During a presentation last week before the Boone County Board of Supervisors, a representative from Midwest Wind Energy (MWE) laid out a time line for preliminary work to begin on the proposed Laredo Ridge Wind Farm.
To be located northeast of Petersburg, the wind farm is moving closer to reality with a number of important steps to be taken soon.
Patrick Dalseth, MWE project coordinator, informed supervisors that a power purchase agreement has been completed with the Nebraska Public Power District and lease agreements are moving forward with landowners.
In other related developments, Dalseth said:
• MWE plans to offer a C-BED ownership opportunity for the wind farm.
Landowners who are leasing land for the project will be given the first opportunity followed, later, by opportunities for other investors.
• A proposal for a county road agreement will be presented to the supervisors likely in February. The agreement is necessary for access to the wind turbines as well as other facilities from county roads. As many as 54 wind turbines will be located on sites northeast of Petersburg. As many as 40 access points are being projected as wind service roads.
• Construction is expected to begin this spring, likely in April with the farm to be producing electricity by the end of the year 2010.
• Once construction begins, access roads will be completed. After that will begin the process of excavations, forming, reinforcement followed by the poring of concrete for the pads which will hold the wind turbines.
This summer, turbine sections and blades will begin to arrive. Dalseth said August will be busy with erection of the wind towers.
Contractors will be hired to put up the wind turbines and to do the road work and build the bases for the wind turbines.
• There will be an opportunity for local contractors to become involved in the necessary work to be done. More information can be gained by contacting Dalseth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Repair and maintenance employees will be needed sometime in the fall 2010.
By Senator Kate Sullivan
District #41 State Senator
The Second Session of the 101st Legislature was gaveled into order by Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy at 10 a.m. on January 6, 2010.
This is the second year of a two-year session so we didn’t have to conduct elections for new committee chairs or other leadership posts. There are several hundred bills at various stages of debate that were carried over from 2009 to this year. Debate will begin on proposed rules changes and legislation on Monday, January 11.
My staff and I are still located in suite 1019 which we share with Senator Kathy Campbell of Lincoln and her staff. Our office is on the first floor in the northwest corridor of the State Capitol. The Legislature is in session through mid-April, so please stop if you’re in Lincoln.
The legislative session brings many students to Lincoln on field trips. Teachers planning to bring students to the Capitol must schedule their tours directly with the Capitol Tour Office at (402) 471-0448. Tours must be booked in advance. Teachers should call the tour office as soon as possible to reserve their date and time. Tours can’t be booked through my office nor do I have any influence in changing the Capitol Tour Office’s schedule. My advice is to call early and be flexible on your dates.
If you have questions about legislative bills, a toll-free hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions about bill status and fill requests for publications. The number is (800) 742-7456. The service is also available to the hearing and/or speech impaired. If you call the hotline at night or on weekends, you will hear a recorded message with the next day’s legislative agenda.
The Nebraska Legislature has an award-winning website which is updated daily during the legislative session.
Information about bills, amendments, fiscal notes, hearing schedules and other legislative business is easily accessible at: www.nebraskalegislature.gov.
The Unicameral Update is published weekly during the legislative session. It contains hearing dates, summaries of floor debate and other legislative information. The publication is available online. You may also order a free printed subscription by calling the toll-free hotline at (800) 742-7456.
Introduction of new bills runs through January 21. Public hearings on new bills will begin on January 19. We are tentatively scheduled to complete public hearings and move to full-day floor debate the first week of March.
If you have questions regarding this newsletter, legislation or state issues, please call my legislative office at (402) 471-2631. There is Voicemail on my phone so if you get the recording, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you. You may also write to me c/o P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509 or email me at: email@example.com.
If you write or email, please include your full name and mailing address.
I look forward to hearing from you AND working hard for you and the betterment of rural Nebraska in our Nebraska Legislature.
The Antelope County 4-H Program celebrated a 4-H Kick-Off Party Sunday, January 10 at the Neligh American Legion Club. 4-H’ers from the county were honored for their accomplishments during the 2009 4-H year and introduced to new and exciting events for 2010.
Serving as Mistresses of Ceremonies were 4-H’ers Abby and Danielle Larson, Tilden. Allen Miller, Oakdale, led the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge. Brieann Grosserode, Oakdale, gave the invocation.
The highlight of the afternoon was the naming of the Outstanding 4-H Girl and Boy for the 2009 4-H year – Carlie Redding and Alex Heithoff.
Carlie Redding, 18-year-old daughter of Jim and Chris Redding of Elgin is an 11 year 4-H member of the Way Out West 4-H Club. She has been a very active participant in many of her club meetings and activities. She helps other 4-H’ers with her knowledge in showing animals and with the 4-H shooting sports project. She has represented Antelope County at the state and national level in shooting sports competitions. She has taken a keen interest in the field of archery and with the guidance of an excellent coach and a lot of discipline and determination, has honed her skills and made great progress. After becoming proficient at compound archery and competing nationally in that discipline, she took on the challenge of recurve archery, so she could have another chance to compete at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. She thoroughly enjoyed her two trips to this shoot where she was able to meet and shoot with fellow 4-H’ers from all over the United States, who shared her enthusiasm for 4-H and shooting sports.
Carlie has been extremely active in state 4-H livestock judging contests, as well as having many exhibits selected for State Fair competition in photography, foods, sewing, and quilting. She has won many county awards in shooting sports, photography and horse.
Carlie was very active in school activities, especially FFA where she competed in range and livestock judging as well as the Career Development and Leadership Skills events where she represented her program in both district and state competitions. She was a member of Elgin Public High School’s National Honor Society and was a participant in one act plays and speech.
Carlie is very artistically gifted and chooses to express her creativity through quilting traditional art, leather craft and writing.
Carlie prefers to lead by example, rather than being the center of attention. She is passionate, kind, caring, hardworking, confident, compassionate, and talented. She attends Wayne State College where she is majoring in print journalist and minoring in graphic design. Carlie is a member of Park Congregational United Church of Christ.
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The Pope John students will hold a paper drive on Saturday, Jan. 16. Seniors and seventh graders are in charge of the project.
The following are contact persons:
Clearwater and Rural St. John’s — Alex Dierks (485-2618)
Neligh — Tyler Schrage (887-5271)
Petersburg — Sarah Starman (843-5570)
Raeville — Bryan Bode (386-0148)
Elgin — Austin Kerkman (843-5883) and Sister Pat (843-5461)
They will collect:
• Newspapers, phone books, paperbacks and shredded paper
• Magazines and slick papers
• Flattened cardboard
Please note papers must be boxed or put in brown paper bags. Items which will NOT be collected are hard covered books; books, notebooks or calendars with spirals; plastic wrappers or bags.
Please have the paper at the pick-up locations by 8 a.m. Saturday, or placed in the protected area in front of the St. Boniface Gym no sooner than Friday or Saturday. The truck leaves the parking lot at 10 a.m.
A light agenda is on tap for the District #18 Board of Education when they hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday night, Jan. 14.
Just two items are listed for possible action.
Board members will review and consider modifying the school district’s policy on use of school facilities and equipment.
The other action item on the agenda will be to consider a requisition from the Boone County Medical Foundation to use the school gymnasium sometime in the near future.
Nine items are listed for discussion at the meeting. They are:
• Jim Fredrickson to discuss landscaping project. Several months ago, Fredrickson appeared before the board shortly after the passing of former superintendent Dr. Gayla Fredrickson in July, to ask the board to consider allowing an area on school property to be developed into a memorial garden in her honor.
Other items to be discussed are meetings update, van replacement, project updates, NDE updates, review of the 2008-2009 annual report, January board retreat, school board filing deadlines, and setting the date for the next regular meeting.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the distance learning room at the high school.