Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:57pm
County Highway Superintendent William Hansel was reinstated after a closed session, which lasted for more than an hour, by a unanimous vote from the county board of commissioners at the commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The board approved going into closed session at 11 a.m. At 11:39 a.m., Hansel and his attorney, James Zalewski, who were waiting in the hallway together since 11:19 a.m., were invited into the closed session.
It was not until 12:20 p.m. that the commissioners voted to come out of closed session. After a brief amount of discussion about protocol, Commissioner Mark Schoenrock made a motion to reinstate Hansel as of Oct. 13. Commissioner Michael Dux seconded the motion and during the roll call vote, each of the commissioners voted in favor of reinstating Hansel.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:54pm
The Village of Plymouth has received a $10,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the safety of the water system and help in future infrastructure projects.
Steve Kelley, water operator for the Village of Plymouth, confirmed that the grant will be used mapping the water and sewer lines in the village.
The Village Board will pick an engineering firm that will draw a map of all water mains, sewer lines, shut-offs and manholes in the village.
“They had bits and pieces of maps, nothing complete,” Kelley said. “Once a complete map is done, they will have the system laid out to better operate.”
Village employees will go with the engineering firm representatives to help complete the Global Positioning System (GPS) portion of setting up the map. Kelley expects that process to take about a week to complete.
“The hard part will be putting it all together with maps,” Kelley said.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:53pm
At Monday’s District 8 School Board Meeting, the board approved a bid from Chappell Roofing, of Fairbury, to replace a section of the roof at the Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School.
Two companies, Chappell Roofing and Ziemba Roofing Company, of Hastings, submitted bids for the project. Chappell Roofing offered a bid for a fully-adhered TPO roof system for $457,126, as well as a bid of $158,744 for a traditional rock ballast roof.
Ziemba Roofing offered only a bid for the rock ballast style of roof at the price of $212,598. Superintendent Stephen Grizzle discussed the positive and negative aspects of each style of roof before a bid was approved.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:52pm
FairburyTV.com was relaunched today as part of an effort to bring local news to the people of Jefferson County in a timely manner.
Over the past few weeks, a dedicated staff comprised of Christina Weidner, video editor, Trevor Gill, social media editor, Tim Linscott, publisher, and Shaun Friedrichsen, executive director, have dedicated their time to developing and reforming FairburyTV.
Linscott explained that he has been interested in this project since its inception in 2013. He decided that FairburyTV is something that can be beneficial to the community. FairburyTV will be expanded in order to facilitate not only news from Fairbury, but from the region as a whole.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:49pm
HAVE SOME GUM--Jim Garfield, right, hands Nichole Thorp of JCHC Rehab and Sports Clinic, a handful of gum during a Fairbury home football game. Garfield provides gum for players, coaches and others on the sideline at every single Fairbury football game. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Tradition means a lot to Jim Garfield. The father of Fairbury High School head football coach Derek Garfield, Jim Garfield has been carrying out a tradition that dates back to his high school football days in Talmage.
His coach would provide oranges at halftime for the players to give them a bit of a boost of energy. Sometimes gum or a small cup of Coca-Cola was provided for the same purpose.
When Garfield's sons, Darin and Derek began coaching high-school football, he and his wife, Jane, wanted to do something to help the teams out.
“We wanted to help the kids out and, in turn, that helps our sons out,” Garfield said. “It is a big deal to me. I have earned the right to be heard by going the distance and doing this for every game for years. The team has embraced me and I am thankful for that.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:23pm
Diode Communications of Diller knows that hunger never takes a holiday or vacation day….and Diode wants to help out this holiday season.
Now through November 13, 2015 Diode and it’s employees are coordinating a Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Donors can bring their items to the Diode office in Diller or the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce. Diode Communications is going to match pound for pound of food donated, (up to $500). Food collected will be donated to the Blue Valley Community Action Food Bank.
“Let’s all work together this holiday season to help those that live in our communities have peace of mind, not having to worry about food,” Danni Stark of Diode Communications, said.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:22pm
The Fairbury Police Department has received one hand-held alcohol breath testing unit through a traffic safety grant award. The unit valued at $285.00 was provided by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety as part of the state’s ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking and alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
According to Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek, “The Fairbury Police Department was awarded the new instrument to assist their personnel in identifying potential minor in possession, minor .02 driving, and driving under the influence violators.” The portable unit displays a digital reading of the blood alcohol level from a suspect’s breath sample. “These instruments provide the latest technology in preliminary breath testing.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:21pm
CLERK OF THE YEAR--Donna Rut, left, accepts the Clerk of the Year award from Maxine Moul of the USDA on Oct. 7. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Nebraska State Director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Maxine Moul named Donna Rut as the Clerk of the Year on Wednesday, October 7 at the Tucker Memorial Library in Alexandria.
Rut, who serves as the village clerk for the communities of Daykin, Alexandria, Tobias, Western and Swanton, has taken an active role in the local governments of the villages in the region since she became a village clerk in Daykin 36 years ago.
“I started in Daykin in 1979,” said Rut. “Then I started in Alexandria in 2001. Those are my two longest ones. Swanton, I’ve been there a couple years and Tobias a couple years and Western about 10 years.”
Because she serves five communities, Rut explained that being the village clerk acts as a full-time job. Although it is a lot of work, she is active in trying to develop each community. Rut believes that she has had some big accomplishments during her time as clerk.