Winning New Wheels:
Dawson County Commissoners Approve Bid For Lexington Road Shop Roof Repair
The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 17th.
Official’s Receipts were filed as submitted: $758.01 County Clerk; $6,387.63 Register of Deeds; $14,941.81 Clerk of District Court and $1,320.00 Surveyor. Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $2,193,l63.97 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims submitted totaling $339,282.72.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that a landfill meeting is scheduled for April 20, 2017 regarding the expansion bid proposal. It is hoped that the expansion will start in October.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the March 2017 crime reports. Reiber noted that crime is somewhat down in the county and that the average daily population in the county jail dropped slightly in March. There were 35 contract inmates booked into the jail and 45 from Dawson County. Total services for the month were slightly up numbering 977. There were 1,641 LEC dispatch calls for service. “Current income for the sheriff’s department is up almost $140,000 from last year,” Reiber reported.
Board Chairman PJ Jacobson and Sheriff Reiber received authorization to sign the contract amendment agreement with CBM, the food service provide for the county jail. Meals will go up from $2.34/meal to $2.39/meal.
Emergency Manager Brian Woldt announced that the asbestos removal bid was awarded to Great Plains Asbestos Control, Kearney, Nebraska. Cost for asbestos removal from the old jail will be $12,100.00.
Woldt was also authorized to bid out the demolition of the old jail with the added verbiage of 95 percent compacted density.
Roads Superintendent Mark Christiansen announced that Tillotson Enterprises had cast the lone bid for the Lexington road shop roof repair with three options available. Everest Systems - $25,882.00; NEOGARD - $30,550.00; Benchmark Coating - $26,573.00.Christiansen recommended the Everest Systems that has a 12 year leak through warranty. Commissioner Hagan agreed to spend the least amount possible since it is hoped that the shop can be relocated in ten years. Motion carried.
Superintendent Christiansen was authorized to seek bids for the Stamm-Williams Bridge in Eddyville. Christiansen had met with the landowners who are in agreement that the bridge needs replaced. The easements are not completed for the project yet and a survey is forthcoming.
The commissioners approved the domestic change of Registered Agent on Dawson County Leasing to County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky. Zlatovsky will file and submit the Nonprofit Corporation biennial report electronically.
At 8:45 a.m. Chairman Jacobson opened the public hearing regarding sale of part of Lot 2, in Block 37 in the Original Town of Eddyville, Dawson County, NE. No one present spoke against the sale. The commissioners approved to set value of the county owned property in Eddyville at the Assessor assessed value to $240.00. It will be sold at a public auction. The property will then be back on the tax roll and the county will not have to maintain it.
Dan Schwartzkopf, representing the Krull Agency appeared with updated information regarding the county employee health insurance. “Information is gathered through the first nine months of the year (through March) with estimates for the next fiscal year’s insurance premiums to be available in May,” Krull explained.
Prior to the Dawson County Commissioners meeting the Dawson County Board of Equalization met.
A vehicle tax exemption was approved for the Calvary Assembly of God and tax corrections were approved for Danny Lopf, Mark W. Meier, Chris A. Denton and A & R Fouts, Inc.
The next regularly scheduled meetings for the Dawson County Commissioners and Board of Equalization are schedule for Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.
'Arabian Nights' To Be Enjoyed By Cozad Junior/Senior Prom Goers
Attention will focus on the ‘Arabian Nights’ for the 2017 Junior-Senior Prom at Cozad High School on Saturday, April 22nd.
There will be an open house to see the decorations from 1-3 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 tickets provided.
Snacks and drinks will be provided. There is no charge for attending.
Gothenburg Prom Attendees Will See 'Country Chic' Scene
It will be a trip to the Old West for the Gothenburg students as they will enjoy a, ‘Country Chic’ theme that will be reflected in decorations greeting students at Dudley Elementary during the annual Gothenburg High School Prom festivities on Saturday April 22nd.
The evening’s events will begin with punch parties from 5-6 p.m. Seniors will gather at the home of Brian and Christy Aden at 41121 Road 769; and the Juniors will assemble at the home of Matt and Laura Lauer at 2009 Avenue G. 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 2017 banquet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be catered by Gothenburg High School alumni Sidney Thompson. 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. 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.
Canas Is High Merit Winner For Cozad Pep Club:
Gothenburg Student Picked As Nebraska State FFA Officer
Cozad High School Pep Club Holds Annual Banquet
Central Nebraska Veterans Home Meeting To Be Held May 2nd
Nebraska Veterans First will be hosting an informational meeting about the Central Nebraska Veterans Home on the evening of Tuesday, May 2nd at 7 p.m.
The meeting will be held at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington.
The informational meeting is being hosted by Dick Pierce and Bob Harpst.
Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt Held In Cozad:
Cozad City Council Okays Relay For Life To Be Held At Veteran's Memorial Park
As the Spring and Summer months continue to heat up the 100th Meridian City, the Cozad City Council approved and addressed many items on their meeting’s agenda in preparation for the warmer climates.
Chris Barnes approached the City Council about hosting the Dawson County Relay for Life event at Veteran’s Memorial Park on June 2nd from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m.
Barnes asked if the closing of F Street along with 9th and 10th Street around the park would be possible during the event. City of Cozad officials approved the street closings. Barnes also asked about additional picnic tables and dumpsters being added temporarily for the event. The City Council and supervisors didn’t see a problem with that proposal and approved the hosting of the event.
The formal reading of the minutes from the March 20th meeting was waived and approved as presented.
All claims were approved with no exceptions.
The Wilson Public Library recently hosted a Severe Weather Presentation that was well attended. Dawson County Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Woldt was the presented during the informational meeting. The showing of Moana was very well attended with over 40 viewers in attendance at the Library.
The staff of the Wilson Public Library is currently preparing for the upcoming Summer Reading Program.
Giving voice to children in history; Andrea Warren, the author of, ‘Pioneer Girl’ the book chosen for One Book, One Cozad will be at the Library on April 24th with scheduled visits to Cozad Elementary as well.
Water Superintendent Dallas Nichols expressed that the Lift Stations are in and are being installed. The installation is going as planned.
As the Streets Supervisor along with being the Parks and Recreation supervisor, PJ Jacobson spoke about the status of the parks for the upcoming Summer season. The City of Cozad staff is working on turning the water on for the sprinklers and the new Pet Waste Stations have been installed at Muni Park. The Swimming Pool managers for the upcoming season are taking certifification classes in Kearney.
Cozad Rescue Unit Chief Travis Lee announced that Cozad was awarded the highly acclaimed Leo J. O’Brien Jr. award at the NEMSA Conference. The award was given to the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit for its continued humanitarian efforts to give back to the community of Cozad and surrounding areas with their annual soup supper that has raised over $60,000 in total that has been given to the Med Center in Omaha, for the Cozad Area Food Pantry, Relay for Life and the Make a Wish foundation.
Travis Lee also mentioned that initial plans are being worked out for City of Cozad staff CPR courses to be scheduled.
City Council member Charlie Block asked his fellow council members about the allotment of hiring a Utility Superintendent/City Adminstrator as part of the approved budget for this past term. It was mentioned by Cozad Mayor aa well as Block that a committee would be created to address which direction to go with that position.
The next regular scheduled meeting will be April 24th at 7:30 p.m.
Cozad School Board Approves New Certified Staff Members
The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Certificated staff contracts for the 2017-2018 school year were approved for Jordan Cudney, High School Assistant Principal/Activities Director; Michelle Irvine, High School Family and Consumer Sciences; Bethany Hyatt, School Psychologist and Hannah Gilg, Elementary Teacher.
Also approved were the resignations of the following certificated staff members effective at the end of the current school year: Sophia Weinert, High School Mathematics; Susan Armstrong, Third Grade Teacher and Mary Poore, Middle School Language Arts. Replacements have already been hired for Armstrong’s and Poore’s positions.
In other business, approval was granted to sponsor the 2017 Summer Food Service Program in the Cozad High School Cafeteria.
Board members voted to waive rescheduling the missed school day on January 16, 2017 due to inclement weather.
Salary advancement applications were accepted for Heidi Cover, Brent Frauen, Karen Klein, Kylee Kuecker Barry Mraz, Ashley Simpson, Erica Wieseler and Morgan Williams.
Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that seven companies would be touring facilities for the food service program on Tuesday, April 11. School representatives will then review their bids with the checklists they have created.
Applegate noted that speaker Kevin Honeycutt made outstanding presentations throughout the day to students, staff and the community on Wednesday, April 5. He has been invited to return next year and focus on the entrepreneurial opportunities available in our community and on our poverty level students.
Applegate also reported that he had contacted a company in Colorado for bids on a new modular for the elementary. In the meantime, the same school district that had a modular for sale and the district lost out on during the bidding process now has a two-room rectangular wooden building for sale for sale. Facilities Director Lonnie Dutton will be going to Scotia to check it out prior to the district placing a bid.
Bids on the locker room improvements are being finalized, as are the specifications for the boiler room updates.
Applegate told the board that he is prioritizing the capital improvement funds available for the summer months. “I would like to hire our own people, perhaps classified staff members to paint in our classrooms and hallways,” Applegate shared. “The shrubs in front of the high school will be removed and replaced with cement, new LED lighting will be installed in the elementary gym and the high school library which will result in energy savings,” he continued.
According to Applegate the school’s Suburban is getting old and he is seeking a 1-ton van that can pull a trailer to replace it. “We also need to replace our food van as it doesn’t meet our future needs,” emphasized Applegate.
One furnace in the elementary needs to be replaced and it is hoped that carpet squares can replace the current carpeting in the elementary classrooms on a rotational basis with some rooms completed each summer.
The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) in the superintendent’s office in the district office.
Dog Encounters With Postal Carriers On The Rise In Area
The TRIBUNE-Area postal carriers have seen an increase in the number of encounters with dogs recently and they’re asking dog owners for help.
“We’re very concerned about the increase in the number of close calls involving dogs as carriers attempt to deliver the routes safely,” said Cozad Postmaster Tess Kaiser. “We’re asking pet owners to please restrain their dogs for the safety of letters carriers and the communities of Dawson County.”
Kaiser says the request for restraining dogs includes those who live in rural areas.
“We take the safety of our employees very seriously,” said Kaiser. “We will not wait until a carrier is bitten before taking preventative action. A dog that runs loose not only affects the delivery of the dog owner’s mail, but often the delivery of their neighbors’ mail as well.”
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 9-15th. Nationwide, 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, including 40 in Nebraska. Many of the bites resulted in medical attention beyond first-aid, and several resulted in postal carriers being unable to return to their normal duties for a period of time, including a carrier who was attacked when a customer opened the door to his house and a pit bull charged past him biting the carrier on her thigh, as well as cuts and bruises on her leg, arm, and elbow. So far in 2017 there have already been 12 dog attacks to Nebraska postal carriers.
Kaiser shares the following tips on this important issue.
• If a postal carrier delivers a certified letter or a package to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
• Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from postal carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
• The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a postal carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Rowe & Anderson Selected For Boys, Girls State Programs
The American Legion Post 111 and the American Legion Auxillary is pleased to announce that Tanner Rowe and Camille Anderson of Lexington High School were selected to participate in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State programs this summer.
Rowe is the son of Tim and Susan Rowe and Anderson is the daughter of Rob and Natalie Anderson.
Rowe and Anderson will join other high school juniors from across state at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln downtown campus June 4-10, 2017. The annual citizenship program, sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion and American Legion Auxillary is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate.
American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State programs are set up as a functional “51st state” and each participant learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics and be involved in other varied activities as part of citizenship training program. They will set up their state government and draft bills.
Special lectures and address will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders throughout Nebraska. Invitations have been sent to the Governor and Secretary of State offices for special appearances at this year’s program. National acclaimed motivational speakers are also scheduled to address the entire group.
Excited For The Upcoming Season
Madisen Wilkinson Donates Pet Waste Stations To Cozad
Doing her best to help keep Cozad beautiful, Madisen Wilkinson recently raised funds along with her own money to purchase pet waste stations for Muni Park in Cozad.
Living near Muni Park, Madisen Wilkinson has used the exercise trail to walk her dog and has seen many other people use the trail for the same purpose.
To keep the walking of Wilkinson’s dog more respectful towards other individuals enjoying Muni Park’s: swimming pool, soccer fields, playground and frisbee golf course; Madisen felt the addition of the pet waste stations would be a welcome sight for Muni Park.
Madisen hopes with the addition of the pet waste stations that it will help encourage and allow for pet owners to dispose of their dog’s waste properly. It will assist greatly in making Muni Park much more eco-friendly.
“I thought it was a great idea and addition for Muni Park,” expressed City of Cozad’s PJ Jacobson.
There will be three waste stations that Wilkinson raised the funds for that will be placed around the walking trail soon.