Questions of the Week — Readers ask about dispatchers, dog park, voting, prison workers, special sessions and corn

The following questions were asked recently by inquiring readers:


Q: How many dispatchers/employees are there, working at the York County Emergency Communications Center? It’s such an important job and it’s my hope there are plenty of dispatchers so they aren’t over-worked.

A: There are 11 people employed at the York County Emergency Communications Center. They include: Leila Luft, communications director; Mindy Gerken, deputy director; and communications officers Kelly Miller, Jeana Due, Mary Marget, Rachel Borges, Tania Billington, Megan Pinney, Tyleigh Kirkpatrick, Kaylie Ruiz and Christy Pool.


Q: I love to take my dog to the dog park in York, but sometimes there are people there who just don’t seem to be minding the rules. That said, can you tell us what kind of rules the city has in place for the use of the dog park?

A: According to York Parks and Recreation, the following rules are in place for the dog park:

  • Users of the dog park do so at their own risk.
  • The City of York and its agents and employees are not responsible for injuries to any persons or animals, or for damages to any property.
  • No alcohol, tobacco or glass containers are allowed in the dog park.
  • The dog park is open during daylight hours.
  • All dogs must have a current license and rabies vaccination and be free of disease before entering the dog park.
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted in dog park.
  • All dog owners are responsible for their own dog at all times.
  • Dogs must not be left unattended or out of sight.
  • Supervise your dog as they move around the park.
  • Dog owners or handlers are liable for any damage to property, persons or other animals caused by their dog(s).
  • Each dog owner or handler shall not have more than two dogs in the dog park at a time.
  • Dog owners or handlers must pick up and dispose of dog waste in the container provided.
  • Digging is not permitted. Dog owners must try to fill in any holes their dogs may dig in the park.
  • Dogs in heat are not allowed in the dog park.
  • Children under 10 years of age are not permitted in the park unless they are under adult supervision or very young and attached to parents in a snuggly or front/backpack. No running or chasing by older children is allowed.
  • Report any damage or vandalism to York Parks and Recreation Department 402-363-2630


Q: When you go to vote early at the courthouse, do you have to bring identification like you have to when you go to the polls on Primary Election Day?

A: Yes.


Q: A few weeks ago, you provided voter registration totals for the county, which I found to be really interesting. Have they changed since then? I just think it shows how the majority of locals are feeling when it comes to the Primary Election. Can you give us the latest figures?

A: The latest figures for York County, according to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office, show the following as far as current registered voters:

  • Republicans: 6,212
  • Democrats: 1,337
  • Libertarians: 113
  • Members of the Legal Marijuana NOW Party: 32
  • Non-partisan: 1,527
  • Total: 9,221


Q: Is it true that Nebraska Corrections is one of the largest state agencies in the state, because so many people are employed by the prison system? How many people are employed within the state’s prison system?

A: According to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, the agency operates nine prisons in five communities in Nebraska. It is the second largest state agency and employs approximately 2,300 team members in more than 150 different job classifications.


Q: Governor Pillen keeps saying he’ll call as many special sessions as needed to address his tax cutting ideas and “winner takes all” proposal. What does our state’s constitution say regarding when a special session can be called?

A: Nebraska Constitution Article IV-8 says, regarding special legislative sessions: “The governor may, on extraordinary occasions, convene the Legislature by proclamation, stating therein the purpose for which they are convened, and the Legislature shall enter upon no business except that for which they were called together.”


Q: I am planting sweet corn in my garden for the first time. When I can put the seed in the ground?

A: The magic date is April 15, according to the Nebraska Farm Bureau.


Q: We know Nebraska is a leader is corn and soybean production, as well as beef production. How many hogs are raised in Nebraska?

A: According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, 3.8 million pigs are raised in Nebraska each year.


Q: My grandma always dried out her eggshells, crushed them and put them in her garden. What was the purpose?

A: According to numerous sources, “eggshells can be good for your garden because they contain calcium carbonate, which can help plants grow and strengthen their structure. Calcium is beneficial to plants, especially for preventing end rot, which is caused by a lack of calcium. Eggshells can also help make soil more alkaline, which many plants prefer.”



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