August 4, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Elgin Veteran’s Club annual membership steak fry will be held Monday, August 8 at the Elgin KC Hall.
This is for all Legion & VFW members and Auxiliary members, former members, potential new members and spouses.
Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. p.m. with the meal to follow at 7 p.m.
As part of the evening’s festivities, there will be short presentations from students who attended Boys and Girls State earlier this year.
Registration Night at Elgin Public Schools will be Wednesday, August 3, at the school gymnasium.
Principal Greg Wemhoff said all students 7th thru 12th grade are required to attend. A parent is expected to attend with their child as we will need much needed information for our new Student Information System. (Please bring all contact information. Information will be installed in the system on the 3rd) “We will accomplish a lot on this evening by completing final registrations with Mrs. Rittscher and receiving planners and lockers from Paula,” he said. “I will be discussing the Handbook and changes that can be expected for the 2016-2017 school year. Students will also pick up their computers when paperwork is completed and receive their passwords for the new Student Information System.”
Hopefully students and parents will come out of the evening with a final schedule, an understanding of expectations, and be prepared to start the school year on Monday, August 15.
Students who are unable to attend should contact Principal Wemhoff as soon as possible to plan accordingly.
The schedule is as follows:
7-7:30 p.m.: 7th thru 12th grade Pick up planners, info packets and complete registration
7:30-8 p.m.: 7th thru 12th grade Handbook Review/Concussion Presentation
Everyone can expect to receive the newsletter, lunch letter and calendars in the days to come. Practices will accommodate so students can be ready and on time for Registration Night. Anyone having questions should contact the school.
Whether it be unsure of the results or seeking validation, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors will ask another business, Rand Acoustics to complete a peer review of the results of a noise study conducted on Prairie Breeze wind turbines at four locations in Antelope County.
At last week’s supervisor meeting, Michael Hankard, president of Hankard Environmental, Inc., presented the results of the recently-completed noise study. Over the course of five-weeks, noise levels were measured at the residences of Gary Borer, Judy Wilcox, Susan Berg, and Paul and Stephanie Hecht in Antelope County. In the case of Wilcox, Berg and Hecht, the wind turbines in question are part of Prairie Breeze II, while Borer’s complaint dealt with wind turbine noise created from Prairie Breeze I.
Hankard told the supervisors the noise levels fell below the established criteria for noise when the wind farms were constructed. Noise levels produced by wind turbines ranged between 30 and 49 decibels at the four residences where microphones were placed. Noise levels, as part of the conditional use permit approved by the supervisiors, are not to exceed 50 decibels.
Back in July 2012, the county adopted regulations whereby “No Commercial/Utility WECS shall exceed 50 dBA at the nearest existing inhabited dwelling. Exception: a Commercial/Utility may exceed 50 dBA during periords of severe weather as defined by the US Weather Service or during shut down or restart for normal maintenance.”
In all cases, involving all four residences, Hankard said noise levels fell below established guidelines.
Hankard indicated when wind speeds were higher than 11 miles per hour, noise level results were omitted from the study. That’s due to wind speeds creating a sound level over a microphone which is not real. Also, during those times, he said wind noise and the noise generated from wind turbines are too close to differentiate.
No action was taken on the wind study. Also, no date was set for the supervisors to review the report from Rand Acoustics.
The annual bake sale for the Shari Schiltmeyer Softball Scholarship Fund raised $1,505. Many baked items were brought in and there were numerous cash donations. The scholarship fund is used to award scholarships each year to one or two senior girls from each school who have played at least two years of softball for Elgin. Those applying for the scholarship fill out an application which is available at both schools, and then the recipients are chosen by the fund committee.
All donations go into the scholarship fund and are greatly appreciated.
July 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Meeting last week, the Elgin City Council approved the hiring of two people to fill the position of librarian at Elgin Public Library.
With the retirement of Joyce Sullivan to commence later this month, the council approved the hiring of Barb Bode and Dianne Gunderson to share the position. Both Bode and Gunderson recently retired as teachers at Elgin Public Schools at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.
In other action:
Agreement — The council approved an interlocal agreement for the Library and Antelope County. The agreement is renewed annually.
Papers sent on — Saying the state required more paperwork, Mayor Mike Schmitt said construction of a new well could begin at any time.
Website — City Clerk was given the go ahead to look into developing a webpage for the City of Elgin. According to resident Janet Koinzan, the website is a necessary element for Elgin to participate in a program called “Marketing Small Town America.” The program, she said, would be a way to help promote the community as a great place to live.