The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:
Q: The new NRD property is beautiful, the building is amazing. But the lawn . . . what lawn? Are there plans to do something with the yard there?
A: Scott Snell, from the Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District, explained that “the Upper Big Blue NRD planted Buffalo Grass after its new headquarters was built. Because the NRD is mindful of water use and conservation, it was decided to plant Buffalo Grass as it takes less water. The current stand of Buffalo Grass at the NRD headquarters is just beginning to become established. It does take time for the Buffalo Grass to become vibrant and overcome weeds as it grows. It is a warm season grass that takes a little longer to turn green in the spring/summer than other typical grasses.”
Q: I read about Charlie Dotson who was in the Cookson Hills gang and how he robbed a bank in York in 1933. Do you have any more information about that?
A: We haven’t found any more information about that, except enough to verify that yes, it did happen.
Research shows that the Cookson Hills gang robbed nearly two dozen banks in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arkansas in the 1930s.
Dotson apparently was personally present for the robbery in York, as well as another at Haskell, Okla., both in 1933.
Q: I was wanting to know when they are going to do something about the loose rock scattered all over the roads on South of Blackburn and East South 21st Street.
A: The white rock will eventually become embedded into the surface beneath it and will be part of the hard surfaced road, according to county officials.
Q: I was watching the Nebraska All Star Shriner Game on TV on Saturday, June 2. Do the players keep the jerseys they wore, for keep-sakes? What about the pants?
A: York News-Times Sports Editor Ken Kush says he assumes they all get to keep their jerseys because they were lettered with their last names.
We aren’t sure about the pants.
Q: How long do I have to decide if I want to file a property valuation protest with the county?
A: You have until the end of June to do so. The protest hearings will be held in July.
Q: Before mosquito season hits, I was just wondering if the City of York sprays for mosquitoes in the summer. The reason I’m asking is that I’m new to the community and have breathing issues and this was something they did in the last place I lived. It caused problems for me and I just wanted to know ahead of time if I will have to take precautions.
A: York City Public Works Director Mitch Doht says, “The city of York does not spray for mosquitoes. The citizens complained about the associated noise, smell and possible negative health effects many years ago, so the practice was eliminated.”
Q: What is the state’s law on what jail inmates have to be fed? Are there regulations that outline what county jail inmates are supposed to be fed?
A: Chapter 11 of the Nebraska Jail Standards pertains to food services (as far as the minimum of what has to be done).
The policy reads that “at least three meals, one of which shall be hot, must be provided at regular times during each 24 hour period with no more than 15 hours between the evening meal and breakfast.”
“Meals shall be prepared with consideration for food flavor, texture, temperature, appearance and palatability.”
“The food service shall meet the dietary allowances as recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture.”
“Special diets shall be provided when prescribed by medical authority.”
“Provisions shall be made for special diets required by an inmate’s religious beliefs where reasonably possible.”
“Food shall not be withheld, nor the menu varied, as a disciplinary sanction.”
And “each jail facility shall comply in all matters of sanitation in the storage, preparation and service of food with the Food Service Sanitation Manual issued by the United States Food and Drug Administrator.”
Q: Does the city have an ordinance that covers squeaky windmills that make noise? There is a squeaky sounding windmill in my neighborhood and it drives me nuts.
A: We haven’t found anything specific about squeaky windmills in the city code.
Q: When was the first county fair held in York County?
A: The first York County Fair was held in 1873.
Q: I was curious as to where the name of Mincks Park came from. Who was the park named after?
A: The park was named in honor of the late Lucile Mincks, who bequeathed $750,000 toward the construction of the family aquatic center there.
Mincks was born Oct. 7, 1914, on her family’s farm between York and Benedict. She attended school at District 85 (a rural classroom) and graduated from Benedict High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Levitt Lumber Company in York for a period of time, and then upon the declining health of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Mincks, she stayed home to care for them and help out on the farm, along with her brother, Ralph. Mincks died Nov. 12, 1999, at the Hearthstone Care Center in York.
In her will, Ms. Mincks bequeathed millions of dollars to the York Community Foundation – to be used toward projects that would benefit the children of York County.
Besides the allocation for the aquatic center, there were also allocations made to the new swimming pool in Henderson, a new floor in the York City Auditorium, extensive work in the York Community Center for both the pool and museum areas, playground equipment at Miller and Harris Parks in York, the construction of the Holthus Field House at York College, work on the Benedict Community Center and playground area, improvements for the Benedict ball field, improvements in Gresham at the ball field and park, play equipment and ball park improvements in McCool Junction, more playground equipment in Thayer, funding for the York County Sports Authority and more.
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 a juvenile is charged with a felony, are they tried as a juvenile or an adult?
A: That depends. Each case is looked at independently and a judge makes that determination. Sometimes youngsters are tried for felonies in juvenile court – where the details of the proceedings are not made public.
Other times, juveniles are tried as adults and the entire process is on the record.
There are many factors that are considered when this is determined.