Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Board received Notice from the Veteran’s Service Office of a vacancy on their Committee due to the loss of Dean Karsting. The Board expressed their sympathy on the passing of Mr. Karsting and acknowledged his contributions to the veterans of this County. Motion was made by Soucek, second by Buschow to appoint Keith Kort of Blue Hill to the Webster County Veterans Service Committee to complete the one year remaining on the term that is vacant. All members present voted in favor of the appointment.
Treasurer Reiher had submitted a resolution concerning pledged securities. Motion was made by Buschow, second by Delka to adopt Resolution 29-2009:
BE IT RESOLVED, that Peoples-Webster County Bank of Red Cloud be permitted to substitute $500,000 in expired securities for $500,000 in new guaranteed securities. Upon roll call vote, all members present voted to adopt the resolution.
Joyce Terhune, Director for Webster County Historical Museum and Ron Gestring, Chairman of the Museum Board of Trustees met with the Board. Terhune submitted their Annual Report for the Museum. They discussed building repairs including past and future brick mortar replacement and painting projects. Most of the funding comes from grants, donations and memberships. Terhune informed the Board of their various activities, projects and events. The Board reviewed the Museum budget and the requirements for this year will remain the same as in previous years.
The following claims were approved for payment:
Wages for 36 salaried and 7 part-time employees - $79,607.83
Adams Co Sheriff fees $18.50, Amer’n Red Cross certify $32.00, Ameritas Life Ins retiremt $3,833.25, AS Central Serv fees $183.73, Robert Beardslee maintnc $220.00, BlueCross BluShld health $12,158.96, Cash-Wa Candy Co supply $13.34, Social Security FICA $4,150.64, Eakes Office supply $107.23, F & S Supply supply $107.12, First Concord medical $6.00, Fleet Services fuel $410.75, Fleetpride, Inc. health $420.00, Glenwood TelecomM software $79.90, Great Plains Comm 11 phone $952.76, G.R. State Bank health $325.00, Jared Auto Expert repair $24.59, Kearney Co Clerk expense $5,068.14, Kenny’s Lumber repair $233.62, Lafayette Life insur $10.95, MB Construction concrete $420.00, McDole Law Offi rental $55.53, Nebr Labor Dept unemploy $862.00, Nebraska Telecom long dist $102.01, Nuckolls Co Sheriff fees $51.08, Quality Red D Mix concrete $407.50, Quill Corp furniture $631.35, Red Cloud Auto towing $35.00, Red Cloud Chief publish $266.97, Sam’s Club dues $35.00, County Dental Fund premium $2,642.00, Share Corp supply $362.46, South Central PPD utility $24.80, Timm’s Service towing $342.88, US Postal Serv postage $1,000.00, Village Pharmacy supply $74.87, Web Co Sheriff petty cash $481.06, Web Co Hospital medical $15.00, Web Co Transport’n handibus $686.00, Robert Willicott contract $700.00.
Ameritas Life Ins retiremt $1,588.28, BlueCross BluShld health $5,526.80, Computer Warehse supply $50.66, Diamond Engineer steel $1,050.00, Social Security FICA $1,795.68, Eiseman Auto repair $354.83, Farm Plan repair $1,137.01, Farmers Coop Assn fuel $5,493.53, Farmer Union Coop repair $181.79, Great Plains Comm 3 phone $197.75, Linda Grummert expense $147.76, Husker Steel steel $826.06, Jim’s OK Tires tires $245.00, Kenny’s Lumber supply $36.86, Kully Pipe/Steel repair $888.17, NE Labor Dept unemploy $372.00, Nebr Machinery repair $561.71, Nebraska Telecom long dist $25.57, Platte Valley Comm repair $149.00, Quill Corp supply $47.82, R & K Service fuel $64.96, R & M Disposal service $33.00, Red Cloud Chief publish $180.00, County Dental Fund premium $874.00, South Central PPD utility $46.26, Universal Hydraulc repair $304.39, Village Pharmacy supply $10.24.
Adams Co Dist Court hearings $928.00, Ameritas Life Ins retiremt $6.75,Social Security FICA $7.65.
NOXIOUS WEED FUND
Ameritas Life Ins retiremt $51.56,BlueCross BluShld health $552.68, Lynn Collision rental $200.00,Social Security FICA $58.44,Great Plains Comm phone $46.27,NAWMA registr $185.00,Nebraska Telecom long dist $1.86,County Dental Fund premium $31.00, Village Pharmacy supply $6.99.
Bound Tree Medical supply $238.95,Cntrl Commun College training $200.00,Great Plains Comm phone $43.63.
Being no further business, Chairman Ord adjourned the meeting at 10:45 am. The next regular business meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009. A current agenda and complete minutes are on file in the County Clerk’s Office. Dated this 21st day of July, 2009.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Why I Will Oppose Judge Sotomayor
After meeting with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, watching the confirmation hearings, reading her past judicial decisions, and carefully reviewing her overall record, I have decided I cannot support her nomination for the Supreme Court of the United States. She has good reason to be proud of a long career as a public servant. However, for the reasons detailed below, she will not have my vote.
When Chief Justice John Roberts was questioned at his own confirmation hearing in 2005, he compared a judge to an umpire at a baseball game: "Umpires don't make the rules," he said. "They apply them ... they make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire." It was a perfect analogy to describe those who embody the words inscribed on the outside of the Supreme Court building: "Equal Justice Under Law."
Judge Sotomayor has not demonstrated throughout her career or most recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she adheres to that approach. In fact, she has publicly acknowledged that her beliefs and experiences affect her judicial decision making. She had an opportunity during her confirmation hearing to retract those prior public statements, but she did not. Throughout her testimony Judge Sotomayor appeared more interested in avoiding all contentious issues as opposed to speaking her beliefs freely.
Further doubts arose when I examined her history as a judge. Actions do speak louder than words, and when she did act, it did not measure up to those who I personally have thought worthy of sitting on the highest court in the country. The Supreme Court has substantively reviewed ten of her decisions, and reversed or vacated eight of them. In one of them, the Supreme Court pointed out that her decision had ignored two prior Supreme Court decisions. Of the remaining two, one was upheld in a 5-4 decision, and the other, while also upheld, was disparaged for using legal reasoning that "flies in the face of the statutory language."
Lastly, I do not support Judge Sotomayor's rulings that have explicitly demonstrated her belief that the Second Amendment is something that state laws could abrogate. It is alarming to me, and I know it is alarming to many Nebraskans that Judge Sotomayor holds an extremely narrow view on the right to bear arms.
Although Judge Sotomayor has had a successful career, when her nomination comes to the Senate floor, I will not support it.
Monday, July 27, 2009
|Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Make a Difference|
Our economy relies on small businesses to create jobs which will sustain our country's recovery. Small businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them create most of the nation's new jobs, and they are the source of tomorrow's ideas, innovations, and new products for the marketplace.
Small businesses comprise more than 95 percent of all employers in the United States - nearly 27 million businesses in all. They employ more than half of the total private sector workforce and are responsible for the creation of two-thirds of all new jobs each year.
In Nebraska, small businesses are just as important to our economy. In 2007, Nebraska had an estimated 158,624 small businesses, employing more than 50 percent of our state's non-farm private labor force. Small businesses accounted for $6.4 billion in income for our state.
It is essential we support entrepreneurs' efforts to grow and do what they do best - create new jobs.
Recently, Congress took up the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs which fund nearly $2.3 billion in support of innovation and technology development.
The SBIR and SBTT programs were established with the intention of attracting more forward-thinking entrepreneurs to participate in federally funded research and development.
These programs have been successful examples of public/private partnerships which have met congressional mandates of promoting the growth of cutting-edge, high-tech small business in this country.
Rural areas, such as the Third Congressional District, tend to have low participation in the SBIR and STTR, even though we are home to innovative small business owners who would benefit from increased consideration. In order to increase rural participation, I authored language in the bill requiring priority consideration be given to applicants from rural areas.
Nebraska, now more than ever, needs entrepreneurs and innovators. Unfortunately, many rural states like ours have seen a "brain drain" in recent years. As the depletion occurs, we lose our most vital economic assets to more populated areas.
As a way to draw attention to those working to stem this tide, I established the inaugural Third District Excellence in Economic Development Award. In May, I called for nominations for individuals, businesses, and organizations which - through innovation, hard work, and entrepreneurship - have helped strengthen Nebraska communities.
The response was overwhelming.
The entries I received define Nebraska's spirit. These entrepreneurs do more than just build successful businesses. They host charity events, serve on local chambers of commerce, and shape the character of our towns and cities.
The operators of these businesses - and other businesses just like them throughout our state - work tirelessly and often operate on razor thin margins just to earn a living. Nominations ranged from a teenager who started his own lawn-mowing business to a mainstay in the Nebraska business community.
I must admit I received more nominations than I was expecting. Interest was so high I even extended the deadline to allow all interested parties an opportunity to participate. It was tough to narrow down the selection, but I am proud to recognize 10 entries which not only exemplify Nebraskan's dedication to their community, but also serve as foundations on which our economic future will be built.
Some of the honorees are individuals and some are organizations; some are non-profits, some are businesses. All have shown they are striving to help their hometowns succeed into the future.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs deserve our support and recognition as they work to rebuild our economy. All too often, there is a tendency to overlook the fact that government does not create wealth and prosperity. These are created in the private sector, by risk-taking, entrepreneurial Americans with ideas, innovation and their own hard work.
Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
The state capitol is the seat of state government, a destination for tourists and visitors and a symbol of the ideals and the history that make our state unique. Recently, the National Park Service recognized a decade-long effort to restore both the interior and exterior of our state capitol with an award for historic preservation.
Now 85 years old, our state capitol was designed by Bertram Goodhue who created a vision for the capitol that stood apart from all others. It was the first state capitol to depart from echoing the look of our national capitol with a skyscraper as the main feature instead of the traditional dome. It was also the first to have details of native plants, animals and cultural histories woven throughout the building that help tell the story of our democratic government.
During the past 10 years, contractors and artists have been working to restore the building, including the ongoing restoration of capitol office spaces and updates to the exterior masonry scheduled for completion in 2010. In addition, every Arbor Day since 1998 fourth grade classes have raised money to help replant the grounds and complete the historic landscaping plan originally developed for the State Capitol at the time of its construction. It has also included detailed cleaning of a dozen murals and mosaics lining the foyer that leads to the rotunda, revealing their brilliant colors and textures.
One of the most significant projects was the top-to-bottom cleaning and restoration of the Norris Legislative West Chamber and Lounge. Last summer, these areas were filled with scaffolding that created a temporary floor 40 feet above the desks used by state senators when the Legislature is in session. The maze of scaffolding and platforms were brought in piece by piece for the first detailed cleaning of the walnut ceiling and limestone walls since the Capitol was built.
The project included fixing a prominent water leak and restoring the ornate gold leaf designs of the westward migration on the exposed beams of the ceiling. The chamber was finished with a new glass entrance weighing half a ton. It is a rare contemporary addition designed to provide an unobstructed view of legislative proceedings.
Today, conservators are restoring a prominent mural in the capitol’s law library and roofers are installing a new and more durable copper roof which should dramatically reduce leaks in the building in the years to come.
There have also been some behind the scene updates. Earlier this month, those who work in the capitol were invited to tour basement workshops and meet the team that maintains the surrounding landscape, gives tours, restores original furniture and finishes, and oversees the daily operation of the capitol. These skilled craftspeople and professionals include preservation architects, an archivist, a mason, a hardware conservator, furniture conservators, and specially trained personnel who preserve the historic character of this landmark building.
Their painstaking work today ensures our state capitol remains a showpiece for future generations of Nebraskans. The award presented in recent weeks is an important acknowledgment of their achievements.
If you haven’t seen the result of this extensive cleaning and restoration effort, I hope you’ll make a point of touring the capitol during your next visit to our capital city.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
- Approve the minutes of the June 15, 2009 Board Meeting.
- Approve the General Funds Payable as listed for July 2009.
- Approve the Treasurer's Report as presented.
- Approve the 2009-2010 Teacher Salary Negotiations.
- Approve Secondary Principle Compensation for 2009-2010.
- Approve Classified Personnel Compensation for 2009-2010.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
- Electricity, Natural Gas and Coal/$290; Fuel Oil and Kerosene/$483;
- Propane/$504 Wood/$395.
If you’ve been threatened with a utility shutoff, or have received a shutoff notice, you may be eligible for up to $500 in additional assistance. To be eligible for crisis assistance you must meet the resource and income guidelines, have attempted to keep your utility bills current but unforeseen circumstances have created the crisis.
In most instances the LIHEAP payment will be sent to the utility providers.
There's also a cooling program available to households in the summer. To be eligible for the cooling program, there must be someone in the household that is 70 or older or meets some specific medical condition that makes a person susceptible to heat. The household must still meet the resource and income guidelines.
For further assistance, or an application, contact the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services office in your county.