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City Approves Step #2 For Pool Study

February 5, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Constructed in 1959, the Elgin Swimming Pool has been a place where generations have gathered to exercise, play or just to relax in its heated waters.
On Thursday night, members of the pool committee along with Mayor Mike Schmitt and the Elgin City Council heard how the pool could be renovated in the coming years.
David Burbach of Burbach Aquatics based out of Wisconsin, spoke for more than an hour on the findings of a pool study conducted after the pool was closed for the season.
Described as “Step One”, Burbach focused his remarks on the technical evaluation, taking steps to inventory the existing condition of the pool and its buildings. He then made recommendations for improvements deemed necessary to restore the pool to good repair while at the same time meeting all code requirements set forth by the Nebraska Department of Public Health and the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Burbach described the pool, having completed its 54th year of service, as currently being in “fair to good condition.” He pointed out that the structure is in good condition with the exception being the upper portion of the wall. He recommended that the upper portion could be removed and a new concrete deck be installed above the wall and utilize a gutter or skimmer system to maintain the necessary water level.
Currently, Burbach said, estimates are that the pool is losing as much as 1,000 gallons a day during the summer season.
As for the bathhouse, Burbach noted several cracks in the wall, but deemed it to be in “fair” condition. Noting how it does not meet code, his suggestion was to construct a 1,5000 square foot bathhouse.
One suggestion made by both Schmitt and the Council would be to utilize local labor to construct the bath house, as a means to lower the cost.
Burbach then shared some numbers. He estimated the cost to renovate the existing pool would be more than $1.3 million. To replace the current pool with a new pool, Burbach said the cost would be just under $2.2 million. There are a number of financial options which the City could pursue which would lessen the final cost to taxpayers. Among them would be capital campaigns, grants fundraising and the issuing of bonds.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

AKSARBEN Seeking Nominees For Good Neighbor, Pioneer Farm Awards

February 5, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The AKSARBEN Foundation, in association with the Nebraska Farm Bureau, is now accepting applications for Nebraska Pioneer and Heritage Farm Awards. Families eligible for the Pioneer Farm award must have owned land for 100 consecutive years. Heritage farm awardees must have owned land for 150 consecutive years. To date, more than 9,000 families in all 93 Nebraska counties have been honored at their respective county fairs. Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone.
Nomination forms can be obtained from your local County Fair Board Office or found online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received by the county fair board office in which the land is found no later than April 1, 2015, with applications due into the AKSARBEN Foundation offices no later than May 1, 2015.
Good Neighbor
Also, the AKSARBEN Foundation, in association with the Omaha World-Herald, is now accepting entries for AKSARBEN Good Neighbor Awards. The program honors individuals nominated by neighbors for performing unselfish, neighborly deeds without compensation or personal gain.
Nomination forms can be obtained from your local County Fair Board Office or online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received at the AKSARBEN Foundation offices no later than May 1, 2015.
Founded in 1895, the AKSARBEN Foundation is the premier philanthropic organization for the region’s top corporate and community leaders. With core values of leadership, education, agriculture and community, AKSARBEN provides over $500,000 in scholarships annually, carrying out their mission of leveraging collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.

EVFD Annual Awards Handed Out Last Week

January 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Awards were handed out to members of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) during last Saturday’s Fireman’s Banquet. Those receiving Perfect Attendance for the 2014 year included Bill Alderson, Terry Henn, Jim Kittelson, Duane Miller, Robbie Evans, Dick VonBonn, Denis Henn, Dean Henn, Dave Jochum, Josh Kallhoff and Dave Schrage. Receiving pins for years of membership were Justin Henn (5), Terry Bauer (10), Denis Henn (15), Steve Heithoff (30), Marty Thorberg (35) and Dean Henn (55). After 7 years of service, Tony Levander has retired from the department.

New Donations Made To Elgin Endowment Fund

January 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

So far, nearly $3,700 has been raised in donations to the Elgin Area Community Foundation. According to Anne Parks, a member of the foundation’s fund advisory committee, $3,695 in contributions have been received since the foundation began it’s year-end marketing campaign.
The foundation began in 2007 to create a community endowment with the hope of promising quality of life to future generations who choose to make the Elgin community their home.
The foundation, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, continues to work hard to prepare the community for a future of prosperity by preserving our wealth, investing in our people today and building resources for tomorrow’s opportunities.
In 2014, the Elgin Community Foundation approved grants that helped with the Q125 celebration as well as the opening of one new store in Elgin.
During the past year, approximately $6,500 in grants were awarded in the community. In 2015, as much as $7,000 could be awarded.
None of this would be possible without your help.
New donations were recently received from:
Elgin — Dvorak Construction, Jeff & Tracy Schindler, Dale & Renee Schindler, Leonard & Ann Beckman, Betty Moser, Steve & Casey Busteed, Karl & Margaret Hensley, and Marie Cheatum.
Wayne — Roger & Barbara Meyer.
Omaha — Brian & Susan Cairney.

‘Evening With Friends’ Tickets On Sale

January 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Little over one week remains before the annual “Evening With Friends” gala arrives in Elgin.
The event, sponsored by the Committee for the Continuation of Pope John, always promises to be an evening of fine food, games, entertainment, elegance and fundraising. And it always delivers!
This year, the fifteenth annual, will be held on Sunday, January 25 at the Elgin Knights of Columbus Hall. Emcees for the evening are Dave Amick and Gary Hoefer.
Social hour at the bar (including appetizers) and silent auction bidding will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner will be served at 6 p.m. This year’s menu will be Prime Rib or Crunchy Parmesan Chicken, Dutchess Potatoes, Green Beans with Red Peppers, Bacon and Almonds, Green Salad with Cranberries and Almonds and Dinner Rolls. Assorted Cheesecakes will be the evening’s dessert.
A few tickets are still available.  You may contact any of the following: Dave & Sharon Gossman at 402-887-5473; Tom & Bonnie Hoefer at 402-843-5476: Kyle & Deb Warren at 402-843-2283 or Pope John XXIII Central Catholic at 402-843-5325.

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