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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Election fills two of four open seats on the Nemaha Natural Resources District board

  • The Nov. 6 general election decided two of the four seats open on the Nemaha Natural Resources District.

    Current directors Tom White of Falls City and Bill Umland of Palmyra will conclude their service to the Nemaha NRD at the end of 2012. Jon Keithley of Falls City and Michael McDonald of Palmyra will be sworn in at the NRD's January board meeting
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  • The Nov. 6 general election decided two of the four seats open on the Nemaha Natural Resources District.
    Current directors Tom White of Falls City and Bill Umland of Palmyra will conclude their service to the Nemaha NRD at the end of 2012. Jon Keithley of Falls City and Michael McDonald of Palmyra will be sworn in at the NRD's January board meeting
    Current NRD director Dan Watermeier was elected to the state Legislature, this opens another seat on the board.
    The fourth position exists in Subdistrict 4, which is in and around the Nebraska City area and went unfilled when no one ran for the spot in the election.
    The two vacant seats in Watermeier's Subdistrict 2 and in Subdistrict 4 must be filled by appointment, and the district will likely advertise for those openings after the first of the year.
    In action at the Nov. 9 meeting, the board approved two applications for well permits to install irrigation wells.
    One well for RST Farms northeast of Brock will be used to supplement existing pivot irrigation and other farm uses, and the second for Richard Goracke northwest of Tecumseh will be used to irrigate 140 acres.
    Potential wording changes to the District's Soil & Water Conservation Program were reviewed by the board's Programs and Projects Committee.
    Orval Gigstad and Lisa Beethe volunteered to serve on a nominating committee for the 2012 board officers. Elections will take place during the boardís January, 2013, meeting.
    In addition to the regular slate of officers, the board will be required to select a new basin representative to the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission.
    NRD Manager, Bob Hilske, updated the board on the status of the Buck Creek mitigation plan and conservation easement acquisition. The NRD is awaiting approval of the plan from the Corps of Engineers prior to finalizing the easement with the landowner.

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