As winter storm “Kayla” began to stir outside, the Elgin City Council was inside City Hall tending to business inside City Hall.
All were present for the regular monthly meeting. Mayor Mike Schmitt updated council members on continuing developments in regards to a new city water well. He said he had been in contact with City Engineer John Zwingman who indicated that the City will be eligible for loans through Nebraska Health & Human Services (NHHS) at just over the prime lending rate. Zwingman, he said, recommended the City of Elgin take advantage of this option.
Beginning this week, the city has begun to advertise for bids for the water well project (see Page Seven). Bids will be opened on March 3 so that the council can consider and possibly take action on the bids at their March meeting to be held Monday night, March 7.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
The Elgin street crew, along with extra help, has been busy since yesterday (Wednesday) moving piles of snow off city streets. According to one report, between 13 and 15 inches of snow fell. The snow began at approximately 10 pm on Monday, Febr. 1 and didn’t stop until early Wednesday morning, Febr. 3. Along with the snow, gusty winds made for blizzard conditions. As of this writing, all of Elgin streets are passable. Highways 70 and 14 still have patches of snow and ice so drivers - and walkers in town - are reminded to use caution. Also, watch carefully at intersections since views may be blocked due to snow piles. While temperatures have remained cold, the sun has caused melting both yesterday and today so the night-time freeze will likely cause more areas of ice where the water once stood. E-R photo
February 2, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Most residents of Elgin, along with the majority in the state of Nebraska, are staying indoors today courtesy of an old-fashioned blizzard. With a Snow Emergency in effect for the town, residents are reminded to keep all vehicles off the streets. This will enable city crews to get streets cleared more easily. Businesses, once this storm subsides, you have five hours to get your sidewalks cleared off for the public. Residents, you are given 24 hours to clear your sidewalks.
This unfortunate traveler (no front plate and back license plate is covered with snow) found visibility so bad he stopped in the middle of the highway in downtown Elgin to get out of his car and use his hands to clear his front windshield. Reports are that there are pockets of zero visibility on the highways. Really think before you travel anywhere today. E-R photo
January 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Members of the Elgin Pool Committee met last week with Dave Burbach of Burbach Aquatics as steps continue to be made towards beginning the Elgin Swimming Pool Renovation Project.
On Friday, committee members were updated on the status of the project. In particular, the discussion centered on funds for the project. From the onset, the financial plan has been somewhat of a four-pronged plan with part of the funds coming from the municipal bonds to be issued, a significant gift received from the Tunink Trust, donations from the public and any matching grants or funds they can receive from other sources.
In November, Elgin residents overwhelmingly supported the city issuing municipal bonds up towards the amount of $500,000. Previous to the vote, the funds from the Tunink Trust were announced. One of the key steps now is to request donations from the general public.
Members of the committee will be making visits and sending letter requests within the next month or so. The committee reminds everyone that gifts of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!
Burbach noted, “We’ve had a lot of outpouring and support for the pool project and it is coming from all quarters of the community. It has been really quite gratifying.”
The site plan was passed out for the members showing locations of current trees, overhead and unground utilities and structures that are to remain untouched plus the old pool vessel and bath house and proposed pool vessel and new bath house. Plans are for the current mechanical building (which houses the pump, filters and heater) and city park signage to remain untouched.
Elgin Mayor Mike Schmitt questioned if the trees around the pool would need to be removed. According to Burbach, at this time only one tree will have to be removed. The remaining evergreen trees to the west, north and east of the pool will need to be trimmed back. Burbach Aquatics company policy is that, for security reasons, “the entire bath house area needs to be viewable from the street at any angle”. Therefore, the trees around the pool will be trimmed back from between one and seven feet from ground level.
Committee member Todd Heithoff asked about the soil sampling results. The majority of the soil consisted of a silt loam, “which is what we expected,” said Burbach. The results were not surprising to them because of the type of damage the existing pool has seen over the years since it was built. “Silts are very good for farming…in my world, they are problematic. They are very susceptible to frost heave which is why the decks look the way they do around the main pool and why the bath house is all broken up.” Plans are to build up the area with an aggregate base to minimize that frost disturbance.
Some residents have questioned the tax credit process for donors. Businesses, individuals and corporations will be eligible to receive a tax credit against taxes owed. An example of the formula is an individual giving a $2,500 donation would receive $1,000 in tax credits.
Public bidding for the pool renovation project is expected to be put out in April with the opening of bids to be in late May/early June. Work is expected to begin on the pool project once the pool closes at the beginning of August, 2016 and to be completed near the end of May, 2017.
Burbach emphasized that they encourage local contractors to bid on these projects, liking to use as many local businesses as possible.
While its been a little quiet since the election, expect to be reading and hearing more over the next few months about the project.
If you have questions, contact Todd Heithoff or Michael Moser.