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Fairbury Journal News (Newspaper) - May 9, 1986, Fairbury, NebraskaBy Gene fadness journal news editor the Power Pool from which Fairbury buys its Power is attempting to buy part ownership of a generation station near Wheatland wyo., and Fairbury the pools second largest member has Given its assent to the $24 million Purchase. Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska mean headquartered inflection tuesday residents Are encouraged to vote in tuesday s primary election. According to county clerk Mary Schmai there Are 6,162 registered less than in 1964 and in 1982. Of those. 3,342 Are republicans 2,427 Are democrats and 393 Are independents. In 1964, 6,312 had registered and in 1982, there were 6,347 registered voters. Sample ballots and polling places were included in the tuesday May 6, Issue of the journal news Lincoln wants to buy part of the Laramie River substation but has to have approval from its member cities particularly the two largest a Alliance and Fairbury. /. The Fairbury City Council voted tuesday night to follow the recommendation of the Board of Public works to not protest the Purchase Fairbury a participation Means that the City will continue to buy at least 11,500 kilowatts of Power every month for the next 32 years. The City also has the option to increase that Load if necessary. If the City had chosen not to participate in the Purchase it would have been limited to an 11,500 Kwh Purchase and by increased Load would have had to been met from other Power soft res Lite addition of the Wyoming substation to Means capacity Means the possibility of six new towns be cd Tang i members of the Power Pool and decreased rates in Fairbury. The rate Fairbury now pays per Kwh lust raised to $9.55 in april would go Down to $9.25 if enough towns approve the Laramie River Purchase that does not mean that Fairbury Power Buls will go Down but it could mean a delay in future increases according to utilities superintendent de Brandt the increase in rates last month was absorbed by the City utilities department and not charged to customers. In addition to the lower rates Fairbury will also receive More Money when the Pool requests that we activate our own Power Plant. Currently the City receives $1.95 per Kwh. That would increase to $2.20. The yearly total mean would pay to the City would increase from $332,280 to $374,880. The City pays mean about $130,000 per month for its Power. The City a year around rates Are determined by a formula that uses $0 percent of the Peak electrical Load during the year. During the summer months the City concentrates on keeping the Load town to keep yearly rates at a minimum. The forthcoming addition of Endi Cott Clay products to the City a electrical Load should not adversely affect Peak Levels Brandt said because the use of Power at the Brick manufacturing Plant is fairly consistent All year Long. Even though the mean Purchase of the Laramie River station will Cost $24 million that is Only 1v4 percent of the total share when compared to other Power pools that have part ownership in the substation. Brandt said Power rates will increase a bom a percent without the substation Purchase by mean. Standing Bis ids what was left of a barn on their form Northeast of Hollenberg kan., Are Gilbert and Carolyn Luehring High winds destroyed the Structure scattering parts of the building for o fourth of o mile into a pasture. Journal nows photo by Jano White winds destroy la Behring barn by Jane White journal news staff High winds wreaked havoc on the Gilbert and Carolyn Luehring farm Northeast of Hollenberg kan., tuesday night destroying a barn and causing tree damage and partial loss of electrical Power. The barn a 40�?Tx 50�?T Structure just North of the Luehring a. House and other outbuildings was a total loss As a result of the storm. A i done to have any idea what it would Cost to replace a building like that a said Gilbert who said the barn was partially insured. The wind storm came upon the farm suddenly. At about 10 30 . They lost about half of the Power in the House. They considered going outside and checking for the problem immediately but decided to wait until morning in Case of downed electrical lines. On wednesday morning they found parts of their barn scattered across about a fourth of a mile in a pasture just East of their Home. A we could hardly believe it a said Carolyn. A we did no to hear anything the night before that would have led us to believe this much damage had although other parts of the area received rain and Hail the Luehring said they did no to experience much More than High winds. A we did have a Little rain a said Carolyn a but not much and not until after the windstorm had both of the Luehring said that they feel fortunate the damage to their farm was not worse. The barn that was affected contained just a few Straw Bales a Lawn Mower and some other older equipment. A if this had happened a week earlier we would have still had calves penned right next to the barn a said Carolyn. Quot the Combine also usually sets closer to the barn but luckily it was parked close to the House this a it could have been much worse a said Gilbert. A we can just be thankful that it was just the barn and not the whole sections a 24 a Mourna Telephone 729-6141 two issues each week tuesday Arird Friday 516 fifth Street single copy 304 number 12 94th year Fairbury Jefferson county Nebraska 68352 Friday May 9, 1986 no lawsuit yet hog roast dance tonight repairing Down under although it is a Little Early to take a swim City workers under the direction of Park superintendent Gary Liesenfeld have begun preparing the City Parks for summer visitors one of the first priorities on the Quot Spring Spruce up Quot Listy Vas replacing a Section of decaying Concrete on the Bottom of the swimming Pool at City Park workers have also been planting Trees and Flowers in the Public areas. Journal news photo by Jane White begins Public nuisance proceedings a a. A. City Council moves to clean properties Fairbury a City Council responded to a perennial problem tuesday night by taking the first step toward declaring three City properties As Public nuisances. The Council threatened to do the same on four More properties if action by owners is not taken soon. The three properties the Council did act on Are owned by Alvin Schoenrock of Lincoln. They Are located at second and k streets second and i streets and West of seventh and a streets. The latter is the old Nursery. Schoenrock will now have five Days to respond to a notice by registered mail. If he takes no action toward cleaning the properties a Public hearing will be held at which Schoenrock must appear. Evidence would be presented at the hearing from the health Board on the condition of the properties and Schoenrock would also be allowed to present his Case. If the Council declares the properties a Public nuisance Schoenrock will be required to take action to clean the properties. If he does not the City can con tract to have the work done and Bill Schoenrock or Levy the Cost of cleaning As a special assessment against the land. Members of the health Board a mayor Shirley Howell Council chairman Lewis Mason and police chief Ron Byrd a toured the properties and drafted a letter to the Council regarding the condition of the properties. Byrd told Council members that the City has been attempting to get Schoenrock to clean the properties since 1978. Four other properties being watched include 1510 b St., 722 c St., 1000 Ash St., and 616 third St. In other action the Council a approved the Purchase of a new sludge truck for the sewage disposal Plant. The Cost of the Low bid from Industrial and municipal engineers of Galva 111., was $50,146. The Money already budgeted comes from the sewage disposal departments capital improvement fund. A suspended rules to approve an ordinance on All three readings that will prohibit the use of skateboards or roller skating on City streets. A a approved the appointments of Kenneth Junker and Sandi Decker As the City a half of a City county Airport zoning Board. Two other members will be appointed on a county level. A a approved the following appointments and reappointment Fern Shamburg to the planning commission Howard Hardy to the housing authority and Bobbie Carter and Max Lassley to the Board of adjustment. A approved a building permit request by Maatsch Oil co. Inc. For a gasoline and service station to be built North of Fairbury on Highway 15. A considered an option suggested by the county commissioners to have just one paid civil defense director. In the past there have been two co directors one on a county level and one appointed by the City. Council members seemed to favor having one director if there is an assistant director named in Case the director is not available at times of emergency. One co director Lewis Bales recently resigned. The other co director is Rick Carmichael. A directed Parks and recreation superintendent Gary Liesenfeld to Contact engineers regarding the raising of the Dike around Crystal Springs. An estimated Cost of $3,500 May be picked up by the Little Blue Ned. A Story in last sundays Issue of the Lincoln journal and Star said Beatrice has remained silent on the Issue of closing the Fairbury Campus of Southeast Community College and moving its academic programs to the Beatrice Campus. The silence ended monday. Both the Beatrice chamber of Commerce and its mayor have made Public statements expressing enthusiasm for the merger and promising to work with the Sec Board members for a smooth transition. Fairbury chamber members who say the Battle is not Over Are not pleased. President Jeff Meyer has written a letter to Beatrice chamber of Commerce president Don Vetrov sky inviting him and his executive committee to lunch in Fairbury on either May 12 or 19. Meyer said Friday he has not heard yet from the Beatrice chamber office. The purpose of the lunch Meyer said is to discuss ideas regarding the merger situation and to keep things a was positive Between our two cities As Vetrovsky is quoted in the wednesday May 7, Beatrice daily Sun As saying a it is unfortunate that this Good news for Beatrice has to come at the expense of our neighbor Fairbury. However the decision has already been made by the Board of governors. We Welcome the expanded Beatrice Campus and look Forward to working with the administration faculty and students to make the transition As smooth As Beatrice mayor Allen Grell told Beatrice City Council members monday night that he was drafting a letter to the Board pledging the City a support. He asked the Council to consider passing a Resolution expressing the same thoughts in the near future. But some Council members like or. James Nedrow disagree with Grellos attempts. Nedrow said he will introduce a Resolution commending Fairbury for its resolve to keep the Campus Here. Fairbury in on mean Purchase there have been no announcements regarding possible Legal action by the City nor Are any expected until after the education committee of the legislature holds a Public hearing. The office of sen. Tom Vickers told the journal news that the hearing will probably be held in late May or Early june. Vickers is chairman of the education committee. Supporters of the Campus say that time is on Fairbury a Side since the hearing has been delayed and summer classes will continue As planned on the Fairbury Campus. Members of a Campus and Community coordinating committee met again Friday afternoon to discuss a number of options that May be used to keep the Campus Here. Students and College supporters Are planning a hog roast concerts and dance tonight Friday to raise Money for Legal funds. The hog roast and concerts will begin at 5 . At the county Fairgrounds. Bands both from Lincoln include a a parallels and a Jaggs a those with dance tickets will be admitted to the hog roast for $2.50. Those without dance tickets will be charged $5. There is also considerable interest in the tuesday elections for the Sec Board of governors. Locally incumbent ted Doyle is being opposed by Ron Schwab in District one along with Siegbert Kling from Hebron and . Kelly Holthus from York. The Only other contested race in the primary is in District 4 where incumbent Art Taylor who voted to close the Fairbury Campus faces Tom Moloney . Cromer and Robert Howard. Howard favors reconsideration of the Fairbury vote. The other two have not taken a definite stand though Cromer says he favors vocational education Over the academic program offered at Fairbury. Races in the other districts feature Only two candidates assuring their advancement to the general election. Please turn to Page 3a

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