The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:
Q: Did anyone ever claim the $1 million lottery win after the ticket was sold here in York?
A: It appears that is the case.
There were no new releases about someone claiming the prize, so we assumed that it had not been.
However, this week, we received a notification from the Nebraska Lottery which said yes, the $1 million was claimed on July 26 by a person from Fremont.
The winner “requested no publicity. We try to respect the right of winners not to have their story publicized on the Nebraska Lottery web site and in the media. If a player requests no publicity, then we will not release their photo and story: We will provide their public information (name, hometown, prize amount) by request and in our annual report,” said Neil Watson, public information officer for the Nebraska Lottery.
Q: Do you guys have a list of all the winners from events during Yorkfest, like from the parade, the car show, the bed races, band competition, etc.?
A: We were provided these results by the York Chamber of Commerce.
The first place winners in the hospital bed races were from the radio station and the second place team was called “The Hearthstone Florence Nightingales.”
In the grand parade, the best overall entry was that of J & R Heating and Air Conditioning.
York General won first in the business division of the parade and Critel Enterprises was second.
York Adopt a Pet was first in the group/organization category and the Living Water Rescue Mission was second.
For the band competition during the parade, the following were the winners:
Class D: First, Deshler High School; second, McCool Junction High School; third, Harvard Public School
Class C: First, Heartland Community School; second, Hastings St. Cecilia High School; third, Cross County Community School
Class A-B: First, York High School; second, Fairbury High School; third, York Middle School
Overall winning band, receiving the Governor’s Trophy, was Heartland Community School.
In the car show, the following were winners:
Mechanics’ choice: First, 1951 Mercury Custom, Perry Siebert; second, 1978 Ford F-250, Steve McGowan
People’s choice: First, 1937 Ford, Dan and Ann Stanton; second, 1951 Mercury Custom, Perry Siebert
Best overall: 1932 Ford, Lou Etherton
Q: Has there ever been, in the last few months, a conversation between the city and the county about closing the landfill?
A: No. The county and the city officials have not had a conversation about closing the landfill.
Q: Can you break down the budget for the ball park fund in the city’s budget? We really appreciate the details you have already provided in the newspaper, we were just wondering if we could have the revenues and expenses broken down even further.
A: For the ball park fund, the revenues budgeted for the new fiscal year are as follows: special program registrations, $35,000; concessions, $90,000; sponsorships, $25,000; transfers from the general fund, $225,096.
When it comes to the expenses, the following were budgeted: salaries, $94,337; FICA expense, $7,217; group insurance, $23,368; pension match, $3,324; special services, $8,000; education and training, $1,000; building and property maintenance, $70,000; insurance, $18,000; power, $15,000; telephone, $5,000; water and sewer, $25,000; capital outlay, $15,600; gasoline, $2,000; tires and tubes, $500; chemicals and fertilizer, $10,000; concession supplies, $54,000; miscellaneous, $1,000; publicity, $1,500; supplies, $14,000; sales tax, $3,750.
Q: If most all the departments in the city get no capital improvement projects, why did the ball field complex get $15,600 in capital outlay money when it is a brand new facility?
A: According to the capital improvement worksheet included with the city’s budget, the $15,600 would be to “add ductless split AC/heat pump with three high wall cassettes to each concession stand and each restroom. The restrooms are not climate controlled, which is causing pumping issues. Toilets and pipes sweat, causing condensation creating slippery floors and rusty pipes. Also, it’s a maintenance nightmare with dirt and water, the floors are always muddy. Concessions air conditioning units cannot keep up with all appliances and opening of windows and doors.”
Q: How much did the city pay for land acquisition before the ballfield complex was constructed there?
A: Nothing. There was no expenditure for land acquisition before the ballfield complex was built as the city already owned the property as part of the municipal well field area.
Q: Wasn’t it just a few years ago that the council agreed to increase the city’s budget levy by .06? Before that, the city’s property tax levy was barely existent and the extra .06 just took it to the .19 where we had been for a while.
A: For the 2014-15 fiscal year, the York City Council increased the levy from 13 cents per $100 valuation to 19 cents per $100 valuation, which was the first levy increase in many, many years.
Q: Tell me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it just like two months ago when the city council and administration were talking about buying some land for another park? Why would they even think about buying land for a park if the city has just money problems?
A: Yes, the city council and administration briefly talked about some property between Eighth and Tenth Streets, between Academy and Division, for the possible development of a park.
That was in July.
And that was before the city’s financial issues were suddenly discovered.
Now that conversation, regarding purchasing land for a park, is off the table.