Office Locations During Construction
During construction and renovation of the Buffalo County Courthouse, the following offices can be found at 215 W 18th Street, Kearney, NE:
Board of Supervisors
BuffaloWatch Desktop Alerts
BuffaloWatch is a PC based emergency alert system which improves public notification of local, state and national emergency warnings. It provides rapid notification of emergencies issued through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or local officials, state Amber Alerts for missing children and threats of severe weather from the National Weather Service.
The application can either run fully open on your desktop or as a minimized application – showing the current temperature – in your system tray. The system will sit idle on your personal computer until an alert is issued. When an emergency is declared, it will sound a warning through the PC, followed by a pop-up screen explaining the type of emergency. You can reduce the screen after receiving the alert, however updated information will immediately scroll across the bottom of the screen.
Desktop Alert Application Features
- Current Homeland Security Threats
- Notification of Local Public Safety Alerts
- Notification of Nebraska AMBER Alerts
- Severe Weather Alerts for Buffalo County
- Notification of Breaking News
- Buffalo County Area Weather Forecast
- Radar Available from Hastings, North Platte & Goodland KS
- Buffalo County Current Weather Conditions
- National and Local Weather Maps
- Current Temperature Display on Your Computer
Buffalo County is the primary county being served with additional information on the surrounding area.
Desktop Alert Application Operation
To Minimize the window, just click on the X in the upper right corner. The current temperature will be displayed in your Windows task bar.
To Maximize the window again, double-click on the blue icon or the current temperature display.
During severe weather warnings, you will receive a text crawl directly on your computer much like those you are familiar with seeing on television. The crawl is preceded by an audible alert sound, to bring attention to your computer.
All you need is an Internet connection. No web browser, such as Internet Explorer, is required to receive the benefits of the BuffaloWatch Alert System.
Board of Supervisors Terms of Office
Ivan Klein - DISTRICT 1 - Elected
in 2002, began office in 2003; re-elected in 2006, began office
in 2007; re-elected in 2010, began office in 2011.
Francis "Buss" Biehl - DISTRICT 2 -
Elected in 2012, began office in 2013.
Joseph Brayton - DISTRICT
3 - Elected in 2010, began office in 2011.
Dennis Reiter - DISTRICT 4 - Elected
in 2012, began office in 2013.
Sherry Morrow - DISTRICT 5 - Elected
in 1998, began office in 1999; re-elected in 2002, began office
in 2003; re-elected in 2006, began office in 2007; re-elected in 2010, began
office in 2011.
William McMullen - DISTRICT 6 -
Elected in 1992, began office in 1993; re-elected in 1996,
began office in 1997; re-elected in 2000, began office in
2001; re-elected in 2004, began office in 2005; re-elected
in 2008, began office in 2009; re-elected in 2012, began office in 2013.
Kent Greder - DISTRICT 7 - Elected
in 2006, began office in 2007; re-elected in 2010, began office in 2011.
Click here for a map of the district boundaries.
Facts about Buffalo County
Land Area: 968 square miles
Population (2010): 46,102
Persons per square mile (2010): 47.6
County Seat: Kearney
Towns and Population (2010):
- Amherst, 248
- Elm Creek, 901
- Gibbon, 1,833
- Kearney, 30,787
- Miller, 136
- Odessa, 130
- Pleasanton, 341
- Poole, 19
- Ravenna, 1,360
- Riverdale, 182
- Shelton, 1,059
Public School Districts:
- Amherst Public Schools, Amherst
- Center Public School, Kearney
- District 65 - Buffalo County, Ravenna
- Elm Creek Public Schools, Elm Creek
- Gibbon Public Schools, Gibbon
- Kearney Public Schools, Kearney
- Odessa Public School, Odessa
- Pleasant Hill Public School, Kearney
- Pleasanton Public Schools, Pleasanton
- Ravenna Public Schools, Ravenna
- School District 7, Kearney
- Shelton Public Schools, Shelton
Kearney West High School, Kearney
Winter Weather Preparedness
Each year, the National Weather Service issues numerous watches, warnings and advisories. Knowledge of those products is a critical element in winter weather preparations.
- Winter Storm Watch - Adverse winter weather (heavy snow, blizzard) is expected within the next two days, but the exact timing, location or occurrence of the storm is still uncertain. This is the time to get prepared for the storm.
- Winter Storm Warning - Hazardous winter weather is likely. If not already occurring, it is expected to occur within 6 to 24 hours. Travel will be hazardous, if not impossible. You should be ready for the storm by this time. Stay indoors!
- Blizzard Warning - The most dangerous of all winter weather will occur in your area. A combination of winds 35 mph or greater and significant snow and/or blowing snow with visibilities less than ¼ mile for three or more hours is expected in the warning area. Blinding snow ("white out"), deep drifts and life threatening wind chill will occur. Travel will be dangerous and should not be attempted. You should seek refuge immediately!
- Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, these situations should not become life threatening. The greatest hazard is often to motorists.
Things to do at home or work BEFORE a winter storm strikes...
Primary concerns are the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
- Flashlight(s) and extra batteries.
- Battery-powered Weather Radio and portable radio. These are used to receive emergency information. They may be your only link to the outside.
- Extra food and water. High-energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.
- Extra medicine and baby items.
- First-aid supplies.
- Emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc. Make sure you know how to uses the heating sources to prevent a fire and make sure you have proper ventilation.
- Fire extinguisher and smoke detector. Test units regularly
to ensure they are working properly. Replace batteries the same weekend as the time change occurs in the spring (daylight-savings time) and fall (standard time).
On the farm....
- Move animals to sheltered areas. Shelter-belts, properly laid out and oriented, are better protection for cattle than confining shelters, such as sheds.
- Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
- Have a water supply available. Most animal deaths in winter storms are from dehydration.
- Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm. Stay alert to changing weather conditions throughout the winter to maintain an adequate fuel supply in advance of severe weather moving into the area.
WINTER PRECIPITATION TERMS:
- Flurries - Light snow falling for short durations. No accumulation or light dusting is all that is expected.
- Showers - Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
- Squalls - Brief, intense show showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant. Snow squalls are best known in the Great Lakes region.
- Blowing Snow - Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility and causes significant drifting. Blowing snow may be snow that is falling and/or loose snow on the ground picked up by the wind.
- Blizzard - Winds over 35 mph with snow and blowing snow reducing visibility to near zero.
Is formed by raindrops that freeze into ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet usually bounces when hitting a surface and does not stick to objects. However, it can accumulate like snow and cause a hazard to motorists.
Is rain that falls onto a surface that has a temperature below freezing. This causes it to freeze to surfaces, such as trees, cars, and roads, forming a coating or glaze of ice. Even small accumulations of ice can cause a significant hazard.
The wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by combined effects of wind and cold. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also affected by wind chill.
The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving.
Have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
- Wipers and windshield washer fluid
- Ignition system
- Flashing hazard lights
- Exhaust system
- Oil level (if necessary, replace existing oil with a winter grade oil or the SAE 10w/30 weight variety)
- Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.
- Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow
- Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
- Plan long trips carefully. Listen to the radio or Call 511 from anywhere in Nebraska for Nebraska Traveler information for the latest road conditions. Always travel during daylight and, if possible, try not to travel alone.
- Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate
- Dress to fit the season. Wear loose-fitting, light-weight, warm clothing in several layers. Trapped air insulates. Layers can be removed to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded. Wear a hat. Half your body heat loss can be from the head. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves. Try to stay dry.
- Carry food and water. Store a supply of high-energy "munchies" and several bottles of water.
Carry a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT in your vehicle that includes:
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- Several blankets
- Sleeping bags
- Extra newspapers for insulation
- Plastic bags (for sanitation)
- Extra set of mittens, socks, and a wool cap
- Rain gear and extra clothes
- Small shovel
- Small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels
- Small tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)
- Booster cables
- Set of tire chains or traction mats
- Cards, games, and puzzles
- Brightly colored cloth for a flag
- Canned fruit and nuts
- Non-electric can opener
- Bottled water
IF TRAPPED IN CAR DURING A BLIZZARD:
- Stay in the car. Do not leave the car to search for assistance unless help is visible within 100 yards. You may become disoriented and lost in blowing and drifting snow.
- Display a trouble sign. Hang a brightly colored cloth on the radio antenna and raise the car hood.
- Occasionally run engine to keep warm. Turn on the car's engine for about 10 minutes each hour. Run the heater when the car is running. Also, turn on the car's dome light when the car is running. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow and open a downwind
window slightly for ventilation.
- Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Do minor exercises to keep up circulation. Clap hands and move arms and legs occasionally. Try not to stay in one position for too long.
- If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping.
- For warmth, huddle together. Use newspapers, maps, and even the removable car mats for added insulation.
- Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Be aware of symptoms of dehydration.
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
Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds Office is responsible for the maintaining and securing of the land records of the county. The Register of Deeds Office is a separate office in counties that have more than 20,000 inhabitants.
The duties include preserving of old land records and entering into the numerical indexes and the computers all newly record land transactions. Such as warranty deeds, mortgages, deeds of trust, plats and any other documents that affect a specific piece of land in the county. This office routinely deals with complex legal descriptions and requires accuracy and detail. The documents are microfilmed and scanned daily. In Buffalo County, the office updates ownership on the copies of the cadastral maps. The Register of Deeds is a public office. In addition to the Public, this office is utilized by Real Estate Companies, Title and Abstract Companies, Banks, Law Firms, Appraisers and genealogists.
Copies of any recorded documents, Ownership Plat books compiled by the office, and copies of Land Patents are available to view or purchase.
Deputy: Jennifer Schleusener
Office hours-M-F 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
The first courthouse of Buffalo County erected at Gibbon in 1873. History tells us that the Gibbon Courthouse records were placed in a wagon, brought to Kearney at night hidden in the “Chandler Building’ where the Telephone Company is today. (More Buffalo County history)
The first deed recorded in Buffalo County was a 40-acre tract of land in Section 13, Township 9, North, Range 13 West. The date of the recording was February 12, 1870.
Schedule of Recording Fees
|Buffalo County Register of Deeds
||January 1894 to January 1898
January 1898 to January 1902
|T. G. Spencer
||January 1902 to January 1906
|V. B. Wheelock
||January 1906 to January 1915
|T. J. Scott
||January 1915 to January 1927
||January 1927 to January 1935
||January 1935 to January 1959
||January 1959 to January 1975
||January 1975 to January 1999
||January 1999 to Current
Click here for an Alphabetical Index of Buffalo County Land Patents Compiled by the Buffalo County Register of Deeds