ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
August 5, 2014
Notice of meeting published as required by statute.
A complete record of these minutes as well as all resolutions and agreements are on file at the County Clerk’s office and are open to the public.
Those responding to roll call: Brandt, Kerkman, Baker, Williby, Henery and Schwager. Bolling absent.
Approved 4 applications for permit to place permanent electric and/or pipe lines beneath various roads within Antelope County.
Approved the Promotional Fund request from Orchard Community Club for advertising of their event.
Approved purchasing a new broom attachment for the skid loader.
Discussed armor coating the oil roads.
Reviewed the sheriff’s June and July fee reports.
Approved the conditional use permit submitted by Steve Ward, Ward Development Services representing American Tower Inc./Cingular Wireless.
Heard an update from Keystone Project Representative Jeff Rauh.
Approved the preliminary levy requests received from various townships, fire districts and the Ag Society.
Authorized the chairman to sign the Agreement and Notice to Proceed for the Clearwater Southwest project.
Antelope County Board of Supervisors
JERALD SCHWAGER /s/
Chairman of County Board
Attest: CAROLYN PEDERSEN
/s/ Antelope County Clerk
PUBLISH: August 13, 2014
One needn’t travel far to buy a new or used car or truck.
Jonny Dodge Chrysler-Jeep Inc. now has a fulltime salesperson manning their showroom at 107 N. 2nd Street.
Mr. Bill (Eby) was busy on the phone Monday morning answering a prospective buyer’s question about a diesel pickup.
Sitting in an office with a view of Highway 14, Eby spoke about automobile sales with an ease which one gets from spending a lifetime in the business. Originally from O’Neill, he worked in Neligh at the Hilltop for 27 years before going back to O’Neill to work at the Chevrolet garage there. Then, it was on to Memphis, Tenn., where he spent time driving trucks before finding his niche selling Chevrolet and Subaru vehicles before recently returning to Nebraska.
“I’ve been around cars practically my entire life,” he said after getting off the phone.
The biggest secret to selling automobiles, he said, is liking people. “I like to visit with people,” he said. In doing so, they develop a trust that you can and will take care of their wants and needs “the best way we can.”
While the car dealership specializes in Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles, he said he will work to find the right kind of vehicle (any brand) to meet the customer’s needs.
One day, he and his wife Linda hope to be able to move to Elgin and become part of the community.
Eby is at the showroom Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is available, by appointment, on Saturday by calling (402) 843-2250.
Property owners along the proposed new wind energy farm met with representatives from Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm and Invenergy to learn what it means to them.
From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Prairie Breeze Operations & Maintenance Building served as the site of an open house for everyone wishing to learn more about the proposed second wind energy farm for Antelope County.
Invenergy Business Development Manager James Williams, Prairie Breeze manager Eric Kline and others associated with Prairie Breeze met face-to-face with landowners to discuss the necessary steps which need to be taken.
Among the information shared Monday is that the new wind energy farm will be located directly east of Elgin.
Alissa Krisky, director of communications for Invenergy, shared the following information:
“The Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center (“Prairie Breeze II”) will be located on approximately 15,000 acres of private land. With an excellent wind resource and strong community support, the area is an optimal location for a successful wind project. As envisioned, Prairie Breeze II would consist of approximately 70 wind turbines, for a total capacity of approximately 125 MW.”
The proposed wind farm will be slightly smaller than the current Prairie Breeze wind farm which has been producing electricity since May 2014. That wind farm consists of 118 wind turbines with a capacity of 200.6 MW.
“As with our existing Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center, Prairie Breeze II would provide substantial, long-term economic benefits to the local community. The project is expected to generate approximately 200 jobs during construction, and potentially seven permanent operations and maintenance jobs once the farm is operational, along with more than $1 million annually in local tax revenue, lease payments to landowners, and salaries for staff … We look forward to continuing to work closely with our host community in Antelope and Boone Counties, contributing to the area’s economic development, and providing an additional supply of clean, homegrown energy in Nebraska.”
Williams, on behalf of Invenergy, filed for a conditional use permit at the Antelope County Zoning Office on Aug. 4. A public hearing on the permit application will be held on Monday night, at 8 p.m. at the courthouse. The hearing will be before the Antelope County Planning Commission who, following the hearing, will make a recommendation to the Antelope County Board of Supervisors on whether or not to approve the permit application.
The 2nd Annual Community Welcome Picnic will happen Wednesday, Sept. 3 (rain date 10th) at 6:30 p.m. at the Elgin City Park. This is a picnic to welcome new residents to Elgin and ring in the new school year. Everyone is invited!
Please bring a salad or dessert and chairs. If you’d like to help with the picnic please call Bethany Miller at 402-992-1532 or Faye Kilday at 308-750-5609.
This Friday marks the opening of Elgin’s only deliberate not-for-profit business or, perhaps we should say, “giving away any profit” business - Elgin Bargain Box thrift store. In their mission statement, the business operators explain “After our operating expenses, all proceeds will go to charitable causes. Grant forms will be available in the near future for people to apply. The board of directors will meet each month, discuss the applications and pay out what monies we have available.”
Elgin Bargain Box will accept item donations during their regular business hours (see separate ad below in this issue of the Elgin Review). As Linda Kerkman puts it, they plan to benefit the community in three ways…”offer local residents an avenue to recycle good but unwanted items, resale those items at low prices and provide funds for charity”.
The thrift store will open its doors on Friday at 10 a.m. at the old Blair Motors showroom building in downtown Elgin. On Friday and Saturday, they will have special hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The business will begin regular operating hours on Monday.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the operation may contact Linda Kerkman at 402-843-8524 or Barb Finn at 402-843-2151.