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THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS

NEWS!

Candy Cane Lane set to open

Superior Council approves developing improvement plan

Superior merchants ready for shoppers

Commissioners get first look at drawings for sheriff's addition


 

Candy Cane Lane set to open

Superior's Lincoln Park will be transformed into a holiday wonderland of lights and music, Friday, when Candy Cane Lane opens at 6 p.m. The display has been a mainstay of Superior's holiday festivities since 2003. The nonprofit Candy Cane Lane organization relies upon a cadre of volunteers to setup, maintain and dismantle the displays which grace the grounds of Lincoln Park. The number of lights and displays has increased with each year. Displays are donated, purchased or fabricated by the group. From humble beginnings, the displays now occupy two semi-trailers when they are in off-season storage. A smaller trailer is dedicated to reels holding rope lights and extension cords. Work begins long before the public pays its first visit. Volunteers of every age assist with the assembly and positioning of the lights and displays which starts at the end of October.
Candy Cane Lane will be open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 31. Hours are 6-10 p.m. on school event nights. Horse drawn hayrides will be available Friday and Saturday and Friday. Dec. 5 and Dec.12. The rides depart from the Scout Cabin. Visitors can partake of refreshments, including chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and hot apple cider inside the cabin. A crackling fire in the fireplace affords one the opportunity for roasting marshmallows.
Visitors drive through the lighted displays which include a 40' lighted tunnel. Animated and static displays are everywhere the eye can see. A designated parking area is available for viewing a special light show. Motorist can tune their FM radios to 88.5 and listen to Christmas music.
Candy Cane Lane relies upon free will donations to maintain it's program and pay for the cost of the electricity. Donations of displays are always welcome. Horizon Bank and Brodstone Memorial Hospital have donated new displays this season. Candy Cane Lane invites everyone to come visit the park and share the Christmas spirit.

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Superior council approves developing improvement plan
Members of the Superior City Council Monday evening approved development of a one and six street improvement plan.
Prior to the meeting, Tom Krueger, the city's street engineer had met with city staff members to review the community's street needs. With the information he gathered now at hand he will continue developing plans to replace the Second and National Street intersection, the improvement of the railroad crossing and west entrance from Highway 8 to the Superior East development site, and the paving of Oak Ridge and Random roads. It is hoped those projects can be completed during the next construction season.
At the request of Carl Collins, members of the council granted a one-year stay on an abatement order directing the owners of properties located 316 and 320 S. Bloom to immediately comply with city standards.
Collins said plans to begin at once to repair the property 316 S. Bloom and make it into his home. His first order of business will be to install a metal roof. Derek Clark, the city's planning and zoning enforcement officer told the council he had inspected the property and found it met the city standards for structural integrity.
Collins said the house at 320 S. Bloom was not suitable for rehabilitation and he planned to tear it down after repairing 316 S. Bloom was completed. He agreed to fill in the basement.
City staff members who had inspected the properties recommended the council grant the stay which passed unanimously.
Two contracts were awarded at Monday meeting.
Glenwood Telecommunications will be installing a new telephone system in the city office building. The present system was installed 14 years ago at a cost of $3,850 and is still working. However, the manufacturer has stopped making telephone equipment and is no longer supporting Superior's system
The new system will cost $5,457.10
After rejecting a previous bid to recoat a clarifier at the wastewater treatment plant, the city sought bids for a second time. This time two companies submitted bids. The winner submitted a price of less than half that submitted by the sole bidder during the first bidding process.
Cunningham Sandblasting, a company that has previously worked for the city will do the work for $32,529.
For decades the Nebraska Public Power District has been the city's only supplier of wholesale electrical power.
Monday evening the council voted to inform NPPD that it was considering obtaining up to 10 percent of the community's electrical power needs from another company.
Larry Brittenham, manager of the city utility department, reported at least two electrical power suppliers had indicated an interest in supplying a portion of the city's power. However, to do so, the power would be delivered to the community via lines owned by NPPD. In the coming months the city will evaluate the potential cost for power obtained from another source.
The action taken Monday night may be reversed if it is determined to be in the city's best interest.

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Superior merchants ready for shoppers
Many Superior business firms plan to participate in the national Shop Small Saturday promotion and have ordered advertisements be placed in this issue of The Express.
Also included in this issue is a full-page advertisement listing the dates and times for many of the community's special events associated with the Christmas Holiday Season.
For the first time this year, Christmas lights in the downtown business district will be turned on Friday. Candy Cane Lane opens Friday with plans to be open each evening through New Year's Eve. A separate story in this issue reports on the new displays and other changes at Candy Cane Lane.
A Christmas Cantata returns to the Superior Holiday Schedule this year. Community choir members are now being recruited. An advertisement in this issue gives the particulars.
The first of three Superior Bucks drawings sponsored by the Superior Chamber of Commerce was held Monday morning. Those shopping Superior stores are eligible to register for the drawings. Checks valued at a total of $220 were given away this week.
Carol Tietjen, Hardy, Ann Schultz, Ruskin, Michelle Peterson, Superior, and Carl Garman, Burr Oak, each won Superior Bucks valued at $30. Claudia Dunn and David Wroughton, both of Superior, each won bucks valued at $50.
The next drawing will be held Dec. 8.

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Commissioners get first look at drawings for sheriff's addition
Wim Kersten from Berggren Architects in Lincoln met with the Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting to discuss the proposed addition to the sheriff's department building.
Kersten provided detailed architectural drawings for the addition, which if approved will attach to the west side of the existing building. A pre-bid meeting, mandatory for all prospective bidders, is planned for Dec. 5, Kersten said.
Bids are due to the county clerk's office by 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 and will be opened and reviewed by the commissioners at their regular meeting on Dec. 15.
In other business:
· Gary Warren, county highway superintendent, reported the salt truck is serviced and ready to go and they are doing minor repairs to the water tanker truck.
· Meeting as the county board of equalization, the commissioners approved a tax-exemption application from the Superior Good Samaritan Center for a 1995 Ford van.
· Doyle Christensen, who will replace Mike Combs on the board of commissioners in January, was present for the meeting.
· The courthouse will be closed today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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