City Council Meeting
Friday, 09 May 2014 06:16
The Valentine City Council met for a regular meeting Thursday evening at the public library meeting room. A public hearing was held to receive comments concerning and amendment to and extension of the Valentine Economic Development Program and extension and reallocation of the citywide 1.5% sales tax. The council voted to approve calling a special election on July 15th, 2014 to be held on the proposition for extending the economic development plan and the city sales tax. This would include bonding for a new community golf course not to exceed 1.75 million dollars. Voters will have the opportunity to vote on these issues on July 15th.
Alcohol permits were approved for the park pavilion for Claudia Sharkey on July 5th, LuAnn Guillory on June 27th, Mary Reagle on June 28th and Randy Graeff for June 6th.
Luke Moser discussed the transfer of irrigated acre rights from land acquired by the airport. There was some uncertainty about some acres acquired for the airport and changes in water rights laws. The land is now controlled by Danielski Farms. The issue was tabled until the next meeting for further research.
John Lemmon won the bid for grazing on city land north of the fish hatchery with a bid of $500 plus taxes for this summer. $1,750 per year for three years was bid on parcel B and C also by John Lemmon.
Asphalt overlay on Green Street was discussed. The street was constructed in the 1960s with a couple of facelifts over the years. In early 2000 millings were layed on the sides to widen the street. Two quotes for new asphalt surface were received including $288,000 and $154,959. They accepted the bid from Werner Construction for the $154,000 bid and will look into covering “C” street as well from Bomgaars to Green Street.
Mike Daneilski, Devin Muirhead, Tim Colvin, Steve Isom, Kurt Arganbright, Robert Jospeh and Luke Moser were named to a special purpose advisory committee for the golf course. This board would help oversee the construction of a new potential course.
Roxy Potter of the Lions Club made a request for a donation for the fireworks show on the 4th of July. The Valentine Fire Department has decided to not shoot off the fireworks this year due to time constraints and liabilities. The council approved a $1000 donation to the fireworks display.
Democratic leader blocks Senate vote on Keystone
Thursday, 08 May 2014 13:05
Senate Democrats are refusing to let supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to use an energy efficiency bill as a vehicle to attempt winning congressional approval for the controversial project.
Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move Wednesday to block a Republican amendment on the pipeline as well as a measure to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new greenhouse gas regulations on coal-burning power plants.
The proposed Canada-U.S. pipeline would cross Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Obama administration announced last month it was delaying a decision on the pipeline's fate indefinitely. Reid has offered supporters a vote on a stand-alone bill that deals with only the pipeline.
All 45 Senate Republicans and as many as a dozen Democrats support the project. Environmental groups oppose it.