Planning for the 2014 AppleJack Festival is underway and the Nebraska City City Council has approved a list of many Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce's set-up requests for that weekend, Sept. 19 through Sept. 21.
NCTC Executive Director Tim Pendrell spoke to the councilmen during the Monday evening meeting at City Hall about the 18 requests for the festival.
"We are making our plans for this year's AppleJack Festival," Pendrell said. "This year's theme will be 'Red to the Core' to go with the campaign that we've been running."
Pendrell continued reading the list of set-up requests.
Every request was approved except for one.
Street Commissioner and councilman Dean Handy objected to Pendrell's request for allowing parking along 4th Corso by the Woodmen of the World campground and Mayhew Cabin on Sept. 20 and 21st for the facilities' events.
"We had an agreement with the federal government that when they redid that that there is no parking there. We can't endorse that," Handy said.
On behalf of the Nebraska City Historical Society, Nebraska City Museum Association Director Brian Volkmer spoke the council about a historical marker to be placed in the southeast corner of Nuckolls Square Park to commemorate the city as the original location of the Ft. Kearny block house.
Volkmer said Ft. Kearny was actually located six blocks away from the park. However, the state historical society wants historical markers on public property. Nuckolls Square was the closest public location that could be found.
"When the block house was removed, the marker was removed as well," Volkmer told the council.
Volkmer added that he hopes the marker will be installed by AppleJack Festival weekend.
The council approved for the marker to be installed in the park.
George Payne of Cass County Keno, LLC, approached the podium to ask the council to approve a 10-year extension of the keno Interlocal Cooperation Agreement. Payne said Otoe County had already approved the extension.
"We're in the process, with your approval, of purchasing The Lineman building and with that we will totally remodel the interior, including the kitchen. We will have a live ball drop keno there. It's a family-type restaurant," he said.
The extension was approved by the council.
The council also proclaimed Aug. 16 to be Disabled American Veterans Forget-Me-Not Day. DAV members sold councilmen and people in the audience forget-me-nots.
Other agenda items the council approved were:
- A Class C liquor license for Central Apple Market, located at 701 Central Avenue, which is a part of Vostrel Prairie Farms,
- A request for a wedding to be held at the gazebo near the pond in Steinhart Park on Oct. 11,
- The release of the lien on 1104 2nd Corso,
- And the Swimming Pool Let's Act to See it Happen Committee's free admission to its public open house at the swimming pool at Steinhart Park from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.
Councilmen decided to schedule a working session to discuss the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. They will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 to talk about the upcoming budget.
High winds swooped through Nebraska City over the weekend, and Handy took some time at the end of the meeting to show his gratitude to the city employees that cleaned up the debris.
"(They) got right at it and there were a lot of limbs down," he said. "So we need to pat them on the back. They did a great job."
Mayor Jack Hobbie was absent during Monday's meeting.
The next city council meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 in City Hall.