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Noxious Weed Board looking for applicants

November 22, 2016 GMT

No one filed to run for election to the Lincoln County Noxious Weed Board in the election Nov. 8.

Three seats will be vacated in January, and the county is looking for applicants to fill the four-year terms.

“None of the incumbents filed and there were no new people to file,” said County Clerk Becky Rossell.

County commissioners discussed the situation Monday and will advertise for people to fill the positions. The county has set 5 p.m. Dec. 9 as the deadline for submitting a letter of intent to be considered for the board.

Applicants must live in rural areas outside city or village limits in the county, Rossell said. Letters may be submitted to board assistant Tammy White.

The commissioners will make appointments on Jan. 3. Swearing in of those selected would take place on Jan. 5.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of two vehicles for the Lincoln County Emergency Management Office. The vehicles will be used by deputy directors in Dundy and Hitchcock counties for their emergency management duties.

“We will maintain ownership of the vehicles,” said Brandon Myers, emergency management director. “Dundy and Hitchcock counties will do regular maintenance on the vehicles.”

The counties recently joined to share emergency management resources under the guidance of Myers.

Bids were let previously, but Myers said the vehicle selected was not in very good shape, so informal bids were sought again and two out of four auto dealers responded, Bill Summers Auto Group and Janssen Auto Group in North Platte.

In order to keep the process informal, the total expenditure needed to be less than $20,000. Two vehicles were purchased from Bill Summers: a used 2004 Dodge Ram crew cab and a 2006 Ford F-150. The cost for the two totaled $19,976, Rossell said.

The commissioners’ next meeting will be Nov. 28.