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Sinner to serve another year as Village Board of Trustees chair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Village Board elected Lloyd Sinner as chairman for another year during the board’s regular December meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 8. Sinner was first elected as chairman of the board in 1996.

Sinner reappointed Tony Cribelli, who was unable to attend the meeting, as vice-chairman of the board. Other trustees include Beau Kramer, Page Johnston and Rick Einspahr.

Authorized check signers and village depositories remained unchanged from the previous year.

Village depositories are Valley Bank and Trust Company in Wauneta, First Bank and Trust, Adams Bank and Trust and Pinnacle Bank in Imperial and Wells Fargo Bank in McCook.

Authorized check signors are Sinner, Cribelli, Kramer, Village Clerk Evelen Skelton and Deputy Clerk Deb Cox. Arlan Wine was appointed as Village Attorney and Greg Wolford as the street superintendent again.

The board also appointed commissioners and named individuals to the village’s various boards and committees. Village Commissioners for 2016 are as follows:

Utility–Sinner, Cribelli, Kramer, Johnston.

Street–Kramer, Sinner, Cribelli.

Park, Pool, Trees–Johnston, Kramer, Cribelli.

Cemetery–Johnston, Kramer, Cribelli.

County Landfill–Johnston, Einspahr, Kramer.

Ambulance Policy–Kramer, Johnston.

Power Pool Representatives–Sinner, Johnston, Bill Bischoff.

Safety Committee–Johnston, Cribelli, Kramer.

Four changes were made to boards and committees since last year. The Economic Development committee was removed, the Community Building committee was added, Jeanette Gerih replaced Virginia Lawson on the library board and Chad DeWester replaced Rod Rector on the ballfield committee. Village board and committee members include:

Board of Health–Sinner, Wine, Einspahr.

Housing Authority–Steve Noble, Lynn Haarberg, Robert Walgren, Rodney Petsch,  Doretta Anderson.

Library Board–Joyce Bley, Doretta Anderson, Jan Coone, Sharon Haarberg, Jeanette Gerih.

Ballfield Committee–Bischoff, Brian Harchelroad, Chad DeWester.

Park and Tree Committee–Shane Anderson.

Nursing Home Committee–Village Board of Trustees, Johnston as Chair. No more than two trustees will attend any one meeting.

Community Redevelopment Authority–Village Board of Trustees.

Zoning Board of Adjustments–Village Board of Trustees.

Community Building–Cribelli, Einspahr.


Well rehab project

During their December meeting village board members had a phone conference with Tom Christopherson with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Christopherson reviewed findings from water samples taken at the Wauneta wells. He explained that based on findings to date, DHHS and the research team feels they are beginning to understand where the arsenic in Wauneta’s water supply is coming from.

However, to be more certain additional steps need to be taken. He wanted to see if the village would be willing to share part of the cost.

The village ultimately agreed to share up to $4,000 to switch out the pumps in village wells so the state can run a diagnostic tool to see where the arsenic is entering village water.

Christopherson told board members he hopes to see water sample results by the first of the year which would then allow for the well rehab project to move forward, based on the findings after this step.

“Everyone in Lincoln is pulling for you guys,” explained Christopherson of the well rehab project.

“We’re trying to unpeel this onion to find the spot where the arsenic is coming from,” he said.

Christopherson went on to explain that trying to isolate arsenic sources in the water supply is a new one for the state. He said Wauneta’s water supply is unique in that it has three to four different layers of water, all with different quality. “If this works out, it would be something the whole nation could use,” stated Christopherson.


Christmas bonuses

The village board approved Christmas bonuses for village employees. All bonuses will be paid in Wauneta Chamber Bucks. The superintendent, clerk and village attorney will receive $200.

Full time municipal workers will receive $125, the librarian will receive $75, the deputy clerk will receive $100 and the pool manager will receive $60.


Community building

The Wauneta Community Building (formerly the Legion Building) committee gave a report that plans to spruce up the hall are moving forward.

The interior walls will be painted and the floors done soon. The committee and grant writer Jan Coone have also been meeting with an architect to make plans to remodel the building to make it more efficient and handicap accessible.

Once remodel plans are finalized the village will apply for grants to help offset the cost. They plan to present cost estimates at the January meeting.


Other business completed

A new Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance plan was approved for nursing home employees.

Board members approved renewing the lease for the village’s skidsteer in January 2016. The lease cost is $5,500.

A payment of $2,000 to Johnson Services was also approved to camera approximately four blocks of village sewer lines.

The primary objective for looking at the lines is to see if the sewer line that crosses the river needs to be lined. Since the company charges a minimum of $2,000, board members and the Village Superintendent decided to add other lines to meet their minimum charge.

Board members approved a motion to pay for half the cost of candy for Wauneta’s Santa Saturday.


Clerk’s report

Evelyn Skelton reported that the village audit was completed in November and went well.

She also told board members the village will need to have a water rate study completed by Nebraska Rural Water. The study is expected to be completed sometime in December.

Skelton also indicated an electric rate study is in process.


Superintendent’s report

Bill Bischoff told the board village staff has been working on electric updates with SWPPD.

He also indicated the village has been working to repair additional water leaks.

The Wauneta Village Board meets at 7 p.m. MT on the second Tuesday of each month. The public is welcome to attend their meetings.