Two Honored As Elks Students Of The Month

The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Cozad’s Katrina German and Southern Timm of Eustis/Farnam as the recipients of the Elks Teens of the Month. 
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Cozad and Eustis/Farnam throughout their high school campaigns. 
Katrina is the daughter of Paul and Jane German. German maintains a 4.0 GPA at Cozad High School and currently has the top GPA, ranked #1 of 66 in the CHS Senior class. 
Katrina German has been a very busy student with vast participation in student organizations and extracurricular activites to go along with her efforts in the classroom while at Cozad High School. 
German has been an honoree by the CCSA throughout her tenure at Cozad Schools with many gold medal winning efforts in Science, Math and Social Studies for the past four years. 
Katrina was inducted into the Cozad High School National Honor Society as a Sophomore and has continued to exceed the requirements of a NHS member. 
As a member of the Cozad FCCLA, Katrina has been a member of the leadership of the organization since her freshman year. She is currently the Vice President. For two years prior, German was the Historian for the FCCLA Chapter. During her first year in FCCLA, Katrina was the Freshmen class representative. She has achieved many District, State and National accolades for her efforts with the Cozad High School FCCLA Chapter. 
Deeply involved in the Cozad High School Pep Club, Katrina is currently the President for the group after being the Publicist for her Junior year. She has earned letterwinner status the past three years of participating in Pep Club. 
Athletically, Katrina German has been a member of the Volleyball, Cross Country and Track squads for the Lady Haymakers. For her initial two years of high school, German was on the Volleyball squad and earned a letter as a Sophomore. The past two years, Katrina has showcased her endurance running as a member of the very successful Cozad High School Cross Country team. She has earned letterwinner status the past two years along with being a state meet qualifier. In Track and Field, German has been a letterwinner the past three years and earned the Most Improved Girls Track Athlete award as a sophomore.   
“Katrina’s natural leadership abilities combined with a purposful approach to ‘making a difference’ is a foundational piece to the success that others have experienced. She lives her life in service to others and works as hard to ensure others achieve their goals as she does to ensure she achieves her own goals,” expressed Cozad High School Guidance Counselor. “It is hard to imagine that there will be another who ever lives up to the example she has set.”
Southern is the daughter of Mark and Sherry Timm. Southern maintains a 98.4 GPA while being a very active student in a variety of activities at Eustis/Farnam High School. Timm is currently ranked #1 in cumulative GPA in her Senior class. 
Superior grades have propelled Timm to be on the Principals Honor Roll throughout her prep years at Eustis/Farnam High School. She has also earned the All-Star Student honors since her freshman year. As a result of being involved in many activities at Eustis/Farnam Schools while excelling in the classroom, Southern was inducted into the National Honor Society as a Sophomore and she currently exceeds the requirements to be in the highly esteemed organization. 
She has assumed leadership roles for her class throughout her tenure at Eustis/Farnam. She was the Junior Class Vice President this past year, a position she excelled at as a Freshmen as well. During her Sophomore campaign, Southern was her classes Student Council Representative. 
Involved in the Play Production has become second nature for Southern, as she has been in a pertinent role in the Eustis/Farnam Play Production and All-School Play for the past three years. Timm has earned letterwinner status in Play Production since her freshmen year. 
Athletically, Southern Timm has been a valuable member of the Lady Knights Volleyball team for the past four years, earning a letter the past three seasons.
“Southern is a great example of the type of person others should look up to and strive to imitate,” stated Eustis/Farnam English Instructor JoHanna Utterback. “Her dedication to accomplish tacks and her drive to be better is what sets her apart from the rest.”  

Dawson County Commissioners Discuss Employee Health Insurance Premiums

The Dawson County Board of Equalization met for a regular meeting on Thursday, October 1st.
   After approval of the minutes from the August 14, 2015 regular meeting, the board approved Resolution #2015-22. This resolution involves the Adoption & Appropriations regarding setting current tax levies.
   The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session immediately following the Dawson County Board of Equalization meeting.
   Approved were the minutes from the September 15, 2015 regular meeting, Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $1,665,502.89 and claims in the amount of $1,080,669.52.
   Resolution #2015-14 was approved with Pinnacle Bank in Lexington recalling $13,000.000.00 of collateral.
   Under committee reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan noted that the landfill and fairgrounds are both running smoothly.
   Commissioner Bill Stewart reported that Brandon Kjar bids out the utilities for all of the county’s buildings and saves the county a substantial amount of money by doing this.
   Commissioner Dean Kugler was nominated and voted in as the Nebraska Cooperative Government (lottery) delegate.
   Resolution #2015-23 was approved. This resolution concerns county tax sales and delinquent tax records.
   Discussion was held regarding county vehicle mileage. This was tabled until further discussion and a proposed policy can be presented to the board. In the meantime, all county vehicles, unless authorized, must be parked in their respective area each night.
   The county health insurance policy for leave of absences was discussed. The 2001 employee handbook policy is still in effect which states: “While the eligible employee is on unpaid leave, the employee shall pay his/her share of premiums due on his/her county health coverage plan on a date agreed to between the employee and the County Clerk.”
   Discussion was also held regarding the Simply Well health insurance premiums. It was decided that if a county employee and spouse, if applicable, does not participate in the Simply Well program here will be an addition $100 per person premium increase on their health insurance cost, per month, beginning on January 1, 2016.
   The board members visited the Dawson County Jail at the conclusion of the meeting.
   The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Commissioners is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.

Three Inductees Are Honored At Cozad Fall Ball Ceremony

“You are the people who are leading this community.”
“You are standing on the shoulders of those who have lead.”
“You are the ones, who step up to the plate.”
At the Fall Ball, Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, those people gathered together, were recognized and were challenged. It was a grand evening of celebrating the Cozad Hospital Foundation, marking its 34th year.
“Your family, your friends and your neighbors started the Foundation, with its purpose to enhance and improve healthcare in our community,” Hospital Administrator Lyle Davis said.
From the total remodel of the Hospital; building the Physical Therapy Complex; playing a major role in the building of the Wellness Center; building Meadowlark Pointe, designed for assisted/independent living; providing the site for Centeral Plains Home Health and Hospice; and to the remodeling of the Cozad Medical Clinic, all were noted.
“The Foundation has taken an active role in attracting young people to our community, by paying off student loan debts in return for their coming to Cozad to provide healthcare.,” Davis said.
“We will be remodeling the Cozad Hospital Emergency Department, and the ground breaking for Phase II of Meadowlark Pointe is being planned.”
The Fall Ball hosts nationally acclaimed keynoters. Mark Sandborn is one of the “Top Twenty Speakers in the World.”
He saluted the special spirit of “small rural America,” noting his own personal experience, serving as the national President of the Future Farmers of America. His early career included his employment with the FARM JOURNAL.
Today, Sanborn shares his insights into “The Fred Factor.” He highlights a man named Fred, and cites the role that Cozad can play in encompassing the following, (1) Pat attention to people and appreciate them; (2) Be motivated each day and engage in the moment, being fully alive; (3) Everyone makes a difference, with lives built on relationships, adding value by thinking; (4) Innovate, not replicate.
He challenged each person to (1) Love more than others do; (2) Love what you do; (3) Love who you work with... the team; (4) Love who you do it for. If each person can accept the challenge, The Fred Factor is in place: “Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be extraordinary.”
Three honorees, surrounded by family, were inducted into the Cozad Healthcare Hall of Fame. They were Pat Brand, Registered Nurse; Gloria Franzen, Registered Nurse; and Bryce Tomlin, EMT.
In recognition of youth leadership, Cozad High School members of Future Business Leaders of America, served the banquet.
“When we reflect on this major event in our city,” Davis said, “the Fall Ball is the time to celebrate what this community provides in leadership and bringing people to Cozad to work and to raise their families.”
“The Fall Ball was a huge success, with leadership provided by Claude Bereckman, Jr., serving as Master of Ceremonies and Tom Gosinski creating the setting of richenss, complimenting the blacks and golds, with elegant centerpieces and candlelight. It was a wonderful celebration for our community.”

Spook Night In Cozad will be held October 27th

Cozad's 12th 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 as children safely visit participating businesses throughout the downtown centre of the 100th Meridian City. 
Participants will receive a bag with fliers complete with a map and a punch card for all participating businesses at Cozad Elementary and the Cozad Early Education Center. 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 assisting with the highly anticipated event. They will also be assisting businesses that have games planned for the trick-or-treaters.

CDC Reports That Former Alco Building Has Potential Client

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, October 5th. 
   Robyn Geiser and Brad Staton, representing the Citizens Advisory Committee appeared to present the Cozad Economic Development Plan Fiscal Budget for October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. Beginning balance is $717,000.00 with estimated revenue of $433,780.00 for the coming year making the total estimated revenue $1,150,780.00.
   Estimated expenditures for the year of $785,205.00 leaving an estimated cash reserve of $365,675.00.
   Work is being continued on four current outstanding loans to Colorado Biolabs, the Cover lease, Industrial Skins and Business Center.
   The budget was approved.
   The next item of business was to approve the annual Maintenance Agreement No. 44 for January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016. City Clerk Susan Kloepping reported there were no changes from last year.
   Jill Nelsen, owner of Cork & Cap appeared with a special designated liquor license application for November 14, 2015. The Cozad United Way Casino Night will be taking place at Chipper Hall from 4:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. The application was approved.
   Robyn Geiser next appeared to request approval for the Cozad Development Corporation to apply for $179,000.00 of Community Block Grant reuse monies to carry out the recruitment of Project Cozad 2015-1.
   “At the present time we are 99% sure that we have a client for the former ALCO building,” Geiser said. “We have a couple more phases to go through prior to it being finalized,” she continued. “We are also working on the parking lot drainage to have it pond at the ditch instead of the parking lot and are also working with the State of Nebraska on the culvert,” she noted.
   Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that Jill Albrecht has resigned from the Library Board due to her family moving out of town.
   The Barn Quilt informational sessions were well attended last week with interested parties from Phelps, Gosper and Frontier counties in addition to Dawson County. 
   “The Cozad Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee would like to start this barn quilt boom for Dawson County in Cozad,” Yocom said. The committee will be sponsoring barn quilt workshops on the evenings of October 26th and 27th.
   Streets Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that the batting cage in the Sports Complex has been painted.   
   “The bathhouse at the swimming pool has been painted by Gruber Painting and looks fabulous,” he continued.
   On a final note, he said the new scoreboard for Bellamy Park has arrived and will be in place for the district softball tournament this Thursday and Friday.
   Lights Commissioner Britt German reported that the contractor has been in town replacing poles. The 15 – 20 man crew has done a great job,” said German.
   “Osmos is in town at the present time checking the integrity of light poles, and we are needing to complete our work at the new Burger King site prior to other utilities going in” he explained.     
   Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols said that everything is now fine with the water samples, but that they had to notify customers via their utility bills this month.
   “The water tower is now washed out and back on” Nichols reported.
   “Bruce Larson would like to put in twelve monitoring wells at the former Monroe complex.” “Ten of these would be non-permanent and two permanent,” he continued.
   The item will be put on the council’s agenda for the next meeting.   
   Council members Charlie Block, Doug Swan and PJ Jacobson took a tour of splash pads recently and will do some pricing on the various splash pad features.  
   City Clerk Kloepping included a letter from Charter Communication indicating that Charter will be making price adjustments. Customers will be notified through their September billing statements.
   Kloepping also reported that Integrity Home Inspections had inspected the house at 16th and H streets for an asbestos evaluation. The council directed Susan to let out bids on the property.
   Mayor Nancy Meyer reported that the Nebraska Department of Development had approved the city’s request for $297,600.00 in grant money for the upcoming year. 
   The next regular meeting will be a 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015.                                                                                                                        

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