Questions of the Week — Readers ask about attorneys, garlic, mining venture, animal limits, abandoned vehicles

The following questions were asked recently by inquiring readers: 


Q: How many attorneys work in the York County Attorney’s office?

A: Three.


Q: Can you grow garlic in Nebraska?

A: This writer has never done it but Nebraska Extension says yes, you can. They also add, “for best results with garlic, plant in the fall. Ideally, it should be planted about six weeks before the ground freezes. This is usually sometime in early October. Garlic planted in fall produces larger yields than spring-planted crops.”


Q: How is the new turf project at Levitt Stadium being funded?

A: LB 357 funds will be used to pay for this project.


Q: What is going on at corner of Highway 34 and Division Avenue, just east of the NPPD operations center? It is just a mess and looks awful and I cannot for the life of me figure out what that situation is all about.

A: That area is a new data mining venture.

Over a year ago, BginUSA selected the City of York as the location for their next data mining complex. At the time of the announcement, the company said they expect the $8 million endeavor to create five to eight jobs.

The data mining project brought about 30 units of computer servers and an office to the north end of the plot which the company purchased from the city (this area was owned by the municipality as its second industrial park).

During city council meetings, leading up to the land sale, Nicole Sedlacek, economic development manager from NPPD, presented information on data mining as a valuable economic development opportunity for York. Data mining operations generate revenues for the city through the city’s electricity lease agreement with NPPD as well as city sales tax revenues on electricity sales.


Q: How many animals are allowed in one house, in York?

A: York’s municipal code says it is unlawful for any person to keep or harbor more than two dogs or three cats in one home unless the property is located in the industrial zone and a special use permit is obtained.


Q: How old is the Farmers Valley Cemetery by Henderson? It is just beautiful and so historic. I was there recently for the first time and was just in awe.

A: Farmers Valley Cemetery was established in 1876 on land donated for the purpose by John Brown.

It is the final resting place of many pioneers including Marion Littlefield who was killed by Indians at Pebble Creek, Mary Kailey and her child who froze to death in the legendary Easter blizzard of 1873 and Nebraska State Senator Perry Reed.

As far as the man who donated the land, John Brown was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on Dec. 28, 1808, and died July 30, 1878.


Q: I remember, many years ago as a kid, we’d hear what the folks called “sonic booms” when military aircraft would be in training sessions over where we farmed. I haven’t heard about a sonic boom in the longest time – until this week when they were talking about the one over Washington/Virginia this past weekend. Can you tell us what exactly is a sonic boom?

A: A sonic boom is an incredible noise when airplanes overhead fly faster than the speed of sound.

According to NASA, as the plane “speeds through the air, the air reacts like fluid. Molecules are pushed aside with great force and this forms a shock wave, much like a boat creates a wake in water.” The result is a very, very loud noise.


Q: My neighbors have two broken down vehicles on the street in front of their house, which is then subsequently near my house. The vehicles never move, I don’t think they can move because they don’t work. I’m not sure what they are keeping these vehicles for. But anyway, my question is whether or not this is legal in York, to have broken down vehicles on the street.

A: Section 36-288 of York’s municipal code says it is unlawful for any person to leave unattended on any street in the city any disabled vehicle, which is not able to move on its own power. It’s the owner’s responsibility to have the vehicle towed. If not, the police department can order that it be moved and then the owner is required to pay for the towing and the subsequent impoundment.

If there is a problem with a broken-down vehicle sitting on a street, the reader can call the police department.


Q: What is the number one tourist attraction in Nebraska?

A: The number one tourist attraction in Nebraska is Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. It has more than two million visitors every year.



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