By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
When Jerrod Niemann arrives in his hometown for a benefit concert for the Liberal High School Booster Club on Saturday evening, he may be surprised to know that this particular homecoming will take place on “Jerrod Niemann Day,” – officially.
Mayor Tim Long made the official announcement during Tuesday evening’s regular city commission meeting that Jan. 15 will now be known as “Jerrod Niemann Day.”
“Whereas Jerrod Niemann grew up in Liberal, graduated from Liberal High School in 1997 and still considers Liberal as his home,” Long’s proclamation read. “There after, Jerrod studied music for two years at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, and then moved to Fort Worth where he honed his songwriting skills.
“Jerrod moved to Nashville in 2000 and experienced triumphs as a songwriter – his songs being recorded by Garth Brooks, Jamey Johnson, Julie Roberts and Blake Shelton,” the proclamation noted. “However, he always yearned to be a performer himself.
“Niemann’s first single ‘Lover, Lover’ reached No. 1 on the country music charts followed shortly by the release of his CD ‘Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury,’ which made the New York Times Top 10 albums of 2010,” the proclamation continued. “It became the year’s only No. 1 Billboard Charting country album by a major label and a debut artist. Where as Jerrod’s current single, ‘What Do You Want,’ is rapidly climbing the charts.
“His 2010 achievements included a nomination for CMA New Artist of the Year and three nominations for the American Country Awards. Recently, Jerrod has been touring with Gary Allan and Brad Paisley,” the proclamation added. “Where as Jerrod Niemann is returning to Liberal on Jan. 15, 2011, for a special homecoming concert to benefit the Booster Club at his alma mater, Liberal High School – the concert was a sell-out.
“Now, therefore, I, Tim Long, Mayor or the City of Liberal, Kansas, by the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 as ‘Jerrod Niemann Day’ in Liberal, Kansas and encourage all citizens to congratulate Jerrod Niemann for his successes,” the proclamation concluded.
In other business, the commission unanimously voted to replenish the city’s supply of trash bags to be sold to the public. Sanitation Director Frank Holman said the city currently has less than a four-month supply in stock.
“We have about four months left and we would like to see if we could get this approved,” Holman said. “We have two people that gave quotes to see about getting them.
“City staff contacted our regular vendors for quotes and was able to negotiate a very favorable price from Dyna Pak at $39 per case of black trash bags, if the city will take a truck load of 780 cases,” Holman explained. “We received the same bags from Dyna Pak back in 2009 for $31.20. We also received a quote from Jadcore Inc. for $39.90 per case.”
Holman added the bags, if purchased by the commission, will be of the same quality the city has grown accustomed to.
The total for a truckload of bags, or 780 cases, is $3,420. Holman said there are 50 bags per roll and six rolls per case.
Although the price of the bags has changed on the vendor’s end for some time, Holman does not wish to continue to change the price for those interested in purchasing the bags at city hall.
“Back in 2006, they were going for $37 a case, now that was back in 2006,” Holman said. “As things change and prices go up and down, we don’t play with the people and go up and down. They are now $9 a roll and that has been in effect for, I guess, about a year.”
Holman added the bags are not only available for sale to City of Liberal residents, but residents of surrounding communities, inside and outside the State of Kansas, as well. Bags will continue to be available for $9 per roll and may be obtained at Liberal’s City Hall.