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October 23, 2008
Commissioners discuss request to vacate road
SUPERIOR, Nebraska (STPNS) -- Commissioners reviewed an official request to vacate a road at Monday's regular meeting of the Nuckolls County Board.
County Clerk Jackie Kassebaum received a letter from attorney Dean Hansen, Edgar, on behalf of Allen Ferebee, James Ferebee, Richard Walters and Michael Walters, the landowners along both sides of the road in question.
Hansen said the landowners are seeking official vacation of the first half-mile north of Highway 4 of the road two miles east of Highway 14.
Board chairman Arnold Brown said there is a closed bridge in that mile and the road north of the bridge is already closed. Brown also said the county has not maintained the south half-mile for more than 30 years.
The policy for closing a road is to schedule a public hearing, publish notice of the hearing for three consecutive weeks in the county's legal newspaper, notify the adjacent landowners by certified letter. Passage of a resolution to close the road must be by a two-thirds majority rather than a simple majority, which doesn't come into play with three-person boards like Nuckolls County.
The board asked Kassebaum to begin the process and asked Gary Warren to have highway superintendent Mark Mainelli prepare a study on the road closure requested on behalf of the four landowners.
Gary Warren, assistant highway superintendent, met with the board to discuss activities of the road and bridge department.
Warren said his crews are still hauling gravel because they are getting a lot of requests, plus they have two mowers running and the maintainers are working the main roads.
Warren also said the engineering firm of Mainelli-Wagner has started bridge inspections on all bridges west of Highway 14.
Justin Pape, sales representative from Murphy Tractor, Grand Island, met with the board to inform them John Deere has the state bid for motorgraders through June 2009. Brown said he doesn't know whether or not a new machine will be purchased in that time-frame, but the road department has a 1986 model that will need to be replaced.
In other business:
· The board met with Carissa Uhrmacher, Hastings, Community Wraparound facilitator and Juvenile Services county aid coordinator, for a quarterly status report. Uhrmacher reported she applied for $38,000 if grant funds for juvenile service programs in Nuckolls County and was awarded $22,000. The grant funds are appropriated by the Legislature and administered through the Nebraska Crime Commission.
· Dan Jantzen, emergency manager for Nuckolls and Thayer counties met with the commissioners for his monthly report.
· The commissioners reappointed Perry Freeman, Superior chief of police, to a three-year term on the South Heartland District Health Department board.
· Renewal of the county's catastrophic insurance coverage for inmates was approved unanimously. Known in the industry as "budget insurance" because one large claim for an inmate can easily decimate a small county's budget, the insurance covers catastrophic illnesses or accidents with inmates, even those incarcerated outside the county. There was no increase in the premium.
· The board approved a construction and operation permit for a cattle feeding facility located west of Ruskin on Highway 136 for Scholl Brothers Feed Yard.
· A resolution was approved for the county's participation in an all-hazard mitigation plan with the Little Blue and Lower Republican natural resource districts.
· A request for a county burial was denied because financial information received from the family revealed there were adequate personal assets to pay those expenses without help from the county.
· An application for a special designation liquor license was approved for a wine-tasting event to be held Nov. 1 by Superior Estates Winery at the Lawrence American Legion Hall. The board directed Kassebaum to notify the new manager of the winery in writing about their deadlines for such requests in the future.
· Commissioners approved a request by courthouse employees for the courthouse to be closed on Friday, Dec. 26. The vote was 2-1, with commissioner Dan Corman opposed. The courthouse will also close at noon on Christmas Eve.
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Tall Pine Ag Supply finishes buildings
Three new metal building serve Tall Pine Ag Supply, owned by Steve and Beth Siebecker, at the north edge of Hardy. One building serves as an office, another houses seed and related supplies and the third is leased by Aurora Cooperative and used for chemical storage. The seed building was used last spring. The company moved into the office in May and the chemical building was occupied in August.
Electricians are finishing up details in the chemical building, otherwise the complex is finished. An open house was held Sept. 20. The chemical building is 60 x 140 feet. It features an unloading dock for dry chemicals and a drive through for semi trucks so liquid supplies are unloaded inside a containment facility.
The seed building is 60x120 feet and used for seed storage and treatment. The office is 28x30 feet. Included are two offices, a conference room with a kitchenette, entry way and a restroom. Landscaping consists of a flagstone walk way, flower bed and a newly planted lawn. "Some have said why didn't you just put the office in the corner of the seed building, but this was my drawing card," Beth said. "I didn't want to be surrounded by the smell of chemicals and seed all day."
"The new facility has made it easier for us to serve customers as opposed to having things at three different sites, plus it is easier for customers to get in and out," Steve said.
"We call it the one stop shop," Beth added. "I am selling crop insurance, so farmers can get their seed, treat their seed and insure their seed. Plus we can help them market their crop with a product called Market Point."
Market Point does two basic things, Steve added. " It helps a producer differentiate his grain and maximize his price," Steve added.
"Most hybirds are tested for HTF (high total fermentable or starch content). Harvest and handling also affect grain quality. In addition, Market Point tracks the price of grain at elevators, feed yards and ethanol plants in the surrounding area," he concluded.
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