The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: Is it true the York landfill will no longer be taking recycling as of June? If that is true, why is that happening? And will we still have our recycling trailers here? What will happen for the people of York who won’t have a place to go with their recycling materials? And the other people in other communities who bring their recycling trailers to the York landfill?

A: York Mayor Barry Redfern explained the situation, saying that Mosaic has chosen to no longer man the recycling center, which is located at the landfill.

“We absolutely want to continue recycling – the city is not quite sure what we are going to do,” Mayor Redfern said. “We wish they (Mosaic) were able to continue doing what they have done for so very long, as they did a great job. My plan is to put together a committee – of private and public people – to brainstorm on what we can do and hopefully come up with some alternatives. We do not want to end recycling, we just don’t have any answers just yet on how to proceed. We will look at all our options and hopefully recycling will continue.”

Q: I saw in the Saturday paper where some out-of-town people were caught transporting 15 pounds of marijuana and they just got probation and weren’t fined a penny. And then inside the paper, where it listed the fines and stuff from county court, someone was caught with less than an ounce of marijuana and they got a $300 fine. How does that work? Why do some people get fines and some people get probation?

A: Each case is considered on its own merit, as is each defendant. The presiding judge determines the sentence in each case based on different aspects, and each is a separate, particular situation. Sentences are at the discretion of the judges who have all the information about the defendants and the cases.

Q: We saw in the Wonderline that someone was interested in having paving bricks. We have some that we’d like to get rid of, if someone is interested.

A: We have this person’s phone number . . . so if someone would like to be put in contact with them about getting paving bricks, we can help put the people in contact with one another.

Q: A week or so ago, there was mention in the Wonderline about the paving bricks in York. I was just curious as to where all the bricks came from, back in the day, when they paved all the streets in York with them.

A: The first paying of York’s streets was tedious work, to say the least. Paving took place on Lincoln Avenue in 1908. The brick came from the nearby brick yards, the first being near Second and Iowa Avenue, according to history accounts and photographs at the Palmer Museum. Then one was opened in the area of 15th Street and York Avenue, by a Mr. Itner. Later, the York Brick Company was started on the land just west of 18th and Division Avenue, which was opened by F.G. Burnham in 1907. Mr. Burnham moved to York from Lincoln to be part of the massive endeavor.

Q: Since it is now spring, can we revisit the rules about property owners’ obligations to trim the vegetation on their properties, as far as keeping sidewalks and right-of-way free of obstruction?

A: Section 38-14 of the municipal code says, “All owners or occupants of any lot, block or parcel of land within the city shall keep the lots and pieces of ground and the adjoining streets and alleys free of any growth of 12 inches or more in height of weeds, grasses or worthless vegetation and shall not permit the branches of trees along the sidewalk in front of or along the sidewalk of their property to extend over said sidewalk nearer than eight feet from the surface of the sidewalk or within 13 feet over any portion of public streets and alleys used for vehicular traffic.”

Q: State law now mandates the left lane should remain open except to pass, after which motorists are to return to the right lane as soon as safely possible when driving on divided, four-lane highways. In light of this statute, when can the motoring public expect to see significant signage about this statewide?

A: Dan Waddle, traffic engineer for the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), said the “state statute that requires driving in the right lane is not new, it has been the law for a long time. In our discussion with our state patrol, it was felt that many drivers were not aware of the current state law. NDOT installed a few signs along our controlled access highways as reminders of the state law. At this time, we do not have plans to install more signs, as the statute is still the current law with or without the signs.”

Q: I was just sick to see the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Can you tell us about the history of this incredible place?

A: Construction on the Gothic-style cathedral began over 850 years ago and took nearly 200 years to fully complete.

It was built on the ruins of two earlier churches which were themselves built over a temple once dedicated to the Roman God Jupiter. Pope Alexander III laid the foundation stone for the cathedral in 1163 and the high altar was consecrated 26 years later.

The 223-foot-high towers were built between 1210 and 1250, and the church was officially completed in 1345.

The central spire – the epicenter of the April 15 fire – was added during a 19th century renovation.

According to the Catholic News Agency, “King Henry VI of England was crowned in the cathedral in 1431.

“Though it suffered damage, the cathedral escaped possible destruction during the French Revolution, when Napoleon crowned himself king of France in 1804. It survived two world wars largely unscathed, the BBC reports.

“Pope Pius X beatified Joan of Arc, perhaps France’s most famous Catholic martyr, in Notre-Dame cathedral in 1909.

“Relics in the cathedral include a crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Christ before his crucifixion and a piece of wood believed to be part of the cross on which Christ was crucified. Initial reports say these relics were spared from damage during the fire.

“Among countless works of art and historical artifacts contained within the cathedral, the Notre-Dame’s treasures included a ‘17th century organ with all of its parts still functional,’ the Notre-Dame’s website says.

“The cathedral is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks and has been immortalized in literary works such as Victor Hugo’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,’ which in French is titled ‘Notre-Dame de Paris.’”

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