Arapahoe Mirror/Elwood Bulletin


Sales tax passes, write-in candidates to fill seats for village, school board

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:54 Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:46

Only 51 percent of the registered voters (756 of 1480 registered voters) turned out last Tuesday, November 4 in Gosper County to elect state representatives, but also for candidates at the local levels.
In Elwood, the Sales and Use Tax Village of Elwood was a close vote; 54 percent of the vote in favor with 148 total votes. The 125 voters marked their ballots against the tax.  Also, the state Initiative Measure 425 to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska was voted for with 394 votes and against with 317 votes.
The write –in votes for Elwood Village Board netted 408 votes for write-in candidates Daniel Stoll receiving 145 votes, Tom Martin receiving 73, and Laurie Jauken with 64 votes.  In Smithfield, Ann Hagan had 12 votes for village board and write-in candidate Verna Barnhouse receiving 9 votes.
The school board of Elwood, Kristy Diefenbaugh (131 votes) and Lacie Evans  (140 votes) won the write in votes, joining Bill Brell with 407 votes.

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Visioning session to be part of updating city’s comprehensive plan

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:55

Bobbi Pettit, community planner for the South Central Economic Development District will be conducting a visioning session on Tuesday, November 18th as part of the City of Arapahoe’s effort to update their Comprehensive Plan.
The purpose of the session is to review the existing land map and look to what the city will look like in the future. The vision of Arapahoe in the future becomes the future land use map. This map then becomes the base of the City of Arapahoe comprehensive plan and the bridge to updating zoning ordinance. The Future Land Use Map adopted by the comprehensive plan becomes the zoning map that becomes the zoning ordiance, a legal and enforceable document.
On the 18th, Pettit will be at the Ella Missing Community Center hosting an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  in which the public is invited to stop in and review public survey results, final existing land use map, demographic data which includes population, housing units, wages, etc and a list of all facilities owned by the City of Arapahoe.

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