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School Board plans for bond campaign

September 30, 2014

Main points in favor of the Boone Central school bond proposal were reviewed during a special school board work session last Thursday night, Sept. 25.
Voters in the Boone Central School District will decide a $12.99 million bond proposal for an addition and renovations on the Albion campus at the Nov. 4 general election.
Board members are planning to lead the campaign with help from district patrons. Jim Berg of BVH Architects is serving as a consultant. Randy Ketteler and Amy Moser have agreed to serve as co-chairs for the support committee.
Read more in the Oct. 1 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & E-Editions.

Commissioners give go-ahead to purchase Spalding clinic site

September 30, 2014

Approval by the Boone County Commissioners on Monday, Sept. 29, clears the way for Boone County Health Center to purchase a plot of land in Greeley County for construction of the new BCHC Spalding Medical Clinic.
Vic Lee, president and CEO of the health center, met with commissioners Monday morning to discuss details of the pending purchase of slightly more than one acre of land on the west side of College Inn Road in Spalding for the new clinic, which has been approved by the BCHC Board of Directors. Land is $14,000 per acre.
Plans call for the clinic to be located adjacent to a proposed new nursing home at Spalding, and the two facilities would be connected by a handicapped accessible covered walkway.

New building at field ready for use Friday

September 23, 2014

Final preparations in snack bar.
Final preparations in snack bar.
Cabinetry and shelving were being completed late last week in the new rest room, concession and ticket booth building at the Boone Central athletic field.
Above, Johnny Smith of DWB Inc. prepares to install shelving. The new building was ready in time for last Friday night’s BC/NG home game.

Planning Board recommends approval for permits

September 23, 2014

Boone County Planning Commission repeated its earlier approval of a conditional use permit for a hog confinement building and approved four conditional use permits for rural land divisions Monday night, Sept. 22.
The board also adopted state mandated airport zoning regulations as an amendment to the county zoning regulations, although several members expressed dissatisfaction with the airport rules on the height of structures within 10-mile flight paths.
A conditional use permit application of MSJM Properties, LLC, for a Class I hog confinement building to be located northwest of Albion, was again recommended for approval by the planning board after a public hearing.
Details in the Sept. 24 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

300th Street closed near Primrose

September 23, 2014

Boone County’s 300th Street just east of Primrose, was closed on Monday, Sept. 22, for construction of the Primrose East bridge project.
The one-mile section of road will likely remain closed until at least the first week of November, according to Darrel Thorin, county highway superintendent.
A detour has been established using 120th Avenue, Highway 52 and 130th Avenue.

September temps very cool

September 16, 2014

September has been a very cool month so far in the Boone County area, with average highs of just 69.8 degrees and lows averaging 47.8 degrees.
Several area residents reported frost in low areas Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, when lows dipped to 35 degrees in Albion. Damage to crops was still being assessed early this week.
Rainfall was recorded on eight of the first 16 days of September, with a total accumulation of 1.86 inches.

Spalding area residents get financial details on nursing home project

September 16, 2014

“The more you can raise locally, the stronger this project will be.”
That was the statement from Ron Ross, president of Rural Health Development, Inc. and former director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Ross and his company manage a total of 24 nursing homes, most of which are located in Nebraska.
About 175 Spalding area residents attended the Sept. 10 meeting on financial aspects of a new nursing home to replace the former Friendship Villa, which closed late in 2011.
Strong support and community interest in a new 30-bed skilled nursing facility was shown at an Aug. 20 information meeting and again at the financial information meeting last Wednesday night.
In financial projections, Ross listed the total building cost at $6.3 million, but he noted that an additional $700,000 would likely be needed in operating and contingency funds through the first six to 12 months. The total needed would be about $7 million.
Details in the Sept. 17 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

Property taxes lower in new county budget

September 9, 2014

Property taxpayers will benefit from a lower total levy and a lower tax rate in the 2014-15 Boone County budget.
As proposed, the new county budget will require $403,598 less in total property taxes, a decline of about 10.5 percent.
The county’s total property valuation increased by 24.23 percent this year, and the proposed county levy is much lower at slightly over 18 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
Details in the Sept. 10 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & E-Editions.

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