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Opponents banter at commissioner meetingTell North Platte what you think

Commissioner Joe Hewgley and challenger Bob Peterson exchanged words Monday in the commissionerís meeting room.

Both are Republicans and will square off in the May 15 primary election.

Peterson, who is at nearly every commissioner meeting, told the board he is unhappy with the way information is made available to the public.

Specifically, Peterson said the county board was not being open about the amount of money the Convention and Visitorís Bureau spends on brochures that promote tourism in Lincoln County.

That item was on the agenda Monday, near the top of the order, set early in the meeting.

Lisa Burke, the Director of the Convention and Visitorís Bureau, gave the amount to board during her presentation, as she does each year. But before she arrived, Hewgley heard Peterson complaining to Bernice Ziegler, who was also at the meeting, and took issue with Peterson.

The conversation was touchy, Zeigler told the Bulletin.

Peterson said the board should not set the item so early in the meeting, similar to items on the consent agenda at school board and city council meetings.

Hewgley said the board is not trying to hide anything.

County Clerk Rebecca Rossell, who types up the agenda on Thursdays, said the brochures are a regular item every year, so she set it early in the meeting.

The cost for the brochures adds up to $24,000. Nearly 100,000 brochures are printed for $9,600 and distributed in five states, Burke told the board during her presentation.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/6/2012
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