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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

County Supports Constitution Week


August 24, 2022 | View PDF

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

On Sept. 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, signed the framework of their new country.

On Aug. 15, 2022, the Cheyenne County Commissioners signed a document declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week and Sept. 17 as Constitution Day. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 men on Sept. 17, 1987. The Constitutional Convention came to a close in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Penn.

Seventy individuals were chosen to attend the meeting, according to, with the initial intent of amending the Articles of Confederation. Fifty-five men attended most of the meetings with never more than 46 present at any one time, and only 39 actually signing the Constitution.

The commissioners also approved an agreement of Amended Inmate Telecommunications General Service Agreement regarding Fast Case Law Library Service. The agreement allows for a type of online “law library” for inmate use.

Cheyenne County Fair Board Treasurer Kip Miller also gave an update. Miller talked about the cost of events including the rodeo and demolition derby in comparison to revenue from ticket sales.

“It's a struggle, but we'll get there,” he said.

He said the goal is to plan a year ahead.

“That's what I would like to see,” he said.

The commissioners also held a public hearing, then approved, an application for a floodplain/floodway development permit for the Nebraska Department of Transportation for milling and asphalt overlay on Interstate 80.

An executive session was held to discuss settlement offers from Bass Pro (dba Cabela's) regarding Property Valuation Appeals pending before the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission.

County Assessor Mel Keller met with the commissioners regarding a Tax List Correction for Jenifer S. Holaday-Yeaney, and a report on the Assessor's review of cemetery property.

Tourism Director Kendra Mitchell presented five grant applications before the commissioners: PNCC Event, Rod N Roll Classic, Oktoberfest, Potter Carbowl and Sidney Gold Rush Days.


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