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f i mh( 3ns Year No. 42 up ri ISSN 0740-0969 r Price 35 Superior Publishing Company, Superior, Nebraska 68978 All Rights Reserved National Edition 18 Pages in Two Sections Thursday, Oct. 15,1992 00ers to consider Superior momic development y leaders and a rep- the Nebraska De- of Economic Devel- the proposed tgs held town ] meeting Lm. election set for voters will be questions. viii be asked Io both economic develop- and a 1 percent city fund the plan. Tuesday were planned activities. Sixty-seven percent want a daycare center. Sixty percent reported a need for more and better rental housing serving the elderly, singles and young marrieds. A consulting firm is now com- pleting a housing needs survey as the Fast step toward developing a community housing plan. Hansen reminded those present of the need for the completion of the survey forms recently mailed to residents of Superior and Hardy. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed indicated approval of t ditioning systems and an im- proved kitchen. It was suggested an improved building could be used for concerts, plays, meet- ings, conventions, indoor sports and exercise programs. Approx- imately 21 percent of the funds raised could be directed toward the auditorium improvements. The proposed budget calls for 15 percent of the funds be di- rected toward development of a senior center. Such a center would probably be attached to the audi- torium and provide for a noon meal program, and activity area )fpublic ReSist, 00nts request job creation program t the proposal. eeks, s apporters of been explaining the at various civic and clubs. proposed by Advisory authorized by the islature in 1991 with The legis- by the Ne- with an adoption of question voted upon in gislation is plan for community The plan allows ; to collect de- gh either a r a property tax. the plan at meeting, said they funding Superi- sales or a concluded the .d the broader and tax base. 17 percent of )meow ers are ex- tax because exemption. With 'sresi- the age of 60, it homes n real, tate u n explained how itude surveys had the plan. )n wit/ he forma- START program, a needs survey was April and a third y being coi- l two surveys revealed of Superior want r quail ,jobs ere- population decline percent want the vacant homes cleaned the Lady Vestey Festival and as- sociated tourism promotion ef- forts. The first two surveys also asked restxmdents to suggest other needed projects. Hansen said the respondents indicated the most needed project was the opening of a good family restaurant. Stun Sheets reviewed the goals and missions of the economic development plan which has been developed by Superior citizens with the guidance of state offi- cials. The program is directed to- ward the development of new business and the provision of re- sources to help existing organi- zations and businesses to adapt and grow as the environment changes. The program's goals were stated as 1. Improve community services for young and old. 2. Assist existing businesses. 3. Cre- ate jobs through new business development. 4. Promote totu- ism activities. RichardNelson explainedhow the plan will be financed. The annual budget of the de- velopment plan may not exceed four-tenths of one percent of the total assessed value of property located within the community. Had the plan been in effect last year, a 1 percent sales tax would have raised $173,000 but only $136,250 could be allocated for community development. The surplus or overflow funds of $36,750 may be spent only on city projects. The plan proposes the surplus funds be directed to- ward auditorium renovation. for billiards, card games, sewing aa. duilting and other social ac- The small business assistance program would receive 13 per- cent of the funds and assist with the development of incubator programs for any business which will create nw jobs. The business expansion pro- gram for the purchase, construe- tion or renovation of real estate was estimated to receive eight percent of the funds. This fund could establish a micro-business loan fund, install utilities or as- sist with job training. As proposed, the historic dis f trict will receive 8 percent of the revenue. The funds may be used for restoration grants including restorationofbuilding fronts and unification of the street scene with such projects as sidewalks, street lighting, trash bins and sign- ing. Five percent of the funds will go toward recruitment of new business. Thirteen percent of the funds are proposed for farnily restau- rant development including re- tention of public meeting areas. Another 13 percent is ear- marked for remodeling part of the Leslie Hotel into a bed and breakfast area. Two percent of the budget would go toward expansion of tourism and another two percent k is proposed the auditorium be renovated for use as a civic center for youths, families, and senior citizens. Improvements proposed include improved acoustics, a new sound system, improved lighting and the addi- _ tion of new heating and air con- noon meals and The legislation provides sev- eral safeguards. As explained Tuesday, the proposed 1 percent city sales tax is limited to a five-year period of operation. It cannot be extended except by a general vote of the citizens of Superior. The plan arid budget must be prepared and approved at a local election. The annual budget cannot ex- eeed four-tenths of ne percent of total assessed value of prop- eny in the community. A local citizen advisory com- mittee must be appointed to re- view and report on the program. Public hearings must be held ev- ery six months to explain the program's progress to the com- munity. The program can be stopped by a petition and voting process or by action of the mayor and city council. An annual audit by an independent auditor is required. Nelson reported the need for such a program was shown three years ago when a company con- sidered constructing a plant here that would have added at least $500,000 to the tax base and em- ployed a minimum of 10 people. Negotiations with the company hung-up over $40,000 needed to move utility services. Had this program beenavallable, the com- munity would have had a source of the needed funds and the project would not have stopped at that point. Nelson said everyone agreed the community would like to end ith another factory providing jobs."But' "he aslr, ed, "wbere do we begin?" Nelson proposed the starting point was the approval of the sales tax andeconomic develop- nmat plan. JOAllm bteMani, a - tative of the state economic de- velopment department, said the state department sutVorted the adoption of the legislation. She said the department pre- ferred to serve communities with local develolmmnt activities and plans snch as was being proposed. She said communities like Supe- rior must build from within and J 'rogram includes several safeguards would go toward administration of the program. Sheets reminded those presem that this community's ma- jor industries including the ce- ment and cheese plants were all started by local people. holds MacKenzie McCartney as she waves to the camera during the Nelson Firday. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Culbertson and Mr. and Mrs. Nelson. the plan proposed will allow that to. Sam Baird, a member of a statewide development commit- tee appointed by the governor, reported he had testified at a leg- islative hearin 8 in favor of the LB840. The local banker, said he agreed with the concept of local self-help progrmns. He encour- aged those present to look at the overall program and not to focus on the small details. Baird told of his experie,e w0ddng with other communi- ties. Dawson County has a three- person development staff. Jew- ell County has $250,000 avail- able for economic develt pro ares. ai.le is going to the polls to seek approval of a sales tax funded economic develolmaent plan which will raise $8,000 an- nual. mardataLlengedthopre=mt to approve the plan and make Superior the t-t community in the state to implement such a development program. Several questions focused on the prolm renovation of the Hotel Leslie. Currtly Superior is seeking a $250,000 grant for hotel reno- vation. The current development plan calls for $3 from outside sources to be invested for every dollar of local investmem. Thonghanapt win n! to be made and a purchase price negonated, for plam purpo= the acquisition price has been t at $50,000. The structure wonm be owned by a non-profit com- munity corporation. Plato are to mm0del me c- ov_d floor and leaseit to abed and lfast operator.The third floor would be convened into single- bedroom rtmts. Tne first floor would he used for and a restaurant. Currently me hota su'umre is generating $2,000 a year in tax revenue and  10 job= Once me rmodel is com- pledd, Harm said me taxes (C,.ta. to r.p 6A) Following the Superior High School Homecoming game with Concordia, Su perior students and recent graduates were invited to the Arden Rqssell farm southwest of Webber for a post-game victory celebration. More than 100 attended. The students participated in a weiner roast around a big bonfire and hot chocolate and apple cider were sewed. Many of the students enjoyed swinging from ropes hung in the top of the Russell barn. Holly Nelson, Kristen Russell and Deon Tipton are pictured just before take off on a rope swing. The large barn built into a side hill has five levels. The students found two rope swings were awaiting their use. co,=titutio,00 amendments in this issue This week The Superior Ex- press begins publication of three state constitutional amendments Nebraska voters will be asked to consider when they go to the polls Nov. 3. The amendments will be pub- lished in the next three issues along with an explanationof what their adoption may mean to resi- dents of Nebraska. In the issue prior to the election, this newspa- per will also publish samples of me ballots Nebraskans will be asked to mark. Harlan County Lake up 3.24 feet The Bureau of Reclamation RmPO the level ofHarlan unty oh" had reached 1,931.86 feet above sea level on Sept. 30. This was 3.24 feet above the year earlier level. The lake contained 160,662 acre feet of water com- pared to 133,073 acre feet one year earlier. Mean inflow into the reser- voir during September was 94 cubic feet per second. The mean outflow was 50 cubic feet per second during Segtember. This year precipitation has measured 22.38 inches, this is 112 percent of normal. LoveweL1 Reservoir stood at 1.581.64 feet above sea level on Sept.31. This was 9.49 feet abuve the year earlier level. Lovewell contained 38,890 acre feet of water, 21,350 acre feet more than one year earlier. Thus far this year Lovewell has recored 29.41 inches of pre- cipitation. This is 122 percent of normal. Mean inflow into Lovewall during September was 41 cubic feet per second but mean outflow was 107 cubic feet per Waconda Reservoir was also more than four feet above the year earlier level. Superior de-regulates tree trimmers, buys truck Room to discuss the federal op- eration of Harlan County Reser- v.oir in 1993. According to a pub- lic notice published in this issue of The Express, members of the public are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to participate in the meeting. Portions of the city code re- quiring commercial tree cutters operating within the City of Su- perior be Iicensed were rescinded by unanimous action of the city council Monday evening. With the repeal of the license require- ment, the requirement that the tree cutters also hold liability in- surance was removed. Under the previous regulation only one person had purchased a license. Councilman Arlo Doehring commented just prior to the vote, "If Superior had been hit by a storm like Chester was last week, we would be in trouble." A heavy wet snow downed many trees and limbs in that community last Wednesday. In other action, the council accepted a $31,707 bid from Alexander Motors for acquisition of a 1993 Ford F700 truck. The truck will come with a diesel en- gine and automatic transmission. Delivery is to be within 60 to 90 days. A dump bed will be installed on the truck for use by the city street department. Though five companies re- quested copies of the bid specifi- cations the only bids received were those from Alexanders and Melton Motors, Belleville. The Melton bid for a 1993 Chevrolet C7H042 with diesel engine and automatic transmission was $32,341.39. The board appointed to assess the damages caused by the clo- sure of Second Street between Park and National has completed its work. Representatives of the board were invited to personally present Uleir report at the next council meeting. It was reported representatives of Superior city government and other community leaders are working with the community's two recycling t'n'ms, Way Recy- cling and McKee Recyclin to obtain an equipment grant Irom the State of Nebraska. Up to $300.000 may be available under ASCS disaster program changes announced Changes have been an- nouneed regarding Phases II and HI of the Disaster Assistance Program which directly affects all applicants, according to Ei- leen Sykora at the Nuckolls County ASCS Office. Although surance sales closing date for 1993 wheat has been extended to Oct. 31. A 65 percent loss or greater was sustained on your 1992 .crop, 1993 Multi-Peril crop insurance must be pur- chased to qualify for disaster a certain amount of money was originally allocated for each of these phases, USDA has already announced that all approved ap- plications will automatically earn payments based upon the same factor used during Phase I; that being 50.04 percent. Also,- Phase II for 1992 Wheat has been extended to the same deadline as Phase Ili; Feb. 12, 1993. In related news, the crop in- the program. As proposed the two firms are to determine what equipment they need. If the grant is received, the city will purchase and the lease the equipment to the recyclers. Under the grant terms, both firms would have to share in the opera- tion of the equipment. Homework Help Night Monday This school term's Homework Help Night series will begin Morday, at the United Method- ist Church, Superior. Help Night .will be held every Monday dur- ing the school year from 7 to 8:30. The tutors are volunteers including retired teachers. More tutors are needed. The tutoring is for any area students in grades kindergarten through high school. Last year, the assistance was sought mostly by elementary students. Barbara Sheets is program coordinator. SUPERIOR MARKETS Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1992 Corn ................................... 2.07 Mile ................................... 3.42 Wheat ................................ 3.28 Soybeans ........................... 5.05 benefits. This requirement can f not be avoided by delaying the L filing of an application. The sales closing date is April 15 for corn, grain sor- ghum, oats, barley, popcorn, soybeans, and hybrid seed com. If the premium is not paid by the specified due date, the insur- ance is cancelled and disaster benefits must be repaid. This provision is applicable to all crops, not just wheat. Charges have not yet been filed in the case but County At- torney Timothy Scbmidt said Wednesday morning a Nebraska State Patrol officer was sched. uled to meet with him later that day to discuss the results of the raid. Public invited to comment on Officers search home Harlan lake operations A meeting wiLl be held next for suspecteddrugs Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., at the Alma Country Club Meeting Acting on a search warrant department participated. isled Oct. 6, law enforcement officers raided a residence in south Superior last Wednesday in search of illegal drugs and associated items. Members of the Nuckolls County sheriff's department. highway patrol and city police Weather 9 Ed Groves, observer Temperature High for week ...................... 75 Low for week ....................... 30 Precipitation Total this week .................. 2.69 Total this month ................ 2.69 To date in 1992 ............... 30.84 To date in 1991 ............... 17.86 Normal for Oct .................. 1.44 Normal to Nov. 1 ............ 25.43 Ken Garst, observer Lovewell Dam ................... 2.90 Don Schlermeyer, observer Guide Rock ....................... 2.76 Kenneth Hansen, observer Ruskin ............................... 2.60 Merlin Luben, observer Oak .................................... 3.40 Clyde Cramer, observer Hardy ................................. 3.39 Larry Gillett, observer Burr Oak ............................ 2 60 Ralph Herz, observer Lawren ........................... 3.0 includes 3 inCheS of snow