Published On: Thu, Feb 7th, 2013

RC&D Council off to good start in new year

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council met Monday, Jan. 28, for its first meeting of 2013. President Dennis Wacker welcomed new board members — Judy Rasmussen and Dan Stark, both of Plainview, are Pierce County representatives; Sandy Patton of Brunswick and Jerry Fields of Tilden represent Antelope County; Chris Kreycik of Niobrara is a Knox County representative and Brad Mahon of Verdel will represent the Lower Niobrara NRD.

The group was aggressive in approving new projects and activities. Showcasing of the area’s entrepreneurs and their creations will be continued.  A household hazardous waste grant is being submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality for funding of several collection events this fall. Plans are also being developed to again host E-waste recycling.

A wildlife habitat tour will be cohosted with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in July, and the council hopes to offer an event at the new Nissen Winery and Outlaw Trail Center following that tour. An educational water operator and well driller training day will be this fall featuring the Wau-Col Regional Water System and geothermal systems in use at Ponca State Park.

A report was given on the recent energy center meeting held with Jim Schaeffer of Cimarron Light & Power who presented information on various alternative energy systems that would be beneficial to communities.  Jim can be contacted directly at (605) 354-7626 for more information.

The RC&D is partnering with North Central District Health Department on the distribution of radon kits.  There is no fee for the kit and they may be picked up Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays at the RC&D office from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The board of directors wants this organization to continue providing services and assistance that are requested by citizens of the six-county region.   Everyone is encouraged and welcome to make suggestions, stop in to share those thoughts, or attend the next board meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the RC&D office in Plainview.