Questions of the Week – Readers ask about business property at interchange, county board, tree trimming, snow moving

The following questions were asked recently by inquiring readers:

Q: Who owns the property where the Burger King business used to be located? Someone needs to get that property cleaned up because it is an eyesore at our interchange.

A: According to records with the York County Assessor’s office, the property ownership is listed as: Richard B. and Jody H. Swinney, Trustees.


Q: Is there a limit to how many people can apply for the vacant county commissioner seat?

A: No, there is no limit to the number of applicants.

They will all be interviewed in a public meeting of the board comprised of the county clerk, county treasurer and county attorney.

They all must live within the district’s boundaries, have a high school diploma or GED, and be a registered voter.


Q: I have seen a tree trimming crew in York a lot over the course of several months it seems. One crew comes through and trims, the other comes around later with a wood chipper. They seem to be just driving down an alley and trimming all the trees on different properties, so certainly they aren’t hired by individual property owners because it all seems so random. I’m just curious as to what is going on.

A: This tree trimming company is working for the Nebraska Public Power District. NPPD hired them to go through the city and determine if branches are encroaching upon power lines, as a way to maintain clear lines and avoid outages. So the crews determine if branches are too close, touching, etc., and trim accordingly. The impacted property owners are not charged for the services. The property owners are also given a heads up ahead of time, as flyers have been left on porches, etc., prior to the work being done.


Q: How old is York County?

A: The county recently turned 150. The city of York did as well.


Q: How many city council seats will be up for election this year?

A: Four. Each election cycle, four of the eight seats are on the ballot.


Q: Is there a way to know how many bills advanced from last session to this session at the Unicameral?

A: A total of 110 bills were advanced in the past session to general file – the first round of deliberation – which can be taken up this session as soon as they are scheduled. Fourteen are on select file.

This is a 60-day session, which is scheduled to end on April 18.


Q: How does the city prioritize streets for snow removal?

A: City officials say, “the city prioritizes streets based on public safety services, traffic volumes and functional classifications. Priority will be placed on main arterial roads, public safety services (hospital, EMS, fire, police), schools and high traffic volume streets, while side streets and residential streets will be secondary. Once priority streets are sufficiently cleared, the crews will move to residential areas. Each crew member has primary and secondary routes, again placing priority on public safety services, schools and streets with high traffic volumes. The timing of plowing greatly depends on the timing of a storm and input from the local public safety departments.”


Q: When it snowed over Christmas, I saw some people pushing the snow from their properties into the streets. Isn’t that against regulations?

A: Yes, it is. City officials say pushing snow from driveways or sidewalks into the street is prohibited.


Q: A while back, you ran a story about home remedies to solve all kinds of problems. I was wondering if you included anything about gum in carpet. I have gum in my basement carpet after the grandkids were here for Christmas and I cannot get it out.

A: Referring back to old tried and true remedies, including some from old Heloise clippings, use good old vinegar.

It says to warm ¼ cup of white vinegar in the microwave. Dab a clean white cloth or towel into the vinegar, and then dab it onto the gum. Use a dull knife or the side of a spoon to scrape away as much gum as you can. Use an old toothbrush to brush away the remaining gum.


Q: As we opened a bottle of champagne on New Year’s Eve – the only bottle of champagne we buy all year – we wondered why we bother drinking it on Dec. 31.

A: When the drink started being bottled and sold to the masses in the 1880s, it was marketed as an “aspirational beverage.” The tradition is intended to “manifest riches and fulfill aspirations in the year to come.”

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