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SMITHVILLE — According to Assistant City Administrator Nickie Lee and Development Director Jack Hendrix, with input from Mayor Damien Boley and City Administrator Cynthia Wagner, the city’s top three accomplishments of 2019 include infrastructure, economic development and engagement.

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KEARNEY — A proposed plan to open the old city quarry and rezone the space for industrial use is causing a dustup among city residents who are worried about traffic, safety and noise and air pollution in an area that also includes a nearby elementary school.

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KEARNEY — For Kearney, 2019 was a year of investments in infrastructure and public safety resources. In 2020, Mayor Randy Pogue said residents can expect more infrastructure improvements as well as updates to city amenities.

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Kearney — After 41 years of emergency calls in the middle of the night for snow removal, burst water lines and sewer backups, Kearney Utilities Director Jay Bettis will no longer be on call after Dec. 31.

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LIBERTY — The city will gain a senior living community called the Wellington after Liberty City Council, at the last meeting of 2019, approved a special use permit from applicant O’Reilly Development.

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KEARNEY — The city will host an open house for longtime Kearney employee Jay Bettis from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Kearney City Hall, 100 E. Washington St. Bettis, the city's outgoing utilities director, is slated to retired at the end of 2019, but will retain a contract with the city …

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SMITHVILLE — Capital projects such as the Main Street Trail and a basketball court in Heritage Park are getting their footing in Smithville after passage of a balanced 2020 budget by aldermen.

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KEARNEY — Larry Pratt, a Kearney resident who served as the Kearney fire distrct chief for more than 50 years before his retirement, was appointed to the city's zoning board of adjustment Monday, Nov. 18.

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KEARNEY — Clay County Public Health Center recognized the public health contributions of the city of Kearney by presenting city leaders a Community Health in Action award at the Kearney Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 18.

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SMITHVILLE — After a brief discussion and appeal from the property owner to remove stipulations pertaining to when use can stop and use of a radio on the field, Smithville aldermen gave final approval Nov. 5, to a conditional use permit for a privately-owned athletic field on the Swearingins…

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KEARNEY — In a move that included some confusion on whether the mayor was required to cast a tie-breaking vote, Kearney city leaders Monday, Nov. 5, opted to change the city building code to require ice barrier underlayment for roof coverings on residences.

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KEARNEY — Kearney Amphitheater will have a new face by the beginning of the 2020 season, Assistant Park Director Ryan Marcotte said.

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KEARNEY — The city's fall bulky item pick-up event runs Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21 to 24. The service runs the same day as a residents regular trash service day.

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LIBERTY — In a rare move, Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton cast the deciding vote after the six council members split the vote on the Liberty Parkway Plaza project. In Liberty, the mayor votes to break a tie.

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KEARNEY — Once again Kearney's keeping of financial records was presented fairly and received a clean opinion from they city's annual auditing firm, Accounting Solutions.

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SMITHVILLE — For the first time in the long history of the development, Smithville has building permits out and the awaited construction of Smithville Marketplace has commenced.

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KEARNEY — As it has over the course of the last year, Kearney is working to resolve issues associated with faulty, aging waterlines throughout the city.