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The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: In York, is it legal to just leave a broken-down vehicle parked on the street for a long period of time? A vehicle broke down on the street in front of my house more than a month ago and it is still sitting there.

A: Section 36-288 of the city’s municipal code says that it is unlawful for any person to leave unattended on any street in the city any disabled vehicle, which is not able to move on its own power. It’s the owner’s responsibility to have the vehicle towed. If not, the police department can order that it be moved and then the owner is required to pay for the towing and the subsequent impoundment.

If there is a problem with a broken-down vehicle sitting on a street, the reader should probably call the police department to report it is there.

Q: I was at the city council meeting this week and heard the conversation about the ballfield concessions issue. My question is how much did the ballfield complex pay out, bring in, etc., regarding concessions last year? And while we are at it, can you tell us the same for the aquatic center?

A: According to figures from the city, in the fiscal year of 2017-18, the labor costs for concessions at the ballfield complex came to $16,959. The actual sales were $88,634.71. The cost of goods was $52,237.39.

For the aquatic center in the fiscal year of 2017-18, the labor costs were $14,755. The actual sales were $27,094.76. The cost of goods was $16,628.02.

Q: Not too long ago, I read a story where someone was cleaning out an old house, the people doing the work found an old grenade. My question is if this happens, what are you supposed to do?

A: At the end of January, in the Talmage area, someone found an old grenade in a dumpster as a house was being cleaned out after the resident of the house passed away.

This does happen from time to time, as old explosives are sometimes found after being long forgotten.

“If you ever find a grenade or another explosive device, call the authorities immediately and do not attempt to move it,” says Lt. Dain Hicks, commander of the Nebraska State Patrol bomb squad. “These devices can be extremely dangerous and must be handled by trained experts.”

If someone found find such a device, they need to contact their local law enforcement immediately and they will contact the Nebraska State Patrol which has hazardous device technicians stationed throughout the state to work with local authorities for this type of situation.

Q: How many registered sex offenders live in York? And can a registered sex offender just list a post office box number without providing a street address when registering?

A: According to the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry, there are currently 32 registered sex offenders living in the City of York.

As of Jan. 1, 2010, the offender must register the address of each residence at which the person resides, has a temporary domicile, as a habitual living location, or will reside within three days before the change. A mailing address or post office box may be submitted in addition to the required physical address or transient status but that will not guarantee that any mail will be sent to the reported mailing address or post office box, according to the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry.

Q: OK, during the government shutdown there were all these federal workers who stayed on the job even though they weren’t getting paid. Now that the federal government is running, will those people get back pay? Will they eventually get paid for the work they did during that time?

A: According to a report from the Washington Post, those workers will get back pay. The issue for them, however, is that for some it is taking time and some are still waiting.

“They are among thousands of employees who have experienced delays or anomalies with paychecks at the federal agencies that went dark. Many say they initially received half of what they were owed after working without pay or being furloughed. Others were stunned by what appeared to be excessive tax withholding. And some - the exact number has not been provided by government officials - had received no pay as of Thursday afternoon,” the Post article said Friday morning.

“The paycheck situation is just one of many challenges and headaches for federal agencies and hundreds of thousands of employees attempting to restart the government. They are holding their breath, knowing they might have to endure another funding lapse in a matter of days if congressional leaders can’t strike a deal over border security. The nine Cabinet agencies and dozens of smaller ones affected by the recent shutdown are funded only through Feb. 15.

“Government experts said the many troubles with the restart, such as the payroll glitches, shouldn’t be a surprise,” the article continues. “As a rule, the federal government can’t be turned off and on like a reading lamp. The funding lapse that began Dec. 22 caught many agency officials off guard, and the 35 days of the shutdown had a chaotic and improvisational quality that probably contributed to the chaos of the restart. Simply signing on to an agency’s computer network proved difficult for many people returning to work, because their passwords expired during the shutdown.”

Q: Will the city’s biking/hiking trails ever be extended out to Recharge Lake?

A: That will likely not happen because without the construction of a hiking/biking bridge over the Highway 81 bypass there would be no safe way to cross the four lanes of fast traffic. The cost of such a project would likely be quite expensive – and there hasn’t been any discussion of that happening, at least that we are aware of.

Q: I don’t have the internet so I can’t look this up. Can you help me? I saw an episode of “The Pioneer Woman” while I was in a waiting room and she was making something called “Cowboy Butter.” I didn’t write it down because I just watched it in the waiting room before my appointment. Can you tell me what was all in it?

A: It consists of two sticks of salted, softened butter, 1/3 of a cup of finely minced fresh parsley, ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, a pinch of pepper, one clove of minced garlic, zest and juice from one lemon, and a pinch of salt. Just mix it all together – it can be stored in the refrigerator or the freezer for future use.

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