Published On: Sat, Aug 23rd, 2008

County Bonds $1.5 million for project

Construction begins on new Courthouse addition

HARTINGTON — Cedar County Commissioners dealt with a variety of money issues Tuesday.
Board members signed papers for a 10-year bond for funds which will be used for the $2.9 million addition and renovation project at the Courthouse.
The one and $1.5 million from bond money will be paid back over a ten year period.
Payments will be around $180,000 each year and will need to be made with tax requests. The bond payments will raise the tax levy for Cedar County property owners.
The board learned Cedar County has been approved to receive close to $30,000 in grant money.
The grant is to help pay the salary of the Cedar County Emergency Management Director for the period from Oct. 2007 to Sept. 2009.

The Commissioners passed a resolution allowing an engineer to start the paperwork which will result in replacing a bridge that is one and one-half miles east of Fordyce on 888 Road.
“The actual work could be three years off – depending on the availability of Federal funds,” said Commissioner Frederick Pinkelman.
Work is progressing on the addition and remodeling plan at the Courthouse.
Remodeling work will start this week on the northeast portion of the upper level in the annex, according to Doug Heitman, on-site manager for RaDec Construction.
At one time the rooms were used as part of the living quarters for the county sheriff.
The steps have been torn out on the north entrance to the Courthouse and the ground in being prepared for the addition.
County Commissioners discussed a concern the court system has for security at the temporary re-location site while the remodeling work on the Courthouse is being done. The board members discussed the possibility of using a room in the annex during the re-location period.
In other action, Dowling said the Cedar County Lodging Board met during August.
The Lodging Board will be taking applications for the funds that have become available since the lodging tax went into effect in April of 2007.
The three percent tax, which has been collected from people who stay at motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts and camp sites, has to be used for economic development.
“There is around $3,000 that has been collected,” said Dowling.
Pinkelman and Commissioner Dave McGregor also gave a report on the Project Extra Mile meeting they attended Aug. 7.
Pinkelman reported the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission has not issued a decision on alcopops yet – alcopops are still classified as beer.
“There is still time to send a letter and ask for a reclassification for the safety of our kids,” said Pinkelman.
Project Extra Mile believes regulating the alcopops as distilled spirits would lead to decreased availability for the youth and help curb underage drinking.
“Young kids actually testified before the commission on the dangers of alcopops,” said McGregor.
The Project Extra Mile meeting was well attended, McGregor said.
“There were three police officers plus someone from the State Patrol at the meeting — there was also administrators from our local schools,” McGregor said.
Kraemer had attended a Northeast Area on Aging meeting in Norfolk.
The Hartington Senior Center and the Coleridge Seniors, which receive Meals on Wheels, have requested funds for additional meals.
“It shows what our Senior Centers are doing,” said Kraemer.
The Commissioners discussed a request that was received from the Cedar County Historical Society.