Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:11pm
Fairbury city leaders gave a unanimous vote of approval Tuesday to adopting the Community Park Master Plan feasibility study. The study which was conducted by the Omaha engineering firm of Olsson & associates looked at projects in the city's four parks: The City Park; McNish Park; The Conrad Park and The Optimist Park.
According to Kevin Pryor, engineer for Olsson & Associates he said each of the parks has their own unique quality and areas for improvement.
"There's no doubt the crown jewel in your park system is City Park," he said. "City Park is a key feature to the city of Fairbury and is host to a very many events and activities."
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:10pm
• Proudly wearing my Les Vilda shirt the other day, I had someone look at it and say, “You are right, you can’t do any worse.”
Les is a Wilber native that is running for President under the B.E.E.R. party (Biological Engineered Experimental Reindeer, a bear and a deer). He has perpetually been running for President for years now and gains support and voters everywhere he goes. Les is doing this very tongue-in-cheek as a way of making a parody of the absurdity of the political system.
Unfortunately for us as Americans, that absurdity has turned some heads to legitimately voting for Les and people in that same line of comedy. Pat Paulsen still runs every year and gains voters, incidentally.
After talking with someone disenfranchised with the Presidential candidates, I thought about who I am going to vote for this election.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:09pm
It was the last two days of my trip. My group headed to Singapore, where we would spend a couple of days exploring the tiny but crowded city-state before turning around and heading home. Up until this point, the trip had gone fairly smoothly. Unusual for any trip, let alone one as complex as this. We were well overdue for some drama.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:08pm
Having an opinion, a voice in this nation, has always been important to me. Having that voice be heard in the local newspaper has also been equally important to me.
There have been letters to the editor about politicians, situations in town, and, yes, hemorrhoids, in this publication. Everyone writing about those points of view have written their names at the bottom of their letters or had verifiable signatures and addresses.
Two letters came across my desk the other day that had some very valid points. The letters were written by people that felt passionate about a topic and felt the need to want to warn the public. They felt passionate, but not enough to sign their name.
One letter concerned a political race, term limits and some other issues facing this great land. For the life of me, however, I cannot find “A Concerned Nebraska Voter,” in the phone book, nor can I find the city “Nebraska Voter” on the map.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:08pm
The country’s in a hell of a mess.
Since I was a little boy I have heard my Dad say that. The first time I remember hearing that was during the Johnson administration during the Vietnam War. The next time Nixon and Watergate. Then it was Carter and gas shortages.
Oddly enough my Dad, who was a lifelong Democrat, was oddly quiet during the Reagan and Bush Sr., years but he started in again on Bill Clinton. He has missed the ‘Dubya’ years as well as those of President Obama. But I can still hear him say “the country’s (still) in a hell of a mess.”
Maybe it’s me getting older, maybe it’s me turning in to my Dad (which my sister and I both acknowledge) but as far as Hellish messes go, dating back to the Vietnam years I think the worst is yet to come. Looking forward to the looming change at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue I don’t see anything but a loss for the American people.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:27pm
Kevin Pryor of the engineering firm Olsson & Associates of Omaha confirmed what many in Fairbury have long thought: “You’re swimming pool is either at or near the end of its life expectancy.”
Pryor, who spoke to members of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday said that as part of a parks master Plan and Feasibility study his company reviewed the bath house, basin and mechanical aspects of the municipal pool. He said the review found that:
“The bath house is in pretty good condition but it is just not compliant with rules and regulations. Communities do not have open air changing areas any longer.
“The basin area in the deep ends has some weak concrete or hollow areas and as such probably needs to be replaced. I am also very surprised that you are allowed to have competitive swim meets in that basin; it does not conform to any of the current codes.
“And the mechanical equipment is old but operational.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:26pm
Rose Wiegert and Peggy Galloway attended the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, to propose a celebration event for the 125th anniversary of the Fairbury Courthouse. The County Courthouse was originally built in 1891 and there have been previous anniversary celebrations, including the 100th anniversary. The proposed date is September 10, 2016 and a hypothetical schedule of events was prepared prior to the meeting, including a parade, guest speakers, re enactors, food and craft vendors and even kids games.
If approved, organizers would like to have the courthouse opened up for a quilt show and it will need to be opened for restroom access. Renovations to the Courthouse will not be completed by the proposed date but it is not anticipated that the work being done will interfere with the celebration in any substantial way.