Cozad City Council Discuss Mulch & Maintenance Proposals For Parks
The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017.
Pastor Terry Tomlinson, American Lutheran Church/ Sonrise Parish delivered the invocation following the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jeremy Koch from Natural Escapes appeared to discuss the mulch agreement for Veterans Memorial Park and the Russell Jensen Memorial at the Cozad Swimming Pool. Council members decided to wait until proposals for mulch and maintenance were received from other providers, including Linda Mann, Linda’s Yard Care Service.
Dawson Area Development Director Jen McKeone led the public hearing updating the current Community Development Block Grant, which is providing owner, occupied housing rehabilitation that was postponed from the January 23rd meeting.
Cozad received a grant in the amount of $297,000 with homeowners needing to apply for the funds. According to Cozad City Clerk Susan Kloepping, three rehab projects are currently in progress, four are in the process of receiving bids for projects and three need additional financial information prior to applying for the grant funds.
Mayor Nancy Meyer’s appointments of Kris Riley and Jeanie Haskell to the Business Improvement District No. 1 Board were approved.
A Special Designated Liquor License was approved for Cork & Cap Liquor for the annual Hunting Heritage Banquet sponsored by the 100th Meridian Boss Gobblers Chapter at Chipper Hall on Friday, February 24th.
Approval was also granted for a Special Designated Liquor License for Big E’s for March 17th at Chipper Hall. The Cozad Jaycees will be hosting ‘Dueling Pianos’ at the hall.
An ordinance was passed updating the municipal code as per legislative updates.
Discussion began concerning the Cozad Library Foundation’s request to use the area south of the library for a memorial statue park.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Office building.
Daddy/Daughter Dance To Be Held In Cozad
The Community Wellness Center and the Cozad Community Hospital are combining resources to sponsor a 'Daddy Daughter Dinner & Dance' on Tuesday, February 14th. The event will take place at the wellness center from 6 - 8 p.m.
The evening will include a delicious meal, a beautiful rose for daughters/granddaughters or a special person and amazing dance music.
Registration forms are available at the wellness center and need to be returned by this Friday, February 10th for this special Valentine's evening event.
Burkholder Hired To BMG Quality Assurance Team
Beef Marketing Group (BMG) annouces the hiring of Anne Burkholder as a member of the BMG Quality Assurance Team, effective February 1, 2017. Anne will also work on BMG projects such as sustainability, transportation and cattle handling.
Anne writes the popular blog, Feed Yard Foodie. Her efforts in social media originally began in 2011 as a way to tell the real story of beef, “written by someone who actually gets their hands dirty”. Anne’s work in both social media outreach as well as improving animal welfare for beef cattle led to the receipt of numerous awards including: Beef Quality Assurance’s “Producer of the Year” 2009, Vance Publishing “Under 40 in Agriculture” 2014; and Beef Magazine’s “Trail Blazer Award” 2013. She currently serves as a member of the Tyson Fresh Meats Animal Well-Being Committee. Anne and her husband Matt are the former owner/operators of Will Feed, Inc. in Cozad.
In her new role, Anne will provide quality assurance audit servies to all BMG Nebraska Feed Yards to ensure their compliance to BMG’s trademarked Progressive Beef Program. The objective of the Progressive Beef Program is to assure our customers that we are doing everything possible to produce safe beef from well-carded for animals in a sustainable way. To learn more about the Progressive Beef Program and the advantages of being a Beef Marking Group participating feed yard, go to www. beefmarketinggroup.com
Anne, her husband Matt, their children Ashley Grace, Megan and Karyn will reside in Cozad where she will be centrally located to the BMG yards.
Goodwill Donation Drive To Be Held In Cozad During February
Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is having a donation drive in Cozad beginning after noon on Friday, February 10th through Monday, February 27th from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. People living in Cozad or the surrounding areas can drop off their donations at the Cozad Recycling Area on Highway 30.
Virtually anything in your home or garage that you no longer use is accepted; clothing, household items, shoes, books, purses, belts, books, computers, printers, monitors and computer accessories can be placed inside the Goodwill trailer. Due to limited storage space, furniture, televisions and large appliances are not accepted. Tax donation receipts are available at the trailer.
Goodwill appreciates the generosity of the people of Cozad and the surrounding areas. Revenue generated through the sale of donated items at Goodwill’s retail stores supports services for people in greater Nebraksa.
Goodwill industries of Greater Nebraska’s mission is to help people with disabilities or barriers achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. The organization fulfills this mission every day by supporting people to find jobs that match their talents and gifts, teaching skills leading to increased independence, helping people through the process of recovery and empowering people to focus on their strengths and abilities than a diagnosis or disability.
Two Honored As Elks Students Of The Month
The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Lexington’s Danielle Lindeman and Mickayla Blender of Eustis/Farnam as the recipients of the January Elks Students of the Month.
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Lexington and Eustis/Farnam throughout their high school years.
Danielle is the daughter of Earl and Tracy Lindeman. Lindeman maintains a 4.35 GPA at Lexington High School. She has been on the Honor Roll throughout her four year tenure at Lexington High School.
Danielle has been very involved in a variety of activities while maintaining a level of excellence in the classroom.
She was recognized by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education as a Scholastic Award winner as a Sophomore.
Danielle has achieved the Triple Threat Award numerous times that recognizes perfect attendance, all A/B’s and activity involvement. During each Destination Graduation Academic Pep Rally, Lindeman has been recognized on the All A/B award listing as well as the Activities accolades.
Showcasing leadership within her class as well as for Lexington High School, Danielle has been a Student Council member for all four years of high school and has assumed the role of Treasurer.
Lindeman is also the Treasurer of the Lexington High School National Honor Society, as she has been a two year member of the elite organization.
Danielle has been a four-year letterwinner as a member of the highly acclaimed Lexington Band program. Lindeman is part of the marching band, pep band and jazz band for the Orange and Black.
Outside of the classroom, Danielle has been instrumental in the success of her 4-H group by displaying excellent leadership while filling an officer position. She has been a four-year 4-H participant along with assuming the role of Secretary and Vice President.
While competing for the Orange and Black-clad Minutemaids, Lindeman has competed in Volleyball and Tennis. She was a two-year member of the Maids volleyball squad but it was on the hardcourt that Danielle has left the biggest mark. Lindeman is a three-year letterwinner with her swan song, Senior season coming up this Spring.
With her extensive involvement in a pleathora of activities and organizations at Lexington High School, Lindeman has been a member of the L-Club for the past four years as well.
“Danielle is a careful and creative thinker with an eye for details and a devotion to logic. She has the terrific ability to draw on her own experiences and observations to develop thoughtful opinions on a variety of issues,” expressed Lexington Mathmatics Instructor Sandy Meyer. “Her regular contributions to class discussions provide insight both for her peers and for me as an instructor. In addition, Danielle is very generous with her time and energies.”
Mickayla is the daughter of Paul and Jeanne Blender. Blender maintains a 3.78 GPA at Eustis/Farnam High School and has the top GPA of her class. She has been a mainstay on the honor roll throughout her prep career at Eustis/Farnam.
Blender has been very involved in a variety of activities during her four year campaign at Eustis/Farnam High School along with maintaining an elite academic portfolio.
Mickayla was involved in the band for three years. She has been a participant in the Eustis/Farnam Science Fair throughout her high school years. She was elected by her classmates to be the Class Secretary as a Sophomore and has held that officer position since. She was a two-year class representative to the Student Council.
As a Junior, Blender was selected to become a member of the Eustis/Farnam National Honor Society and she still excels in exceeding the requirements needed to remain a member of the elite organization.
This past Summer, Mickayla was an attendee of the America Legion Girls State event.
Along with her busy academic schedule, Mickayla also manages her time wisely to be a standout in athletics as well as the award winning FFA Chapter from Eustis/Farnam. She has been on Agronomy and Meat Judging teams that have not only won accolades at the district but State competitions. She was second overall individually on the Eustis/Farnam State Meat Judging Championship winning team. At the National competition, the team finished 11th overall. Blender is currently the FFA Chapter’s Vice President as well.
Athletically, Mickayla is a three-sport standout while competing in Volleyball, Basketball and Track for the past four years. In Volleyball, Blender is a three-year letterwinner. On the hardwood, Mickayla has lettered all four years along with lettering the past three years in track and field with her Senior season coming soon. She has earned Academic All-State honors in Volleyball, Basketball and Track.
Throughout her prep years, Mickayla has also made time for her 4-H Club, where she has held the offices of News Reporter, Secretary and Vice President.
She has been a member of the E-Unit group for the past three years as well.
“Micky is a hard working, dedicated and quiet young woman,” stated Eustis/Farnam Agricultural Teacher Chad Schimmels. “I am very proud of the poise that she has shown while competing in FFA events.”
Gothenburg Gala To Be Held February 25th
Cozad Community Foundation Set To Host 2017 RedDay
The community of Cozad will be abuzz on February 25th with the RedDay Celebration to be held at the Elks Lodge. Citizens of the 100th Meridian City will have the chance to reinvest, engage and donate during this jouyous event.
The activities will start at 6 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. A wine/ microbrew tasting will be accompanied by a food pairing demonstration by Shawn Engberg. There will be silent and live auction items also available at the Elks Lodge. The customized golf cart raffle will be drawn that evening also, tickets are still available and you need not be present to win. Raffle tickets as well as tickets to event can be purchased from any board member or at one of the banks in Cozad.
Online donations will be accepted at www.cozadcommunityfoundation.org via PayPal.
Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet To Be Held February 24th
Getting together to celebrate the successes will be the business communities that make up the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce at the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Banquet that will be held on February 24th.
The event is slated to start with a social honor at 6 p.m. and the banquet will follow at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington.
Tickets to the event are $20 per person or a table for eight people can be purchased for $120. Reservations are required and can be purchased by calling the Chamber office at 324-5504.
During the awards ceremony portion of the banquet, there will be many different individuals and organizations recognized for their great contributions.
The Farm Family of the Year, the Agri-Service Award, the Agriculture Employee of the Year and the Business of the Year will be unveiled.
The honorable Jim Kelly Memorial Award will be awarded to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the Lexington community.
The Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce President and Friend of Tourism Awards will be handed out as well.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this great event. The sponsors assist greatly with the success of the event.
For more details on the sponsoring the event or questions about the event contact Event CoordinatorSarah Neben at sarah@lexcoc. com or call at (308)324-5504.
Souper Bowl Cookoff a Success in Cozad
Cozad Jaycees Cake Auction To Be Held February 9th
The Cozad Jaycees will be hosting their annual cake auction on Thursday, February 9th at Chipper Hall in Cozad.
Items may be dropped off starting at 7:30 a.m. with bidding commencing at 9:00 a.m. Bidding will end promptly at 5:45 p.m. Baked goods as well as non-perishable items such as baskets are welcomed.
All items will qualify for the ‘Buy-Now’ feature. For $75 any item may be purchased on the spot.
Questions or additional information about the annual cake auction may be obtained by contacting Lindsay Erickson at 308-325-5551.
Cozad's Wellness Center Offers Events With Aid From Cozad Hospital
Cozad is fortunate to have had the Community Wellness Center since January 1, 2000. Since its inception it has been a partnership between the Cozad Schools, Cozad Hospital and the City of Cozad.
Each entity has two members on the Board of Directors. At one of their meetings last fall, discussion was held concerning the possibility of hosting more events at the wellness center. Cozad Hospital Administrator Lyle Davis, a member of the board asked two of his employees, Kristen Bennett, Health Information Management Supervisor and Bri Snider, Quality Director, Infection Prevention & Employee Health if they would be willing to brainstorm new events and activities for the center. Bennett and Snider grew up in Cozad and are members of the Cozad Community Health System’s health and wellness team.
“Our main goal for this great facility is to have more children and their parents and grandparents come through the doors and participate in activities for all ages and abilities,” explained Snider.
The first event was the Christmas Break Kids Camp for K-5th graders on Wednesday, December 18th. Numerous activities were scheduled with lunch being provided by hospital and healthy snacks provided by Jake Derr and Juice Plus. Snider and Bennett were assisted by several parents during the day and it was deemed a success.
On Friday, January 6th 40 1st-8th graders participated in the ‘Nerf Wars’ at the center. Mike Neill provided safety glasses and blue Nerf bullets were provided by the center. The participants had a ‘blast’.
“Numerous parents and grandparents attended with their children/grandchildren and walked around the track as they watched all the action on the gym floor,” Bennett noted.
The Nerf Wars were so popular that Round 2 was organized for Friday, January 27th. Once again more than 40 participated including a middle schooler who is wheelchair bound.
Aimee Davis hosted her first ‘Fit Kids’ classes on January 19th. Ages 3-5 met at 5:45 p.m. and ages 6-14 at 6:05 p.m. each Thursday.
The Nerf Wars, Fit Kids classes and other such activities have nominal fees with CWC members being charged a discounted fee.
Snider and Bennett are excited for the next event planned for Tuesday, February 14th, a Daddy/Daughter (or special friend) Dinner & Dance. The evening will include a delicious meal, a beautiful rose for daughters and awesome dance music from 6 – 8 p.m. Cost is $30 per couple and due to the CWC by Friday, February 10th. (Additional daughters may attend for $8.) This event is guaranteed to create lasting memories for daughter and their daddies!
According to Snider, “Amber Ross and Heather Wellman continue to do an amazing job with getting people in the door with their weekly classes from not only Cozad but Gothenburg, Lexington, Eustis and the surrounding area.” “Our goal is to keep all members in our community healthy as we have a passion for wellness and activities and have enjoyed the time at our debut events,” Snider stated.
Other possible events include indoor flag football, wiffle ball, a scavenger hunt for St. Patrick’s Day, a family game board night, healthy cooking classes and more. Included will be non-competitive events.
“We welcome input from community members in planning future events and would like to see intergenerational events, too,” Bennett commented.
CWC Director Darrel Francescato is excited to be partnering with the hospital to sponsor more activities and events that wouldn’t be possible with his limited staff members and resources.
“Bri and Kristen have done a great job getting these events and activities added to our present class schedule and it is great to see new people come through our front doors and use our fabulous facility,” Francescato said.
Anyone with ideas for activities or events or willing to assist with these may contact Bennett or Snider at the hospital 784-2261 or Francescato at the wellness center 784-5100.
Cozad Hosts Annual Pinewood Derby On Sunday:
Holbein To Be Spotlighted For Service To Lexington Volunteer Fire Department
Reaching a notable milestone as a member of the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department is Dale Holbein as he has eclipsed the 50 year mark as a firefighter.
Holbein will be honored with an Open House on Saturday, February 25th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mac’s Creek Winery in Lexington.
There will be Hors d’oeuvres, cake and drinks served at the open house.
Crowned On Friday
Cozad City Council Approves Wellness Option For Employees
The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017. Deputy City Clerk Kelly Peden presided at the meeting with the absence of City Clerk Susan Kloepping.
William Sergel, Elwood who is employed at Zook’s Welding in Cozad appeared to request the placement of stop signs at 6th & C Streets in Cozad. Sergel had an accident at this intersection in December that he thought could have been prevented if stop signs had been present. He pointed out that there is a large tree blocking the view as you go north on C Street towards 6th Street. City officials have checked out the intersection and the tree(s) present will be trimmed as needed.
Council members approved an annual resolution providing $500.00 in financial support to the Cozad Area Chamber of Commerce from the City of Cozad to be used towards the promotion of the municipality and the surrounding area.
A resolution providing rates for ambulance service provided by the municipality also received approval from the council members. Under the new resolution, all patients shall pay a base rate fee of $500.00 per ambulance service within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cozad. A fee of $10.00 per mile shall be paid for each loaded mile outside the City of Cozad. All patients shall also pay the driver and the attendant(s) a wage of $20.00 per hour each for actual work time or transportation.
Discussion continued on the proposed reimbursement to city employees for use of the Community Wellness Center.
Under Reports, Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that the conference in Lincoln was good and that he was elected
Streets & Parks Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that his department is busy trimming trees and repairing potholes throughout the city.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that the library is conducting their annual inventory. The Heineman family has donated a memorial that will arrive in the near future in honor of their daughter who would have celebrated her first birthday in April.
Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that the wooden safety building sign in front of the fire department and public service building is becoming quite worn. Montgomery and fire department members Dan Niles and Carol Bauer will be looking into a new wooden sign to replace it. Montgomery noted that the transition continues to go smoothly and that he is learning the computer system. He also informed the council that the present desks in the public service building are falling apart and he would like to check out the possibility of purchasing new desks from Kenny Gerdes at Merchandise Mart. Two new chairs for Police Sergeant John Peden and Montgomery have already been purchased from Gerdes.
Council member Charlie Block reported that Weathercraft would be coming to check out the new wall on the 100th Meridian Museum and get an estimate for sealing it.
Deputy Clerk Peden reported that she has received numerous applications for lifeguard and summer maintenance jobs. Peden and Pool Manager Julie Linn will be lining up classes for lifeguards.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.