Cass County Fair 2011 - Schedule is published
The "SAC Federal Credit Union" Team with the Cass County Relay has a fundraiser going on now and until they are sold out. They are offering bracelets for a minimum $2 donation to the Relay. The bracelets are silicone purple with grey swirls and white lettering that says "CU Crush Cancer". Stop in to 219 South 23rd Street Plattsmouth, Ne.(next to Pamida) to purchase! See photo attached below.
Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund hosts HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) Opportunity Retreat and Strategy Meetings. Save the following dates to learn more about the HTC Phase I outcome.
* Join us on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Plattsmouth Senior Center, 308 South 18th Street, Plattsmouth, NE 68048 for light snacks and refreshments.o Retreat provides an opportunity to share the preliminary assessment results of the four pillar areas and offers attendees an opportunity for clarifying questions.
* Will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Plattsmouth Senior Center, 308 South 18th Street, Plattsmouth, NE 68048 for light snacks and refreshments.o Meeting will provide an opportunity for the four pillar Task Force Members to present strategy options and recommendations based on the final assessment results.
HTC is a “come-back/give-back” approach to rural community development based on local assets. HTC harnesses the kinds of local resources that nearly every rural community – no matter how small – already has.
Local task forces are organized around four HTC Pillars:
Leadership – to mobilize communities with a long-term vision for prosperity
Entrepreneurship – to support innovation and economic growth
Youth Engagement – to cultivate a sense of belonging and opportunity
Philanthropy – to provide financial resources for community and economic development
Implementation of the HTC framework is an incremental process designed to build, enhance and sustain community capacity. On the ground and at work in the community, each pillar supports the others.
The framework is implemented in three phases:
Phase 1: Assessment (Plattsmouth currently engaged in this phase) Includes a community kick-off, interviews and surveys to assess community capacity in each of the four pillars and culminates in a meeting where the assessment results are shared with the community.
Phase 2: Strategy Development focuses on developing customized strategies to strengthen community capacity and integrate a holistic long-term community and economic development plan.
Phase 3: Implementation and Refinement is ongoing as the community refines and updates their plan as they continue the implementation and evaluation.
Who should plan to attend? People in our community that have a vested interest in creating an effective and sustainable community. Its our goal to encourage collaboration to achieve common goals, avoid and eliminate duplication of local efforts and to support and coordinate (not replace) existing efforts. Based on the Phase I Assessment outcome and community feedback provided during these meeting, the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund will determine next steps. We hope you’ll join us. For more information on the HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) Opportunity Retreat and Strategy Meetings please contact Annette Wiles, information provided below.
President, Wiles Development
Tickets are still available to win this pretty "snazzy" looking motorcycle. To purchase tickets for the motorcycle raffle, please contact the Plattsmouth Main Street Association at 402-296-5544.
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For Immediate Release: Policy Changes for Boats and Parks
Lincoln— My message this week speaks again to the connection between District 2 and the bills I
introduced in the 2011 legislative session.
A request to license boat dealers in Nebraska was brought to me by a District 2 resident late in 2009. The absence of
existing statutes to simply amend, delayed examination of the request until the interim period between the 2010 and
2011 legislative sessions. Interim research was conducted, and consideration of what was needed and how it should
be structured was discussed at a hearing before the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. My office
collected models of licensing procedures from neighboring states, but the Committee suggested that our own motor
vehicle licensing process could serve as the model for Nebraska. As introduced, LB 495 mirrored the Committee’s
suggestion. The bill would create boat dealer licensing with regulatory oversight and an annual fee arrangement that
are similar to those used for motor vehicle dealers in Nebraska. Further review of the motor vehicle model in LB 495
caused some Committee members and me to have second thoughts about imposing significant regulations and fees
on our relatively small boat dealer industry. We still believe boat dealers should be licensed; we just have to design
a plan that makes sense for the dealers and their customers. Alternative ideas are being considered and are likely to
result in the introduction of an amendment to LB 495 or a new modified proposal next year.
At the request of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, I agreed to introduce LB 421 to increase annual park
entry permit fees. This decision also relates to District 2, because five of the more than 80 state park facilities are
located in our district. They offer wonderful recreational opportunities for people who live in and visit our areas of the
state, and they are strong economic partners for our local communities. We need these facilities to stay open and be
well maintained. To accomplish this goal, permit fees must be increased.
At the hearing on LB 421 before the Natural Resources Committee, and again when the bill was scheduled for floor
debate, I described three primary reasons to support a fee increase at this time. First, about nine million visits to park
facilities are recorded each year. This makes a positive impact on our state’s economy. Tourism is the third largest
industry in Nebraska, and 15 of the state parks are among the top 25 tourist attractions in the state.
Next, increased costs and reduced revenue have increased deferred maintenance in our state parks, to the point that
some of them may have to be closed to protect the public from unsafe or unsanitary conditions. Game and Parks
currently has about $34 million in deferred maintenance costs. The fee increases proposed in LB 421 cannot eliminate
this deficit, but they can slow the deficit’s growth and allow park employees to address the most urgent maintenance
needs. Nebraska’s state parks are supported primarily by a user-based funding system. Approximately 70 percent of
the operating and maintenance budget for our parks comes from fees --- not taxes --- paid by the people who use the
parks. Only about 30 percent of the park system’s budget comes from the General Fund, and this percentage has been
declining for years. Like the rest of state government, the Game and Parks Commission has cut its budget, in part by
privatizing some services and significantly reduced park staff. At the same time, the Commission has faced steadily
increasing costs for equipment, materials, contracts and fuel. Operating and maintenance services have been reduced
in as many ways as possible, so the failure to approve increases in the park user fees may result in reduced operating
hours and the possible closure of some facilities.
Finally, the current annual $20 park entry permit fee, per car, per calendar year, has not been increased for five years.
Nebraska’s fee is the lowest-priced park entry permit fee among all of the states that employ a user-fee based system
to help fund their state parks.
LB 421 is my priority bill this year. Maintaining our park system is good for our state and especially for District 2.
I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.
We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
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