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Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:37

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Village Board met last Tuesday with a full agenda. Agenda items included the water project, a proclamation to declare April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and other business. Their agenda also included several items concerning the nursing home purchase, which are discussed in a separate story on page 1.


Water system improvement project - phase 1

The Village of Wauneta recently completed the water main project where water mains were replaced in the east part of the Village.

Now the Village is beginning to implement another water project, the water system improvement project phase 1.

Phase 1 of this project consists of installing variable frequency drives on each of the Village’s wells to control the amount of water that comes out of each well at a given time. The hope is that by regulating the speed of water being drawn out of the wells the Village’s ongoing issue with slightly elevated arsenic levels in the water will be lessened.

The Village Board reviewed bids to install variable frequency drives on Wauneta Village wells #1, #2 and #3 and install a scada system to monitor and analyze the wells.

Board members approved a bid from Pivot Electric from Imperial, the sole bidder on the project, with a bid of $132,785.

Funding for the water system improvement project is being provided by a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan with the Department of Environmental Quality. A percentage of the loan will be forgiven based on the outcome of the project.

Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff stated that the water system improvement project is hoped to be completed by August.

The Village Board also discussed the possibility of drilling a test well on the north divide in the case that the variable frequency drives were unsuccessful in lowering the arsenic levels to the allowable range. If completed, the test well is anticipated to cost approximately $30,000.

David Blau with Miller and Associates Consulting Engineers, P.C. was in attendance to shed further light on the invoices which were questioned at the March meeting concerning the completed water main project.

Blau explained that the first invoice for $8,630 was for construction items needed in relation to the recently completed water project. The second invoice for $21,629.10 was for professional design services concerning the projects.

Upon hearing his explanation, Village Board members were satisfied with the legitimacy of the invoices and agreed the invoices should be paid.


Owner Occupied Rehabilitation program

Amy Thelander and Deb Marshall with Southwest Community Betterment Corporation (SWNCBC) were in attendance at the Village Board meeting to discuss the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) program in Wauneta.

The program assisted low-to-moderate income homeowners with energy efficiency and safety improvements in their home. In total, 20 households in Wauneta applied to the program and 11 homes were rehabilitated, exceeding the original target of 10 homes.

The program makes up to $24,000 per household available to make improvements.

Thelander is hopeful that Wauneta can apply for OOR funding again next year.

Village board action included approval of invoices from SWNCBC and related draw-down forms for project costs and general administration costs. The amounts of the approved invoices were $40,860 and $4,000, respectively.

Monies for the project were provided through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. SWNCBC wrote and administered the CDBG grant on behalf of the Village of Wauneta.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Village Board members signed a proclamation naming April Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the Village of Wauneta.

The Village was approached by Domestic Abuse Sexual Assault Services (DASAS) in McCook to consider signing the proclamation.

April is known nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, DASAS asked Village Board members to help get the word out about sexual assault and to educate on how to prevent sexual assault.

Additional information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month can be found at


Other business

Other business at last Tuesday’s meeting included discussion and approval of the pasture lease, payment for the Wauneta Medical Clinic sign and a request from the Chateau Theatre for funds.

Kent Buffington will again hold the lease for the Village-owned pasture located at the south side of Highway 6 just east of the old golf course.

Buffington was also the previous tenant of the 27.849 acre pasture land. The lease amount remained the same at $275.00 per year. The lease will remain in effect until March 31, 2014.

This year the lease included a provision that the Village will furnish materials to repair fences on the property and the tenant will furnish the labor to complete the repairs.

Village Board members approved a payment of $6,636.30 to reimburse the Wauneta Medical Clinic for the purchase of the Clinic’s sign. Funds donated by Randall Raile for community betterment will be used for the reimbursement.

The Village board approved a request from the Wauneta Chamber of Commerce to disburse $1,500 for repairs to the heater and air conditioner at the Chateau Theatre during the March meeting. In April they approved an additional $2,500 distribution from the Theatre Trust to make further repairs to the heating and air conditioning system at the theatre.

The Wauneta Village board’s regular meeting time is the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. MT. The public is welcome to attend Village board meetings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:39