake and taken game fish to the lake at Plum Creek Park. When the rehabilitation at the Kirkpatrick Lake is complete the city will restock it with new game fish, said Pepplitsch.
In other business the council approved the 2018 Action Plan, which involves identifying planning efforts such as comprehensive planning, housing studies, business targeting sessions, infrastructure needs assessments and putting them into a workable one-year “to-do” list.
In their last item of business at the meeting the council approved Ordinance 2406 to re-appoint Pepplitsch as Lexington City Manager. His salary was set at $123,600 per year effective March 26. The council moved to suspend rules and that motion carried, placing the ordinance in effect immediately.
During the round table discussion, Pepplitsch noted that the next council work sessions would be April 14. He also said Dawson Area Development will be submitting an application to the Rural Workforce Housing Fund in an effort to get more housing units built.
Assistant City Manager Dennis Burnside noted that last year a grant had been submitted for planting trees on the peninsula at Plum Creek Park. “However, by the time the work was finished it was too late to plant last year. The trees are now set to arrive in April and we will have a contractor plant them,” he said.
Among the varieties to be planted are elm, coffee, wild plum, sandcherry and other smaller bushes.
It will be a trip on the water for the Gothenburg students as they will enjoy an, ‘Under The Sea’ theme that will be reflected in decorations greeting students at Dudley Elementary during the annual Gothenburg High School Prom festivities on Saturday April 14th. 
The evening’s events will begin with punch parties from 5-6 p.m. Seniors will gather at the Croptech Building Road and the Juniors will assemble at the E-Free Church Commons Building. Group pictures for the Seniors will be taken at 5:15 p.m. and the Juniors will strike a pose at 5:45 p.m.
Sophomore servers will meet at the Dudley Gym at 4:30 p.m. They will perform a dance for parents and the public at 4:45 p.m.
Community members can view the decorations in the school gymnasium from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and watch prom goers arrive at the school beginning around 6 p.m. 
The 2018 banquet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be catered by Gothenburg High School alumni Sidney Thompson. The students will enjoy a ‘Under the Sea’ themed meal that will include Parmesan Crusted Chicken under the Sea, Shells stuffed with cheese & herbs, Seaweed beans, tossed salad with Goldfish crackers and Molten lava chocolate cake from the islands. Following the meal will be a program that includes a Senior video and a dance by the Sophomore servers. 
At the conclusion of the meal and program, the students invite the public to attend a Promenade at 8:15 p.m. to showcase the Prom goers in a ‘Red Carpet’ type event that will be held at the Performing Arts Center (PAC).  The PAC will be open at 8 p.m. for people to find their seats for the Promenade. 
Following their arrival at the Prom, Professional photographs will be taken of prom goers beginning at 8:30 p.m. followed by the dance from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Doors to the dance close promptly at 10 p.m. 
Before students enter the dance, they will be tested for alcohol consumption by a Breathalyzer.
A post-prom party is planned at Gothenburg High School from 12:30 until 3 a.m. 
Juniors are asked to return to the school from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon to clean-up from the festivities.
Attention will focus on the ‘Forevermore Enchanted Ball’ for the 2018 Junior-Senior Prom at Cozad High School on Saturday, April 14th. 
There will be an open house to see the decorations from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday. 
The evening festivities will begin when photographs will be taken by Katie Arndt Photography in the CHS Gymnasium from 3-5 p.m. Senior and Junior class pictures will also be taken at 4:20 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively. 
There will be a joint Punch Party for Senior and Junior class prom-goers that will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Elks Club. 
The traditional ‘Red Carpet Walk’ is scheduled in the CHS Auditorium from 8-9 p.m. Students will enter from the East side of the stage. 
A dance will be held from 9 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. with music provided by a DJ will follow, along with coronation of a King and Queen. 
Post-Prom events will start at 12 a.m., with a Hypnotist in the Auditorium. Must be present for hypnotist at 12 a.m. in order to attend the rest of the post prom activities. Transportation via bus will be provided for the students to participate in a fun-filled evening at the Big Apple in Kearney. 
There will be Cosmic Bowling, Ballocity, mini-golf and Laser Tag. The game room will also be an optional entertainment avenue with no tokens provided. 
Snacks and drinks will be provided. There is no charge for attending. All students and guests must return home to Cozad on the bus. The bus will arrive in Cozad at approximately 5 a.m. 
  The Cozad Community Health System will be launching a new electronic medical record system from Evident on May 1st. They ask for understanding and patience as their entire staff becomes proficient with the system.
  Patients are asked to bring their current insurance card/cards and driver’s license to scan into the new system when checking in for a medical visit at any of the Cozad Community Health System locations.