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The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: What was the percentage of voter turn-out for our special election this week?

A: York County Clerk Kelly Turner said the voter turn-out was 41 percent.

Q: Is it true that the York County public transportation program might extend its services into Polk County? I heard that was discussed by the York County Commissioners this week and hadn’t seen anything in the newspaper yet.

A: The matter was briefly discussed by the commissioners this week as Lori Byers from the county’s agency on aging/public transportation program said she just wanted to “put a bug in their ear” and have them just consider the idea for the future.

No action has been taken and no formal conversation has been held yet regarding that possibility.

She simply explained that this could be an added service, in which York County transportation could pick up people in Polk County and bring them to York for their doctor appointments, picking up prescriptions, shopping, etc. She said there is no such service right now in Polk County and if York County would ever provide such a service to people in the neighboring county, the fees for those services would be enough to cover the expenses of doing so.

So for right now, it was just a topic of an informal conversation.

Q: I understand that State Senator Curt Friesen is trying to get rid of our ability to recall local officials. My question is how often do recall elections happen in Nebraska – is it really all that often?

A: According to a story written by the Associated Press on the matter, voters have attempted to recall local officials in Nebraska at least 45 times since 2008.

Q: Has a recall effort happened in York County before this last situation?

A: Yes.

There was a recall effort against a county commissioner which didn’t actually get to the point of having an election.

A few years ago, the county attorney was recalled.

And a number of years ago, a member of a village board in York County was recalled as well.

Q: I am so sick of the construction in the downtown. Is this water main project moving along as it is supposed to be? Because it seems like it has been going on forever.

A: Actually, the water main project is ahead of schedule, according to information earlier provided by York Public Works Director Mitch Doht.

Q: What does the Catholic Church have to do with the CRC Tournament? It was held recently and I read in someone’s column in the newspaper how St. Joseph’s Church has been involved in this tournament for so many years. How did that particular church get involved with that tournament?

A: In 1951, several couples started the tournament at the auditorium as a way to support the athletic program at St. Joseph Catholic School.

In the late 1990s, Bob Weiler and Jim Larkin took over the organizing of the tournament.

The St. Joseph effort deals with tickets and concessions.

The conference takes care of the scheduling, seeding and brackets.

The two entities work hand in hand to make the tournament happen.

So the St. Joseph parish/school started the tournament and continues the tradition.

Q: Are there city regulations about garbage in yards? There is a property where the garbage is piling up and I wanted to know if there is a local rule about that.

A: Section 17-49 of the city’s municipal code addresses this type of issue. It is illegal to have “filthy, littered or trash-covered” yards, lots, houses and buildings.

The York Police Department routinely makes report of such properties and the owners/occupants are contacted about remediation.

If there is a problem property, contact the police department and/or the city offices.

Q: When was the city auditorium in York constructed? I’m just curious about how old it is.

A: In August of 1938, the city submitted a proposal to the voters to construct a city auditorium at a cost of $90,000. The proposition passed by more than 60 percent of the voters.

In July of 1940, federal funding (through the Works Progress Administration, WPC) was approved and WPA workers began demolition work in preparation for the construction of the auditorium. The WPA crews demolished two houses and a church that occupied the site.

Actual construction on the city auditorium began on Aug. 31, 1940. Construction continued through 1942, as progress was slowed down due to labor and material shortages.

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