City Council Meets
Friday, 14 March 2014 06:49
The Valentine City Council met Thursday evening for a regular monthly meeting at the Valentine Library meeting room. The council held a hearing to listen to public comment on the city sales tax renewal. The council discussed possible language for a ballot issue with a planned vote in July. The vote would approve the renewal of the current sales tax that has been in effect since 2006. It would potentially have a question about using the funds that are now going to pay off the city swimming pool, to be used for other community projects which could include a new public golf course and expansion of Mid Plains Community College.
Terry Galloway presented the 2012-2013 audit for the city of Valentine. He stated that there was some very good news including general fund spending being held down by about $250,000 and street fund spending held down substantially as well. This in large part is thought to be due to the income from the sale tax which is one of the top five revenue sources for the city. Property taxes, per capita, have been kept down about 175 dollars per person, because of the sale tax, when compared to other communities of our size.
The council approved a request by Megan Hoefs and the My Town volunteers to paint a giant red heart on 1st and Main Street on May 9th.
They also approved a request for a special designated liquor license on June 14th from 5pm to 2AM for TC Colvin and the Raine Motel.
The council authorized the use of city land around the fish hatchery and old dump area for possible development of a golf course. There was also discussion about a grant application to the Sandhills Area Foundation to be used for a golf course. The council voted to support the grant request.
The updated City of Valentine Comprehensive Plan was adopted culminating months of work by city staff, councilmember’s and the public who participated in the process. The plan helps determine the direction of city growth for the next ten to 15 years.
Lana Higgins was appointed to the cemetery board to fill the term of Joan Johnson.
NE Driver License Offices Closed April 7-10
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:07
From April 7 through April 10th, all of Nebraska's 97 driver license locations will be closed. Offices will be open for normal Friday business hours (to those locations open on Fridays) on April 11, 2014. The DMV driver license staff will be attending statewide training. The Department of Motor Vehicles has online services available at www.CLICKDMV.ne.gov, where qualified individuals can obtain permits, licenses and state identification cards.