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Friday, 21 October 2011 22:54

Low bid of $98,064 submitted by Van Kirk Bros. Contracting of Sutton


By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze


Bids for the water system improvement project for east Wauneta were in line with projections, with one bid actually coming in 8 percent lower than the anticipated cost.

Acting on the recommendation from Miller and Associates, the Wauneta Village Board voted to accept the $98,064 bid submitted by Van Kirk Bros. Contracting of Sutton. Work to be completed as part of this projects includes replacing water mains in east Wauneta along with boring beneath the river to replace water lines already in place there.

In all, four bids were submitted ranging from Van Kirk’s low bid of $98,064 to a high of $135,251. Miller and Associates had projected the probable cost of the project at $105,135.

David Blau with Miller and Associates was on hand at last week’s Village Board meeting to review the bid proposals. He explained that the wide range in final bid totals was due in large part to the per-foot cost of boring under the river, with Van Kirk and Midlands Contracting able to propose lower per-foot costs of $45 to $48 because they have their own boring equipment.

Two other bid proposals came from companies that would need to subcontract that portion of the work pushing their costs to $75 to $76.25 per-foot for boring.

Grant funding will cover 20 percent of the project, which is just one portion of a larger water-works overhaul needed to meet federally mandated arsenic-mitigation requirements.

A specific timeline was not laid out at last week’s meeting, with Blau noting that any extreme winter weather will impact the speed of progress on the project.


‘Broadband Connected Community’

The board approved a request from BWTelcom to place signs beneath the “Wauneta” signs on the east and west edges of town declaring Wauneta “A Broadband Fiber Connected Community.”

Board member Tony Cribelli said that thanks to BWTelcom Wauneta has some of the best broadband connectivity of any community in the state which should be an asset in attracting residents and businesses.


Residents urged to protect property

Deputy Dave Ridlen presented the Chase County Sheriff’s Office report to the board, noting the department has seen an uptick in the need for police services.

“We’ve been awfully busy down here lately,” said Ridlen.

He said Wauneta residents are reporting more thefts and break-ins, but unfortunately not always in a timely manner.

“I would like to encourage people to report thefts and missing items right away instead of waiting a few weeks until they happen to see one of us. That would make investigating these incidents a lot more productive,” he added.

Ridlen also urged Wauneta residents to be more proactive in safeguarding their possessions and property by simply closing their garage doors and locking homes, buildings and vehicles, especially overnight.

“Unfortunately, people in Wauneta are going to have to start watching their stuff and keeping things locked up. And if there is something suspicious that does come up we would appreciate it if they would report it at the time,” said Ridlen.


Employee raises

Board members approved a pay raise for Village employees that for the most part amounted to a 3 percent raise in salaries and wages. Salaries and wages for the coming year include:

Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff, $49,331 ($1,436 increase).

Village Clerk Evelyn Skelton, $16.44/hour (48 cent/hour increase).

Utilities Department worker Ryan McCrumb, $11.50/hour (17 cents/hour increase).

Utilities Department worker Shane Lawless, $10/hour (50 cents/hour increase).

Librarian Ruth Hohl, $9.79/hour (29 cent increase).

Billing Clerk Sara Bardsley, $9.55/hour (28 cent/hour increase).

When combined, these raises will cost the Village an additional $4,421 over the coming year, noted board members.

Further business

In other business the board:

• Met in closed session for half an hour to discuss the possible acquisition of Heritage of Wauneta and “significant developments” seen in those efforts undertaken by community members.

• Approved a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

• Approved flow-through funds made available by the state for the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation program underway in Wauneta and overseen by Southwest Nebraska Community Development Corporation. It was noted that a request to extend the deadline for completion of these projects in Wauneta was approved.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 22:57