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Valentine City Council Meets

The Valentine City Council met Thursday evening at the Public Library meeting room for a regular monthly meeting. The council approved a resolution thanking the Eagle Scout candidates for their community service projects. Morgan Mcginley, Clay Billings, Brennann Jackson, Caleb Long, Devin Osnes and Lane McGinley were all recognized for their work. A short audio video presentation was shown to the council showing the projects of each scout.

A public hearing was held to amend a zoning regulation for automobile display, and repair in the light industrial area. No action was taken until the planning commission has a chance to review.

A request by Cherry County Relay for Life to close the streets around the Valentine Aquatic Center on July 11th, 2015 for the annual walk was approved. They would also like to use the pool for restroom facilities and lighting.

The council voted to approve the closing of Main Street on February 14th for the annual Bull Bash event.

Members of the Valentine Classic Motor Club approached the council for help with funding on about $3,000 in repairs to the clubhouse. The council voted to contribute $1,300 for new plywood on the roof so the shingle can be put on. The building is owned by the city.

There was discussion about a potential new sewer line going into the Development Street area. The cost was estimated at $93,000. Landowners in the area do not agree on cost sharing the project and the city does not feel that they can cover the cost. The city will explore some other options and work with landowners to try to figure out a solution.

The council approved providing water to the new location of Cherry County Implement on the southwest corner of Valentine.

There was a final reading of the ordinance for sexual predator residence regulations and establishing penalties for violations. There is one resident that would be forced to relocate due to the ordinance. The ordinance was adopted by the council.

Discussion on golf course financing options was held with the representative of the bonding company. There was talk of a construction type loan to pay for construction as it progresses then bond to pay off of the loan. No action was taken at this time.

There was discussion on an amendment to the Valentine Livestock Auction lease agreement to allow the city to use some nearby city property to store gravel and still allow the sale barn to use part for hay storage. The city decided to look for another location to store gravel.

Bob Witt was reappointed and Neal Muirhead was appointed to the planning commission.

Ordinances were discussed concerning the maximum time limit relating to vehicles, boats, campers and trailers being allowed on public streets. A 72 hour time limit was proposed during the summer months on certain vehicles. There was also discussion of a two week time limit. It was decided to compromise on a 7 day time frame before the vehicles would have to be moved or ticketed. Boats and boat trailers would be prohibited from November through March.

An economic development loan was approved for Eric and Danielle Wackler on the recommendation on the economic development loan committee.

The council approved a 2.5% increase to electric customers, to reflect an increase in wholesale cost increase by NPPD.



Omaha railroad: Use caution in winter at crossings

As a blast of wintry weather hits the Midwest, Union Pacific Railroad is reminding motorists to use caution at rail crossings during slick, cold-weather conditions.

The Omaha-based railroad says that with blowing and drifting snow, it could be difficult for motorists to see where crossing surfaces are located. When possible, motorists should use overpasses or underpasses to get to the other sides of railroad tracks.

The railroad also warns that those driving too fast for slick conditions could slide into the path or the side of a moving train at a crossing. It can take a mile or more for a moving train to come to a stop.


Rapid City industrial fire creates toxic smoke

Rapid City firefighters had to battle not only bitter cold but also toxic smoke when they fought a fire in a large building in an industrial park.

No injuries were reported from Wednesday's blaze. Officials say firefighters had protective gear, and no one without the proper equipment was allowed near the scene. Traffic was rerouted for about three hours.

An auto shop, a landscaping company and a basement repair business rent space in the building. Fire Department spokesman Oliver White says the toxic smoke was created by used oil, petroleum products and cleaning agents.

Firefighters reported several small explosions inside the building as they fought the flames. They also had to deal with subzero wind chills.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined. White says the building likely is destroyed.



Pierre motel fire investigation getting underway

Officials are launching an on-site investigation into what caused a fire that destroyed a Pierre motel.

KCCR radio reports that the investigation at the Capitol Inn and Suites was getting underway Thursday morning. Police Chief Dave Panzer says the team includes local, state and federal officials, including representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Officials said earlier that foul play is not suspected.

No one was hurt in the fire that broke out Tuesday evening and displaced about three dozen residents. Panzer says the death of a person whose body was recovered from a room in the 80-unit facility was unrelated to the fire.

A community prayer service was scheduled Thursday night at a local church to give thanks for the quick response and lack of injuries.


Operation Christmas Child Underway

The First Baptist Church in Valentine is accepting shoebox donations with gifts for kids age 2 – 14 for a worldwide project of Samaritan's Purse called Operation Christmas Child. Gifts of clothing, toys, school supplies, and hygiene products are all welcome and encouraged. Monetary donations are also accepted, as it takes approximately $7 to ship each box. For more information, call Karen Bice at 402-376-5243 and leave a message.


DROP OFF HOURS: (This is when the Church is Open, if you'd like to drop off at any other time, please make arrangements with Karen at 402-376-5243)

MON 11/17 – 9am -11am

TUES 11/18 – 10am – 12pm

WED 11/19 – 10am – 12pm

THURS 11/20 – 6pm – 8pm

FRI 11/21 – 6pm – 8pm

SAT 11/22 – 1pm – 3pm

SUN 11/23 – 1pm – 3pm



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