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2014 Board of Supervisors Agendas/Minutes/Notices



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 January 14, 2014   Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 January 28, 2014   Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 February 11, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 February 25, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 March 11, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 March 25, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 April 8, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 April 22, 2014  Notice  Agenda   Minutes 
 May 13, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 May 27, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 June 10, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 June 24, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 July 8, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 July 15, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 July 22, 2014  Notice  Agenda   Minutes
 August 12, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 August 26, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 September 9, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 September 23, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 October 14, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 October 28, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 November 10, 2014  Notice  Agenda   Minutes
 November 25, 2014  Notice  Agenda   Minutes
 December 9, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes
 December 23, 2014  Notice   Agenda   Minutes




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State of Nebraska offices: County Court, Extension, Probation, Reporting Center

*The Emergency Manager is hired by the Board of Supervisors and managed by the Sheriff

Elected officials are chosen by Buffalo County citizens through elections. Appointed officials are selected by the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors.

The following Nebraska statutes list qualifications, when required, general duties, and other information for some County elected officials:
The following Nebraska statutes list qualifications, when required, general duties, and other information for some County appointed officials:
  • Coroner - 23-1210
  • County Comptroller - 23-1401 (counties with cities of the metropolitan class) - County Clerk is ex officio county comptroller
  • County School Administrator - 23-330223-3312 (Clerk maintains records)
  • Election Commissioner - 32-211
  • Highway Superintendent - 39-2502
  • Jailer - 23-1703 (Sheriff unless county board of corrections)
  • Weed Control Superintendents - 2-954
  • Zoning Administrator - 23-114.04

Domestic Violence FAQ

What is a crime of Domestic Violence?
A crime of Domestic Violence (DV) is any crime involving individuals who are currently or have had in the past an intimate and/or dating relationship. It may include a physical assault. It may also include, but is not limited to, the following types of cases: damage to property, theft, refusing a request to leave, violation of a protection order, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, etc. 

A police report has been filed and the suspect was not arrested at the scene.  What happens next?
If they were not arrested at the scene and the crime involves Domestic Violence (DV), the police report will be further investigated by law enforcement. If that further investigation reveals sufficient evidence to believe a crime has been committed, the police will give that information to the County Attorney’s office for review. If the police do not believe a crime has occurred or that there is insufficient evidence to proceed in a criminal case, no further action will be taken.

If the County Attorney’s office believes sufficient evidence exists, appropriate charges will be filed, which may include the prosecutor’s request of the County Court for an arrest warrant for the suspect.

A police report has been filed and the suspect was arrested at the time of the incident or arrested on a warrant, what happens next?
The next step is usually an arraignment hearing. Arraignments are generally done every weekday at 1:30 p.m. on the next business day after the arrest, excluding holidays. The Judge will tell the defendant what they are charged with and the possible penalties. They will be granted an appearance bond, which will require that they have no contact with their victim. That means they are not to visit, telephone, e-mail, text, or in any way communicate with their victim. The accused will have the opportunity to hire an attorney, or be appointed one if they cannot afford one. The defendant may enter a plea of guilty or no contest, and the next hearing will be a sentencing; or a plea of not guilty, and a trial date will be set.

The Judge issued a No Contact Order, what does that mean?
It is a condition of bond in all cases of Domestic Violence, issued by the Judge at arraignment that forbids contact with the listed victim, or victims, until the case is resolved. It is the policy of the Buffalo County Attorney’s Office to uphold and defend that “No Contact Order,” even if the victim does not wish one. The Defendant may be charged with an additional crime if he/she violates that order, and may also have his/her bond revoked or increased as a result of violating said order.

How can I find out if an offender is still in jail?
Contact VINE at 877-NE 4 VINE or (877) 634-8463, or online at www.vinelink.com.

I posted bond for someone, how do I get that money back?
If a Defendant can post the bond, it will be released to the Defendant, regardless of who posted the bond. The bond will be released upon the resolution to the defendant, unless otherwise ordered by the court.

What if I want to drop charges and/or recant the statements made to the Police?
Our office will not drop charges, generally speaking. Charges are filed by the State of Nebraska, not the alleged victim. It is the best interest of the State of Nebraska and the alleged victim to see that any person accused of Domestic Violence be held accountable for their actions.  Domestic Violence poses a danger not only to the victim, but also to the victim’s family and society as a whole. The State of Nebraska has a “no-drop” policy to protect not just the individual victim and to ensure that there is no further violence perpetrated by the accused.

What will happen at a trial?
There are two types of trials: Jury or Bench. A Bench trial is decided by a judge only. A Jury trial is decided by a group of citizens. At both trials there is evidence presented. The witnesses will testify as to what they saw and heard. Evidence may include witness testimony, copies of 911 call recordings, photographs of injuries and the scene, hospital and doctor reports, telephone records, and more. The witnesses will be cross-examined. After all of the evidence is presented there will be a decision of guilty or not guilty.

Will I have to testify?
The majority of DV cases are resolved prior to trial by a plea agreement. However, if such an agreement cannot be reached, you will receive a subpoena that court-orders you to appear and testify at trial.

What could the potential sentence be upon a finding of guilt?
The sentence depends upon the crime charged. Judges have great latitude in sentencing offenders. They may order the defendant to pay a fine, be placed on probation, or serve time in jail or prison, or may order a combination of those things.

As a part of probation, a judge may order the defendant to pay restitution. In order for restitution to be paid, the defendant must be eligible to be placed on probation OR to have posted sufficient bond to pay the requested amount of restitution. Only those victims listed in a police report who have been reported to have damage to property may be given restitution. Victims may be required to submit a victim impact statement and documentation for any restitution they desire. If no restitution is at issue, a victim may, through a victim impact statement, tell the sentencing judge in writing how they feel about the event and what they think ought to be done with the offender.

How do I find out what time/date the trial will be?
Victims and witnesses will be personally notified in writing of the date, time, and location of the trial. Victims and witnesses will receive a letter and legal document called a subpoena that court orders them to appear on the date of trial. It is important to communicate with the prosecutor in preparation for trial.

What if I received a subpoena but cannot testify?
A subpoena is a legal document that court orders someone’s appearance. If that person choose to ignore the subpoena and does not appear, a judge may find them in contempt of court and issue a warrant for their arrest.

If you cannot appear for some legitimate reason, you should call the prosecutor assigned to your case and explain. The prosecutor may then ask the court to continue the trial or hearing, and there may be a hearing on that request. The hearing will be held in front of the judge assigned and the Defendant and his/her attorney will be present. Continuances are only granted in extreme circumstances.
 
What is my role in the case and how/when will I be contacted?
The Buffalo County Attorney’s Office encourages victims to be involved in the legal process. A member of our office or the Kearney Police Department Victim/Witness Unit will contact victims to let them know when a Defendant is scheduled to be arraigned, and also after the arraignment so that they have information as to future court dates, appearance bonds, and any other conditions of a Defendant’s release. 

The prosecutor assigned to the case is also available to answer any questions a victim may have, and to consult with them regarding any potential plea agreements negotiated with the defendant’s attorney. The victim will be notified of any pending sentencing dates or other important hearings.

For information about the status of a case, call the Kearney Police Department Victim/Witness Unit at (308) 237-5263, or call the County Attorney’s Office at (308) 236-1222.

Where can I get help? 
You are not alone in this process. There are several organizations that specialize in domestic violence issues that are waiting to help you through the process. The Kearney Police Department Victim/Witness Unit (308-237-5263) is here to provide support services for you. The S.A.F.E. Center also offers many resources for victims of domestic violence and their families.

How can I get a Protection Order?
If you are in fear of your safety, you may obtain a court order to prevent an individual from contacting you. Information and downloadable forms are available online. Or, contact the Buffalo County Clerk of the District Court to obtain them. The S.A.F.E. Center can be a source of information also. Finally, the Kearney Police Department’s Victim/Witness Unit can provide information.

Marriage License test2


Requirements for a marriage license issued by Buffalo County:


1. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age to be married in the state of Nebraska. Parental consent is required for applicants who are 17 or 18 years of age. The parental consent forms are available at the County Clerk's office.
2. Both applicants must appear together at the County Clerk's office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
3. The fee for a marriage license is $15.00, CASH ONLY.  (Click here for ATM locations in the courthouse.)
4. Must present photo identification. A valid driver's license from any U.S. state, Nebraska ID card, U.S. Passport, U.S. Military card, or a Foreign passport are acceptable forms of photo identification. All documents will be in English or translated by a certified court translator. Proof of citizenship or immigration status is neither relevant or required.
5. Information needed:
  • Birthplace of bride and groom
  • Full names and birthplaces of parents
  • If a social security number has been issued to the applicants, we will need that information. The issuance of a social security number to either applicant is not required to obtain a Marriage License.
  • If an applicant has been divorced, we need to know the date of divorce decree. Applicants can not apply for a marriage license until 6 months have passed since the marriage ended.
5. Need to know birthplace of bride and groom.
6. Need to know full names and birthplaces of parents.
7. If a social security number has been issued to the applicants, we will need that information. The issuance of a social security number to either applicant is not required to obtain a Marriage License.
8. If an applicant has been divorced, we need to know the date of divorce decree. Applicants can not apply for a marriage license until 6 months have passed since the marriage ended.
9. The Marriage License is good for one year from the date of issuance and can be used in any County in Nebraska.
10. All marriage licenses obtained in Nebraska are public record.


Certified copy of a Buffalo County marriage license

To receive a Buffalo County certified marriage license, send a $5.00 money order and the following information:
  • Name of groom
  • Name of bride (including maiden name)
  • Date of marriage (Must be issued from Buffalo County)
Mail to:
Buffalo County Clerk
PO Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848-1270

If you have any questions, contact us by:
Phone: (308) 236-1226
E-mail: clerk@buffalocounty.ne.gov

THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.

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2012 Board of Supervisors Agendas/Minutes/Notices


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 January 10, 2012  Notice   Agenda   Minutes 
 January 24, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 February 14, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 February 28, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 March 13, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 March 27, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 April 10, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 April 24, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
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 May 22, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 June 12, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 June 26, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 June 27, 2012
 Emergency Meeting
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 July 10, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 July 11, 2012
 Emergency Meeting
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 July 24, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 August 14, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 August 28, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 September 11, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 September 25, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 October 9, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 October 22, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 November 13, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 November 27, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
 December 11, 2012  Notice  Agenda  Minutes
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 January 8, 2013   Notice   Agenda   Minutes
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2006 Mutual Aid Meeting Minutes

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 August, 2006  Minutes 
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2007 Mutual Aid Meeting Minutes

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 January, 2007  Minutes 
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Historical Information

Buffalo County is one of only two counties in Nebraska that derived its name from an animal. Years before this area along the Platte River would become a county, large herds of buffalo grazed the river valley and the rolling plains to the north. When it came time to organize the county, it seemed fitting to name it after the animal that once roamed the area freely.

The boundaries of Buffalo County were established by the Territorial Legislature in 1855. The county was officially organized in 1864, three years before Nebraska was admitted in the Union.

Two transportation lines can be credited with the early development of the area -- the Mormon Trail and the Union Pacific Railroad.

The first settlers in this area were said to be Mormons who had headed west along the trail in 1858. But a fierce war between the Cheyenne and Sioux tribes forced these early settlers to temporarily abandon the area. When the fighting subsided, the settlers gradually returned. In time, more and more settlers came to the area because of the rich Platte River Valley and the fertile soil that could be found in the surrounding hills.

With the coming of the railroad in the 1860s, Buffalo County would continue to develop. One of the stations that sprang up was Kearney, the county seat. Originally named Fort Childs, it was later renamed Kearney Junction and finally shortened to Kearney. Moses H. Sydenham, one of the early pioneers in the county, founded a newspaper in this young settlement and used the publication to promote his idea that Kearney, with its central location, should become the capital of the United States.

Hardships such as hot, dry weather and severe blizzards were not uncommon for the early residents of the county. But the most serious challenge faced by those who worked the land was the damage done by waves of grasshoppers that swarmed over the area in the mid 1870s.

More than 115 years later, Buffalo County is a thriving agricultural and industrial area. It also pays an important role in the state's higher education system, with the University of Nebraska at Kearney located in the county seat.

The Buffalo County Courthouse

Virtually every county in Nebraska has had a county seat "fight". Gibbon was designated as the original county seat of Buffalo County, and a courthouse was constructed at that location. In 1874, after considerable agitation for the relocation of the county seat, an election was held, and a majority was cast for the relocation of the county seat at Kearney. The incident which followed the results of that election is often referred to as "stealing the courthouse records." With the results of the election already in, the County Clerk, Joseph Scott, and his deputy, F.G. Keens, loaded the county records in a farm wagon, considerably after normal business hours and arrived in Kearney about 2:00 a.m. Mr. Keens stood guard over the records for the rest of the night. The Union Pacific Railroad donated a site for a new courthouse, and built a frame building which was not occupied until January of 1886. This building served as the Buffalo County Courthouse until a new county courthouse was built and completed in 1890. The frame courthouse was then moved to a new location on First Avenue and served first as a WCTU hospital and later as a home for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


This is a picture of the Buffalo County Courthouse that was built and completed in 1890




Another Picture of the Buffalo County Courthouse, completed in 1890. The old courthouse donated by the Union Pacific Railroad in the foreground, with the members of the Board of Supervisors.



The Old Jail. Constructed of Kansas limestone in 1876, used until construction of new jail in 1959.




Inside the District Courtroom, second floor.

Comprehensive Plan

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 Comprehensive Plan 2022
Effective: June 12, 2012

 Resolution 2012-20

 



Marriage License


Requirements for a marriage license issued by Buffalo County
Certified copy of a Buffalo County marriage license
Changing the bride's name after the wedding




Requirements for a marriage license issued by Buffalo County

1. Both applicants must appear together at the Clerk's office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

2. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age to be married in the state of Nebraska. Parental consent is required for applicants who are 17 or 18 years of age. The parental consent forms are available at the Clerk's office.

3. The fee for a marriage license is $15.00, CASH ONLY.  (Click here for ATM locations in the courthouse.)

4. Both applicants must present a current government-issued photo ID. All documents will be in English or translated by a certified court translator. Proof of citizenship or immigration status is neither relevant or required. Examples include:
  • Valid driver's license from any U.S. state
  • Nebraska ID card
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military card
  • Foreign passport
5. Information needed:
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Full names and birthplaces of parents
  • If a social security number has been issued to the applicants, that information is needed. The issuance of a social security number to either applicant is not required to obtain a Marriage License.
  • If there were any previous marriages we will need to know how they ended (divorce, annulment or death) and the date the divorce was final or the date of death. If there is a previous divorce, a new license will not be issued and you cannot remarry until at least six (6) months and one (1) day have passed from the date the Decree was signed by the judge and filed with District Court.
 The Marriage License is good for one year from the date of issuance and can be used in any County in Nebraska.

All marriage licenses obtained in Nebraska are public record.

For information about scheduling the Buffalo County Court Magistrate to conduct a marriage ceremony, contact Jan Haeker at jan.haeker@nebraska.gov or 308-236-1229. 

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Certified copy of a Buffalo County marriage license

To receive a Buffalo County certified marriage license, send a $5.00 money order and the following information:
  • Name of groom
  • Name of bride (including maiden name)
  • Date of marriage (Must be issued from Buffalo County)
Mail to:
Buffalo County Clerk
PO Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848-1270

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Changing the bride's name after the wedding

This is a personal decision. You may choose to keep your name but if you decide to change your name legally, you should do the paperwork as soon as possible after you're married (or after your honeymoon). The following is a list of what may need to be updated. Many entities will require you to present a certified copy of your marriage license as proof of legal status to make your name change.
  • Social Security Card
  • Bank, credit union, and investment accounts
  • Vehicle registration
  • Driver's license
  • Mortgage
  • Homeowner's insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Car insurance
  • Medical and dental records
  • Credit cards and files
  • Deeds and property titles
  • Passport
  • Voter registration
  • IRS forms
  • Church records
  • Mail and newspaper subscriptions
  • Employer/payroll
  • Post office
  • Your attorney (to update legal documents, will)
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THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.



Poll Worker Information

Have you ever considered serving as a poll worker?
If you have the following qualifications you would make an excellent poll worker!

P atriotic 
O rganized
aw-abiding
iterate

W illing
O ptimistic
R esponsive
K ind
E nergetic
R esourceful

Every two years the Buffalo County Election Office must appoint an election board to serve in each precinct on Election Day. A poll worker must be a Buffalo County registered voter and able to work on Election Day from approximately 7:00 a.m. to approximately 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. The appointment is for a two-year term and you will be expected to work at every election in that term. If an emergency comes up and you are not able to work, you will need to call the election office to be replaced.

Once appointed, even if you volunteer, poll workers have the same civil leave protection as those who serve on jury duty. Your employer must allow you the time to serve without threat of loss of personal or holiday pay, sick leave, loss of overtime pay, or any other form of penalty for absence from work when serving as an election official.

Should you decide to become a poll worker, you will be expected to attend a training class prior to the next election.

Election Hours - The inspector will inform you of the time you are required to report to the polling place (usually 7:00 a.m.). You may leave as soon as the work is finished after the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Physical Requirements
1. Good eye sight and hearing.
2. Able to sit from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
3. Inspectors must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

Pay Scale - Election judges and clerks are paid minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Inspectors are paid $.50 more than minimum wage or $7.75 an hour. Rural inspectors picking up and returning election supplies will receive mileage at $0.56 per mile.

Training - A training session is held prior to each primary and general election. This is held two or three weeks before the election and lasts for one or two hours. All board members will be given a manual and will receive $7.25 for attending. Payment will be made when your check is issued for the election.

Inspectors - Inspectors are in charge of the polling place election day. They are responsible for supervising board members and informing the election office if any of the board members are not adequately performing their duties. Prior to each election, the Inspectors pick up the supplies, check the polling place, make sure all necessary arrangements are made for election day and call their board members to inform them of election day plans. Election supplies are returned by the inspectors to the Election Office as soon as the polls close.

If you have questions, please contact the Election Commission at 308-236-1233.

Voter Registration


Nebraska VoterCheck Website
Click the above link to access your polling place address and party affiliation if you are already registered


Is registration required in Nebraska to be eligible to vote?

Yes, the only exception is during Presidential elections. If you have recently moved to Nebraska or moved to another state after the registration deadline, then you may only vote a Presidential ballot.

Who may register to vote?

Anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Will be 18 years of age or older on General Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November)
  • Is a United States Citizen
  • Is a resident of Nebraska
  • Has not been convicted of a felony or if convicted, civil rights have been restored
  • Have not been found mentally incompetent

Voter Registration Form

i.

Open/Download Voter Registration Form (link below).

ii.

Complete the form on your computer and print it or print the form and fill by hand

iii

Sign the form and mail to:
Election Commissioner
P.O. Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848

Voter Registration Form (English)
pdf


Voter Registration Form (Spanish)
pdf

For national election forms, additional languages, or other information, see the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.


How may I register?

You may register at the Election Commission from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also download the form and send it by mail if you have access to a printer (see instructions on the right). Several government offices have registration forms available and the following is a list of registration sites throughout the county:

Amherst Belschner Locker
Elm Creek Village Clerk
Gibbon City Clerk
Pleasanton Pleasanton State Bank
Ravenna City Clerk
Shelton Village Clerk
Riverdale Riverdale State Bank


What is the registration deadline?

Mail-in registration must be postmarked on or before the third Friday before an election. You may register in person at the Election Commission by the second Friday prior to an election.


Do I have to be a resident for a certain time period?

No, you may register the same day you become a resident of Buffalo County.


How is residence determined?

Residence shall mean:

  1. That place in which a person is actually domiciled, which is the residence of an individual or family, with which a person has a settled connection for the determination of his or her civil status or other legal purposes because it is actually or legally his or her permanent and principal home, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, has the intention of returning.
  2. The place where a person has his or her family domiciled even if he or she does business in another place.
  3. If a person is homeless, the county in which the person is living.
No person serving in the armed forces of the United States shall be deemed to have a residence in Nebraska because of being stationed in Nebraska. Those serving in the military or attending college in another area other than Buffalo County do not need to change their registration. However, any permanent change in your residence or address will require you to re-register to vote in that location.


May a student register and vote from a school address?

Yes, you may decide to register and vote from either your school or home address. If you want to vote from your home address, write your county election commissioner or clerk and ask them to mail a voter registration form and an absentee ballot. (See Absentee Ballot information)


Must I designate a party affiliation on my registration?

Yes. Nebraska has a "closed primary" which means that you are only allowed to vote the ballot for the party you designated on your voter registration. Currently Nebraska has Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Non-partisan. If you are registered as one of the above parties, you would receive the party ballot along with the non-partisan ballot. You may indicate that you wish to be Non Partisan, but in that event, you would only receive the non-political ballot and (if you request) a congressional and senatorial partisan ballot. You may change your party affiliation anytime before the registration deadline.


Do I ever have to re-register?

You must re-register whenever you change your name, your address or political party affiliation.


Will I receive notice that my mail-in registration has been accepted and processed?

Yes, if you completed the form correctly and mailed it by the deadline (third Friday prior to an election). If you do not receive notification within 10 days that your registration has been accepted, call the Election Office. You are not a registered voter until you receive confirmation.


Political Party Information


Currently the political parties recognized under Nebraska law are as follows:
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian
  • Republican
  • Non-Partisan (not politically affiliated)
The elected offices nominated on a partisan basis are:

President, Vice President, U. S. Senators, Member of the U. S. House of Representatives, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, State Attorney General, County Supervisors, County Clerk, County Attorney, Register of Deeds, County Assessor, Clerk of the District Court, County Sheriff, County Treasurer and County Surveyor.

Effective: December 2, 2013

Due Dates for Vendor Claims

 

 2014
 January 17
 February 14
 March 14
 April 11
 May 16
 June 13
 July 11
 August 15
 September 12
 October 17
 November 14
 December 12

Dates are subject to change.

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If you have any questions, contact the Clerk's Office at 308-236-1226.


Surveyor

County surveyor powers and duties:
(1) It shall be the duty of the county surveyor to make or cause to be made all surveys within his or her county that the county surveyor may be called upon to make and record the same.
(2) The county surveyor shall prepare and file the required annual inventory statement of county personal property in his or her custody possession as provided in sections 23-346 to 23-350.

Trespass; exemption from liability. The county surveyor in the performance of his official duties, shall not be liable to prosecution for trespass.

Original corners; perpetuation. It shall be the duty of the county surveyor in surveys made by him or her to perpetuate all original corners not at the time well marked, and all corners or angles that he or she may establish or reestablish, in a permanent manner by setting monuments containing ferromagnetic material, according to the instructions of the State Surveyor.

Corners; establishment and restoration; rules governing. The boundaries of the public lands established by the duly appointed government surveyors, when approved by the Surveyor General and accepted by the government, are unchangeable, and the corners established thereon by them shall be held and considered as the true corners which they were intended to represent, and the restoration of lines and corners of said surveys and the division of sections into their legal subdivisions shall be in accordance with the laws of the United States, the circular of instructions of the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, on the restoration of lost and obliterated section corners and quarter corners, and the circular of instructions to the county surveyors by the State Surveyor under authority of the Board of Educational Lands and Funds. The county surveyor is hereby authorized to restore lost and obliterated corners of original surveys and to establish the sub divisional corners of sections in accordance with the provisions of the section and section 23-1907. Any registered land surveyor registered under the provisions of sections 81-8,108 to 81-8,127 is hereby authorized to establish any corner not monumented in the original government surveys in accordance with the provisions of this section 23-1907. Subdivision shall be executed according to the plan indicated by the original field notes and plats of surveys and governed by the original and legally restored corners. The survey of the sub divisional lines of sections in violation of this section shall be absolutely void.

Surveys; records; contents; available to public. The county surveyor shall record all surveys, for permanent purposes, made by him or her, as required by sections 81-8,121 to 81-8,122.02. Such record shall set forth the names of the persons making the application for the survey, for whom the work was done, and a statement showing it to be an official county survey or resurvey. The official records, other plats, and field notes of the county surveyor's office shall be deemed and considered public records. Any agent or authority of the United States, the State Surveyor or any deputy state surveyor of Nebraska, or any surveyor registered pursuant to sections 81-8,108 to 81-8,127, shall at all times, within reasonable office or business hours, have free access to the surveys, field notes, maps, charts, records, and other papers as provided for in sections 23-1901 to 23-1913. In all counties, where no regular office is maintained in the county courthouse for the county surveyor of that county, the county clerk shall be custodian of the official record of surveys and all other permanent records pertaining to the office of county surveyor.

Land surveying. Land surveying shall mean the establishment or reestablishment of corners and the boundaries and the location of lots, parcels, tracts, or divisions of land, which may include distance, direction, elevation, and acreage, and the correct determination and description of lots, parcels, tracts, or divisions of land for, but not limited to, any of the following purposes:

  • To furnish a legal description of any tract of land to be used in the preparation of deeds of conveyance when the description is not the same as the one in the deed of conveyance to the current owner or when bearings, distances, or measurements are needed to properly describe the tract being conveyed
  • To furnish a legal description of any land surveyed to be used in the platting or subdividing of the land
  • To determine the amount of acreage contained in any land surveyed
  • To furnish a topographic plat of a lot, parcel, tract, or division of land and locating natural and artificial features in the air, on the surface or subsurface of the earth, and on the beds or surface of bodies of water for the purpose of establishing the facts of size, area, shape, topography, and orientation of improved or unimproved real property and appurtenances to the real property.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm



School Superintendent

Superintendent of School records were transferred to the County Clerk’s office on July 1, 2000.
The school census records date from 1902 until 1999.

Contact:
Janice I. Giffin
County Clerk
1512 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847

Phone: (308) 236-1226
E-mail: clerk@buffalocounty.ne.gov

Hours: 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday


County Clerk


Office Functions:
  • County Board agenda, minutes, and records
  • Employee payroll and benefits
  • Accounts payable
  • Marriage licenses
  • Other licenses including liquor, tobacco, locksmith, and waste hauler

Fees:
 Marriage license $15.00 
 Certified copy $  5.00
 Filing of military discharge No fee
 Miscellaneous filings $  5.00 per page
 Tobacco license (County) $10.00 per year
 Waste Hauler permits $10.00 for application, $5.00 for each vehicle
 Liquor license Depends on class of permit

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

District Court


The clerk of the district court shall:
  • Issue writs and orders for provisional remedies and process of every kind.
  • File and preserve all papers delivered to him or her.
  • Endorse papers filed with him or her.
  • Make entry of return of every summons served.
  • Keep the records, books, and papers pertaining to the court, and record its proceedings.
  • Prepare and file the annual inventory statement of all county personal property in his or her custody or possession.
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Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes

Buffalo County furnishes the public information contained herein as a public service. This information may not reflect the most recent resolutions of the County Board and if the resolutions need to be legally relied upon, the most current version may be obtained at the office of the Buffalo County Clerk or the appropriate county office.

Please also read the disclaimer statement.

To request a recording of the meetings listed below, please fill out this form and return it to the Clerk's office.

Please choose the Meeting minutes you wish to view from the drop down menu below.

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2011 Board of Supervisors Agenda and Minutes

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 January 11, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 January 25, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 February 8, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 February 22, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 March 8, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 March 22, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 April 12, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 April 26, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 May 10, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 May 13, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 May 17, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 May 24, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 June 14, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 June 28, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 July 12, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 July 19, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 July 25, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 July 26, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 August 9, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 August 23, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 September 13, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 September 27, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 October 11, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 October 25, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 November 8, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 November 22, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 December 13, 2011  Agenda  Minutes
 December 27, 2011  Agenda  Minutes


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2010 Board of Supervisors Agenda and Minutes

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January 12, 2010   Agenda  Minutes
 January 14, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 January 26, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 February 9, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 February 23, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 March 9, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 March 23, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 April 13, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 April 27, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 May 11, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 May 25, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 June 8, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 June 22, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 July 13, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 July 20, 2010  Agenda  Minutes
 July 27, 2010  Agenda   Minutes 
 August 10, 2010  Agenda   Minutes 
 August 24, 2010  Agenda   Minutes 
 September 7, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 September 14, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 September 28, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 October 12, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 October 26, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 November 2, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 November 9, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 November 23, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 December 14, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 
 December 28, 2010  Agenda  Minutes 


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 January 13, 2009   Agenda   Minutes
 January 27, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 February 3, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 February 10, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 February 17, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 February 24, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 March 3, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 March 10, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 March 17, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 March 24, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 March 31, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 April 14, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 April 28, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 May 6, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 May 12, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 May 26, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 June 2, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 June 9, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 June 23, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 June 30, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 July 14, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 July 21, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 July 28, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 August 11, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 August 25, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 September 8, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 September 22, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 October 13, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 October 15, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 October 27, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 November 10, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
 November 24, 2009  Agenda   Minutes 
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