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Council Approves Pool Study

August 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Elgin community will soon take the first major step towards improving the swimming pool.
At a special meeting of the Elgin City Council Wednesday night, council members approved a study of the existing pool be done by Burbach Aquatics at a cost of $2,000.
Michael Moser and Todd Heithoff, members of a recently-formed pool committee, met with council members to discuss the need for a study to determine what Elgin could feasibly afford and need for a pool to meet the needs of the community for the foreseeable future.
According to Heithoff, Dave Burbach wants to see the pool when it is full of water and again after it has been emptied, as part of the soon-to-be-done study.
Burbach Aquatics was just one of two companies that pool committee members met with. They also met with JEO Consulting who quoted a pool study price tag of between $2,500 to $5,000.
Other members of the pool committee are Bethany Miller, Duane Miller and Mayor Mike Schmitt.
Heithoff also spoke, on behalf of the Elgin Ko-Ed Group on a request for a special designated liquor permit for the organization’s upcoming tailgate party to be held Saturday, Sept. 13. All four council members voted to approve the permit application.
Also that night, the council approved a building permit for Elgin One Stop to extend the concrete area with a 20’ x 238’ addition on the north side
Before leaving City Hall, the mayor and council, along with City Clerk Vicki Miller, participated in a budget workshop in preparation for the public hearing set for Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The 2014-2015 proposed property tax request will be $139,916 with a proposed tax rate of 0.357977. One year ago the tax request was $135,000.

Commission Delays Action on Conditional Use Permit For Prairie Breeze II

August 21, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Antelope County Planning Commission voted unanimously to table any action on a conditional use permit until September 9 so they can receive further legal advice. A number of issues were raised by citizens at a public hearing which lasted for more than two hours.
The September meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Neligh.
Commission Chairman Mark Smith summed up the meeting in a few simple words towards the end of the hearing, saying if the commission cannot increase the distance between homes and wind turbines from the current setback of 1,000 feet, “then it will be very hard for the application to move forward.” In addition, he told Invenergy officials that the commission needs to know earlier on where the placement of towers will be.
Speaking for Invenergy, James Williams said prior to the commencement of construction a map is provided to Zoning Administrator Char Carpenter showing all wind turbines meeting setback regulations. The meeting room was full of county residents and more stood in the hallway during a hearing which featured proponents and opponents of wind farms voicing their opinions.
Each side was given an opportunity to state their opinions.

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

Superintendent Says District #18 Tax Levy To Drop

August 21, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

District #18 School District Superintendent Dan Polk gave school board members a brief description of what he foresees the 2014-2015 school budget to be.
Polk’s remarks were made Thursday night during the August meeting of the District #18 Board of Education.
The superintendent said the school will have a growth of just 2.5 percent this year. That translates to a growth in spending of just $119,382, he said. Of that amount, he said 70 percent will go to increases in teachers’ salaries, insurance costs and extra duty assignments.
Earlier today, Antelope County Assessor Heather McWhorter released new valuations for Antelope County. For School District #18, the new valuation is $568,185,395, up from $404,707,805 one year ago. Polk said the valuation increase should decrease the school’s total tax levy from 61 cents. He said taxpayers should notice a decrease in the tax levy for the school district due to the valuation increase.

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

Mr. Bill Selling Cars & Trucks In Elgin

August 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

One needn’t travel far to buy a new or used car or truck.
Jonny Dodge Chrysler-Jeep Inc. now has a fulltime salesperson manning their showroom at 107 N. 2nd Street.
Mr. Bill (Eby) was busy on the phone Monday morning answering a prospective buyer’s question about a diesel pickup.
Sitting in an office with a view of Highway 14, Eby spoke about automobile sales with an ease which one gets from spending a lifetime in the business. Originally from O’Neill, he worked in Neligh at the Hilltop for 27 years before going back to O’Neill to work at the Chevrolet garage there. Then, it was on to Memphis, Tenn., where he spent time driving trucks before finding his niche selling Chevrolet and Subaru vehicles before recently returning to Nebraska.
“I’ve been around cars practically my entire life,” he said after getting off the phone.
The biggest secret to selling automobiles, he said, is liking people. “I like to visit with people,” he said. In doing so, they develop a trust that you can and will take care of their wants and needs “the best way we can.”
While the car dealership specializes in Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles, he said he will work to find the right kind of vehicle (any brand) to meet the customer’s needs.
One day, he and his wife Linda hope to be able to move to Elgin and become part of the community.
Eby is at the showroom Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is available, by appointment, on Saturday by calling (402) 843-2250.

New Wind Farm Permit Hearing To Be Monday

August 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Property owners along the proposed new wind energy farm met with representatives from Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm and Invenergy to learn what it means to them.
From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Prairie Breeze Operations & Maintenance Building served as the site of an open house for everyone wishing to learn more about the proposed second wind energy farm for Antelope County.
Invenergy Business Development Manager James Williams, Prairie Breeze manager Eric Kline and others associated with Prairie Breeze met face-to-face with landowners to discuss the necessary steps which need to be taken.
Among the information shared Monday is that the new wind energy farm will be located directly east of Elgin.
Alissa Krisky, director of communications for Invenergy, shared the following information:
“The Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center (“Prairie Breeze II”) will be located on approximately 15,000 acres of private land. With an excellent wind resource and strong community support, the area is an optimal location for a successful wind project. As envisioned, Prairie Breeze II would consist of approximately 70 wind turbines, for a total capacity of approximately 125 MW.”
The proposed wind farm will be slightly smaller than the current Prairie Breeze wind farm which has been producing electricity since May 2014. That wind farm consists of 118 wind turbines with a capacity of 200.6 MW.
“As with our existing Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center, Prairie Breeze II would provide substantial, long-term economic benefits to the local community. The project is expected to generate approximately 200 jobs during construction, and potentially seven permanent operations and maintenance jobs once the farm is operational, along with more than $1 million annually in local tax revenue, lease payments to landowners, and salaries for staff … We look forward to continuing to work closely with our host community in Antelope and Boone Counties, contributing to the area’s economic development, and providing an additional supply of clean, homegrown energy in Nebraska.”
Williams, on behalf of Invenergy, filed for a conditional use permit at the Antelope County Zoning Office on Aug. 4. A public hearing on the permit application will be held on Monday night, at 8 p.m. at the courthouse. The hearing will be before the Antelope County Planning Commission who, following the hearing, will make a recommendation to the Antelope County Board of Supervisors on whether or not to approve the permit application.

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