Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Claire Smith
The Observer 

County Gets FEMA Aid For Blizzard


January 2, 2020

The Kimball County Board of Equalization met Dec. 17 at the county courthouse, covering routine business and receiving a report on the 125th annual Nebraska Association of County Officials Conference in Kearney from Dec. 11-13.

At the conference, county Commissioner Chairman Larry Engstrom, District Court Clerk Deb Diemoz, Highway Superintendent Randy Bymer, Treasurer Cindy Rahmig, Weed Superintendent Rick Wangler, Sheriff Harry Gillway, County Clerk Cathy Sibal and County Assessor Sherry Winstrom joined close to 800 other attendees.

This conference is educational in nature. It aims to help county officials develop in various aspects of their positions, prepare for legislative updates, and adapt to changes in functions of county officials.

The county equalization board will next meet 8:30 a.m. Jan. 7 at its reorganizational meeting.

After the equalization meeting, the county Board of Commissioners met.

Bymer presented the commissioners with an update on the Highway Department detailing any road maintenance or equipment repairs that had taken place. Bymer also informed commissioners that $16,801 was received from FEMA for expenses incurred by the county during the blizzard on March 13 and 14 of 2019.

Jessica Rocha, county tourism director, discussed the holiday open house Dec. 16 at the High Point Welcome Center of Western Nebraska.

Rocha also requested that the board consider increasing the number of individuals serving on the county Visitors Committee from five to seven. The committee has a difficult time getting enough participants to achieve a quorum, and Rocha feels additional members would help alleviate the situation.

The commissioners then heard from Sheila Newell, county zoning administrator, and Justin Perry, chairman of the County Planning Commission, to discuss the commission’s recommendation concerning a possible zoning violation. All action was tabled until the next meeting to allow time for commissioners to inspect the property in question.

The next regular meeting of the Kimball County Board of Commissioners will begin 9 a.m. Jan. 7. At that meeting, the board will reorganize for the upcoming year.


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