July 28, 2016



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Superior Council sending street plan to voters

Nelson youngster joins KISS onstage

2-vehicle accident sends one driver to hospital

Preliminary county budget includes levy hike


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The Superior Express & Jewell County News 28 July 2016


Work continued into the weekend digging out from more than a foot wet snow that fell last Tuesday. A rotary snow plow was used to open Highway 136 to two lanes of traffic through Nuckolls County last Thursday.

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Superior Council sending street plan to voters

When completing community attidue surveys, Superior residents have been quick to criticize the condition of the city's streets. Action taken Monday evening by members of the Superior City Council will see if the residents are willing to give more than lip service to a street improvement plant.
Council members agreed to ask the voters to approve a street bonding proposal at the general election this November.
The city has struggled for years to keep up with street improvement needs. The amount of money the city has available has not kept pace with the rising construction costs.
At the general election, Superior voters will be asked if they support the creating of paving districts and gap paving to either replace current pavement of lay new concrete pavement. If utilized either of these two plans will increase the tax and adjoining property and use the proceeds to pay for the work.
Paving districts can be created two ways, by petition of the neighbors living along the street or by council action. Either way, property owners controling a majority of the linear feet of property adjoining the street must approve the plan before it goes forward. Over the years paving districts have been used to fund several street improvement projects,
Property owners have less say over gap paving. Gap paving can only be used to convert either gravel or armorcoat streets to concrete paving and may not extend for more than two blocks. Street chosen for gap paving must connect with concrete streets.
A map available at Monday's council meeting showed only about 17 blocks of city streets qualify for the gap paving plan.
The city's gap paving autority has been used infrequently.
This year the city anticipates armour coating 16 blocks of streets and saving the balance of the street construction budget for use at a later time.
Earlier it was hoped the current year street improvement budget would be sufficient to pave either Eighth Street from Idaho to Central or Oak Ridge and Random roads. However, costs estimates exceeded budget funds and those projects were delayed.
As the election approaches, The Express anticipates having more stories exploring the street options.
In other action Monday night, the council approved on the third and final reading an ordinance as recommended by the planning commission. The ordinance creates a residential planned unit development near the northeast corner of the community. Some of the land in question has previously been zoned medium density residential and and high density residential. The change requested by Nate Satthoff generated some controversery as part of the area had been zoned agricultural and used as a pasture. An attempt to prohibit the keeping of cattle in the pasture was reversed at an earlier council meeting.
It was reported that after 17 years of employement in the city office, Janice Smidt had resigned. Her last day was Monday.
Two requests for nuisance abatement program delays were approved. One property owner asked to have the deadline for completing the work extended to Aug. 1 and the other to Aug. 15. Work to bring both properties into compliance was said to be progressing satisfactorly.
Two nuisance declarations were rescinded on a split vote. Council members Carrie Lemke, Kent Jensby, Rick Disney and Sandy Foote voted in favor of the action. Steve Fox voted against. In one instance a garage which had been in violation has been repaired. In the other, a rundown house has been removed but a portion of the foundation that remains became a point of controversy. The property owner has said he would like to reuse the foundation when constructing a new building.
Before adjourning the council held a brief executive session to discuss negotiations with regard to possible future electrical power sources.

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Nelson youngster joins KISS onstage

Ten year old Sophia Fullerton has been a huge fan of the band known as KISS but never expected she would be able to meet the members of the band, let alone be on stage with them. Friday night went far beyond her wildest dreams when she got to do both.
Sophia's mother, Rebecca Fullerton, had planned on going to the concert but a meet and greet ticket was not in her agenda.
Friday, Rebecca and her daughter, Sophia, along with a friend from Superior, Shanel Rempe, went to Lincoln expecting to enjoy the KISS concert.
While Rebecca and Sophia had been planning for several months to make the trip, the trip was a spur of the moment decision for Shanel who normally would have had her craft items for sale Friday afternoon at the Superior Farmers' Market. But another friend of the Fullertons who had planned to attend the concert wasn't able to go as planned and Shanel was invited along.
The show did not start until 8 p.m. but Fullerton and her group arrived at the concert venue at 7 p.m. While they were waiting for the show to start Rebecca said, "This guy came up to Sophia and asked if she wanted to go on stage with Paul Stanley. All of our mouths dropped open and Sophia started tearing up from excitement and the stage manager asked, 'Is that okay.'"
The Fullertons didn't hesitate. They replied, "Yeah!" Without hesitation, they realized they were being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity.
  The man then asked, "Would you like to meet everyone and have your picture taken with them?"
Of course the answer was "Yes!"
The stage manager made arrangements with Rebecca to allow them to go backstage and then on stage at the appointed time.
Sophia said, "At the first meeting I was so excited that I cried and they thought I was afraid. I was just so excited I even forgot my own name!" She continued "It was so cool to be up there with KISS, rocking out with Paul Stanley and to high five Tommy Thayer!"
When Sophia got off the stage people were giving her high fives and congratulated her for doing a good job on stage.
Before the concert was over, Rebecca, Sophia and Shanel were allowed to go into the middle of the arena (a few rows back from where they had been sitting)  to see the sound system controls and also to see Paul Stanley fly through the air on a cable.
Rebecca said following the concert she couldn't sleep and couldn't quit smiling. Her sister wanted to take her to a KISS concert when she was 8 years old but her parents said, "No!"  Now she believes her excitement and long wait to attend a KISS concert was worth it.
"It was fun and they put on a really good show," Rebecca said.
Sophia is the daughter of Jared and Rebecca Fullerton, Nelson, and granddaughter of Bruce and Linda Fullerton, Superior, and Rodney and Dawn Shaw, Nelson. Great-grandparents include Roy and Joyce Fullerton and Margaret Simonsen, all of Superior, and Betty Shaw of Deweese.


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2-vehicle accident sends one driver to hospital
An accident in Superior involving an armored truck and a car sent one driver to the hospital.
The accident occurred at shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Fifth and Bloom. According to the accident report filed by the Superior Police Department, the armored vehicle, a 2016 Ford T350HD, was westbound on Fifth Street. The car, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, was southbound on Bloom.
The truck, registered to the Rochester Armored Car Company of Omaha, was driven by Rainier Gallager, 28, of Central City. There was also one passenger in the truck. Gallagher reportedly said he stopped at the stop sign, didn't see the car approaching from his right and proceeded across the highway, striking the car on the driver's side.
The car, registered to William Hiatt, was being driven by his wife, Kassie, 36, of Superior. According to the accident report, Hiatt's vehicle spun around 180 degrees and came to rest on the east curb of Bloom Street, nearly 200 feet from the original impact site. Hiatt was transported to Brodstone Memorial Hospital via ambulance by Superior EMS. Neither the driver of the truck nor his passenger were injured.
The Superior Police Department investigated the accident; Superior Volunteer Fire Department was also on hand. Damage to the armored truck was estimated at $500; the Chevrolet Cruze is a total loss. Gallagher was issued a citation for failure to yield right-of-way.

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Preliminary county budget includes levy hike
The Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting continued budget talks with department heads and other elected officials. Among the budgets discussed was the road and bridge budget, easily the largest of the county's departmental budgets. Gary Warren, county highway superintendent, and Cindy Buescher, road department secretary, were present for the discussion.
The total proposed budget for the road and bridge department for the upcoming fiscal year is approximately $3.6 million, compared to a proposed budget of $3.0 million last year. Actual expenditures of the department last year were $2.3 million. The total tax requirement for the department's proposed budget is $1.6 million, compared to $1.2 million last year.
A big part of the increase this year can be found in the line item for bridges and box culverts, which was increased from $120,000 to $610,000 to allow for construction of two new bridges. The line item for engineering costs increased from $45,000 to $70,000 to include engineering work on the same two bridges. Other increases include $400,000 for gravel and rock, compared to $375,000 last year, and $35,000 for motorgrader blades, compared to $30,000 last year. Warren said he also added $30,000 to his budget for the purchase of a boom mower, which was a request of the commissioners, and $12,000 for armor-coating the Nora spur. The Edgar spur will be budgeted for in the next few budget years, Warren said.
Nick Elledge, noxious weed superintendent, was present for the discussion of his proposed budget. The commissioners approved the budget, but decreased the amount of cash reserve because historically it hasn't been needed. Elledge said his only concern regarding the cash reserve is he may have at least one forced spraying, which would be on a large enough scale to require aerial spraying.
The board met with county attorney Sara Bockstadter for review of her budget, for which they voiced approval. Commissioner Dan Corman asked if she thought her secretary could be reduced from four days per week to three as a cost-saving measure. Bockstadter said she believed it was important to have someone in the office at least four days a week because she is only there part-time. Bockstadter, who lives in Kenesaw, also serves as the county attorney in Webster County. Included in the county attorney's budget are funds for expenses related to a week-long jury trial scheduled for September in Nuckolls County District Court. Also discussed with Bockstadter were the additional budgets she oversees: diversion program and drug law enforcement.
During review of the sheriff's department budget with sheriff Brad Baker, Dan Corman said, "I still don't see how you justify the additional deputy."
Baker said, "I don't see how you can't." Board chairman Tim Zikmund said, "Looking at the court docket and the prisoner housing reports, I'm inclined to agree with Brad." The board reviewed other budgets prepared by Baker, who also serves as the county's emergency manager: jail, civil defense, 911 wireless service and 911 emergency services.
Zikmund said he is pleased with the work by department heads to keep spending as flat as possible, but is concerned the county is looking at a levy increase from approximately 0.19 to about 0.24. He said he's not comfortable relying on the inheritance tax fund year after year to buy down the levy. Currently, the county's inheritance tax fund contains a little more than $1.1 million.
In other business:
· Commissioner Doyle Christensen said he is pleased with the progress made in the courthouse regarding safety and emergency preparedness, but would like to see the safety committee generate a list of what still needs to be done.
· The county will co-sponsor a tire recycling event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the road department shop in Nelson.
· Saathoff Construction in Superior provided an estimate of $9,837.39 for remodeling the two women's restrooms in the courthouse and patching the ceiling in an upstairs closet. The board approved the work by a vote of 2-1, with Zikmund opposed.
· During a report from the safety committee, the board learned the county scored 70 percent in a recent safety audit by the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA). Among recommendations for improvement in the audit are conducting motor vehicle and operator license checks on all county employees and conducting both pre- and post-employment physicals on all employees. The board directed the county clerk to research these recommendations.
· The commissioners denied a preliminary request for levy allocation from the Ruskin Rural Fire District, which is routine procedural action making it possible for the fire district to levy taxes on its own.

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