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County board continues budget talks

Oak receives Humanities Nebraska grant

Bloodmobile to visit Superior

Nearly time for Superior's city-wide garage sale


County board continues budget talks

The Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting continued budget discussions with other elected officials and department heads. Present for the discussions were the three commissioners; Amy Mazour, deputy county clerk; and the remaining members of the county budget-making authority, Royce Gonzales and Vicki Ensign.
Preliminary budget documents from different county offices and departments were reviewed and discussed, typically by going through both the revenue and expenditure portions line by line.
Gary Warren, county highway superintendent, and Cindy Buescher, road department secretary, presented the preliminary road and bridge department budget, which includes $300,000 for gravel and rock for roads. Warren said he increased that line to reflect the higher bids from the gravel pits for next year.
Other "big ticket" items in the road department budget include $245,000 for a new motorgrader, $280,000 for bridge work and $360,000 for equipment and machine fuel, which Warren said is a 10 percent increase. Some less expensive budget items include $7,000 in lumber to finish the new county shop in Ruskin, $20,000 for two used pickups, $11,000 for another snowplow and $16,500 for a new mower. Warren said he would like to buy a new mower and then trade it every year, like they do with the skidloader.
Sheriff Jim Marr and lead deputy Brad Baker discussed the proposed budgets for the sheriff's department and jail. Because Baker was recently appointed emergency manager, the civil defense and emergency management budgets were also discussed. Marr said they plan to trade in one of the patrol pickups, which is a 2010 model. It was also discussed that about $6,400 will need to be budgeted for roofing materials for the sheriff's building, but that will come out of the building and grounds budget.
Phyllis Schoenholz and Jacie Milius, UNL extension educators, were present to discuss the extension office budget. Schoenholz said the only changes from last year are the salary increases on the expenditure side.
Debbie Klein, the contracted custodian for the courthouse, presented her budget. She said the only major purchases necessary will be a new vacuum cleaner and carpet shampooer.
Other budgets reviewed and discussed included GIS, liability claim reserve, relief medical, homeland security and county visitor's promotion.
In other business:
· Meeting as the county board of equalization, the commissioners approved tax exemption applications from Mid Nebraska Individual Services for a 2012 Chrysler van and Brodstone Memorial Hospital for a 2003 Ford Taurus.
· Debbie Klein, courthouse custodian, asked the board if they would consider giving her additional responsibilities, such as groundskeeping or noxious weed superintendent, and making her a full-time employee rather than an independent contractor. The commissioners said they will consider the options. The matter was tabled until the Aug. 4 meeting.
· Appointing members to the county safety committee was discussed. There are currently two vacancies, created when Carrie Miller and Tim Stutzman left employ with the county. A note will be put in with the next paychecks to see if there are any interested employees.
· The board approved a utility agreement between the county and Glenwood Telephone.
· A special designation liquor license was approved for Superior Estates Winery for an event on Aug. 15.
· As required by state statute, the commissioners conducted their quarterly inspection of the jail facilities.


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Oak receives Humanities Nebraska grant
Oak will present various programs and demonstrations in conjunction with the 1864 Native American Raid Reenactments which will be funded by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
On Saturday, there will be various demonstrations throughout the day within Oak to entertain and educate the public about Nebraska History. Some of the demonstrations with be blacksmithing, horse-shoeing, antique machinery, buggy rides, mountain man knives, broom making, a spinning wheel and a wheelwright.
The Oregon Trail Day activities are one of many grants funded by Humanities Nebraska, which awards more than $200,000 in grants each year. Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Nebraska is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. Humanities Nebraska funds programs that explore Nebraska's heritage, build community
awareness and strengthen our ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.

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Bloodmobile to visit Superior
The Red Cross Bloodmobile is scheduled to visit Superior Tuesday. Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the east basement room of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Donors are asked to be sure and drink plenty of liquids prior to visiting the Bloodmobile and to bring along some form of photo identification. First time and previous donors will be welcome. Appointments may be made but walk-ins will also be welcome.

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Nearly time for Superior's city-wide garage sale
It is about that time of year again. Time for Superior's August city-wide garage sales.
The community-wide event is held each year the second Saturday of August and the fourth Saturday of April. That means the next community-wide garage sale event will be Saturday, Aug. 9. A map and description of the registered locations will be published in the Aug. 7 edition of this newspaper. Like last time it is expected the early birds who register their sales before noon on July 31 will have their ads published in the next edition of The Leader section which will be distributed with the newspapers published at Mankato, Hebron, Geneva, Sutton and Superior.
The registration fee is $6 for 40 words and will include a sign to identify their sale as a participating location.
If this year is like most years, there will be a few free-loaders who seek to avoid the registration fee but try to take advantage of the advertising purchased by those who register.

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