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Lloyd Sinner to continue as Village Board chairperson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:22
By Tina Kitt
The Wauneta Breeze

    Lloyd Sinner will continue to serve as chairperson of the Wauneta Village Board after he was unanimously re-elected by fellow board members during last week’s board reorganization.
    Both Sinner and Lynn Brunkhorst were re-elected to the board by Wauneta voters in November’s general election. They join Beau Kramer, Tony Cribelli and Ted Grimm on the local board.
    Following his re-election as board chair for 2009, Sinner appointed Grimm to serve as vice chair, a position Grimm has held in recent years.
    As part of the post-election reorganization process, the board also reappointed Evelyn Skelton as village clerk/treasurer and voted to retain Arlan Wine as village attorney.
    Five area banks were named as depositories for Village of Wauneta funds — Valley Bank and Trust in Wauneta, First State Bank, Adams Bank and Pinnacle Bank of Imperial, and Wells Fargo Bank in McCook.
    Greg Wolford of W Design in McCook was reappointed street superintendent.
    Village board members decided to continue serving in 2009 as commissioners of the same commissions assigned in 2008, and those presently serving on community boards and committees were reappointed, with a list of these assignments and members included with this article.
    It was noted that more volunteers would be appreciated on the Park and Tree Committee. Ted and Joyce Grimm serve on that committee and would welcome assistance and input from others. Anyone interested in serving is urged to contact the Village Office or the Grimms.
Shop upgrades
    Board members approved a bid of $11,328 for five new overhead doors at the utilities shop submitted by Overhead Door Specialists of Imperial.
    Bids to insulate and sheet rock the interior of the shop were also reviewed, with a bid from S&S Construction of Wauneta coming in at $22,742 and bid from Einspahr Construction coming in at $23,875.
    Board members opted to delay a decision until next month’s meeting when they hope representatives of both contractors can be present at the meeting to discuss the details of the bids and project time lines.
Christmas bonuses
    Board members voted to increase the amount of Chamber Bucks presented to Village employees for their annual Christmas bonuses.
    Four full-time employees will receive $125 in Chamber Bucks, with other part-time employees receiving bonuses of $60-$75.
    The board also approved payment for employee vacation days that went unused this year.
    In other business the board:
    • Voted to set aside $5,000 from the electric department for the future purchase of a new fire truck.
    • Approved an agreement for mutual aid with neighboring communities for water, wastewater and storm water.
    • Discussed the likely need for an electric rate increase in 2009. Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff noted that wholesale rates are going up in January and Southwest Public Power District has already announced plans to increase their rates 7 percent. Bischoff said he will work on rate study information with SWPPD to see where Wauneta’s rates need to be to cover costs and to continue to provide reliable service.
    • Discussed needed repairs and maintenance work on the Village’s bucket truck. A bid from Alteck Industries projected the needed work, which includes replacing leveling cables, will cost $6,007. Bischoff said the work is needed due to safety issues and make sure it will pass inspection in February.
    In his superintendent’s report Bischoff updated the board on consultations made with Reuben Echols to have handrails placed downtown.
    Bischoff also informed the board of new regulations pertaining to high suction pool drains, noting that Wauneta should be able to meet compliance with minimal expense as the pool’s double drain system is  a low-suction system.
    Bischoff and Skelton updated the board on work they have done for the community in developing a hazard mitigation plan as part of the Chase County multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.
    Wauneta is also being included in discussions to incorporate a Code Red alert system, similar to a reverse 911 system, with costs hopefully to be split among seven entities within Chase County.