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Fifteen years is a long time to spend with any organization, much less one that makes zoning decisions for the entire county.
On Monday night, four members of the Antelope County Zoning and Planning Commission were recognized for not only their longevity, but also for having served on the board since its inception.
Zoning Administrator Char Carpenter recognized Kurt Rakow, Ron Rice, Phyllis Perdew and Mark Smith with a plaque from the Nebraska Planning and Zoning Association. She said all four were appointed to the original board in 1999.
"These four diehards have stuck it out through easy meetings, hard meetings, short meetings, long meetings, lawyers and courtrooms, basement meeting rooms for the larger audience, and normal meetings when no one shows up," Carpenter said.
She said all members of the commission work hard with little or no thanks and nominating the original members for this recognition was a way to thank them for their dedication to the county and for "giving the zoning thing their best shot."
"The plaque is presented in recognition and appreciation of outstanding dedication for supporting community planning in Nebraska," she said. "It's in appreciation to outstanding service, leadership and support of community planning efforts as a citizen planner in Nebraska throughout community organizations."
Other zoning and planning members are Bob Krutz, Dave Miller, Matt Klabenes, Greg Wortman and Dan Zwingman.