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Village approves new water, sewer rates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 20 May 2016 18:30

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


Village board members passed two ordinances at the regular May meeting, held May 10, which will increase both water and sewer rates within the village.

The increases come after months of talks regarding the need for rate increases in both regards.

The new minimum charge for water will be $16.20 per month plus $1.40 per thousand gallons. The old rates were $10.00 minimum and $1 per thousand gallons.

The new sewer rate will be $12 per month, a $4 increase from the old rate of $8 per month.

Board members commissioned rate studies for both water and sewer before arriving to the new set rates. During the meeting it was noted the rates are still considerably lower than many communities of similar size in Nebraska.

Residents will see the new rates on their July 1 bills. New rates will be applied to usage beginning May 20.

Another change to note on these new ordinances, is that all households connected to the village lines will be charged the minimum monthly fees. Even those homes and businesses where water is shut off will still incur the minimum monthly fee.

Plans move forward for backup substation

Village board members discussed and ultimately approved an engineering proposal from RVW, Inc. for up to $2,500.

The proposal covers engineering work needed to allow for a backup substation to be installed in the village.

The proposal covers inspection of the current substation and drawings showing what modifications are needed to add a backup substation.

Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff also told board members the insurance claim on the failed transformer has been completed. The village received a check for $32,008. They plan to use those funds in creation of the new backup substation.

New deputy clerk hired

Board members also approved Rhonda Brunkhorst as the new deputy clerk. Current deputy clerk, Deb Cox, has issued her resignation from the position. Cox may stay on at the village for some time to help train Brunkhorst for the position.

Purchases approved

Purchase of a new hot water heater for the nursing home was approved by board members. A quote of $8,829.74 from Rampart Supply in Denver was approved. The new 85 gallon 365 BTU hot water heater will be installed by Sunrise Heights employee Ray Kisinger with the assistance of village staff.

The Wauneta apartments are also in need of a new appliance. Board members approved purchase of a new coin-operated washing machine for the apartments. Prices for the new machine ranged from $800 to $1,200. Board members left machine choice in the hands of manager Leanne Hunt.


Special meeting

Board members met for a special meeting Monday night to discuss and approve a special designated liquor license for Richard Romine, dba as Good Times Bar for the alumni dance next weekend.


Superintendent’s report

Bischoff told board members the planning commission met to discuss allowance of hobby animals within city limits.

He said no one attended the meeting, and therefore it was decided to recommend the ordinance stay as it is. The ordinance currently prohibits hobby animals within city limits.

Bischoff reported the new intersection by the Roller Mill and Frenchman Valley Coop will soon be complete.

He also told board members results on the process of the well rehabilitation process should soon be available.

The next regularly scheduled village board meeting will be Tuesday, June 14.