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Shopko developer seeking Cornerstone property site PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Planning commission members gave a developer for Shopko Hometown stores the go-ahead to seek a replat of a frontage lot in Cornerstone.
Tom Ryan, a developer with Oppidan Investment Company in Excelsior, Minn., met with the planning commission Tuesday night.
His firm is seeking to replat Lot One of Block One so they can build a store for Shopko in Imperial.
Presently, the lot is 381 feet by 315 feet and abuts the corner of Hwy. 61 and 3rd Street, which is currently under development.
Currently, there is no direct access to 3rd Street from Hwy. 61 but the city already has approval for a turnoff onto 3rd Street.
Ryan explained his company would like to purchase the south 218 feet of Lot One to locate the store, which would face east toward Hwy. 61.
That would leave an area of 97 feet by 379 feet to the north of the store, if the replat is given final approval.
Ryan indicated they didn’t need the extra property, which amounts to .86 acres.
Several on the planning commission felt having that size of lot would make it difficult to market. They also questioned why not leave the area at the back of the store, adjoining another lot.
Ryan said their experience shows that having an outlying lot next to the store actually makes it more attractive for other development.
A 30-foot easement would be maintained on the east of the Shopko development for access to that lot.
City Clerk Jo Leyland said the land is already properly zoned so no public hearings would be necessary for the replat.
Once all the surveying is completed and a new plat is drawn, the proposal will be formally submitted to the planning commission.
Then, their  recommendation for either approval or denial is forwarded to the city council. The council will have the final say on the replat.
Ryan will return to Imperial to brief the city council on the proposal at their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16.
John Arterburn, planning commission chair and former city councilman, praised Community Development Director Jason Tuller for his efforts in securing the retailer.
He said that after the ALCO store announced they were closing early in 2015, Tuller contacted Shopko about the location and other development areas in Imperial. Shopko then contacted Oppidan to explore the possibility of a new store in Imperial.
Ryan noted that Tuller has been most helpful in their efforts.
November opening
Providing they receive approval, Ryan said they would like to start construction on the new store by mid-April. That would put Shopko into a November time frame for the opening.

Two school board members file for re-election; NRD incumbents pick up paperwork PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Some early interest, from incumbents at least, is being seen for the 2016 election.
Other current office-holders, who want to run for re-election, need to take action in the coming days, however, as their filing deadline arrives Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m.
Debbie Clark, Chase County Clerk/Election Commissioner, said the filing deadline would have normally been Monday but due to the President’s Day holiday, it’s moved back a day.
All other candidates, who currently do not hold elective office, have until Tuesday, March 1, to file.
A person is considered an incumbent even if they plan to seek election to a different office than they currently hold, according to state guidelines.
Two school board members, one from Chase County and one from the Wauneta-Palisade district, are seeking re-election.
Sheila Stromberger of Imperial is seeking re-election to the Chase County Schools board of education. None of the other four incumbents had filed by Tuesday noon.
Likewise, John Jutten, incumbent on the Wauneta-Palisade Schools board, has filed for re-election. Two other incumbents are up for re-election.
Clark said all three incumbents on the Upper Republican NRD board have picked up paperwork at her office with the intent to file with the Secretary of State.
They include Kerry Bernhardt, Dist. 3; Tom Gaschler, Dist. 5; and Tom Terryberry, Dist. 7.
Gaschler of Imperial, who also serves on the CCS board of education, said last week he does not plan to seek re-election to the school board.
He was appointed to the board in July 2000, so will complete more than 16 years on the school board when his term  ends.
He said he has confidence in the new administration in place at CCS (superintendent and two principals) and they are working well together.
He said it’s time for others to step up and serve.
As of Tuesday, there were no filings for Imperial city council, Wauneta village board, Lamar village board, county commissioner District One, Imperial Airport Authority or Imperial Public Power District.
Two seats on the Southwest Public Power District (SWPPD) board are up for election this year, as well.
One is the subdistrict No. 2 seat recently vacated by Bob Romine, who resigned from the board late last year after moving from the area. The SWPPD board plans to appoint a new member to the seat. The appointee will need to run for election. The other seat up for election this year is Sub District No. 3, currently held by Rod Spencer.
Neither of those SWPPD districts includes Chase County.
State races
There have also been a number of filers for state office, and other area boards that affect southwest Nebraska.
Adrian Smith of Gering, incumbent congressman from the Third District, has filed for re-election to the House of Representatives.
Jerry Vap of McCook, this area’s current representative (Dist. 5)  on the Nebraska Public Service Commission, has also filed.
Bob Phares of North Platte is seeking re-election to the Dist. 7 seat he now holds on the UNL Board of Regents. His district includes Chase County.
Incumbent Larry Linstrom of North Platte has filed for re-election to the Dist. 4 seat he holds on the Nebraska Public Power District board. It includes Chase County.

Ivy’s Cafe closing doors after business Friday PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

After 14 and a half months of operation, Ivy’s Cafe will be closing its doors.
Owner Anne Iverson said her cafe, located inside Imperial Auction Market, will close at 2 p.m. after the lunch crowd on Friday.
Iverson said her decision to close was a combination of lack of business and finding employees.
“The first eight months were great,” she said. “But then business went down to nearly nonexistent.”
Iverson thanked her “loyal customers” for supporting her at the cafe.
“I’m sad that I do have to leave; it’s something I wanted to do,” she said.
Ivy’s opened on Dec. 1, 2014.
She’s considering a return to Lincoln where her husband, Jerry, resides and operates his own business.

Gas prices here below state, national averages PDF Print E-mail

While average retail gasoline prices in Nebraska fell another 4.6 cents per gallon the past week, prices in Imperial were even lower.
Average prices for unleaded in Nebraska on Sunday were  $1.74 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,150 gas outlets in the state.
GasBuddy’s report also shows the national average for unleaded at $1.74/gallon.
However, in Imperial on Monday, prices for unleaded at both Kwik Stop and Frenchman Valley Coop were $1.58 and $1.61, respectively (Coop provides a three-cent discount with its gas card). The local diesel prices were $2.06 and $2.09.
Prices Sunday were 39 cents per gallon lower than the same day a year ago and are 15.6 cents lower than a month ago.
The national average has decreased 24.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 43.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
In the days ahead, expect this seasonal “clearance sale” of gasoline to continue, leading to lower prices in most areas, according to GasBuddy spokespersons.
“But, don’t get too relaxed—the shift in specifications will lead to an eventual lift in prices once winter gasoline is gone,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy’s senior petroleum analyst.


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