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At Monday evening, ownersoftwoprop- various times plans have called for erties on the Superior abatement list converting the structure from a resi- wereadvisedtostoprepairingtheprop- dence to a business office, back to erties pending a review of the proper- residence and now back to a commer- ties by a licensed architect or structurai cial office but none of the work has engineer. Under the terms set by the been completed. The zoning has also city council, the choice of inspector changed from residential, to commer- must be acceptable to both the City of cial and now back to residential. Superior and the property owners. All After construction of the main associated costs must be paid by the house, an addition was made to the property owners and the inspection bungalow-style house. That addition must be completed and the report sub- has since been removed. The interior mitted to the city before the next coun- of the existing structure has been gut- cil meeting which is set for March 14. ted, new windows and doors installed Prior to this week's council meet- and repair work started on the roof. ing, repair work had started on both Denson told the council he purchased properties located in the same South and had on hand the needed roofing Superior neighborhood. Both proper- materials. ties have long been in the city spotlight He told the council of his future and the various owners advised the plans to repair one garage and remove properties were not meeting the city's another that wasnot structurally sound. standards. He said he plans to keep a storage Thefirstonediscussedwasaformer building which is attached to the ga- house at the south end of National rage being removed. While a partially Street now owned by Alayna Ehlers disassembled automobile is currently and Joseph Denson. It has changed parked in the garage, he said the struc- ownership at least three times since the ture is rotted and needs to be removed. first abatement order was approved in Denson disagreed with a city report 2014. And plans for repairing the struc- calling the house structurally unsound. Price 50 Newspaper Association address: National Edition 16 Pages in Two Sections ! .I Thursday, February 25, 2016 That report said the sill plate has rotted a report issued by the fire marshall. and the basement walls are failing. Both agreed state inspectors had Denson said a mud plate associated found electrical code violations and with a now removed porch had rotted fire hazards. The city position was that but the sill plates are still acceptable, the fire marshall advised razing the He also said the house has a small root structures. Bruning said the fire cellar, not a basement. He did agree the marshall had approved repair plans. foundation needs repair in places. He said most of the electrical service As a safety measure, he had blocked had been disconnected and a new roof entrance to the root cellar. However, installed on approximately two-thirds he has removed the block and invited of the main building. He said most of the city inspector to inspect the prop- the lumber and metal used was new. erty. Denson said access would be pro- Where needed, the masonry walls had vided to the root cellar and the interior been re-enforced. of the structure. Derek Clark, the city's designated Jon Bruning, on the other hand, building inspector, advisedhebelieved threatened to attempt a citizen's arrest it unwise to add a new roof because of if a city inspector was found on the the deteriorating condition of the ce- former Consumer Packing Company ment block walls. property. In other action Monday the council Thatpropertywhichconsistsoftwo unanimously approved a request to main buildings, outbuildings and agri- order the abatement of violations asso- culture related improvements has been ciated with a property at 204 West on the city radar since at least 2012. It Third Street. wasdeclaredapublicnuisancein2013. At that location, a property which The matter previously has been was deteriorating was purchased. The taken to district court and Bruning new owners began improvements be- asked to again have the dispute heard fore selling it to the current owner who in district court, the city contends has allowed the de- Bruning and the city disagreed over cline to continue. Approximately 75 farmers andland- have stabilized or declined while the Paul Schroeder, an agronomist as- owners met in Superior Tuesday after- others may still be climbing. The wells sociated with the LBNRD and the noon to attend a mandatory three-hour vary from 10 to more than 100 feet in UBBNRD reported on ways to man- training session held at the Elks Lodge. depth. Most range from 30 to 50 feet in age in-season nitrogen applications. Most of those present operate land in depth which is an indication of the He said side-dressing reduced nitro- theSuperior-HardyWaterQualitySub- area's bedrock, gen required by 5 percent. Area but some also came from other Nitrate problems in the area are Groundwater protection is usually counties. Operators of both irrigated intensified by the shallow bedrock, linked to grain crop production and and non-irrigated land in the sub-area quickly moving sub-surface water and livestock confinement facilities, which generally includes the Republi- presence ofirrigation canals which raise Dewey Lienemann, the Webster can River Valley and other southern the water levels. County extension agent, delivered a Nuckolls County land from Superior Mike Onnen, manager of the Little presentatin n range and pasture man- east to the Thayer County line are Blue Natural Resources District, dis- agement. required to attend the sessions held cussed the geology of Nebraska and Lienemann said grass was the most every four years, the sub-area and the effect of the geol- neglected farm crop. He said it should The sub-area which is composed of ogy on ground water recharge, be considered a cash crop and man- land in both the Lower Republican and Two-thirds of the High Plains Aqui- aged to maximizeretum. He said grass- Little Blue natural resources districts fer is located within the boundaries of lands act as a filter while protecting was the first such district to be created Nebraska. In theHyannis area the aqui- groundwater quality. in the state of Nebraska. It was ordered feris about 1,200 feetin depth. Nuckolls Grasslands can beboth undergrazed 25 years ago to address rising nitrate County is located on the edge of the and overgrazed. levels in the underground aquifer. Be- aquifer, and much of the county does Lienemann said it was a shame that cause of the high nitrate levels in the not have sufficient underground water only 25 percent of Nebraska's corn Hardy area the village water supply to provide for irrigation. He said the acres are grazed. Stock cows numbers was determined to be unsafe. At first aquifer is not flat but showed maps in Nebraska are currently at the lowest the village was able to utilize a treat- which indicated the aquifer has pock- level since 1949. He told the farmers ment plant to reduce the nitrate con- etsandtrenches.Waterwithintheaqui- presentthepropergrazingofcomstalks centration. In later years the village fergenerallymovesattherateof300to will not reduce the benefit of corn installed a pipeline and now purchases 400 feet per year and generally moves residue and may actually increase corn water from the Superior Utility De- in a direction similar to surface ter- production. partment, races. The last topic to be considered Tues- However, nitrate levels in the Su- Well logs have been used to map daywaswaterflowmeters.KevinOrvis perior wells have been moving up and the contours of the underground aqui- reported on different meter designs some wells have had to be shutdown fer. Onnen said every well log is differ- and their installation. Sample meters because of nitrate levels. One of the entandthelogsmustbeprovidedtothe were available for inspection. wells no longer suitable for domestic state when a new well is registered. Those attending the meeting re- water use is being used to water the Thelogsareavailableforindividual ceived an irrigation and nitrogen man- Superior Country Club golf course, review on a state website, agement book which is part of a certi- But there was good news at TheLBNRDhasannuallymeasuredficationprogram. Tuesday's meeting. While in the early waterdepthin 320 wells between 1974 While Tuesday's meeting was the years of the sub-area, nitrate levels and2015.Currentlytwo-thirdsofthose last one scheduled in the Superior- continued to rise and 15 years ago wells are registering at the lowest lev- Hardy Water Quality Sub-Area, two Phase II controls were placed on the els since measuring began. The aver- opportunities remain for producers to area, Scott Dicke, assistant manager age well has dropped seven feet. renew their certification for a four year of the LRNRD said the levels appear to While the LRNRD now requires period. A similar session will be held be stabilizing and in some test wells flow meters on all wellsl the LBNRD in Bladen on Thursday, March 10, and have actually declined. While Phase is in the process of requiring the instal- an on-line certification opportunity is III controls are still possible at some lation of the meters, expected to be available. future date, at this time Dicke said it In his presentation Onnen said Marlene Faimon, LBNRD pro- does not appear those rules will need to chemigationisthebestsystemforfeed- grams manager, said she had not yet be implemented, ing a crop but he said an annual permit reviewed the on-line class. However, There are 16 monitoring wells in is need to operate a chemigation sys- sheencouragesproducerstoattendone the sub-area. Of these about a dozen tem. of the meetings. By Malty Pohlman As with so many rural towns in the MidWest, the Village of Byron has seen its population decline.. War, weather, depression and changing de- mographics took their toll. The vanish- ing of family farms caused businesses to close. The railroad pulled up its tracks. Young people left for college and pursued lives and careers else- where. According to the 2010 United States Census, the population of Byron was 83 residents. Many communities would accept the inevitable and fade away into the realm of benign neglect and insignificance. NotByron. Members of the community real- ized if they wished to continue as a viable entity, they would need to attract and retain residents. A group of con- cemed and forward-looking individu- als took it upon themselves to do some- thing concrete to ensure the future of Byron. And they set their goals at a high level. The construction of the com- munity center was the first goal to be reached and realized. In July, 2011, the Byron Commu- nity Foundation Fund was established. The fund was essential to realizing the building of a modem, all-inclusive com- munity center and an endowment to fund its operations. The lofty goal of $1.5 million was set. This would fund the construction of the community cen- ter, which would serve as the anchor point of the community. Funds would be set aside in an endowment of $500,000, with the interest from the funds to be used to ally the operating expense. The capital portion of the fund was to be non-expendable. The Byron Community Foundation Fund affiliated itself with the Nebraska Com- munity Foundation which provides tax- exempt status, financial management and planning services to affiliated foun- dations. The community center was just part of the plan. The fund has set an ultimate endowment goal of $7.5 mil- lion to assist with community projects in future years. It was one matter to conceive of the center and the fund raising. It was an- other matter entirely to put the plan into action and bring it to fruition. The people of Byron and its surrounding Deputy county clerk tenders resignation, effective March I The Nuckolls County Board at for District Three (Commissioner Tim just go by what needs to be done in the A technician from Rasmussen Monday's regular meeting conducted Zikmund). county as a whole," Warren said. "I Mechanical Services in Kearneytalked apublichearingfortheroadandbridge The money is being spent differ- don't pay any attention to whose dis- to the board briefly about work being department's one- and six-year plan. ently in each of the three districts, trict they're in." done to the heating and cooling sys- Gary Warren, county highway super- District One has few projects sched- In other business: tem, primarily the replacement of sev- intendent, and Cindy Buescher, road uled, but several are major and expen- Carrie Miller, county clerk, an- eral leaking valves. department secretary, were present for sive; District Two requires a lot of nounced to the board that her deputy Meeting as the county board of the hearing.There was no public input, smaller, less expensive projects, but clerk, Amy Mazour, has resigned ef- equalization, the commissioners ap- and the plan was approved as pre- many of those are on the one-year plan fective March 1. proved applications for the following sented, because of last year's flooding in the The board met with Dave Meyer, vehicles: two 2012 vans owned by Two weeks earlier, Warren and southeast part of the county. For that aninsurancebrokerfromRuskin.Com- Midland Area Agency on Aging; a Buescher presented the plan to the reason, there will also be some FEMA missioner Doyle Christensen had re- 2002Chevroletlmpala,2004Chevrolet board for discussion andconsideration, reimbursement funds coming for some quested the board obtain a rate quote pickup and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Commissioner Tim Zikmund had re- of those projects, for a fully-funded group health insur- owned by BrodstoneMemorialHospi- quested Warren break the plan down The total for District One is three ance plan for employees, to compare it tal; and a 1996 E350 cutaway van by project and dollar amount in each projects totaling $805,000 on the one- tothecounty'scurrentself-fundedplan, owned by the Superior Good Samari- of the three commissioners' districts, year plan, and two projects totaling Meyer said as soon as he receives the tan Center. That breakdown was reflected in a $28,000 on the six-year plan. The information he needs from the county' s The commissioners declined a report presented for discussion on total for District Two is 15 projects current provider, he will schedule an- levy allocation request from the Supe- Monday. totaling$634,000ontheone-yearplan, other appointment with the board to rior Rural Fire District, a procedural There are a total of 24 projects on and seven projects totaling $181,000 discuss rates, step necessary for the district to levy the one-year plan and 18 projects on on the six-year plan. The total for Doyle Christensen said he is still taxes on their own. the six-year plan. The dollar amounts District Three is six projects totaling concemedaboutthelackofemergency Though Monday (Feb. 29) is the are fairly level at the bottom line--the $427,000 on the one-year plan, and preparedness in the courthouse, and fifth Monday of the month and there total cost of all projects on both plans nine projects totaling $678,000 on the would like to see both tornado and fire would typically be no board meeting, per district: $833,000 for District One six-year plan. drills on a regular basis. It was the the commissioners decided to meet at (Commissioner Doyle Christensen), Warren emphasized that he merely consensus of the board to have the 9 a.m. for the sole purpose of signing $815,000 for District Two (Commis- prioritizes projects according to which emergency manager and safety corn- checks and claims. No other business sioner Dan Corman) and $1.1 million ones are most important and urgent. "I mittee coordinate the drills,will be discussed or action taken. The Byron Community Center houses a meeting room and is home to the village public library and fitness center. The facility is the first project realized from the establishment of the Byron Community Fund community are optimists. They set a goal and then went about realizing the dream. Residents responded with generos- ity. A gift of 160 acres of farmland was given through the Nebraska Commu- nity Foundation. Many community resi- dents donated gifts of grain. Cash do- nations, corporate gifts and memorials have helped the fund grow. The fruits of the gift planting be- came apparent when the community center opened and hosted its first event in December, 2014. The building was completed in "and formally opened in June, 2015. The building is more than just a place to gather. It is the heart and soul of the Byron community. The center houses the Village of Byron Public Library, the Community Fitness Cen- ter and a large events hall. The library was established in 1963 when community members gathered together to fill a void in the town. Members of the Bi-State Extension Club, along with other volunteers, repurposed an aging building into a repository of knowledge to be shared by area residents. The library was a mainstay of the village for many years. Decreasing usage and the declining population took a toll and the building began to deteriorate. The roof leaked and the building was indifferent to heating or cooling efforts. Fewer pa- Irons used the facility and it fell into disuse. When plans for the community center were drawn up, space was set aside for an up-to-date library. The new facility features all the modem technology. Wi-fi is available. Two desk top and one lap top computers are available for use. The library offers copying and fax services. A 65" wide- screen television is mounted on the wall over the children and young adult section. A game console is connected to the unit allowing young users a break from traditional reading prac- tices, when the time arrived to move books from the former building to its new home, it was discovered that wa- ter intrusion and mold has ruined more than 70 per cent of the books. An urgent call went to the community and residents answered with the donation of more than 2,00 volumes, the library gratefully accepts donated books to assist in replenishing the shelves. A bench along the west wall is covered with hand-prints of young patrons and will be covered with glass to preserve the images. The library has 125 cake pans of every size and de- scription available for rent. These pans were a gift to the library. As one enters the room, the eye is drawn to a painting hanging on the north wall. It was painted by John Eggers, a Berthoud, Colo. artist and professor at Front Range Community College. He took his sub- ject matter from an early 20th century .postcard view of Byron and transferred it to canvas with paint. The library is open for patron use Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Summer hours will go into effect later in the year. The library offers a summer reading program for area youth. Chris Heitmann, the center man- ager, points out the center is home to a well-equipped fitness center, open to use by area residents. It features state- of-the-art exercise equipment along- side the manual standbys of free weights, medicine balls and jump ropes. Three treadmills, two elliptical ma- chines and two arctic trainers are all equipped with electronic monitoring systems. Lest tedium set in while exer- cising, two flat screen televisions grace the walls and are connected to satellite television reception. Daily, single and family monthly and annual member- ships are available. The facility is avail- able for use 24 hours per day. The large hall may be utilized for many different functions, from recep- tions to concerts. There is a fully equipped kitchen available for use. It also has a separate, fully equipped bar area. The center has 36 round ~d long tables, as well as chairs, to Cater to large groups. While many communities :are. con- tent with the seen better days starus quo, the residents of Byron stand still. They have banded together to retain their young residents and added an attractive incentive to attract new residents. They are justifiably proud of their accomplishments .- Superior Grain Market Tuesday Close Current Price La,~t Week Corn ................................ 3.34 3.39 Milo ................................. 3.41 3.41 Wheat ............................... 4.32 4.36 Soybeans .......................... 8.13 8.24 The former Byron library fell victim to roof leaks and was relocated to the new community center. More than 70 per cent of the books located in the building were damaged by water intrusion and mold.Community members donated more than 2,000 books to restock the facility. /