Cozad's 'Spook Night' To Be Held On October 27th

Cozad's 11th annual Spook Night is scheduled for Monday, October 27th from 5-7 p.m.
This year's Spook Night will be taking place in downtown Cozad instead of Chipper Hall as in recent years.
Participants will receive a bag with flyers complete with a map and a punch card for all participating businesses. Cards will be marked off at each business and prizes drawn at the end of the night or the next day.
Cozad High School's FCCLA and FBLA members will be passing out popcorn and candy downtown. They will also be assisting businesses that have games planned for the trick-or-treaters.
The streets will be blocked off to ensure the safety of the youngsters and Halloween music will be played over the downtown speakers throughout the evening.

Dawson County Early Voter Ballots Are Being Returned

Dawson County early voter ballots are being returned, with more than 350 ballots received so far, well before the November 4th general election.
Voters may vote early in person up until November 3rd, the day before the general election.   Paper ballots may be returned to the county election office up until election day, but are required to be there by the time polls close.
Early voting information is available at www.sos.ne-.gov, where voter registration forms may also be found.

Commissioners Approve Horvath Tower West Of Johnson Lake

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014.
The commissioners approved to file the Official’s Receipts and Treasurer’s Receipts as well as approving all claims as submitted.
Under committee reports, Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen reported that he had attended the recent Two Rivers meeting. Our district has experienced the highest number of West Nile cases in the state.  Two Rivers is seeking a new director following the resignation of Director Terry Krohn.
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that he and Commissioner Dean Kugler made a recommendation not to donate to the Johnson Lake Trail Project. Dawson County has already contributed $60,000 to the trails project.
Commissioners Hagan and Kugler also attended the Board of Classification and Standards meeting and were granted relaxation for Project No. C24(352). This project is located at the junction of the Darr interchange and Highway 21.  
They also attended the recent NIRMA meeting.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the September monthly crime reports.  The Dawson County Jail averaged 98.7 inmates/day during September, 50.5 were from Dawson County and 49.5 for contract inmates. He noted that ten were contracted from the Nebraska Department of Corrections resulting in $12,075 revenue.
There was a total of 970 services requested during September and 1,667 LEC dispatch calls for service.
Dawson County Assessor John Moore appeared, explaining that three separate contracts are needed to appraise Gothenburg residential, Johnson Lake residential and rural areas in the county.  
The commissioners had only the Johnson Lake contract in their packets for the meeting, and Chairman Bill Stewart was authorized to sign the agreement for appraisal services from Stanard Appraisal Services. The other two will be voted on at the October 31st meeting.
MGT of America Inc. was approved to continue services on cost allocations for the District County Clerk and Child Support Office. The commissioners had tabled this at the October 1st meeting to compare the contracts submitted by MGT and Sequoia.
Discussion was held regarding a proposed wellness reimbursement for county employees.
The proposal would reimburse county employees who utilize the Community Wellness Center in Cozad, the Gothenburg Wellness Center, Anytime Fitness in Lexington or the YMCA in Lexington $15 - $20  per month if they use the facilities at least twice a week on a consistent basis.
 “We come up with incentives to get employees to take better care of themselves,” said Chairman Stewart.
 “We’re not a healthy county.”  noted Commissioner Kugler.  
“Where do we stop?” asked Commissioner Rickertsen. “Should we have them bring in grocery store receipts which have healthy items purchased such as fruits and vegetables on them for reimbursement, too?”     
After debating the issue, the commissioners agreed to do more research and tabled the plan and will reconsider it at the next meeting.
At 8:35 a.m. Chairman Stewart opened the public hearing regarding a Special use Permit for the Horvath Tower.
Kevin Tracy, attorney with Fraser Stryker in Omaha appeared to represent the constructor of the 195-foot freestanding communications tower. The Horvath Tower will be located west of Johnson Lake and will have no guide wires.
Commissioner PJ Jacobson asked if co-locations of equipment for county law enforcement would be permitted on the tower free of charge. Jacobson and his fellow commissioners also requested appropriate lighting on the tower.
When asked if co-location of county equipment would be allowed for no charge, Attorney Tracy said he couldn’t answer for Horvath, but that the company is always willing to allow local law enforcement and city and county officials to co-locate up to a certain height.
After discussion, Jacobson’s original motion was amended to allow the special use permit for the 195’ tower with appropriate lighting to be built and to allow Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood to negotiate for the sheriff’s communication equipment to be located on the tower.
The commissioners approved to refer the Deed of Conservation Easement from Central Platte NRD and Clayton Kitsch to the Dawson County Planning and Zoning Commission.  
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the commissioners will be on Friday, October 31st, 2014, at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington.

Cozad FCCLA To Host ‘Pink Out’ On Thursday

FCCLA will be hosting a "pink out" at Thursday nights home football game against O'Neil. The game will start at 7 p.m. and the Cozad Jazz Team and Little Jazz Dancers will be performing at halftime.
The FCCLA chapter will also be selling pink popcorn balls. October is breast cancer awareness month which is an annual campaign to increase awareness about the disease. If you purchased a Tackle Cancer shirt, we would like you to wear it, if you did not wear a pink shirt and show your power of pink!

Bountiful Harvest:

 

HARVEST SEASON is in full-swing with TRIBUNE-area farmers and ranchers picking corn and beans and bailing hay.  When traveling, be alert of farm machinery traveling on the same roadways. (Above) Farmers are picking corn from a field southwest of Cozad on Monday evening.

Cozad Hospital Fall Ball Banquet Ramps Up For 2014 Event On November 8th

The Cozad Hospital Foundation is celebrating the 11th year of the gala Fall Ball set for Saturday, November 8th at the Cozad Elks Ballroom. “We are anticipating a great event in our community,” Hospital Administrator Lyle Davis said. “The Ball is the time to reflect and appreciate the role of the Foundation.
The Fall Ball provides the opportunity to share what the Foundation has done and what is planned for the future. Financial support is visible with the building of the Physical Therapy Complex, Meadowlark Pointe Independent/Assisted Living Complex, plus the site for Central Plains Home Health, additions to the Hospital and the Physicians Clinic. New equipment and additions to current sites are planned.
The gala is the time to honor those candidates selected for the Cozad Healthcare Hall of Fame. This year, the inductees are Bill Kloepping, Luetta McKelvey and Stella Netherton.
The evening provides the opportunity to bring to the city a person of renown with Dr. Michael Sitorius serving as the keynoter.
There will be several silent auction items, such as tickets to the Kansas City Royals baseball game, tickets to the University of Nebraska football game and an assortment of unique wines.
Claude Berreckman Jr. is serving as Master of Ceremonies with the social hour beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are available by calling the Cozad Hospital at 308-784-2261.

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