Oakland City Office Hours

City Office hours:
Monday 8:30 to Noon
Tuesday 8:30-Noon/1:00-4:00
Wednesday 8:30 to Noon
Thursday 8:30-Noon/1:00-4:00
Friday 8:30-Noon/1:00-4:00


Flood Watch

Including the cities of Onawa, Mapleton, Pender, Macy, Walthill, 
Winnebago, West Point, Wisner, Tekamah, Oakland, Lyons, 
and Decatur
315 PM CDT Fri Oct 6 2017


The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has expanded the

* Flood Watch to include portions of west central Iowa and 
Nebraska, including the following areas, in west central Iowa, 
Monona. In Nebraska, Burt, Cuming, and Thurston. 

* Through late tonight

* Occasional rounds of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain
are expected through tonight. Additional amounts of up to 2
inches are possible, which would put storm total rains from
Thursday through tonight in the 2 to 6 inch range. Flooding of 
low-lying areas, urban areas and eventually rivers and streams 
could result. 


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Jo Anne Johnson, 81, of Lyons NE

Jo Anne Johnson was born August 9, 1936 on a farm North of Divide Center, Nebraska, the fourth of six children born to Clarence and May (Peterson) Drummond. She passed away October 4, 2017, at her home in Lyons, Nebraska, at the age of 81 years.

Jo grew up on the family farm and attended Divide Center School. She graduated from Lyons High School in 1953.

On April 17, 1953 Jo and James Johnson were united in marriage. They were blessed with six children; Michael, Mylet, Milan, Jill, Jeffrey and Jerry. Jo and Jim owned the Emerson Tri-County Press from 1967 to 1975. She also worked as a Nurse Aide at Emerson Nursing Home. They moved to Oakland, Nebraska in 1975 and Jo started working at Oakland Heights Nursing Home as an Aide; in 1978 she began her career as Bookkeeper, retiring in May of 2013.

Jo was dedicated to her family. She loved to cook and bake. She dearly loved all her family and friends, and treasured their times together.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lyons, Nebraska where she served as Deacon and was a PW member. She was baptized and confirmed at the Divide Center Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Magel (Norwood) Rohloff.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Mike (Kathy) Johnson, Mylet (Jeff) Kutchera, Milan (Pam) Johnson, Jill (Brad) Brink, Jeff (Suzanne) Johnson, Jerry Johnson; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Leon) Bruns, LaVonne “Bonnie” Rassmussen, Gladys Pipal; brother, Jon (Ronda) Drummond; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


Monday October 9th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038


Monday October 9th
11:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons340 Everett Street
Lyons, Nebraska 68038

A private family burial will be held.

Memorials suggested to the family for future designation.

Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Jo Anne Johnson

Lyons City Council Meeting Agenda


A Copy of the “Open Meetings Act” Has Been Posted on the Bulletin Board on the East Side in the Council Chambers.




October 3, 2017 – 5:30 P.M.


The City Council reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time as deemed appropriate and in accordance with State Statute.



  1. Meeting called to order.






Recommended Action: Approval of Consent Agenda

NOTE: All items are automatically approved when the Consent Agenda is approved unless moved to the Regular Agenda by the request of any single Council member.

  1. Dispense with reading of minutes of meetings held September 7.
  2. Claims as presented.
  3. Treasurer report.
  4. Clerks Report of Mayoral Action: Resolution No. 2017-5: 2017-2018 Budget Year – Set Property Tax request at a different amount than prior year was signed.

Resolution No. 2017-6: Increase the restricted funds authority by one percent, to become three and one half percent was signed.

Resolution No. 2017-7: Adopt the 2017-2018 Budget was signed.

Motion and second to approve the Consent Agenda/Tabulation of Vote.




Consideration and Action:


  1. Cancelled @ 11:16 a.m. 10/02/2017: Brad Slaughter of Ameritas Financial – Update on Pool Bond interest rates.


  1. Colton Ruzicka – Discuss fishing in the Brink Park lagoon to return to the fish and release program as people are catching too many fish.


  1. Approve/not approve Resolution Number 2017-4: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF LYONS, NEBRASKA, RELATING TO THE STOREFRONT THEATER, declares and adopts the attached “Storefront Theater USER AGREEMENT” as the terms and conditions for the usage of the equipment and premises.
    1. Motion and second by City Council to adopt Resolution 2017-4.
    2. Tabulation of votes.


  1. Police report by Chief Buck.


  1. Library & Grant reports by Mike Heavrin.


  1. Utilities report.
  1. Red Placard Notice.
  2. Dump-Cement.
  3. Certification Class.
  4. Hiway Café electric.
  5. Water Tower.











October 3, 2017 – 5:30 P.M.



  1. Clerk’s Report.
    1. Income Statement – General.
    2. Income Statement – Utility.
    3. Budget Reports – General and Utility.
    4. 2017-2018 Annual Budget was filed with NE State Auditor and Burt Co Treasurer on 09/14/2017.
    5. Brad Slaughter of Ameritas will be at the November council meeting to give an update on the Pool Bond interest rates.


  1. Discuss Clint Peterson, CPA, audit proposal.


  1. Approve/not approve letter agreement from Ric Ortmeier CPA for 2017 auditing services at a cost of $14,950.00.
    1. Motion and second from council Members.
    2. Tabulation of votes.


  1. Discuss and consider to approve a health insurance plan.


  1. Discuss and consider to approve a Life and AD&D plan as Federated is exiting this business also.


  1. Discuss soliciting Long Term Disability cost quotes.


  1. Discuss advertising for cleaning of the Lyons Community Center. Added: Lori Wheaton and Laura Rogers at 4:45 p.m. 09/29/2017


  1. Added @ 10:30 a.m. 10/02/2017 — Discuss Easement for property at 555 N 5th St, Lyons, NE 68038.


  1. Executive Session – Discuss employee evaluation reviews: 6 month review for Will Dyer, Terry Ueding, Robert Rivera, and Mike Heavrin as Grant Writer.


  1. Motion and second by Council members to adjourn the meeting.
    1. Tabulation of vote.

News From Bancroft Senior Center

 Bancroft Senior Center News by Connie Bargmann

*If you are 60+ and need information on programs designed to help keep you stay in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648. There are no membership fees or attendance requirements and new faces are always welcome.

* We have the following medical equipment to loan out on an as need basis, wheel chair, bath seats, toilet seat riser and portable toilet chair, crutches or walkers. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.

Meals on Wheels

*Would you like to get Meals on Wheels? Anyone over the age of 60 years and lives within the city limits are eligible for these meals. You may sign up anytime for the Meals on Wheels program; you can get the meals delivered however many times you want them each week. You must call 402-687-2332 before 8:30 a.m. if you want a meal that day. The suggested donation for the meal is $4.00.


Weekly Activities:

Wed. Oct. 4: Chime practice at 9:00 a.m. Coffee times at 10:00 a.m. FROG Ex. at 1:00 p.m. The golf game is on the agenda at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 5: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. Come and play Skip-Bo at 1:30 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 6: Come in for coffee. Sign up to play hand & foot tournament or the pinochle tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Mon. Oct. 9: Join us for coffee this morning.  Come and learn how to play Bunco, it’s a dice game, at 1:30 p.m.

Tues. Oct.10: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 p.m. Sign up to play hand & foot at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 11: Chime practice 9:00 a.m. Coffee time is at 10:00 a.m. FROG Ex. at 1:00 p.m. Sign up to play in the pinochle tournament at 1:30 p.m.


Meals on Wheels

Getting tired of cooking for one person and then have left over’s that you will be eating for the next couple of days? Why don’t you consider getting meals on wheels; the meals are very nutritious and provide you with the protein, fruits and vegetables needed for a well balanced meal. Contact the manager at the Bancroft Senior Center if you have more questions or want to sign up; the number is 402-648-3387.


Growing Opportunities in Nebraska’s Manufacturing Industry

By Governor Pete Ricketts

Nebraska is a state known for growing things and making things.  October is Manufacturing Month in Nebraska.  Throughout the month we’ll be celebrating our manufacturers who are making world-class equipment and growing great job opportunities across our state.  There are 97,000 Nebraskans employed in our manufacturing industry.  Whether it’s assembling cargo doors for Kawasaki’s first American aerospace division in Lincoln, welding livestock headgates at Pearson in Thedford, or constructing center pivot irrigation equipment at Valmont in McCook, Nebraska’s manufacturers contribute $13 billion annually towards growing our state.


To celebrate Manufacturing Month and our second largest industry, I am visiting several Nebraska manufacturers this week.  In each year of my administration, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and I have partnered with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce to visit manufacturers across our state.  Our annual celebration of manufacturing encourages businesses to promote opportunities in skilled labor through company tours and community events.  This year’s visits will take us to Grand Island, Sidney, Gering, Alliance, Holdrege, and Omaha.


In Nebraska, manufacturing has helped our state grow for many years.  Over the last two years, the industry has helped us reach over 1 million jobs, a record level of non-farm employment for Nebraska.  This year, it also helped Nebraska win the prestigious Governor’s Cup for the most economic development projects per capita.  Investments from manufacturers like Kawasaki, Smeal Fire Apparatus, State Steel, and Worldlawn Power Equipment helped bring this award to our state.


We aren’t taking future growth for granted.  My administration has partnered with Nebraska’s economic development community to encourage future growth by promoting tax reform, cutting red tape, and expanding educational opportunities in fields related to manufacturing.


Passing tax reform would unleash new investment by the state’s manufacturers and aid the state in attracting new firms and job opportunities.  This year, the Revenue Committee advanced the most significant tax reform package in a generation to the floor of the Legislature.  While special interests have attempted to defeat tax reform, I continue to work on proposals with State Senators.  A couple key principles are guiding my work on tax reform.  First, the only way to get sustainable tax relief is by controlling spending.  Second, shifting taxes from one group to another is not tax relief.


My administration is also actively working on a comprehensive review of red tape to cut unnecessary regulations on the state’s manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and job creators.  Right now, Forbes ranks Nebraska as the third best state in the nation for business and number one for regulatory environment.  We cannot stand still if we want to remain competitive, and that’s why this summer I launched a review of all state regulation.  Under the executive order I signed, all agencies are conducting a review of existing and pending agency regulations.  Every state agency will be answering key questions including:  Is the regulation essential to the health, safety, or welfare of Nebraskans?  Do the costs of the regulation outweigh the benefits?  Is the regulation more restrictive than the underlying law that created it?  Our goal is to eliminate a portion of the 7.5 million words in Nebraska’s regulatory code, which includes 100,000 restrictions.


Over the past three years, my administration has successfully partnered with local school districts and businesses to connect students in junior high and beyond with careers in manufacturing.  In 2015, the Legislature and I worked together to create the Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI).  The program is exposing seventh and eighth grade students to Nebraska’s manufacturing and technology sectors through partnerships between businesses and school districts in Broken Bow, Kearney, Hastings, Hebron, Omaha, Scottsbluff, and York.


Our DYTI program has already shown success in growing student interest in manufacturing.  During a program partnership with Distefano in Omaha, DYTI funding provided an opportunity for students to attend new classes in robotics and welding.  After this experience, over 40 percent more students said that they would consider a manufacturing career than before the program.


My team and I appreciate the hard work that our state’s business leaders, educators, and job creators are doing to grow Nebraska through manufacturing.  I hope you’ll join my administration this month in celebrating Nebraska manufacturers.  Throughout the month, I encourage you to share how manufacturing is creating opportunity in your community with my office.  To do so, please call 402-471-2244 or

Larie Ann Way, 84, of Fremont NE

Larie Ann Way, 84 years, of Fremont, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home in Fremont.

Services are pending with Pelan Funeral Services.

Happenings at Oakland Heights

Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

This week on Thursday September 14th Charlie Davis will be here to play his Harmonica at 2:30 pm. and on Friday September 15th is Happy Hour starting at 2:30. Nebraska Football game at 11:00 am on Saturday 16th  it is also Jene Hightree celebrates his birthday on the 16th. Next week on Tuesday September 19th we will be serving Root Beer Floats at 2:30 pm. On Thursday September 21st is our Monthly Waffle Supper, resident’s family can come up and have supper with them, we start serving at 5:30 pm.

Church Service for Sunday September 17th  will be given by the First Baptist Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service.

Activities for the week of September 18th to September 23rd   are as follows, reading with Suzanne, Manicures, Reminiscing Group, Sing A Long, Game Day, Bingo the w/Salem, Mike Barger, Reading Group, Bible Fellowship, Word Games, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Friday Bingo, Saturday Video, Nebraska Football, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Suzanne Sanderson, Cover McCauley, Nadine Anderson, Kathy Rennerfeldt, Marilee Groth, Judy Nelson, Dani Moseman, Anne Anderson, Patty Miller, Marge Maller, Shirley Olson, and Makayla Johnson.

Guest signing the guest book last week was; Mary Stuenkel and Brain Goracke to see Jene Hightree.



Warmer Weather Means More Dove Hunting

With warm temperatures stretching into mid-September, there are still opportunities for dove hunting in Nebraska.

Cold fronts tend to spur migratory doves to move through Nebraska, said Jeff Lusk, upland game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The warm temperatures that Nebraska has experienced recently have likely encouraged migratory mourning and white-winged doves to stay a bit longer.

Those hunting doves should take care to hunt safely and legally:

— It is unlawful to shoot at birds from roads.

— Hunters may not shoot at birds perched on telephone wires or power lines. Doing so is both unsafe and unlawful.

— Dove hunters must have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Hunters may register for HIP at or any Game and Parks office.  A federal migratory bird hunting stamp (duck stamp) is not required to hunt doves. Shotgun plugs are also required, restricting it to no more than three shells.

— Dove hunters who find a leg band on a dove should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at In addition, randomly selected hunters will be asked to save one wing from each dove during the first week of the season and mail the wings postage-free to the USFWS.

Doves may be hunted statewide. The season is Sept. 1 – Oct. 30, with daily bag and possession limits of 15 and 45, respectively. Bag limits are for mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared-doves in aggregate. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

New to Medicare Workshop

By Mary Loftis

Celebrate your upcoming 65th birthday by attending a “New to Medicare!” class.

If you or a family member will be turning 65 in the near future, it’s a milestone birthday and a cause for celebration. It can also be a cause for concern and confusion.

Once you know the basics you can handle the rest, or at least will know who to call for help.


Join the Medicare Basics informational meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at the Dodge County Extension Office at 1206 West 23rd Street, Fremont NE.


The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and absolutely nothing will be marketed or sold at this event. It’s a free informational meeting presented by Mary Loftis, a trained Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselor. Anyone from any county or community is welcome to take part in this program. Family members are encouraged to also attend.


Please call Nebraska Extension in Dodge County at 402-727-2775 or in Burt County at 402-374-2929 to register so enough materials will be available for the meeting.



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