The city code book is now online under the forms and permits section and is available to review if seeking answers on the governance of Plainview. This code is for viewing only and changes are made periodically to the ordinances and regulations. If after reading what you are looking for and you still have questions, please call the city offices to get further information.
The City of Plainview will close their office doors for Veteran's Day to allow workers to attend ceremonies and enjoy the day of rest. This day was chosen over many others for the city to use as a holiday to honor and remember all veterans in the armed services. The city offices will be open back up on Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM.
On Wednesday, August 27th, the City of Plainview will have a special budget workshop that will be open to the public. Starting at 5:00 PM at the Community Center, the opportunity to voice and have input in next year's budget will be given. According to City Administrator Michael Holton, this is the most opportune time to participate in the democratic process in local government. "Nothing is more important during the course of the year than the decisions that are made during the local budget workshops. They set the tone for Plainview's future". It is encouraged to come with ideas and possible projects for the new fiscal year which starts October 2014.
The City of Plainview has picked Sunday, August 10th to close the pool for the summer season. With school starting on the 14th of August and the lifeguards going back to college, there is not enough personnel to keep it open beyond that date. The pool will also offer free doggy days on the 11th of August from 1-3 PM. This was started a couple of years ago and it has been a hit with the public. As usual, no aggressive dogs will be allowed into the pool
The City of Plainview will conduct a budget workshop and a special meeting to be held at the Plainview Community Building at 5:00 PM. The purpose of the workshop will be to line up various needs and costs for the fiscal year 2014-2015. According to City Administrator Michael Holton this is the time to get involved. "In the most transparent form of government, the citizens will have a say in what next year should look like in terms of infrastructure and the needs of the city", stated Holton. There will be another workshop that will be held in late August to help finalize many of the costs as well as a regular meeting
As part of the process to get a special bond on the November ballot, the Library Board is seeking 50 or more freeholders of land in Plainview that support the measure being put on the ballot. According to City Administrator Michael Holton, "The way it was explained to me was that this was an old statute that deals particularly with libraries and bonds. The bond company requires 50 freeholder signatures to be submitted to the County to get the bond issue on the November ballot". Holton plans on presenting the ballots to the Council on July 15th and then forward them to the Pierce County Clerk, Shannon Wragge.
On Tuesday evening, June 10th, Cory Miller was presented to the council as a nomination to fill the vacant seat that was left by Jason McAlexander. The council unanimously voted Cory in and he took his seat following the oath of office and will remain as a city council person through December following elections. "I look forward to working with Cory as he is level headed and will make thoughtful decisions", stated City Administrator Michael Holton. The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 15th at 7 PM.
With the impending retirement of City Clerk, Lori Wragge, coming in July, the City Council concluded their search for a new City Clerk and offered the position to Kelly Pendergast, a Plainview native. Along with three other candidates chosen for the finalists, Kelly's previous experience with other municipalities and city government proved to be the deciding factor. Judy Wilson, offered the recommendation to City Council on Monday evening, May 19th and also offered a recommendation to start the position at $35,000 salaried. Kelly accepted the position the next day and will begin her duties under training on June 3rd.
Early morning on Monday, May 19th, the City of Plainview experienced water pressure drop. There was a communication failure between the water wells and the water tower. Curt Hart, the Water Superintendent, responded to the call and had the system operational within minutes. It was reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for further instruction. Water pressure has been restored and appropriate measures are being taken to correct the
Family Dollar will open their doors this week with a grand opening ceremony to be held on Thursday, May 1st at 9:00 AM. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as prizes and give-aways for customers that morning. Special recognitions will be given to people that were involved in the project.
Long time City Clerk Lori Wragge gave her letter of resignation to the City Council on Tuesday evening, April 8. After 31 years of service to the community, Lori has decided to retire from public service and spend more time with her family. Nancy Ristow, Deputy Clerk, also resigned from her position the same evening. She will also be looking forward to spending more time with her family in Lincoln. Applications are now online and available to fill out for all interested parties considering a career in public administration as a Clerk. Clink on this link to download an application. Financing and public administration experience considered a plus. The job position will remain open until filled.
The City of Plainview will have a public hearing on Tuesday, April 8th to allow the public to discuss the proposed five districts that the City has slated for repair and removal. The first district consists of two blocks located on West Street on the north end of Plainview. The second district is the intersection area located next to the Legion Club and running south. The third district is the street located directly north of the new Family Dollar that runs east and west between 3rd and 4th street. The fourth district is the section of 9th Street on the south side of the highway that is still on oil. The last district is the section of 4th Street that runs from Euclid Street north to Grant Street. This is an unpaved road that is up near the hospital where the new developments are. The public is invited to express their opinion and to find out more on costs and possible assessments.
The City of Plainview launched a new website this week and is one of the first cities in Nebraska to offer a mobile version to online users. The site and is easily accessed on a desktop computer, smartphone or tablet.
The website was introduced at the February City Council meeting by Michael L. Holton, Plainview City Administrator, and Carrie Pitzer, owner of Pitzer Digital, LLC. Pitzer designed and developed the website and mobile version for the City of Plainview.
While more information will be added to the website during the next several months, the new website already offers much of the information needed by residents, as well as those considering a move to the Pierce County community. There's a link called "What Do I Go For" that answers questions new residents may have about Plainview.
Among the content on the website is contact information for city boards, clubs and organizations, as well as dates for festivals, swimming pool hours and fees, forms and permit applications and a city calendar of events.
The homepage features a scrolling news feed that will be utilized in emergency situations, including for snow or water emergencies. There are also links to weather, road conditions and community links, such as Plainview Public School and Carnegie Library. Photos on the City of Plainview website were provided by The Plainview News.
Among the additions to the website in the coming months will be online bill pay.
"Nebraska" earned six Academy Award nominations today, including one for Best Picture.
The 2013 black-and-white comedy-drama was filmed in Northeast Nebraska with a majority of the film shot in Plainview.
Starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, Alexander Payne directed "Nebraska" and transformed the community of Plainview into the fictional town of Hawthorne.
The film, released on Nov. 15, 2013, was also nominated for Best Director (Alexander Payne); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bruce Dern); Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb); Best Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson); and Best Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael).