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Starting next week on Monday, June 20, ample opportunity for area residents to immerse themselves, ask their questions and offer up their own opinions on the debate and related topics surrounding the Costco Wholesale and Lincoln Premium Poultry broiler processing operation, commences in Fremont and surrounding communities.

Two separate topics of discussion come to the area: Hills Farm annexation and education on poultry contracts.

CITY OF FREMONT MEETINGS:

The first discussion falls under the auspices of the City of Fremont. It consists of a series of City Council and City Planning Commission meetings anchored by the matter of annexation and possible recommendation of a “Blight and Substandard Declaration” for an area known as the Hills Farm land, a large spread of terrain consisting of just over 400 acres south of Fremont. Costco filed applications with the City of Fremont, for the annexation of the land into the corporate boundaries of the city. Annexation will allow Costco to take advantage of certain economic and infrastructure tools, such as tax incremental financing and city utility services, during development and operation of the facility.

Public comments and discussion will be heard at these meetings.

Costco officials will attend to address questions and comments from the public.

Due to the anticipation of a large public turnout, Fremont Mayor Scott Getzschman decided to hold all the city meeting at Christensen Field to accommodate a larger capacity than the Fremont municipal building and allow all voices to be heard.

The city meetings are scheduled at the following times (all at Christensen Field):

-Monday June 20 at 4:30 p.m. Fremont Planning Commission will discuss and act on “recommendation” of annexation and zoning changes.

-Tuesday June 21 at 6:45 p.m. Fremont City Council will hold the first readings of the Annexation Ordinance and the Change of Zone Ordinance.

-Monday June 27 at 4:30 p.m. Fremont Planning Commission will discuss and act on “recommendation” of Blight and Substandard Declaration.

-Tuesday June 28 at 6:45 p.m. Fremont City Council entertain public hearing on Annexation Ordinance and hold public hearing and second reading on Change of Zone Ordinance.

INFORMATIONAL POULTRY CONTRACT MEETINGS.

The second opportunity for discussion falls under the sponsorships and financing from a combination of national, state and local organizations working in agricultural: Organization for Competitive Markets, Farm Aid , Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Farmers Union Foundation, Nebraska Communities United and GC Resolve.

The meetings take place at various locations around Fremont and at times that will permit participants to also attend the City of Fremont meetings.

National experts in the area of poultry contracts and the poultry industry will speak and take questions at informational meetings geared towards individuals interested in becoming poultry growers. The meeting are free and also open to the public.

All meeting times are scheduled next week on four different days, each at different locations in the area:

-Monday June 20 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point (200 Anna Stalp Ave.)

-Tuesday June 21 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Columbus Library in Columbus (2504 14th Street)

- Wednesday June 23 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Saunders County Historical Society in Wahoo (240 North Walnut Street)

- Thursday June 24 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Arlington Multipurpose Senior Center in Arlington (305 North 3rd Street)

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