Improvements to Elgin’s electrical system, being made by Elkhorn Rural Public Power District, will affect a number of businesses next week. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, businesses on the west side of Second Avenue, from City Limits north to Elgin Veterans Medical Clinic, including the Post Office, will be without power from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Services will be limited at the Bank of Elgin on Wednesday, Sept. 21, when work is done on east side of Second Avenue. Some businesses, like CVA Lumber, will be without power on that day as well.
By Dennis Morgan
Forty minutes of discussion, sometimes tense, came before the Elgin City Council made a decision which will be felt in the community for decades to come. Meeting just one day after Labor Day, the council approved a bid of $1,729,684.88 to construct a new swimming pool to be completed in time for the 2017 summer swimming season.
Work will begin immediately on the project. Engineer for the project will be Burbach Aquatics based in Wisconsin whom the city and pool committee have been working with for several years.
Mayor Mike Schmitt said the cost of the project was higher than anticipated. He said Burbach has been working with the contractor, Christiansen Construction Co. LLC of Pender. Other bids were received from Mechanical Inc. of Freeport, Ill., and Ricchio Inc. of Gurney, Ill.
The accepted bid will not include a bathhouse as the pool committee will seek a local option for building the structure whereby they hope to save money. To do that, all parties will seek to utilize volunteer hours to get the project completed.
Once again, Janet Koinzan raised questions about the wisdom of spending that much money. She claimed she had bids from two companies based in Omaha for substantially less. However, during the discussion, it was pointed out that the bids were just for the pool and mechanical and did not include a bathhouse, deck, sidewalks or demolition of the current pool.
When questioned why these companies had not submitted bids for the pool during the bid process, Koinzan said those companies would not work with Burbach Aquatics.
The discussion went back and forth, but it was clear to all in the council chambers a decision one way or another was going to be made before the meeting ended.
Todd Heithoff, a member of the pool committee, said it could be as many as five years, due to contract signed with Burbach Aquatics, before a pool could be constructed, if the council chose to not proceed with the new pool.
Mayor Schmitt said if the decision was made to delay construction of a new pool, costs would definitely be higher several years from now.
Just when it appeared that the matter had reached a stalemate, comments made by City Attorney Fritz Bartell and City Engineer John Zwingman clarified the matter.
Regarding figures presented from the Nebraska companies through Koinzan, Zwingman said if those companies wanted to, they could have gone online to see the specifications for the pool project and could have had offered a more precise bid for the project. They chose not to, for whatever reason. Zwingman indicated the plans are sent out to an online plan room available to all companies across the country.
Bartell said numbers the city had from the bidding process could not be accurately compared with the bids Koinzan offered. He called it comparing “apples to oranges.”
Deb Warren, just one of the pool committee members attending the meeting, said the committee will continue its’ fundraising efforts as a number are planned as well as working for individual donations to help cover the costs for the pool. She encouraged Koinzan to “work together” on the project.
Moments later, the council voted 4-0 to proceed with the new outdoor pool.
To date, more than $1.2 million in donations and bonds have been generated for the new pool.
The Pope John students will hold a paper drive on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Those in the Isidore and Gonzaga Houses are in charge of the project. The following are contact persons:
Clearwater and Rural St. John and Ewing — Justin Funk — (402-843-6562)
Neligh — Chad Bode — (402-929-3284)
Petersburg and Raeville — Miles Schrage — (402-843-0286)
Elgin — Jordan Mescher — (402-843-6602) or Sister Pat — (402-843-5461)
We will collect: newspapers, phone books, paperbacks and shredded paper, magazines, slick papers and mailings, only flattened cereal boxes, etc., of that quality. Please note: If at all possible, please have papers bagged, (brown bags or plastic ones), but not put in cardboard boxes.
Items which won’t be collected are corrugated cardboard boxes, hard covered books (unless the covers are removed) spiral notebooks, calendars, manuals, etc.
Please have the materials at the pick-up locations by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 or placed in the protected area in front of the St. Boniface Gym no sooner than Friday, but no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Seven Pope John XXIII high school students were mandated as lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) Wednesday night, September 7 at a special 7:00 p.m. Mass.
Archbishop Lucas along with many area priests conducted the Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk.The Archbishop thanked the students for their willingness to serve both their school and home parishes.
Mandated as a lector was Marie Meis, daughter of Jim and Anne Meis. EMHCs were Heather Bauer, daughter of Terry and Mary Bauer, Grace Henn, daughter of Tom and Sandi Henn, Logan Henn, son of Denis and Jan Henn, Sydney Kerkman, daughter of Steve and Becky Kerkman, Calli Krebs, daughter of Jeff and Lynette Krebs, Paige Meis, daughter of Ben and Anna Meis,
The group consists of students from parishes from St. Boniface in Elgin as well as St. Francis of Assisi located in Neligh.
The mobile food pantry, sponsored by various churches, businesses and individuals in Antelope County, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, September 20, from 4:30-6 p.m., at the American Legion Club in Neligh.
The goal is to provide free food to those whose needs are great and resources are limited without being restricted by income guidelines.
Due to liability reasons, public recipients will not be allowed in the building until 4 p.m. Those receiving food should bring their own boxes.