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Village reviews road plan, passes increase for bulk water usage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 00:00

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

The Wauneta Village Board held the annual One and Six Year Road Plans public hearing prior to the regular board meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 9. Aaron Peterson with W Design Associates of McCook attended the meeting to present the plan and answer questions.

The new One and Six Year Road Plans includes one project for the upcoming year, to redo concrete on Arapahoe by the elevator and Wauneta Roller Mills. The plan will widen the street and include new drive-over curbs for much of the intersection. The project, which was sent out for bids last fall but did not receive any bids, will be completed by Baxter Construction. The project is expected to begin in April or May of this year.

Other projects will coincide with the street project. The Village will partner with Frenchman Valley Coop to put in extra concrete closer to their bins. The new plans will widen the intersection from a 30-foot radius to a 50-foot radius.

The six-year plan remains unchanged from previous years.

Make plans to replace
substation transformer

The board discussed possible updates at the Wauneta substation at their February meeting.

The village is considering replacement of all three transformers at the substation. According to information shared with Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff, the three transformers at the substation are near the end of their projected life span, making upgrades or replacement necessary.

The board held a special meeting Monday to discuss an engineering proposal from RVW, Inc. of Columbus, Neb. The proposal covers assistance from the company in determining the scope of needed upgrades at the substation.

The board approved the proposal, which states it will not exceed $5,500.

During the special meeting, board members and Bischoff discussed replacing the three existing transformers with one more powerful new transformer. They also discussed keeping the three existing transformers on site in case of emergency so, if an issue develops, power could be restored more quickly.

Bulk water rates increase

Village board members passed and adopted an ordinance, No. 2016-01, to raise bulk water rates. The newly approved rates will be a $20 minimum charge plus $5 per thousand gallons. The previous rate included a $10 minimum plus $1 for every thousand gallons.

WVFD to utilize eDispatches Service

The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department asked the village to share in the cost of a new eDispatches Service for the department.

The service will automatically send a text message or call the firemen’s mobile phones when a call comes from county dispatch.

Chief Shannon O’Neil attended the meeting to explain why the firemen wish to utilize the service, specifically in cases when firemen’s pagers are out of range when a call comes in.

O’Neil noted other area fire departments are using and have been happy with the service.

The service costs $79 per month plus a $200 one-time setup fee. The new service will also require the fire hall to be wired for internet access and monthly internet access charges.

The rural fire district will share 50 percent of the costs associated with the service with the village.

Housing Authority

There has been a new development in the process of the village taking over ownership of the apartments formerly owned by the Wauneta Housing Authority.

Directly prior to the dissolution of the Wauneta Housing Authority, USDA representatives informed the Authority of the need to sign a restrictive use covenant.

The covenant requires the village, which now owns and manages the apartments, to adhere to certain USDA requirements for tenants who were living in the apartments at the time ownership changed hands.

Because of the extra administrative duties required by the covenant, the village approved an extra $250 payment to the apartment manager Leanne Hunt.

The board also reviewed and approved new forms developed by Clerk Evelyn Skelton for use in management of the apartments. The forms included a management plan, management agreement and rental agreement for the apartments.

Community Building

The Wauneta Community Building (formerly known as the Legion Building) committee provided a report on updates made at the facility.

Board Vice President and committee member Tony Cribelli noted the new sign is up on the front of the building and that the new lights, required by the Fire Marshal, have been received but not yet installed.

He noted after the emergency lights are installed the committee will hold another meeting to discuss possible next projects for updating the building.

Cribelli also indicated that a representative from Video Kingdom in McCook had been to town to look at the building in order to price a speaker system for the Community Building.

Clerk’s report

Skelton told board members Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation (SWNCBC) has received several applications for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program in Wauneta. It was felt five of the applicants would qualify for the program, as of last Tuesday.

Skelton stated the application period would be extended if all six available spots on the program were not filled.

She also told board members of a new opening on the village’s parks and tree committee. Shane Anderson, currently the only committee member, has indicated he would like to step down from his position on the committee.

Superintendent’s report

Bischoff told board members they will need to decide if the village would like to complete repairs to the sewer behind Harchelroad Motors. They plan to put the project on the March meeting agenda.

He also indicated he has been working with a company to clean the reservoir this spring. He said the cleaning will take place with divers using vacuums and that city water users should not notice any disturbance during cleaning, except perhaps a chlorine taste to their water.

Bischoff also reported on a check of village-owned trucks by American Truck Center. He said most tested out “good,” but said issues were found on the digger truck. Repairs are being planned.

The recent snow removal process was also discussed. Bischoff told board members he was very pleased with residents’ response to the plea to move vehicles off snow routes to allow for snow removal. He indicated it was the best response rate he has ever seen during a snow storm.

The next regular village board meeting is set for Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. MT at the village office. Village board meetings are open to the public.