Valentine City Council Meeting
Saturday, 10 January 2015 05:29
The Valentine City Council met on Thursday evening, January 8th, for their regular monthly meeting. The council approved several agenda items including the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway sign on city property on Highway 12 just east of Valentine. They accepted the sixth place hanger bid. The cooperative effort between the city police and the Borders without Boundaries animal rescue was approved on a six-month trial basis.
Snow removal procedure were discussed, noting the slick condition of the city streets. The city ordinances concerning snow removal were reviewed. A lot of the discussion centered around getting out earlier when snow is occurring. The question was asked as to what puts the plows in motion in the city, and the answer was "whenever it is needed". No action was taken.
Ron Bauer, with the Bull Bash committee, gave a report on the Red Dress Event, the Bull Bash, and the Bash after the Bulls.
The new lease agreement with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was approved to accommodate some boundary changes for the new golf course.
The NPPD Wholesale Power contract had little discussion and was tabled by the council.
NE Court Rejects Keystone Lawsuit
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:55
Nebraska's highest court has tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the landowners who sued didn't have legal standing to do so.
The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the three landowners failed to show they had legal standing to bring their case.
The split decision upholds a 2012 state law that allowed the governor to empower Calgary-based TransCanada to force eastern Nebraska landowners to sell their property for the project.
President Barack Obama has said he was waiting for the Nebraska ruling before making major decisions for the pipeline, which would carry more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas refineries.
Republicans say the pipeline is a top congressional priority.