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Zikmund apparent winner in tight Republican primary
It appears Tim Zikmund, the incumbent commissioner on the Nuckolls
County Board for District Three, will head to the general election
in November as the Republican candidate.
Zikmund apparently edged out his Republican challenger, Michael Heikkinen, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol, by perhaps a dozen votes. The unofficial tally was 137 to 126 in favor of Zikmund. The canvassing board will meet this week and certify the election.
In his bid to replace our 38th District representative on the nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature, Michael Combs of Superior, a former Nuckolls County commissioner, finished second in the county with 147 votes. He finished behind Dave Murman who had 291 and ahead of Marsha Fangmeyer who had 131.
In the district-wide election for the legislature, in which the top two candidates advance to the general election in November, Dave Murman won with 3,202 votes, followed by Marsha Fangmeyer with 1,631. Combs finished fifth of six candidates with a total of 391 votes. The incumbent, John Kuehn, opted not to seek a second term.
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Carnival to play in downtown Superior
Disagreement was obvious Monday evening when five members of
the Superior City Council and the mayor met for the first of two
regularly scheduled meetings planned for May. A third special
meeting was proposed but not scheduled.
Shanel Rempe, manager of the Superior Chamber of Commerce, requested and received permission to block portions of National Street for a carnival on July 4-7. This may be the first time since 1967 a carnival company has set up in Superior as a part of the community's Independence Day Celebration.
Rempe said she had contacted Moore's Greater Shows and invited the company to play in Superior. She learned the carnival company will be playing for Sutton's Dugout Days and had a few days open before the next engagement. Movement to that engagement would take the carnival through Superior and the owner agreed to stop here.
Permission was granted to locate the carnival on National Street between Third and Fifth with the requirement that Fifth Street remain open to provide access to Ideal Market and Central National Bank. In addition Fourth Street is part of the annual FireKracker Run route that will be used on the morning of July 4.
The carnival has agreed to play in Superior without charge. It will open about 4 p.m. each afternoon and run until 10 or 11 p.m. each evening Wednesday through Saturday.
The carnival will include 10 rides and a number of game and concession trailers.
Council members accepted the resignation of Grant Snyder, an electrical department lineman who has accepted a job with a power company in his home community.
Members of the council authorized the placing of advertisements seeking his replacement. However, Mayor Sonia Schmidt, asked the utility department manager to prepare a report showing what would the consequences be if the position was filled. The mayor said, "We need to look at all alternatives before replacing a city employee."
With a four-man crew the department has undertaken the rebuilding of feeder lines. With only a three-man crew it might be necessary to hire a contractor to do some of the work.
Bev Czirr presented the names and proposed salaries and names of the municipal pool's prospective managers, lifeguards and swimming instructors. The list had been approved previously by the park board. Mayor Schmidt objected the proposed salaries and said she considered some of the raises to be excessive and told Czirr the taxpayers should not be expected to subsidize the pool. She advised the pool needed to operate near breakeven and asked Czirr if she knew what last year's deficit was. Czirr did not know the dollar amount but said the season was being squeezed. The goal is open on Memorial Day but some years the weather is not warm enough. Because of the early school start, it is no longer possible to keep the pool open until Labor Day as was once the custom. This year a number of pool employees will be back in school by Aug. 13.
The council agreed to retain 5 Rule Planning to prepare a storm water drainage and pedestrian transportation study. The city has a grant that will cover a portion of the cost.
It was reported the owner of the property at 864 East Third Street was making progress toward bringing the property into compliance with city nuisance laws and the council decided to give another 30 days.
The property at 1433 Washington had been brought into compliance and no further action was taken.
The council voted to classified the property at 805 East Third Street as a possible nuisance. While the declaration was approved the owner will have another 30 days to comply with city rules before additional action is taken. It was noted progress was being made.
The future of the downtown revitalization program is still not clear.
In response to improve Central Avenue from Second to Fifth Street, the city has received a $300,000 grant. But only one company, Van Kirk Brothers of Sutton, bid on the project which was to be underway by now and that bid exceeded $1 million. Since the bids were opened, the city has been trying to find ways to reduce the cost.
Property owners, council members and the mayor do not agree about what should and should not be done. Project goals included provide ADA access to all stores, new street lighting, improvement to the water system and appearance changes to the downtown.
Because of the cost, the city expects to create a paving district, issue bonds and then retire the bonds with sales tax revenue.
When agreement could not be reached with regard to what should be done the decision was made to consider the project at a future time.
While curb bumpouts at Third and Fifth streets have been removed from the plan, Mayor Schmidt and Councilmember Sandra Foote were reluctant to abandon the bumpout at Fourth and Central. Schmidt said it would improved the appearance of downtown for years. Foot thought the bumpout would improve the mobility the of seniors and said a price tag could not be placed on safety.
Member Carrie Lemke said "Earlier we worried about a 50 cent an hour raise and thought it excessive, Now we don't seem to be worried about the cost of a $35,000 item.
A proposal to add handicapped ramps at Fourth and Commercial was removed from the plan.
The participants agreed new curbs and sidewalks from Third to Fifth street along Central Avenue were essential to the project and needed to remain a part. They were also reluctant to remove the new street lights.
As only five council members were present Monday, Mayor Schmidt proposed delaying the decision until all members were present. However, it did not appear all members would be present for the second May meeting which is now planned for Tuesday, May 29. If the request for all council members present is met, a special meeting may have to be called.
The consulting engineer was asked to prepare a written report showing the savings to be achieved if various features were removed.
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Election results available online
Tuesday was primary election day throughout Nebraska. Polls
were open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout Nuckolls County.
Only one local office, that of Third District County Commissioner appeared on the ballot. That was the Republican nomination which saw the first term incumbent, Timothy Zikmund facing a challenge from Michael Heikkinen.
Among the candidates for state senator seeking to advance to the general election was a Nuckolls County resident, Michael Combs.
Because of mail dispatch schedules it was necessary to print this issue of The Express before the election resuls were available. But our readers do not need to wait until next week to learn the outcome of the election.
Results are posted on the news-paper's web site at superiorne. com.
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Who's tampering with our local primary election?
In a time when a foreign government is accused of tampering
with U.S. elections, the following story may elicit a variety
of theories, and we may never know who is responsible.
Tim Zikmund is the Nuckolls County commissioner for District 3, the northern district. He was faced in a tough primary battle for his board seat by a fellow Republican, Michael Heikkinen. At the time this article was written, the outcome of the primary election was not known. By the time you read this, it will be. The outcome of the election does not make this a more or less important story, and it is unfortunate this newspaper became aware of the story too late to help the candidates by telling it.
About a week ago, residents of the county received via the U.S. Mail an attractive, full-color mailer outlining Zikmund's supposed platform. He wants, according to the flyer, "to keep Nuckolls County moving in the right direction." "He will fight to protect our way of life," the flyer continues, superimposed against a beautiful rural sunset.
The biggest problem with the flyer is that Zikmund didn't order them, authorize them, pay for them or even know about them. So, who did?
Because political advertisements are required to include where the money came from, the bottom of the flyer Zikmund didn't order reads: "Paid for by the Economic Prosperity Project, 35 East Gay Street, Suite 403, Columbus, Ohio, 43215." That name simply does not exist anywhere on the internet, however a search of the physical address gleaned that the proprietor of that address is The Ruppert Co., LLC, Jeffrey A. Ruppert, Esquire.
Because the owner of the document is a mystery, it is impossible to know whether it was intended to help or impede Zikmund's candidacy. Especially because currently the county is embroiled in a controversy involving wind farm development.
Voters interviewed prior to the election seemed to be going either way. Some said the flyer helped them know Zikmund was the right choice. Others said if he's going to use outside influences to affect the outcome of the election, they're voting for the other guy.
Bullet points on the flip side of the flyer include:
· Fight to keep taxes low.
· Protect our property rights do what you want with your land.
· Support the agriculture industry which is the backbone of Nebraska's economy.
· Cut red tape to support small businesses.
· Attract high-paying employers to Nuckolls County.
These are ideals most candidates in Nebraska would embrace heading into a primary election, but only on their own terms, which isn't the case here. Candidates deserve the right to run the race they choose, not have words put into their mouths by people who won't even identify themselves.
To make it even worse (and more absurd), the flyers were mailed county-wide, to hundreds of people who can't even vote for or against Zikmund because they don't live in his district. The flyer photographed for this newspaper was received at the home of the publisher in Superior.
And to make it worse yet, a second, similar flyer was mailed just a day or two ahead of the election.