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Village votes to seek bids on Arapahoe Street project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Village Board of Trustees voted last Tuesday to seek bids on a new street project on Arapahoe Street to be completed before corn harvest.

The project will entail replacing asphalt on Arapahoe Street from North Railway Street to Wichita Avenue.

Greg Wolford with W-Designs of McCook expects the project to cost roughly $100,000, though bids will reveal the actual project cost.

Village Superintendent Bill Biscoff said the village will partner with Frenchman Valley Co-op to provide an eight-inch surface to the roadway instead of the traditional six-inch surface. He said the partnership may also include widening the roadway to provide a greater turning radius into the elevator.

Wolford said he hopes to have bids back before the August Village Board meeting.

As a result of the approval to seek bids, Wolford will also submit a change to the village’s One and Six Year Road Plan adding the project.


Zoning and business

Last week’s village board meeting included a public hearing to consider a variance to the zoning regulations at the Larry Lacy home. The hearing resulted in no public comment.

It was noted the variance was allowed because the physical characteristics of the property were unique, thus requiring a variance.

The board approved a variance to the setback requirements, allowing Lacy to build a ramp at the rear of his home that would have been too close to the alleyway prior to the approved variance.

The Board also considered a recommendation from the Wauneta Planning Commission to allow a permitted conditional use permit to MISSC, LLC. The approved permit will allow Cory and Missy Holmes to open a liquor store in the location of the former Corner Cupboard on Highway 6.

Bischoff noted letters were sent to all businesses and individuals who owned property within 300 feet of the location and that no protests were filed.

The board also approved a liquor license for MISSC, LLC. Missy Holmes, who was in attendance at the meeting, stated they have applied for a Class C liquor license from the State. The license will allow them to sell off sale as well as allow them to hold periodic tastings at the store.


Nursing home

Page Johnston provided an overview of the financial reports from the village-owned Sunrise Heights of Wauneta. He said the reports, from May 2015, show income substantially above budget. The year-to-date net income from the facility, as of May 31, 2015, was $174,136 compared to a budgeted income of $27,283.

The nursing home will begin their search for a new health insurance carrier, as their current company, Assurant Health, will not provide coverage next year.

It was noted contacts have already been made with Howard Danzig with ECCHIC (Employers Committed to Control Health Insurance Costs) of St. Louis to find a replacement plan.

The board also discussed the possibility of adding business income insurance to the nursing home’s insurance plans. The policy would add to the general liability policy, providing coverage if there was an event that prohibited business income, such as a natural disaster that caused the nursing home to be closed for a time.

The board tabled the discussion until the August meeting.


Water project

Village Clerk Evelyn Skelton and Bichoff provided the board with an update on the arsenic water project.

Skelton said the first quarterly administration report has been submitted to the state, providing an update on the progress made so far. She noted the village is currently in good standing in regards to the administrative order.

Bischoff said he received a call last week stating the company planning to perform the well rehabilitation study has been delayed. He expects they will make it to town at the end of July.

He went on to explain once the company arrives, they will meet with the board  within a few days to report their findings. Then, the village board will meet to discuss possibly completing rehabilitation on the other wells not included in the study.

It was also noted by Bischoff that David Blau with Miller and Associates is researching the possibility of installing reverse osmosis units at each village well instead of in private homes. He said Blau will compare the long-term costs of both options as well as the possibility of a new well field in case that would become necessary.


Old business

Under old business the board reviewed the status of the village’s request to pay off the USDA loan for the apartment complex managed by the Wauneta Housing Authority. It was stated no new information has been received from the USDA in regards to the request.

The board also discussed the finalization of the transfer of ownership of the Wauneta American Legion Hall to the Village of Wauneta. The paperwork is complete and the village is now managing scheduling hall rentals.

The board decided not to renew its membership with the West Central Nebraska Development District, which carries dues of $1,355. It was noted the village can still access services from the organization, although it has not in the past, but at a higher rate.


Clerk’s report

The first item discussed during Skelton’s report was the upcoming village budget. She indicated that she and Bischoff will be preparing a preliminary budget to show board members in the near future. Board members hope to hold the budget hearing at the regular September meeting.

Skelton also brought up a request to block off part of Wichita Street from Shawnee Avenue to the alley for an upcoming estate sale. Board members discussed the request and decided to approve it based on safety concerns.


Superintendent’s report

Bischoff reported that 12 blocks of armor coating has been completed in Wauneta. He said the village opted for granite rock to provide a more durable surface.

He noted the village staff is working to replace four water hydrants around town.

His report also led to a discussion of the refrigerator at the pool, which has stopped working. The refrigerator is used to store candy, pop and water for sale at the pool.

After discussion, it was decided to ask Bischoff to look into the cost of replacing the refrigerator with an open-window cooler for pool staff to display candy, pop and water for sale at the pool.

The next regular meeting of the Wauneta Village Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. MT at the Village office. The public is welcome to attend village board meetings.