Jan 08, 2020 4:40 PM

City of Alliance takes over 'Pillars For The Park', Clerk Jines to retire

Posted Jan 08, 2020 4:40 PM

At Tuesday night's Alliance City Council meeting, the Council addressed a series of resolutions regarding the Pillars For The Park project, which will replace the pillars and sunken garden in Alliance Central Park. 

The first resolution transferred funds raised by the Pillars committee to City management. 

Alliance City Manager Jeff Sprock said that these funds will be locked in for use only in the sunken garden project. 

The second resolution authorize submittal of a letter of intent to apply for a Nebraska Department of Economic Development Civic and Community Center Financing Fund to assist with the project. 

The third resolution authorizes entering into a contract with a professional grant writer to submit the grant application. 

Sprock said that although the Pillars for the Park group is finished with their fundraising efforts, they will continue to play a role in the future of the sunken garden project.

In other council news on Jan. 7:

-Council authorized the budgeted purcahse of a Turf Vac with two attachments from Swanston Equipment of Fargo, ND in the amount of $25,141.  

-Council revised an earlier approved purchase of a new police vehicle utilizing the state contract; when council planned to make the purchase the price from the original bid winner had gone up.  The vehicle, a 2020 Ford F-150 Crew Cab, has now been purchased from the new low bid, Cover-Jones Motor Company, for $34,558.

-Alliance City Clerk Linda Jines informed the council of her intention to retire in March after over 40 years of service.  Council accepted Jines' resignation and will move forward in the discussion of selecting a new City Clerk.

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Seiler accepting applications for Newblom Foundation scholarships

Wally A. Seiler has announced that the Darold A. Newblom Foundation is now accepting applications for grants and scholarships which will be given by the foundation in May, 2020.  Seiler serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the foundation which was established under the terms of the Last Will and Testament of the late Mr. Newblom.

The bulk of the Newblom Estate was given to the foundation to support activities for the moral, mental, intellectual and physical development of young men and women in Box Butte and Dawes Counties, Nebraska; to provide scholarships in assisting students in obtaining an education; and to assist in the founding, equipping and maintaining of associations or institutions engaged in the advancement of learning.  This year will be the thirtieth year during which grants and scholarships from this foundation have been given.

Individuals whose educational plans and organizations whose goals coincide with the purposes for which this foundation was established should obtain application forms from Seiler by calling him at (308) 760-4693.  Applications for all funds to be awarded this year must be submitted to the foundation’s Board of Directors by March 31, 2020. Any questions concerning the applying for support from this foundation should be directed to Seiler by telephone at the above telephone number or by mail at his home address, 1208 Laramie Avenue, Alliance, Nebraska.

Mr. Newblom, a native of western Nebraska, operated the family’s farm near Hay Springs, Nebraska, until poor health forced him to retire in 1980.  Following his retirement, he moved to Alliance where he continued to reside until his death on December 15, 1988.