|Einspahr signs on as new Village Trustee, Sinner continues as Chairman|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 20 December 2012 17:25|
Rick Einspahr reads the Oath of Office to a New Trustee as a new Wauneta Village Board member.
By Sheri Hink
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta Village Board met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the city building.
Village board members Page Johnston, Lloyd Sinner and Beau Kramer were present for the meeting and Tony Cribelli and Lynn Brunkhorst were absent. Incoming village board member Rick Einspahr was also present at the meeting.
Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Dukes was also in attendance at the meeting.
New Trustee, 2013 board appointments
Rick Einspahr read and signed the Oath of Office for a new Village Trustee and was welcomed to the board by existing members.
The board also expressed their thanks to Lynn McBride for his service to the community.
Lloyd Sinner was again named chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Village of Wauneta.
Commissioners, boards and committees named
Sinner appointed the following individuals for the village in 2013:
Vice Chairman of the Village Board of Trustees: Tony Cribelli.
Village Clerk/Treasurer: Evelyn Skelton.
Village depositories (unchanged) as Valley Bank and Trust, Wauneta; First Bank and Trust, Adams Bank and Trust and Pinnacle Bank in Imperial; Wells Fargo Bank, McCook.
Authorized check signers were named as the Board Chair, Vice Chair, Beau Kramer as a board member, Clerk and Deputy Clerk Sarah Bardsley.
Village Attorney: Arlan Wine.
Chairman Sinner named commissioners as follows:
Utility: Lloyd Sinner, Tony Cribelli and Beau Kramer.
Street: Beau Kramer, Lloyd Sinner and Tony Cribelli.
Park-Pool-Trees: Page Johnston, Beau Kramer and Rick Einspahr.
Cemetery: Page Johnston, Beau Kramer and Tony Cribelli.
County Landfill: Page Johnston and Rick Einspahr.
Ambulance Policy: Beau Kramer and Page Johnston.
Power Pool Representative: Lloyd Sinner, Page Johnston and Bill Bischoff.
Safety Committee: Page Johnston and Tony Cribelli.
Board and Committee members named
Chairman Sinner named the following individuals to Village of Wauneta boards and committees:
Board of Health: Lloyd Sinner, Arlan Wine and Rick Einspahr.
Housing Authority: Steve Noble, Lynn Haarberg, Robert Walgren and two additional individuals of the current members’ choice.
Library Board: Joyce Bley, Virginia Lawson, Doretta Anderson, Jan Coone and Sharon Haarberg.
Economic Development: Bill Bischoff, Rick Einspahr, Tony Cribelli and two additional individuals of the current members’ choice.
Ballfield Committee: Bill Bischoff, Troy Skelton, Rod Rector and Michelle Harchelroad.
Park and Tree Committee: Shane Anderson.
Nursing Home Committee: Page Johnston (Chairman), Tony Cribelli and Lloyd Sinner.
Planning Commission: Chad DeWester, Joyce Grimm, Kenneth Lawless, Laurie Maris and Mandi Kramer.
County Redevelopment Authority: Village of Wauneta Board of Trustees.
Zoning Board of Adjustments: Village of Wauneta Board of Trustees.
Backhoe purchase approved
The village board approved the use of $14,200 of highway allocation funds to pay for the purchase of a new backhoe for the village.
The village’s current backhoe will be traded in on the purchase of a 2012 Case 590 Super N backhoe.
The retail price of the equipment is $172,741 but the village will only have to pay $14,200 out of its pockets after the $63,541 government discount, $75,000 trade-in value of the current backhoe and reimbursement of $20,000 from a yet-to-be-named outside source.
Utilities policy for renters v. landlords
Village board members discussed possibly developing a new policy for the way utilities are handled based on ownership of the property where services are offered.
Village employees cited a recent occurrence where an individual who rented a property in town was behind on his/her utilities and now is unable to pay the bill due.
Per the existing policy the village disconnected service to the property and as a courtesy notified the landowner.
The landowner requested the utilities be turned back on at the property. The village clerk informed the landlord utilities could be reestablished, but under the landowner’s responsibility.
Board members discussed this issue and similar issues that have occurred in the past. Their general thoughts were that the landlord is ultimately responsible for the payment of utilities at a property they own.
Board members asked the village clerk to research how such issues are handled in other municipalities and bring her findings back to a future village board meeting.
Sheriff’s report and recent dog issues
During his report, Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Dukes reported on the month’s activity including recent issues with dogs at large and one dog who bit someone.
It was reported by village staff that there are currently three counts of dog-related issues in the village. One issue of four adult dogs at a location, one of nuisance dogs and one potentially dangerous dog.
The village superintendent could not share details of the occurrences at the meeting, only stating that Arlan Wine, the village attorney is working on the instances.
Village clerk Evelyn Skelton reported the village has received $373 from the Yucca Run and Wauneta’s Got Talent at Harvest Fest. The funds were designated to go towards new banners for main street.
Skelton also reported that the village’s auditors were in a week ago and things went well.
She also noted that the village will receive new electric rate increases from Southwest Public Power District and Nebraska Public Power soon regarding electric rate increases in January.
It was noted that Bob McDonald with ESC will look at the increases and current rates to make recommendations on rate increases for consumers.
The village’s plan is to pass along the rate increases at the same cost incurred by the village.
Village superintendent Bill Bischoff reported the well project is 80 percent completed.
The SCADA systems are installed in all buildings and the electronic parts are running the wells.
The only portion yet to be installed is the electronic flow meter.
He stated, “it’s a matter of tieing things together” and the project will be complete.
Bischoff also reported the village is in the process of installing new service to a home being built in town.
The village employees are busy getting winter equipment ready to go and looking good.
It was also reported that Wayne’s Tree Service will be coming to town to work on two sets of trees the village trucks can’t reach. The trees will be trimmed to be clear of power lines.
Board members approved a request for the village to pay half the cost of candy for Santa Saturday on Dec. 15.
The village board approved purchase of a full page ad in the Wauneta Breeze’s 125th anniversary edition which will come out in early 2013. Half of the page will be devoted to the village and half to the nursing home. The total cost of the ad is $725.
Board members discussed, reviewed amounts and approved employee Christmas bonuses for village employees.
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.