The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:
Q: How does Tax Increment Financing (TIF) work?
A: TIF (Tax Increment Financing) provides capital for redevelopment projects. Developers have up to 15 years to repay the funding using property taxes collected on the land’s increased valuation.
Q: Is it legal for religious groups to pass out their promotional materials in front of the post office? I just don’t know how legal that is.
A: Well, if the people are standing on a public sidewalk, they are not trespassing or interfering with business operations for private or public endeavors. If they are standing in the public right-of-way, they have the right to hand out promotional materials – as long as the materials are not prohibited by law.
Q: Are there plans to make any additions or improvements to the family aquatic center in York?
A: Future plans for the family aquatic center (as discussed in last year’s budget meetings) include a new family slide in the zero depth area. The family slide would allow access for patrons under four feet tall.
Also discussed for the future has been a water walk in the area with a depth of four feet.
Another project that’s been discussed is replacing the turtle slide.
And projects that have been discussed for the future have included resurfacing of existing slides.
Q: I was wondering how long the renovation for the Sun Theater is going to take.
A: We spoke with personnel at the Sun Theater and no renovations are planned to take place there at this time.
Q: If a vacancy is created on the board of county commissioners, who then appoints a new person to fill that position?
A: Section 32-567 of state statutes says that if there is a vacancy on a county board, the appointment (to fill the position) is made by the county clerk, county attorney and county treasurer.
Q: I am going to need you to go back in time a bit. Back to when bids were accepted for the very expensive ballfield complex in York. Were there any council members that voted against spending $8 million on that situation?
A: All the members of the city council voted in favor of awarding the construction and construction oversight contracts, with the exception of Sheila Hubbard who was not present at that particular meeting. This was done a number of years ago, so it should be noted that current councilmen Ron Saathoff, Clarence Hoffman and Matt Wagner were not on the council at that time.
Q: Who owns the York County Fairgrounds?
A: The York County Fairgrounds are the property of the York County Ag Society.
Q: Is there a city ordinance that requires property owners to take care of the dandelions on their properties? I’ve seen yards where they are out of control.
A: The city does not have ordinances pertaining specifically to dandelions because they are not classified as a noxious weed and normally their height doesn’t exceed the weed control ordinance.
Q: If someone is convicted of making terroristic threats, how much jail time could that person be looking at?
A: Making terroristic threats is a Class 4 felony, which carries a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
Q: There was a documentary about the physical copy of the United States constitution and I marveled at how well it is preserved. What has to be done to that, to keep it from falling apart?
A: Since 1952, the Constitution has been on display in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Currently, all four pages are displayed behind protective glass framed with titanium. To preserve the parchment’s quality, the cases contain argon gas and are kept at 67 degrees with a relative humidity of 40 percent. It is displayed under dim lighting, to prevent fading as much as possible.
Q: My question is about the historical opera houses in the state. Did they actually perform operas in those buildings or did they have different types of entertainment there? I’m intrigued with the old opera houses and was just curious.
A: According to the Nebraska Historical Society, “between 1880 and 1920, opera houses in small towns throughout Nebraska provided entertainment and culture, including performances by stock companies, musical programs, specialty acts, minstrel shows and lyceum courses.
“Most of the entertainment presented in opera houses was not grand opera in the classical sense. Many of the musical products were based on popular music of the day.
“Plays were performed by stock companies, actors who prepared a repertory of presentations during the summer and toured them during the season, which extended from September through May.”