Acceptance of Bids
The Antelope County Road Department District 6 is accepting bids for 2015 pickup. Specs are: standard, regular cab, white, 3/4 ton, 4 x 4, V8 motor, automatic transmission, bench vinyl seat, air and heat, radio, trailer hitch, and an 8ft box. Bids are being accepted through 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Antelope County Clerk’s Office, 501 M Street, PO Box 26, Neligh, NE 68756-0026. The envelope must be clearly marked with “Bid for Pickup District 6” on the outside of the sealed envelope. Bids will be publicly opened at 9:45 AM on April 7, 2015 in the Supervisors Meeting Room of the Antelope County Courthouse Annex, Neligh, NE. The Antelope County Board of Supervisors reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.
PUBLISH: March 25, 2015 and April 1, 2015
BACKFLOW PREVENTION AND THE CONSUMER
Helping Keep Our Water Safe!! Nebraska’s Safe Drinking Water Act requires water systems to implement an on-going cross connection control program. An important part of this program is public education. It is believed that a well-informed public will be more aware of the possibility of cross connections within their property and will take reasonable and sensible precautions to avoid creating cross connections on their property. This brochure is intended to explain what a cross connection is, what causes it, what some of the consequences can be, and how it can be prevented.
What is cross connection?
A cross connection occurs whenever there is an actual or potential physical connection between the public drinking water system and any possible source of contamination.
Sources of contamination can include both high hazard materials, which can cause illness or death, and low or non-hazardous materials which are mainly just a nuisance and can cause the water to look, taste or smell unpleasant. Although the high hazards are the primary concern in a cross connection control program, your water utility strives to provide both safe and good quality water to its customers. Whenever there is a loss of pressure in the public water supply, these cross connections can allow unsafe substances to enter the public water supply.
What causes cross connections?
Cross connections can be caused by both permanent and temporary “piping”. An example of a cross connection being permanently piped in is the drain on a water softener. Many times these discharge lines are connected directly to the sewer line without any type of protection. Hot tub and whirlpool fill pipes and swimming pool and broiler make-up lines are other examples of permanently piped cross connections.
The most common example of a temporary piped cross connection is the common garden hose. It is estimated that 90% of all cross connections are caused by the inappropriate use of garden hoses. Garden hoses are frequently used to apply fertilizer and pesticides to lawns and gardens. They are also used to fill swimming pools, wash cars, and in rural areas, they are often used to fill stock tanks for watering cattle, horses, and other livestock.
Other temporary piping cross connections occur when hoses are used to fill waterbeds or are connected to utility sinks to fill wash tubs or mop buckets.
What are the consequences of cross connections?
The consequences of cross connections can range from something as simple as “dirty water” to something as severe as serious illness or even death. There are many recorded instances of non-hazardous contamination of public water supplies caused by cross connections. In one case, a line used for cleaning a distilling vat in a wine bottling company was left open, and an entire vat of wine flowed back into the public water system. Although this was not a health hazard, and most of the customers liked the water they drank, this cross connection could have had far deadlier results if it had been something other than wine in the vat.
There are many instances recorded where people have been made seriously ill or even died due to cross connections. There have been cases where dysentery diarrhea, hepatitis and even polio have been contracted as a direct result of a cross connection.
How can cross connections be prevented?
The best way to prevent cross connections is for each customer to examine the plumbing on their premises and look for any permanent or temporary piped cross connections. Any time there is the possibility of a cross connection between the water supply and any hazardous or unknown substance, there should be an air gap between the faucet and the questionable use.
In cases where this is not possible, as with a garden hose, a proper backflow prevention device or assembly should be installed on the supply faucet. This will protect both the public water supply and the inhabitants of the building from contamination.
In situations where extremely high hazards exist in a building or location, it is sometimes necessary to contain that entire system from the public water supply with a backflow preventer to protect the public water supply from the substances being used on that site.
What you can do to prevent cross connections and keep your drinking water safe?
1. Check your faucets to be sure that all faucet endpoints are above the flood level of the sink, tub, basin, or other apparatus they supply.
2. Protect faucet extensions by installing proper backflow prevention devices (i.e. hose bib vacuum breakers) on all faucets capable of having a hose or other extension attached.
3. Check drain lines (refrigerator drink dispensers, water softeners, heat exchangers, etc.) to be sure there is an adequate air gap between the drain line and the floor drain or sewer line into which they discharge.
4. Never use unprotected faucets to fill non-drinking water containers (i.e. water beds, wading pools, stock tanks, hot tubs, etc.)
Following these guide lines and using common sense will help to eliminate the possibility of you contaminating your drinking water, your neighbor’s drinking water and your community’s drinking water. This not only affects the residents of your community, but their visitors and those people who are passing through.
PUBLISH: March 25, 2015
Timothy and Michelle Schultz of Elgin are new parents of their first child, a son named Gunnar Maverick Schultz.
Gunnar was born on March 20, 2015 at Faith Regional in Norfolk. Gunnar weighed six pounds, 15 ounces and was 20-3/4 inches long.
Grandparents are Lonnie and Twila Schultz of Beemer and Kenneth and the late Mary Jo Kreikemeier of North Bend. Great grandparents are Lucy Schultz of West Point and Herb and Dorothy Brader of Oakland.
March 24, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Anticipation had been building for weeks, ever since it was announced that a time capsule had been found in the corner stone of the St. Boniface School which was recently demolished.
On Sunday afternoon, during the annual consignment auction for St. Boniface Catholic Church, the mystery of the contents of the time capsule was exposed.
Father Ross Burkhalter had the honors of opening the time capsule, but not before Carol Eischeid read the history of the time capsule as published in The Elgin Review in 1908.
To put it all in perspective, one need only look to the history books. When the builders of Catholic school were placing brick upon brick the following were true:
• Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States
• The Titanic was only a dream, it would be years before the ship would sail on its fateful maiden voyage.
• The world would change in less than a decade when World War I would break out.
• Then there was Elgin. The community was just 19 years old.
• The Great Depression from which the U.S. would emerge as a world superpower was more than two decades away.
With that as a backdrop, the builders of the school placed items in the time capsule which would reflect their time, their place in the world.
With the help of auctioneer Ted Baum, Father Burkhalter was careful to open the time capsule with a hammer and a screw driver.
The first item pulled from the capsule was an official document commemorating the day the corner stone was laid on August 7, 1908.. Familiar names like Venteicher, Geist, Hoefer, Meis, and Beckman were mentioned on the document. The next item removed was the July 31, 1908 issue of The Elgin Review. Burkhalter read from the front page of the newspaper, noting how well the newsprint had stood the test of time.
More papers were pulled from the capsule. Two German language papers, O’Fallon Hauffreund and Amerika. Another newspaper retrieved from the time capsule was True Voice. All the papers dated back to July 1908.
Harder to discern the date on a number of coins from that period of time.
And then it was over. Some were left wanting more from so many years ago.
However, the time capsule itself looked to be no bigger than a safety deposit box one might rent at the Bank of Elgin.
Yet, for a few moments, everyone stepped back in time.
March 24, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Planning ahead for the summer, the District #18 Board of Education last week began looking at summer projects to complete.
Prior to the start of the meeting, the building & grounds committee met to go over a list of possible projects. During the regular meeting, which all six board members attended, the board gave Superintendent Dan Polk the go-ahead to proceed. Some of the projects are small, like adding to water stations the ability to fill water bottles and installing a metal door on the elementary building, to more expensive projects like replacing the cinderella steps on the southwest corner of school property. Polk said he will attempt to contract locally to have work done, but cautioned that it may be necessary to contract with firms outside the Elgin community to get the necessary work done before the start of the 2015-2016 school year. More such projects will be presented at the next regular meeting to be held April 9.
One project to be undertaken once school is out is the replacement of the gym floor. The Anderson Ladd floor company, who received the bid for the project, informed the school district it will cost an additional $2,900 to paint the Wolfpack logo at the center of the court. Polk said that the cost would still be under the bid due to not having to pay to have the old floor removed as a private contractor has agreed to do the work for free (a savings of up to $6,500).
Updating the school board on an early retirement incentive made available to a number of staff members meeting the necessary criteria, Polk said no one so far has applied. That doesn’t mean staff members oppose the initiative. On the contrary, the superintendent said numerous staff members have spoken to him to express their appreciation for the school board to offer the package. “They’re aware it’s a year-to-year thing,” he said, meaning the package might not be offered next year. Teachers have til early April to apply for the package.
In other action:
Salary — The board offered, and Principal Wemhoff agreed to, a three percent increase in salary for the 2015-2016.
Technology — A total of more than $47,000 in technology purchases were approved.
Purchase — After some discussion, the board approved the purchase of a new suburban vehicle at a cost of nearly $39,000. As a result of the purchase, the district will sell a minibus.
Building — The board approved a bid of $8,575 from Beckman Lumber to construct a storage building.
Agreement — The board approved a new one-year bus contract with Pope John.