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City Council Meets

The Valentine City Council met Thursday evening for a regular monthly meeting. Kyle Arganbright was reelected president of the council and will serve as ex officio mayor for the city. Kallie Kieborz was reelected vice president.

Judy Peterson and Chelsey Luthy of Central Nebraska Economic Development District addressed the council to discuss the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation grant. Peterson recently received word that the grant funding was available for the rehab of four houses in Valentine. Chelsy Luthy talked about services provided by the district and plans for the coming year. Some of those services included; Grant administration, code enforcement and environmental reviews. They will also be assisting with; Early childhood education services, business plan basic education, and housing. The council asked a few questions asked about code enforcement which CNEDD has provided for other communities for 4 years.

In other business, the council approved reconveyance of economic development loan for Kayla Kelly at Copacetic.

The council also approved an Economic Development loan for Morgan Greenough for a startup business on Main Street.

Duane Witte’s application for handicap parking at 265 North Main St was reviewed. It was suggested to utilize the Northern most parking place near the corner. This would only take one parking space on the street instead of two. It was recommended to ask the property owner if they needed the spot directly in front of business, or if the corner space would still work. The city could possibly have the owner pay for the curb and gutter. No action was taken.

Participation in the HHS Nebraska Loan Repayment Program for new pharmacist Chelsie Delaney was approved. The program assists with school loan repayment and commits the pharmacist to serve the area for a period of 3 years.

There was discussion on the preliminary survey plat for Western Street Landing requested by Dan Moosman and Duane Kime. There was discussion of the ally width not being wide enough for emergency service or trash pickup. The council would like to work with the developers to clarify the issue. It was approved with a recommendation to address the fire safety concerns and ally access.

There was a city employee policy change made which would allow more than one family member to be employed in the same city department.

 

Public Hearing on Wind Energy Held

The Cherry County Commissioners held a 4 hour public hearing on the conditional use permit for Bluestem Sandhills to construct a commercial wind production facility on private land near Kilgore. 121 people signed in attending the meeting held at Valentine High School auditorium. Commissioners Tanya Storer and Mark Adamson heard testimony from approximately 26 people who testified against approval of the permit, and 22 people who testified that the permit should be approved. Commissioner Jim Van Winkle did not participate in the proceedings due to a potential conflict of interest.

Commissioner Mark Adamson conducted the hearing in an efficient and orderly manner. Each person was allowed 5 minutes of testimony and there were no questions allowed unless asked by either of the two commissioners. Outbursts of applause are cheering were held to a very minimum.

The Cherry County Commissioners will vote on the permit application on December 19th at 4pm at the courthouse.

 

People’s Choice Christmas Tree Winners

The Heart of Christmas Committee would like to thank all the Businesses, Organizations and Individuals who participated in the 2nd Annual Heart of Christmas Celebration, Parade of Lights and The People’s Choice Christmas Tree Contest.  The Committee would also like to extend a warm thank you to the community for the overwhelming support you have shown throughout this wonderful Holiday Season.  May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

People’s Choice Christmas Tree Winners

1st Place – Friends Of the Library – “Reading is a Gift” hosted by Valentine Public Library

2nd Place – Zion Lutheran School – “ A ‘Christ-Centered’ Christmas” hosted by Valentine Office Supply

The Judging Punch Card Winner – Barbara Wantz

Winners can pick up their Chamber Bucks at Country Pride Coop at 272 N. Main St.

   

Public Hearing on Wind Farm on Dec 7

 

The Cherry County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 4:00 pm CT on December 7, to be held at the Valentine High School Auditorium. The purpose of this meeting will be to consider an application for a conditional use permit for BSH Kilgore, LLC. The permit would allow the establishment of a commercial/utility grade wind energy conversion system on private property near Kilgore. The meeting is open to the public and an agenda is on file at the office of the County Clerk.

 

Hammond Appointed to County Treasurer

The Cherry County Commissioners appointed Kathy Hammond as the County Treasurer to fill out the term of Jan Wiley who recently stepped down from the position that she held for numerous years. Hammond was one of three applicants interviewed for the position. Mrs. Hammond has worked in the county clerk’s office and the county justice department previously. Hammond will serve until the 2018 election and will have the opportunity to run for election to the office if she wants to.

Also at this week’s meeting, the commissioners gave approval for the Cherry County Tourism promotion board to investigate potential sites for a new convention center.

   

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