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July 31, 2014

 

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City council (eventually) supports auditorium grant

Harlan County Lake level drops

City-wide garage sale a week away

Superior Utilities plans power outage

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Video from the 23rd annual Victorian Festival held in Superior Memorial Day weekend have been added! If you let the video continue after it ends, other new ones will play automatically.

City council (eventually) supports auditorium grant

Monday evening members of the Superior City Council quickly dealt with most items on the meeting agenda but deliberated for more than 15 minutes before reluctantly deciding to write a letter offering limited support to a grant application being prepared on behalf of the Superior City Auditorium.
John Sullivan, a member of the Superior Historic Renovation board now working to reopen the building closed by a prior city council, attended the council meeting and made the request for the supporting letter.
Sullivan said he was seeking similar letters of support from organizations throughout the area. Sullivan said he was not asking for an additional financial contribution from the council. Instead he was seeking ideas for possible building uses and funding sources since the building will not be receiving tax support in the future.
Kent Jensby, a member of the council said he personally was willing to write a letter of support but he did not want a letter from the council to be seen as a possible show of the council's willingness to financially support the building.
Asked what they might use the building for most council members remained silent.
When it was suggested it might be used as a central polling place, the council member indicated that was a county, not a city use and a letter of support should be obtained from the county,
When it was suggested other communities like Hardy and Nelson utilized a community building, Jensby said those communities did not have Elks, Eagles and VFW buildings and a winery like Superior does.
Chris Peterson, a member of the council said the auditorium location lacked adequate parking which the other sites in the community had.
Sullivan reported the committee had raised $530,540 toward the reopening of the auditorium and was seeking a $200,000 grant. The final architectural drawings are complete and bids are currently being sought from construction firms.
If the grant is obtained, sufficient funds will hopefully be available to complete the first two construction phases.
Thus far the building to the south of the auditorium has been cleared and the auditorium roof replaced. It is hoped this fall and winter restrooms, kitchen and a meeting room will be made ready and electrical, fire suppression, heating and air conditioning work done. If these tasks are completed, the main hall and a smaller meeting room will be available for rent. Cosmetic work like painting and new stage curtains would be part of a later rehabilitation phase.
Finally approval was obtained for preparing a limited letter of support with Sandra Foote, Kent Jensby and Carrie Lemke voting in favor and Bob Tipton and Chris Peterson voting against. Fox, a member of the auditorium committee, abstained.
The council agreed to allow the restricting of traffic on Dakota Street between Third and Fourth when construction begins on a new Casey's store. Possibilities included restricting the street to one-way traffic or complete closure. Final details on what will be done are to be worked out with the contractor and area residents.
Permission was given to Horizon Bank to hold an event on public property in front of the bank on Aug. 16.
Changes in the zoning ordinance restricting the keeping of farm animals within the city passed unanimously on the second reading.
Bids are to be sought for residing a garage building at the waste water treatment plant.
Mayor Sonia Schmidt thanked members of the Superior Rescue Squad for responding to the implement dealership fire at Fairfield and to the late Dick Fish for his service to the community.
The appointment of Jeremy Littrell to the planning commission was approved. The seat held by the late Richard Fish has not yet been filled.

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Harlan County Lake level drops

While Platte and Missouri river system reservoirs are recovering from the drought that held Nebraska and adjoining states in its grip last year, the Republican Valley reservoirs are not showing signs of recovery.
And this year surface water irrigation has been banned on many of the acres traditional irrigated with water from the river.
Farmers who depend upon the Bostwick Irrigation District for irrigation water will receive nothing this year. However, they will to have to pay a number of taxes associated with owning what the various political subdivisions still consider to be irrigated land.
When the readings were taken Monday morning, the big Harlan County Reservoir was only 52.9 percent full. The elevation of the reservoir was 13 feet below the top of the conservation pool. The lake contained 166,302 acre feet of water. This was down more than 12,000 acre feet below the year earlier level. Outflow was stated as being 300 cubic feet per second. Inflow was given as -120.7 cubic feet per second. Apparently any inflow was not enough to offset what was being lost to evaporation and seepage.
Thanks to the water being released from Harlan County Reservoir and natural stream flow in the Republican River above the Guide Rock Diversion Dam, Lovewell Reservoir looks a little better than last year.
On Monday inflow 83.3 cubic feet per second. Nearly all of this was coming in via the Courtland Canal delivery of water from the Republican River diversion dam. Outflow at Lovewell was 258.2 cubic feet per second.
The lake level was at 1,579.1 feet which was 3.5 below the top of the conservation level. The lake was considered to by 73.3 percent full.
Monday the lake contained 25,543 acre feet of water. On the same date a year ago it contained 23,338 acre feet of water.
Crops that have looked exceptionally good until now are beginning to show a need for water. Last week's high temperatures drew much moisture from the fields.
A soil moisture meter reading taken Monday in the Superior area showed good moisture yet at the 3 foot mark but the soil was dry at the 1 and 2 foot marks.

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City-wide garage sale a week away

It's almost city-wide garage sale time again in Superior. The August sale is held on the second Saturday or the month which is fast approaching.
The event is coordinated each year by The Superior Express staff. For $6 participants who registered at the newspaper office will have a description of their sale published in the next issue of this newspaper and the Jewell County Record along with a map of Superior and receive a sign marking their sale location as a participating location. In addition to being in the newspaper, the ads are also included on this newspaper's web site at superiorne. com.
While the final deadline for getting a garage sale listed will be 4 p.m. Monday, early birds who submit their ads to the newspaper before 9 a.m. Friday will also have their ads listed in next week's Leader section which will be distributed with the next edition of The Superior Express, Jewell County Record, Hebron Journal-Register, Clay County News and Nebraska Signal newspapers.
The city-wide sales are held each year on the second Saturday of August and the fourth Saturday of April.
Many people utilize the August sale as a time to sell surplus garden produce and back-to-school clothing and other items no longer needed by their family.

 

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Superior Utilities plans power outage
This Saturday from 6 to 8 a.m. Superior Utilities is scheduling an electrical power outage. The outage will affect Superior Outdoor Power, Crop Protection Services (CPS), the Viaero Cell Tower and the new elevator construction site and some residences.
Those to be affected have already been notified. Questions may be directed to Superior Utilities Customer Service at 402-879-4711.

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