Nemaha Natural Resources District members discussed the potential for contributing to the construction of the $5.4 million “Nebraska Building” on the state fair grounds in Grand Island.
The state fair board announced construction of the two-story building to add exhibition space to the fairgrounds, where there has been a exhibitor waiting list since 2010.
One of the exhibitors expected to return to the fair is the state Game and Parks, which had popular aquarium and wildlife displays in Lincoln.
The building’s second-story will be headquarters to the fair’s administrative offices.
Jane Kuhl of the Nemaha NRD said the building is expected to house agricultural, natural resources and water stewardship displays on a year-around basis. She said there is a proposal in the works where the state’s NRDs would provide $25,000 for the building.
In other action, directors approved a Jan. 1 increase for recreational vehicle hookups at Kirkman’s Cove Recreation Area and Iron Horse Trail Lake. Electrical hookups will increase from $10 a night to $12.
The increase is expected to offset cost of maintainence and electrity. Vehible entry permit fees will remain the same.
The NRD also received 10 applications for irrigation wells.
Landowners receiving approval included L.J. Keithley & Sons, Bauman Family Limited Partnership, Jon C. Snethen, and Cory J. Snethen, all in Richardson County.
In addition Johnson County applicants William & Joyce Fisher and Robin Spence were approved along with Greg Retzlaff in Otoe County.
A nominating committee of Lisa Beethe and Orval Gigstad was appointed to work on preparing a slate of nominees for 2014 board officer positions. These will be voted upon at the NRD’s January 9 regular meeting.
During the annual conference of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts held back in September, NRD staff and directors with anniversary dates of 20 years or more were recognized at five-year intervals.
Those unable to attend the meeting in September at Kearney were recognized during Thursday’s meeting.
Mike Speece, Auburn, was presented a certificate for 20 years of service on the NRD board of directors.
Steve Bartels, Field Representative, received a certificate for 25 years of service on the staff. Director Orval Gigstad of Syracuse had received his 20-year certificate at the meeting in Kearney.