Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2008

City, Alltel still at odds

    HARTINGTON — The Hartington City Council had a busy evening Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The City Council once again deferred action on finalizing an agreement with Alltel that would allow the placement of an Alltel cellular antenna on the city water tower.

Since September of 2007 the Council members along with City Attorney Steve Pier and Alltel representatives have hurdled negotiations with monthly rental fees and other legalities.
Discussions now center on the length of the contract along with the option to renew the contract.
Two building permits were approved by Council members.
Pearson Motor will be putting up a building which will be used for an office along Hwy 57.
A permit from Gerald Fischer is for a building which will be used for hay and equipment.
Council members agreed to renew the three- year contract with Northeast Nebraska Archers Association.
According to Reggie Hochstein, Northeast Nebraska Archers Association, which is a non-profit organization, uses the city property near the Transfer Station for practice and also for tournaments.
“We hold three tournaments a year – which brings 60 to 80 people into town,” said Hochstein. “We are making a push to get some young people involved.”
Northeast Nebraska Archers Association carries insurance with a $1 million coverage. Hochstein said the gates at the property are kept locked at all times.
Chief of Police Casey Nieman informed the Council members that Police Officer Travis Howell will be graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy in April.
Nieman suggested the city host a reception for Officer Howell.
“I think that is a good idea,” said Councilman Ed Bottolfsen. “It gives the public a chance to meet the new man.”
The Council approved a special liquor license for the Cedar County Catholic Schools Gala and Grand Auction which will be held Saturday March 29.
It had been suggested that attendance at Project Extra Mile meetings should be a stipulation of the liquor license.
Fr. John Pietramale said he and Chris Bernard, Principal of Cedar Catholic along with Holy Trinity Principal Terry Kathol have been attending all or most of the meetings for Project Extra Mile.

“We have also had Project Extra Mile talk to all of our staff,” said Pietramale. “We do use safeguards at the Gala. High School students are there for approximately two to two and one-half hours to help serve the meal. They are not allowed to handle any of the liquor, not even the empty containers.”
Dan Kathol then updated the board on Q-125.
“Kathol said he has been taking the opportunity to touch base with every business in the community.
“There have been 4,500 invitations sent out to alumni concerning Q125,” said Kathol. “We want to showcase this community. We want them to leave with a good impression of the community.”
Having people come back for the Q125 Celebration can be used as a good recruiting tool for people to move back to the area, Kathol said.
A lot of work and planning must still be done.
“The celebration is only three months away,” said Kathol. “A lot of people will be coming in to town. We need to figure out how we will feed everyone and how will we house everyone.”
The readings from a meter measuring wind speed at the Transfer Station/Recycling Center east of Hartington will not be of any benefit to the City at this time, said Councilman Gerald Thoene.
The meter was installed to check on the potential for harvesting wind energy for the city.
“At this point there is no financing available for a municipality for wind power,” said Thoene.
Council members agreed to purchase a back-up system for the computer in the City Office from Northeast Nebraska Computer Services.
“We can back-up with this computer right now but we can’t retrieve the information,” said City Clerk Crystal Lenzen. “
With the new system the information will be on a disk and could also be used if a new computer is purchased down the road. Cindy Howey spoke to the Council concerning Geocaching and the Shannon Trail.
The City Council approved a One and Six Year Street Plan after holding a public hearing which opened at 7 p.m.