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Thursday, 23 June 2011 20:42

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze


Mandi Kramer of Wauneta was appointed to a post on the Wauneta Planning and Zoning Commission by members of the Wauneta Village Board.

The appointment was made last week during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

Kramer will fill the vacancy on the board created when Page Johnston stepped down in order to complete the term of the late Ted Grimm on the Wauneta Village Board, members of which also serve as the town’s Board of Adjustments taking action on recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Due to the conflict of interest, Johnston could not serve on both the Village Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Kramer was the only local citizen who indicated an interest in serving on the commission. Her husband, Beau Kramer, is a member of the Wauneta Village Board.


BWTelcom, Breeze donations

Two contributions to the community were noted during last week’s meeting.

BWTelcom presented the Village of Wauneta with a conference calling system and will provide the necessary wiring and accessories to make the system operational for use in the Village Office.

BWTelcom’s Randall Raile and Kacey Harper were at last week’s meeting. They expressed their gratitude for the loyal patronage of their customers in Wauneta and said it was gratifying to be able to give back to the towns they serve.

BWTelcom recently donated a conference calling system to the Village of Wauneta, along with providing the necessary hard-wiring and cables. At last week’s Village Board meeting Board Chairman Lloyd Sinner, at right, expressed his appreciation to BWTelcom’s Kacey Harper and Randall Raile for their ongoing generosity to the town of Wauneta. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Tina Kitt)


“We enjoy the close relationship we have with members of the Village Board and the people of Wauneta,” said Raile.

Board members expressed their appreciation to the Raile family noting they have been tremendously generous to the town over the years.

The Village also acknowledged a $200 donation from the Wauneta Breeze to be used for park improvements planned in memory of the late Ted Grimm. The $200 originated from a cash award that accompanied an Omaha World Herald Community Service Award presented to the local newspaper earlier this year.

In keeping with established practice, the Breeze staff and publishers Russ and Lori Pankonin chose to pass the award money along to the community.


Daycare loan under consideration

Village board members will continue to weigh the merits of providing a Community Development Block

Grant loan to Terry and Dora Harris and daughter Tiffany Harris for the purpose of purchasing a downtown building for use as a daycare center.

The Harris family is requesting a $20,000 loan which would be used to purchase the Veils Unlimited building from Bob and Willa McBride. Tiffany Harris would operate a licensed daycare center in the building.

Board members noted there does appear to be a need for expanded daycare services and they are supportive of the idea, but will need more financial data and more detailed information provided on the loan application before they can take action to approve the loan.

Chase County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Howe was on hand at last week’s Wauneta Village Board meeting. Howe is the newest member on the department, having recently moved to Wauneta from Ogallala.


At present, the Village has $28,780 available to loan new businesses in the CDBG account. Those funds are available at 5 percent interest, repayable over a 15-year period, for the establishment of new businesses in Wauneta.

Terry Harris and Tiffany Harris were both present last week to discuss tentative plans for the proposed business, but had not yet prepared a cash-flow statement.

Tiffany Harris explained that once they have the money needed to purchase the property she will also seek a $10,000 grant from Nebraska Health and Human Services to help with start-up costs and equipment.

Before a daycare center can be opened at that location, a conditional-use permit will need to be attained, noted board members.


Other action

In further business the board:

• Made introduction with new Chase County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Howe who recently moved to Wauneta from Ogallala, having joined the department this spring.

• Approved an invoice and related draw-down form from the Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation totalling $16,316 in flow-thru money for the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program funded by Department of Economic Development grants.

• Noted that work was underway on the library window replacement project.

• Discussed whether the board wanted to continue membership with West Central Nebraska Development District by paying dues of $1,304. They will discuss the matter at their July meeting after reviewing what services and benefits are provided to the community through membership in the organization.

• Tabled a bid from Wauneta Co-op Oil for a new propane line at the Fire Hall as there were no representatives of the Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department present at the meeting to discuss the matter.

• Met in closed session for approximately 15 minutes to discuss a possible litigation.