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The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: How much does it cost for postage to mail in my ballot for the mayor recall special election?

A: York County Clerk Kelly Turner (who is also the county’s election commissioner) says it costs $1 in postage for a ballot to be mailed back to her office.

Q: Why didn’t our ballots for the mayoral recall election have postage already placed on the return envelopes? Is that standard practice in Nebraska?

A: York County Clerk Kelly Turner said she was informed by the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office that “on special elections, we do not have to pay for return postage for the ballot envelopes.”

Q: When will the counting take place for the mayor recall special election?

A: The York County Clerk’s office/election commission offices will stop accepting ballots at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Kelly Turner, county clerk, said the counting will start at that time. Turner wants to remind the public that the results that evening will be considered unofficial. Canvassing will be done the following day with the results becoming official as soon as that process is completed.

Q: What is the cost of this all-mail special election, in comparison to an in-person special election?

A: York County Clerk Kelly Turner said it is estimated that this particular special election, by mail, will cost approximately $11,150. If it had been done in person (at a polling place, such as the auditorium), it would have cost an estimated/approximate $11,300.

Q: Who decides if an election such as this should be done by all mail or in person?

A: York County Clerk/Election Commissioner Kelly Turner said that decision is made by the county election commissioner.

“So that person would be me,” Turner said.

Q: What if the clerk’s office receives ballots in the mail the day after the election. Would those still be able to be counted?

A: No. York County Clerk Kelly Turner said only the ballots in the possession of her office as of 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 12, will be counted. Any ballots returned to her office after that time will not be counted.

Q: On the back of the return envelope for my ballot, there is a blank that we need to fill in right before the words “special election.” What word are we supposed to write in that blank?

A: York County Clerk Kelly Turner said voters need to write the word “recall” in that blank.

Q: What is the city regulation for semi-tractor trailers being parked on residential streets? Can they be parked on residential streets in York or is that considered to be illegal? Or is there even a regulation addressing that?

A: Sgt. Russ Coffey from the York Police Department said the City of York has a municipal ordinance pertaining to this question.

Ordinance 36-242 prohibits semis and/or trailers from being parked in residential streets. The ordinance does allow them to be temporarily parked in residential areas up to two hours if they are being used for the loading or unloading of merchandise or material. Additionally they are allowed to park in residential areas if they are being used in connection to a building, repair, service or moving operations.

Section 36-242 of the municipal code says: “It shall be unlawful for any person to park a truck or trailer, except a truck or trailer being used for the purpose of delivering or collecting goods, wares, merchandise or materials, on any street adjacent to property classified by the ordinances of the city for residence purposes, for a period of time longer than is necessary for the expeditious delivery or collecting of goods, wares, merchandise or materials and in no event for a period of time exceeding two (2) hours; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to trucks or trailers being used in connection with building, repair, service or moving operations.”

And Section 36-1 defines a truck as “a motor vehicle equipped or used to transport anything other than persons.”

Q: If someone has hazardous material buried on their land, what department would you report that to?

A: This type of report could be called in to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Q: I remember when I was a kid, my grandma made this weird dish out of asparagus and some sort of sauce and eggs on toast. Can you find a recipe for something like that? I would like to make it but I just don’t know what was in it. I remember in the past you guys ran some old recipes from area church recipe books and thought if you could look in some of those and find it, I’d be really grateful.

A: We went looking at this is what we found:

In a large skillet, bring about a ½ inch of water to a boil. Add one pound of fresh asparagus (trimmed). Cover and boil for three minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain. Transfer the asparagus to an 11x17 baking dish.

Then slice two hard-cooked eggs and arrange those over the top of the asparagus.

In a large saucepan, melt ¼ cup of butter; gradually stir in ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon of salt and dash of pepper . . . until smooth.

Gradually add in two cups of milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for two minutes or until thickened. Reduce the heat, stir in one cup of shredded cheddar cheese until melted.

Pour this over the eggs and asparagus.

In a small skillet, melt three tablespoons of butter; toss with ½ cup of soft bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.

Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees, for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve with slices of toast.

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