Manley owes its existence to the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which built its main line from Atchison, KS, to Omaha in 1881-82. This line traversed Cass County south-to-north coming through Avoca, Weeping Water, Manley, and on to Louisville.
No Barnyard Cinema this weekend at the Lofte - screen blew over in the wind yesterday.
2020-07-31 Clements Column – Session Resumed
The Legislature resumed its 2020 session on July 20th after the COVID-19 shutdown caused us to recess for four months. I have had no health problems and I hope you are staying safe and well. We are keeping the Capitol building clean and safe, and it is still open for tours.
With less than seven Legislative days left, it is still unknown whether we will pass property tax relief. LB 1106, which I support, lowers school property taxes and replaces that amount with state aid. There are many strong views on the bill, making progress difficult. LB 1106 has majority support, but not enough to pass a filibuster. Several Omaha and Lincoln senators oppose the limit on school spending growth. I will keep working toward solution.
Another major bill is LB 814, a dismemberment abortion ban. Last week we had a successful vote to move it out of the Judiciary Committee and onto the floor for debate. It was filibustered for three hours and the Speaker needs enough support shown for debate to continue. I am optimistic that enough votes will be found.
LB 870, which I prioritized, was signed into law and is now in effect. This new law allows cities to directly borrow from banks during disasters to make repairs and restore disrupted services. This would help cities like Peru that had to truck in drinking water during the 2019 floods.
LB 153 excludes 50% of military retirement pay from Nebraska income tax. It is on Final Reading with unanimous support and should pass. However, it may not be effective until January 1, 2022 due to the $14 million cost and lower state revenues.
LB 147 would have provided training and guidance to school staff on how to intervene when students interrupt the classroom, harm others, or themselves. LB 147 failed by one vote due to a filibuster. It provided teachers legal protection if they responded reasonably to disruptive situations. Good teachers are leaving the profession because of increased violence in some schools.
The bill adjusting the 2019-2021 budget passed Friday July 31st. It allows for $46 million for 2019 state flood damages not paid by FEMA, and $9 million more for FEMA cost shares to counties. Correction worker pay increased by $5.7 million to help retain prison staff. Homestead exemption payments to counties increased by $5 million due to increased benefits. Also, $1.5 million was added for public health departments that are stressed by flood relief and COVID work. There was excess revenue in March, but now the budget just breaks even. Remaining bills with added spending will be difficult to fund.
Are you anxious to get back to some good ol' country music! We sure are!
We know you want to be safe and others do. too. Not only yourself, but also for others, please be aware that social-distancing and wearing of masks will be MANDATORY in our small theater for the time-being. Thank you for understanding.
…is upon us! Over the past couple of years, the Village has discussed making the Community Center a Tornado Shelter for residents who do not have a basement to go to or who have a need for a Shelter. With this wonderful building the Village has, the Board would like to provide this safety opportunity for the community, if there is a need.
Any time the Village is in a Tornado Watch or the siren goes off for a Tornado Warning, a Board member will open the Community Center. The basement will serve as a safety area. For emergency information have these phone numbers handy: Tim Glas – 402-515-7105, Denise Swenson 402-677-2587, Mickey Dalton 402-660-7032.
This will be a new venture for the Village & the Board, so if you have any helpful suggestions on how best to proceed, the Board would welcome your input. You may contact Denise Swenson (402-677-2587) or the Village Office (402-234-2304).