Published On: Mon, Aug 6th, 2012

Old car bodies near creek scrutinized

CENTER — Car bodies along the banks of a creek, feeding prisoners and making a new appointment for the Northeast Nebraska RC&D Council were a few of the items Knox County Board members dealt with during the July 26 Supervisor meeting.

A business in Winnetoon will be supplying the food for the prisoners in the Knox Co. Jail.

Elaine’s Tavern was awarded the bid to feed the prisoners according to Sheriff Don Henery.

“It was the only bid that was returned,” Henery said. “It has to be done seven days a week, three meals a  day. We have been running between 10-12 prisoners.”

Car bodies that line the banks of the Verdigre Creek approximately four miles north of Verdigre have come under the scrutiny of the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The NRCS at Bloomfield wants information on who placed the cars on the bank, according to Hwy Supt Kevin Barta.

Knox County Supervisors and Barta believe the cars were placed on the banks under the direction of an official in the County Road Dept. at one time although there are no documents showing it was done by the county.

“I think it could have been done 30-40 years ago,” said Supervisor Virgil Miller.

“She wants verification on why and when the county put the cars in the Liska bridge area. I was not here when they were placed there – and neither were any of you board members,” Barta said.

Supervisor Rayder Swanson thinks the placement of the cars has been beneficial.

“Without those car bodies the erosion could have already taken the bridge,” Swanson said.

A letter will be sent to the NRCS stating Knox County does not have any documents on the information that was requested.

Leonard Janovec was appointed to sit on the Northeast Nebraska Resource, Conservation and Development Council.

Janovec owns land in Sparta Township and will soon be moving into Knox County.

Board members appointed Janovec to complete the term of Kim Swanson, Niobrara, who had turned in a letter of resignation. Swanson’s term will end December 2014.

Board members also took action to award $2,000 to the Northeast Nebraska RC&D.

The funds will come from the county lodging tax which is used to promote tourism in Knox Co.

Several residents took advantage of the Tire Recycling that was held at the County Yard in Center, July 23, from 7:15 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sixty-five tons of tires were collected according to County Clerk Joann Fischer who worked at the collection site.

The tires will be hauled to the Butler County Landfill near David City.

“The tires will be ground and used to cover the landfill,” Fischer said.

County Attorney John Thomas told board members papers will soon be served on a man that put buildings up that are in violation of the flood plain regulations.

“Papers will be served on the owner of the buildings, telling him to remove the buildings,” Thomas said.

Board members approved the Re-plat of Lot 1, Riverview Estates Plat after holding a hearing during the  Supervisor meeting.

The Planning Commission had approved the Re-plat which is located in Sec 17, T33N, R7W, near the Missouri River, according to Zoning Administrator Liz Doerr.

Salaries for Knox County employees were determined and the amounts will be published in the legal designated county newspaper pursuant to the Nebraska statute.

Eligible county employees receive a single health insurance policy, single dental/vision policy and a $5,000 life insurance policy as a benefit.


The seven supervisors receive $1,724 per month.

Clerk of District Court, County Attorney, Assessor, Clerk and Treasurer salaries will be $3,625 per month. Highway Superintendent will receive $3,625 plus an incentive payment.


Monthly salaries for other officials include:

County Sheriff: $4,025 plus uniform allowance.

Emergency Manager: $3,256

Development Agency Director: $3,000

Co. Surveyor: $58.33 per month

Several other officials and employees receive hourly wages.