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(Neb.)-Chadron City Council Discusses Tax, City Manager Candidates

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 07/17/2012 07:36 AM

(CHADRON)-With half of 2012 already gone, members of the Chadron city council felt it important to begin discussion on the possibility of extending the city’s ½ cent sales tax when it expires in 2014. Council members explained that those funds could play a significant role in whether or not several potential city projects are even seriously considered.
Members also approved the final plats for two new developments in town, the Hendrickson Addition on Ridgeview Road and the Niobrara Addition, city-owned property on East Niobrara. The city plans to sell the Niobrara property, so council members also authorized the plans and specifications needed for a new sanitary sewer extension district at that location.
More big news: the council plans to meet Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. to conduct city manager interviews with two final candidates, Barry Cook from Green River, Wyo., and Wayne Anderson from Chadron. The public is invited to come watch proceedings or tune in at home, but no one will be allowed to ask questions or make comments. Members will also meet in executive session with each candidate to discuss salary and other negotiations.
The council also approved a new vesting schedule for all city employees, allowing employees to now become fully vested after seven years instead of the current 10. Human resource officer Bev Bartlett explained that a new state statute mandates the change for all police officers, and the decision to make the change for all employees would not cost the city anything, rather allow employees to access their retirement funds sooner.
The city also decided to move forward on updating the set of promotional videos that highlight various aspects of Chadron. The current set of videos, found on the city of Chadron’s Web site, are about three years old. The new videos will be funded through advertising dollars and will not cost the city anything to update.
(Questions? Comments? E-mail news@chadrad.com.)
(Copyright 2012 KCSR/Chadrad Communications, Inc. May not be reproduced in any form without permission.)


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