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County to set date for demolition

Friday, December 3, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners will set a date to open bids for the removal/demolition of county-owned property near the courthouse in McCook during their weekly meeting Monday.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m., in the commissioners' office on the third floor of the courthouse.

Commissioners are offering the apartment house at 524 Norris, at the north end of the courthouse block, for sale/removal or demolition, in an effort to create a parking lot. Monday, they will set a date to open bids.

Other agenda items include discussion of work zone and road closure traffic devices for use on rural roads, bridge inspections, an agreement through Miller & Associates to provide assistance to the county surveyor, and the transfer of funds within the 2010 budget.

Commissioners will also move to close the courthouse at noon on Thursday, Dec. 23, and remain closed on Friday, Christmas Eve.


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This is the former home of Gov. Brooks. It is an historic site. At one point McCook was working on the Heritage Square concept with the Brooks home, Morrison home, Nelson home, Norris home and the Frank Lloyd Wright house. Where is the "McCook Group" now? Where is the local Historial Society? Where are the headlines and call-in folks? Where is Nuff Said and Remmington81 and Dale Cotton? The city and college has to "save" an old DAR building but we can tear down the home of a Governor?

-- Posted by dennis on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 3:37 PM

An idea, perhaps the bricks from "waste" ward could be used to pave the parking lot, and the save waste ward group could go and sit on benches made from wood from the Brooks home and everyone would be happy! Yea right.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 2:20 PM

Dennis, I couldn't agree with you more. Seems to me that there are some out there who simply have a grudge against anything the city wants to do and turn a blind eye to the county. Or could it be that they are being encouraged by some of the county folks to do just that?

-- Posted by McCook Supporter on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 10:43 AM

Being elected Governor does not make that person's former house historic. Sorry but it takes a lot more than getting elected to do that. Besides, people need parking over there more than an empty house that nobody will ever use or visit. Brooks died after serving less than 2 years in office and didn't really do anything unprecedented and memorable in that time. The Norris house is historic because it is associated with a historic figure in George Norris. Brooks may have been a good person but he is not nor will he ever be a historic figure and if we are going to memorialize the house of good people from McCook then pretty much everybody's house could have a historical marker in front of it.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, Dec 8, 2010, at 10:02 AM

I respectfully disagree that Gov. Brooks should not be memorialized as an historic figure. He was a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, and being elected Governor is a BIG deal. He was the first McCook citizen to be elected Gov. which was unprecedented. I believe his home is way more of a historical site than the DAR building, West Ward, or the "old yellow house'. If the house can not be saved then at the very least the county should erect a marker that indicateds it was the site of the home. Action speaks louder than words and as a community we talk about the political history of McCook. Not recognizing the house/site would indicate that all we are is talk.

-- Posted by dennis on Wed, Dec 8, 2010, at 1:40 PM

I'd simply say it's not about getting the position but what you've done with the position that sets a person apart from all others. Some are mediocre in the position and others are extraordinary and the extraordinary ones are the ones who earn their position in history and how we remember them. Norris will always be greatly admired for his accomplishments not simply because he got elected. Nelson will continue to fade in memory as have Brooks and Morrison because of the lack of memorable achievements. The only thing Nelson has going for him is that he has a small entourage of people in McCook already trying to memorialize him. However, in time, airports are named and renamed and then renamed again, houses are sold, demolished and moved, statues are vandalized or removed and the world still continues to move forward on its own path, so who knows what the next 50 years will bring?

-- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, Dec 8, 2010, at 6:31 PM

I would like to respectfully disagree that Morrison had no accomplishments. But more over, isn't it rather remarkable that so many have been elected to the position from one town in SW NE? I heard Gov. Frank Morrison speak on several occasions, and he was a true orator, which we seem to be in such short supply of today. And probably most notably was the story of his plane ride home to McCook while Gov., and bringing home a republican of some standing. When the guest and Frank were still in the air, supposedly the guest asked,"so Frank, why do you suppose they call it the republican river", to which Frank replied, "I don't know if it because it is so shallow, or so crooked." He should be memorialized for that reason alone in my humble opinion.

-- Posted by hulapopper on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 9:17 PM


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