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Vaentine City Council Meeting

The Valentine City Council met Thursday evening for a regular monthly meeting at the Valentine Public Library. The council did not conduct the meeting of the Solid Waste Agency to discuss accepting bids for the phase 3 construction of the landfill. The recent winter storm delayed some of the bids from arriving on time and a special meeting was set for 6pm on April 15th to review bids.

A couple of items on the agenda concerned solid waste collection services. An ordinance was reviewed amending the billing of residential solid waste by the city. NK Waste proposed raising the fee paid to the city for providing the service. NK Waste had proposed a $5 per month rate increase to residents but also offer a $10 rebate on recycling material. The fee increase to the city would help make up the difference of tonnage not taken to the landfill. No action was taken on the resolution to provide or expand solid waste collection service and put the service up for bids after one year.

A request by the Todd Becker Foundation to close Third Street between Main Street and Cherry Street on August 7th for a youth Blockstop event was approved.

A request by Robert Joseph for a special designated liquor license for the Peppermill on three dates this summer was approved.

Joseph Carty asked the council for access to city property for use as a community garden spot that would accommodate various youth entities in an educational atmosphere. Two options were presented; the first proposed property was North of the city gym and the second option at the ball field complex. The council approved an alternate area in the southwest corner of Colburn Park for the garden.

Tim Colvin addressed the council concerning the efforts of the Valentine Golf Club in pursuit of a golf course. Mr. Colvin asked the city to become more involved in the process as a stakeholder. The topic will be discussed again at the special meeting on the 15th.

A request to vacate the Lodi Street spur in the west part of town was tabled.

A recommendation from the Economic Development Program to approve a loan in the amount of $100,000 at 4% interest and for five years to Adam Anderson and Kelly Russell to help with the purchase of the Professional Dental Center was approved. The business will employ at least 5 people to start.

There was discussion about an overall new web site and marketing endeavor that would combine web sites from the city of Valentine, chamber of commerce, economic development board and visitor’s promotion board. Funding was approved in the amount of $5,000 from the general fund and $5,000 from the economic development fund to help with the project.

The fishing deck at the Valentine Mill Pond has been damaged by ice and is in need of repairs. Temporary repairs will be made until a more permanent solution can be found.


Valentine Prom this weekend

“What Happens in Vegas…Stays in Vegas” is the theme of this year’s prom at Valentine High School. Prom will be this Saturday evening starting with the banquet at the Peppermill with doors opening at 5:45 and closing at 6. The banquet is for juniors, seniors, Prom Servers and outside dates of juniors and seniors.

After the banquet participants will gather at the high school gym for the Promenade and Dance with crowning of royalty between 7:30 and 8:00 PM. The Promenade and crowning of King and Queen are open to the public. Candidate this year are Mckenzie Kelber, Nick Krueger, Skylar Mathis, Matt Kluender, Allie Millard and Trent Osnes.

The Prom Dance will begin approximately at 9PM and will end at midnight. Doors to the dance will be open for one hour after the conclusion of the banquet. All students and their dates will be submitted to a breathalyzer upon entering the school building. The door will be one way and anyone who leaves the dance will not be allowed back in.

Following the dance the parents will host the Post Prom until 4am at the 4-H building with the theme “Winter Wonderland”. They will be decorating Friday night and anyone who has items to help decorate in a winter theme can drop them off that evening. The public is welcome to stop by Saturday evening to see the decorations and games for Post Prom.


City Council Meeting Thursday

The City of Valentine will have it's regular monthly meeting tonight at the city library meeting room at 7pm.  On the agenda, the city will discuss the billing of residential solid waste collection services by the City of Valentine, and proclaim by resolution its intent to provide or expand municipal commercial solid waste collection either by municipal employees or by contract.  The council will also address a revised request by the Todd Becker Foundation to close 3rd Street from Main to Cherry Street for an anti-drug youth event August 7th.  Robert Joseph has requested a special designated liquor license for the parking lot of the Peppermill on May 11, June 1, and June 29th.  In Economic Development, the council will look at a Program loan for $100,000 for the purchase of Peterson Dental Clinic, as well as the agreement between the City, ED Board, Valentine Chamber, and CC Visitor Promotion Board to commit up to $5,000 from the general fund to develop unified branding for the area.  The agenda also includes Sales tax renewal information, replacing repairing or removing the Mill Pond fishing deck, as well as other agenda items.


Postponments and Cancelations

The following are cancellations and postponements that have been brought to our attention, and will be updated as appropriate. Keep checking back regularly for an updated list.



There will be no Interact meeting tonight.  Moved to next Wednesday, April 17th.

No CCD Classes at St Nicholas Catholic Church in Valentine.

No Youth Group at Assembly of God Church.

No bible study classes at 1st Baptist Church tonight.

Copacetic Closed Wednesday.

Baseball meeting in Valentine ppd to Friday at 6pm.

Heart City Dance Studios Closed.

The Cindy Pyle Benefit ppd to Thursday 18th.

The Insurance Center is closed today.

Valentine iivestock sale postponed until the 18th.  Weigh-ups at 10 am, feeder cattle at 1:30 pm.

Winner Livestock Auction wont be having a special weigh-up, sheep & goat sale this Friday due to weather.

Friday, Apr. 12th. Due the poor weather conditions.

My Club Fitness closed until 4pm Wednesday.
PEO Mtg. ppd to Thursday April 18 7pm @ Cherry Hills.
Soccer Mtg.  ppd to Thursday 7:30pm at the City Gym for coaches and players.
Quiz Bowl at Broken Bow postponed.
Barstow Angus Ranch Bull Sale, Postponed from Thursday the 11th to Thursday the 18th.
Oakwater Ranch Bull Sale Postponed from April 10 to Friday ApriIL 12.
Martha Herman funeral postponed till 2pm April 11th.
North Central RC&D meeting in Bassett postponed until April 17th.
O'Neill Track meet postponed.

No Logos tonight.

McCormick Eye Clinic Closed Wednesday.

Gift Baskets and More and Bob's Signs closed Wednesday.

Mid Plains office closed Wednesday.


Cherry County Commissioners

Two of the three Cherry County Commissioners were able to make the regular board meeting held yesterday in Valentine. Commissioners Jim Van Winkle and Mark Adamson were able to attend, but Jerry Adamson was kept away by the winter storm. The commissioners discussed the Justice Center Administrators position which was left vacant with the recent resignation of Kathy Hammond. The board composed a job description and application and will proceed with advertising the position. Application forms are available at the Clerk’s office.

Gary Weaver updated the board on the emergency 911 recording system in the justice center. The commissioners voted to proceed with the upgrade for new equipment. The board tabled action on the amended dispatchers policy and procedure manual.

An inter-local agreement with the Niobrara Council was approved to help promote a community Firewise program with the Council administering the Title 3 funding. John Blake from Adrian Smiths office updated the commissioners on the congressman’s activities and discussed wind energy, gun control and “in lieu of tax payments” on federal lands. The rest of Tuesday’s meeting dealt with routine business items.


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