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20
Sep

Giving old junk a new life through art

The art world is full of many different styles and variations which makes having a special niche in the community so difficult at times. Yet, of the 20 artists gathered for Aurora’s Art Walk each year it’s easy to find a wide range of talents that all come together to bring an artists’ world into a person’s home.
Lori Ziska decided to join this year’s Art Walk to show off some of her own original art pieces known simply as assemblages.

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Wed
20
Sep

1st Street pavement discussed at city hall

Nearly 30 people showed up Sept. 12 to continue discussions with the city about the 1st Street paving project.
Homeowners located in the proposed paving district shared their thoughts on an issue scheduled for a council decision Sept. 26. The public hearing offered a final opportunity for the public to voice their concerns or support for the project.

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Wed
20
Sep

Friesen to seek Dist. 34 re-election

Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen threw his hat in the ring for Nebraska Legislature four years ago hoping to help revamp the state’s tax structure, specifically in terms of the heavy burden it places on rural land owners
That hasn’t happened during his first three years in office, thus Friesen announced this week that he will seek re-election in 2018.

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Wed
20
Sep

Elected county officials seek salary committee

Clerk of the District Court Wendy Dethlefs, Treasurer Jody Griffith and Assessor Pat Sandberg came before the county board Monday to suggest a salary committee comprised of all elected officials and two commissioners be formed to discuss options for the 2019-2022 salary recommendation.
Griffith stated that County Sheriff Kirk Handrup had planned to attend, but was called out and unable to make it. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
20
Sep

Aurora city levy up, tax request down

The Aurora City Council approved its 2017-18 fiscal budget last week, voting unanimously in support of raising the levy slightly to 38.5 cents per $100 valuation, though the property tax request came in over $125,000 lower than a year ago.

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Wed
20
Sep

EMS Focus Group members weigh in on review process

Members of the Emergency Medical Services Focus Group who spent the last year studying local ambulance service are unanimous on two key points.
The quality of service currently provided by the Hamilton County Ambulance Department is top notch, they agree, but it costs more than it should.
County commissioners conducted a public hearing on the concept of privatizing the ambulance service last summer, which filled a courtroom with more than 200 concerned citizens.

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18
Sep
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EMS Focus Group releases detailed report

Fifteen area residents spent the last year researching the Hamilton County Ambulance Service, searching for ways to  cut costs while maintaining quality service. The Emergency Medical Services Focus Group released the results of that study in a 42-page document. Click the link to view the full report and see this week's print or e-edition for details and reaction. 

EMS Focus Group report

Wed
13
Sep

County budget up $230,144

Hamilton County taxpayers will see another tax increase this year from the county after commissioners finalized and adopted the budget for this coming fiscal year. A main reason for the increase involves infrastructure, including many bridges in the county.
After looking through the requests for this year, commissioner Becky Richter reported that there were some requests that were up more than 3 percent -- and some were up more than 4 -- while others had reduced spending.

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Wed
13
Sep

4R board cuts budget, levy still goes up

The 4R board approved its budget Monday showing a 1.57 cent increase in the levy, but a 4.2 percent decrease in the total budget. The 6 percent decrease in this year’s valuations outweighed the budget cuts that the board was able to make.
Increases in the budget included insurance rates, new open enrollment benefit procedures, state aid, special education services, early childhood services, and staff compensation.

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Wed
13
Sep

Planners approve Streeter Park expansion

Grading work and grass seed planting could begin as early as this week after last week’s decision by the Aurora Planning Commission to expand Streeter Park approximately 20 acres to the north for recreational use.
A public hearing on a conditional use permit for the park expansion project drew a crowd of approximately 50 people to the Sept. 6 meeting.

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