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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Local Scout groups and community members joined together to complete the annual Wauneta Park cleanup last Saturday, April 12. (Courtesy Photo)

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta village board discussed a change in auditor for the nursing home Tuesday evening at the monthly meeting.

Hoping to gain consistency, the board will make inquiries into moving from auditor Doug Kucera to the firm of Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth, the village’s auditors.

While Kucera has done a good job, according to Page Johnson, Kucera and the village’s firm don’t always see eye-to-eye in accounting practices and board members agreed it would be good to have both the village and nursing home “under one roof” and consistent. It was agreed to contact Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth to see if they were interested and what the cost would be.

During Deputy Mike Dukes’ Sheriff’s Report, a nuisance downtown building was discussed, as well as the possibility of adding more speed limit signs around town.

Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff suggested that, with the warmer weather and increased outdoor activity, the new signs would help drivers remember the speed limit in residential areas is 25 mph.

In an effort to help the trees at the cemetery and save on spraying cost, a bid by Wellstone Industries to put in a pressure system and install a solar submersible pump was approved.

Bischoff said the village hasn’t watered anything at the cemetery for two years, but watering the trees will hopefully help with the blight problem. The village has been paying to have the trees sprayed in hopes of saving the trees. Bischoff said they will use soaker hoses and that they don’t plan on using sprinklers or watering the grass. Trees along the roads in the cemetery will be watered first and the project may expand to other trees if there is enough water.

In other business, the board approved:

—Ordinance 2014-01 allowing the used of ATVs and UTVs within the corporate limits of Wauneta.

—A proclamation of April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

—A proclamation of April 25, 2014 as Arbor Day in Wauneta.

—An invoice from Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation for Lead Based Paint Inspections for six houses in Wauneta.

—Requests for Community Development Block Grant funds for housing management and general administration.

—The service agreement with BJ Harris, Inc. for inspection and maintenance of the village’s emergency stand-by generator.

—Oil testing on the transformers by S.D. Myers.

Members accepted a bid from Troxell’s to install heaters in the ambulance barn.

In his superintendent’s report, Bischoff said the new sign is up at the tree pile reminding citizens to not dump treated wood and employees are getting geared up for Memorial Day and summer.

He also gave a report on the annual Wauneta Park cleanup, which was completed on Saturday, April 12. The Wauneta Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, park committee and community members collaborated on the project. Wauneta park committee member Shane Anderson organized the cleanup.

Bischoff has also spent time with an Eagle Scout from Kansas who visited Wauneta with his father and has made plans to erect a new “Welcome to Wauneta” sign such as the one in Bartley.

With the next regular meeting of the Wauneta Village Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT on Tuesday, May 13, members may hold a special meeting before then to discuss the nursing home’s auditor.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:51