Questions of the Week – Readers ask about courthouses, parking, green tomatoes, railroad taxes

The following questions were asked recently by inquiring readers:


Q: I recently saw a photo of our old courthouse and I just stared at it for the longest time because it was so beautiful. It was on the National Register of Historic Places but it was still taken down. So sad. My question is how many courthouses in the state are on the National Register of Historic Places – and still exist?

A: The following are on the national historic register and still exist and are standing:

  • Antelope County, built in 1894
  • Box Butte County, built in 1913
  • Burt County, built in 1916
  • Cass County, built in 1892
  • Cedar County, built in 1891
  • Chase County, built in 1912
  • Cherry County, built in 1901
  • Clay County, built in 1918
  • Colfax County, built in 1921
  • Custer County, built in 1911
  • Dawes County, built in 1935
  • Dawson County, built in 1913
  • Deuel County, built in 1915
  • Dixon County, built in 1884
  • Dodge County, built in 1917
  • Douglas County, built in 1912
  • Dundy County, built in 1921
  • Fillmore County, built in 1892
  • Franklin County, built in 1925
  • Gage County, built in 1890
  • Garden County, built in 1921
  • Gosper County, built in 1939
  • Greeley County, built in 1914
  • Hall County, built in 1901
  • Hamilton County, built in 1894
  • Holt County, built in 1936
  • Hooker County, built in 1912
  • Howard County, built in 1912
  • Jefferson County, built in 1891
  • Johnson County, built in 1889
  • Kearney County, built in 1906
  • Kimball County, built in 1928
  • Knox County, built in 1934
  • Lincoln County, built in 1922
  • Merrick County, built in 1913
  • Morrill County, built in 1909
  • Nemaha County, built in 1900
  • Nuckolls County, built in 1890
  • Otoe County, built in 1865
  • Pawnee County, built in 1911
  • Perkins County, built in 1927
  • Phelps County, built in 1910
  • Platte County, built in 1920
  • Polk County, built in 1921
  • Red Willow County, built in 1926
  • Richardson County, built in 1924
  • Rock County, built in 1930
  • Saline County, built in 1928
  • Saunders County, built in 1904
  • Scotts Bluff County, built in 1920
  • Seward County, built ibn 1907
  • Sheridan County, built in 1904
  • Sherman County, built in 1920
  • Sioux County, built in 1930
  • Thurston County, built in 1895
  • Valley County, built in 1921
  • Washington County, built in 1891
  • Wayne County, built in 1899
  • Webster County, built in 1883


Q: I have so many green tomatoes in my garden and I’m afraid they will freeze now before they turn ripe. If I pick them now, before they freeze, will they eventually turn red and ripe?

A: Yes, they will. Green tomatoes will turn eventually, just being on the kitchen counter. That’s thanks to the production of ethylene on their own.

But to speed up the process, they can be stored with bananas. Take a banana that is yellow but still shows some green at the ends. Barely green bananas are in their ethylene producing prime and the gas they release can reduce the time it takes to ripen tomatoes by days or even weeks, according to HGTV.

Wash the tomatoes and allow them to completely dry. Put in a paper bag with a banana and store at room temperature. Larger quantities can be placed in a cardboard box. Leave a little space between tomatoes to improve circulation and speed up the ripening process. If dealing with an especially large harvest of green tomatoes, wrap each tomato in paper or place a few sheets of newspaper between layers to limit contact.


Q: Has there ever been a United States president who wasn’t married while he was in office?

A: Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Chester Arthur were widowers. James Buchanan was never married. Grover Cleveland was a bachelor when he was elected president but a year later married Frances Folsom. Woodrow Wilson moved into the White House in 1913 and his first wife died in 1914 – the following year he married Edith Galt. And John Tyler’s wife died while he was president and he married his second wife two years later.


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: Does the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad play property taxes on the rail line through York County? If so, how does the assessor determine the value?

A: The railroad pays by the mile of track and how many cars go through the county, according to an earlier interview with York County Assessor Ann Charlton. There is railroad track from the east to the west, crossing the county, and track from York to Benedict. If there is double track, that adds to the miles in the county. This is a central assessed property done by the state and value is determined by the state. The value is then sent to the county and is included in the certified value received by the tax entities that have track in their area. If there is no track in their tax district they get no value and therefore no tax dollars. Track is counted as real property and rail cars are personal property.


Q: The street sweeper just went past my house and I had the strangest thought. Where does all that debris, which is picked up by the street sweeper, go?

A: The debris picked up by the street sweeper is hauled to the landfill and used for daily cover of the garbage in the landfill.


Q: Are York residents allowed to permanently park their vehicles on their front lawns?

A: There are rules regarding permanent parking in the city – vehicles are required to move every 24 hours and all vehicles must be licensed. There are also regulations within the city about junk vehicles. Plus, vehicles cannot be permanently parked in the city right-of-way (over sidewalks and in that area between the curb and the sidewalk).


Q: I’m addicted to reality television. Therefore, I’m addicted to the Bravo network. How long has Bravo existed?

A: Bravo has been a network since December of 2002.




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