The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:
Q: Are there any laws that limit the distance a burn pile can be from a residential building?
A: We assume this question pertains to the rural area, as no burn piles are allowed inside city or village limits.
Mike Lloyd, York fire chief, explained that there is no reference in state statute about a distance a burn pile is required to be from a building. “It would be prudent to create a safe area around burn piles, and depending on the size of the pile and materials to be burned to keep a minimum of 50 feet from any structure,” Chief Lloyd said.
Q: Why is it that during city council meetings, the bulk of the bills are paid with one motion, but then there are claims from specific city council members that are each handled individually?
A: A law was passed in 2007 that requires the ability for council members to abstain from voting when a particular claim affects them personally. That is why they are brought forward separately. These would pertain to claims from businesses owned by council members that are submitting to collect for services rendered and/or goods provided.
Q: Are there any ordinances about street parking? On our block, a pickup sits there 24/7 with an occasional move once a week for maybe an hour or two. It is so close to the stop sign it is a hazard. How does one go about getting this stopped?
A: First, Section 36-219 of the city code says that “no motor vehicle shall be continuously parked upon any street within the city for more than 24 consecutive hours.”
Section 36-231 prohibits parked vehicles from being near stop signs and within 15 feet of an intersection.
That said, it sounds like the owner of this vehicle is going against municipal rules.
If it is creating a problem and this is a legal issue, concerned residents may contact the police. The phone number is 363-2640.
Q: Is there a statute of limitations for how long after something happens that a person can file a tort claim?
A: According to Section 13-919 of the Nebraska State Statutes, tort claims must be filed within two years from the event that prompted the claim.
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.”
Q: There was someone selling stuff door to door last Sunday. Isn’t that against city code?
A: Section 26-6 of the municipal code says it is illegal for solicitors to engage in business (knocking on doors, etc.) between a half-hour before sunset and 9 a.m. the following day. It is also not allowed on Sundays, at all.
Q: I am so excited that things are moving forward toward getting the city auditorium declared a historic place. My question is how many places in Nebraska are declared historic places?
A: There are 1,103 properties and districts in Nebraska that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Of these, 20 are National Historic Landmarks. There are listings in 89 of the state’s 93 counties.
Q: Was the former York County Courthouse placed on the national registry of historic places and yet still torn down?
A: According to the history book, “Yesterday and Today,” the courthouse “was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. However, the commissioners moved forward with plans to build a new courthouse. In June, 1978, the destruction of the old courthouse began and it was completed in September, 1980.”
Q: When I was young, there was a great big house that sat at the corner of Seventh and Nebraska Avenue, just south of the York Community Center. It was burned down by the fire department in 1988. I seem to remember this house having an interesting history and would love to know more about it.
A: This question was asked a few weeks ago and we have since heard from a few readers who offered information.
One person submitted the following response: “The white house across from the auditorium was the original hospital. There is a picture of it either at the hospital or the museum. There was also a gas station on the corner of Sixth and Nebraska.”
Dr. Harold Nordlund also had information for us, saying the same thing. He said the house first was owned by a family and then two doctors purchased it for a hospital. He said their medical office was housed in the property now utilized by Henderson State Bank – and then all their hospitalized patients were in that house south of the property where the community center is now located.
Dr. Nordlund said the gas station mentioned by the other reader was owned by the Penner family.
He also noted that many years ago, the property where the community center is now located was once the city’s central park.
Q: I am an E subscriber of the York News-Times and am curious as to why the Parade section is not available with Saturday’s E edition of the newspaper, for the E edition subscribers.
A: Carrie Colburn, publisher of the York News-Times, explained: “The Parade magazine is an outside publication that is sent only in its physical form to the York News-Times for insertion into the Saturday print papers. It is inserted per their instruction just as the other inserts you find inserted into the daily print editions of the York News-Times.
“Many of our readers greatly enjoy receiving Parade and our other advertising inserts so they opt for our All-Access subscription which allows you both digital and print access enjoying all the features and conveniences of both. You can become an All-Access subscriber for as low as $18.75 per month for carrier, home delivery. That is the best deal in town as what else can you have delivered to your home or instant access at your fingertips for $0.85 per day!”
Q: Why do paper cuts hurt so bad?
A: According to an article written for “Men’s Health Magazine” by Dr. Norman Levine, it is a matter of nerve endings.
“The fingertips have more nerve endings than any other place on the body,” Dr. Levine wrote. “A paper cut slices much deeper than it appears and digs into those tiny nerve endings. Contact with the air causes the cut to be painful. By putting ointment over the cut and bandaging it, air will be kept out, and will not be allowed to cause so much pain.”