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City Approves Annexation

September 18, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Months in the making, the City of Elgin took a huge step forward last week in the annexation of lots located in the southwest corner of Elgin. Council members looked over the final plat drawing provided to them. The plat for the Meis Addition was deemed correct and ready for action.
Ben Meis, representing the family’s LLC,  explained that the four lots being annexed are located along South Mrytle street.  Meis said the proposed sewer lines would route “to the north rather than the east because the drainage is better”. Somewhere north, they (Meis) would like to tap in with the sewer line.
“As soon as I get enough confirmed from interested parties, before I lay that much money out there. We’ll do it right prior to that, but I would like to have confirmation by at least two people before I put that big of an expenditure,” Meis said. He told the council that any open land north of these four lots would have to be annexed in later. Following brief discussion by council members, the first reading of the annexation ordinance (Ordinance 637) was held.  Annexations are the one exception of when the three required readings of an ordinance can be waived. Therefore, two special meetings were held Friday and Monday (Sept. 12 & 15) mornings to complete the three readings and move ahead on the annexation.
Water Well Update
Mayor Mike Schmitt reported City Engineer John Zwingman sent the city an email informing them that Nebraska Health and Human Services (NHHS) and Nebraska Well Drillers approved the request from the city to help work on the west well.

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

School Board Approves Drop In Tax Levy

September 18, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

For Nebraska school districts, putting together a school budget can sometimes resemble the laws of supply and demand.
On Wednesday night, the District #18 Board of Education approved a new budget for the 2014-2015 school year. With a huge county valuation increase, the school district was likely to reduce the tax levy. They did just that, passing a budget with a total tax asking of $2,992,929.27 with a combined tax levy of just 48 cents, down by 13 cents from one year ago.
Superintendent Dan Polk said state aid to the school district declined by $110,000 from one year ago and the school had an allowable growth of $190,000 for 2014/15. “The general fund budget of expenditures operating fund is (just) one percent increase,” he said.
Public hearings on the proposed budget and tax levy were held prior to the start of the regular meeting. No district patrons appeared to speak at the hearings.
The regular meeting lasted just under 30 minutes. Despite the short meeting, several matters were presented to board members.

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

EKG Tailgate Celebration Is Saturday

September 11, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

For Husker fans, Saturday night’s game against Fresno State University might be described as “The Late, Late Show” starring Ameer Abdullah.
Here in Elgin, fans will be able to watch the game under the stars at the third annual Elgin Ko-Ed Group (EKG) Tailgate.
The game, set to kickoff at 9:30 p.m. can be viewed on a giant 12’ x 16’ video screen. The EKG tailgate gathering will be held on CVA’s lot directly behind Dean’s Market.
The gate will open at 6 p.m. There will be a cash bar throughout the evening. A hamburger or BBQ meal is included with the admission price.
Admission is $10 for persons 13 and over, $5 for persons between the ages of 5 and 12.
Those under five years of age will be admitted free to the event.
During the evening, between 6:30 p.m. and sunset there will be an adult “Punt, Pass & Kick” competition.

CVA Begins New Era With Luncheon

September 11, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

For three hours Friday, patrons of the new Central Valley Ag were treated to a fine lunch.
The event, held at the CVA Lumber Yard in Elgin served as a formal “kickoff” following the merger of two cooperatives earlier this year — CVA and United Farmers Cooperative.
Patrons dined on BBQ pork and beef and visited with local CVA personnel, talking about how the new CVA will continue to provide quality service.
Location Manager Kenny Jochum said, “They (patrons) can continue to expect the same quality service from CVA personnel here in Elgin. Nothing’s changed,” he said.
One area Jochum said the new cooperative will continue to focus on is staying up to date on advancing technology to better meet their needs.
“With any new technology, we’re going to be in the driver’s seat,” he said.
Back in July, the board of directors for CVA and UFC ratified votes cast by their respective member-owners approving the merger which became effective Sept. 1.
The new CVA Cooperative will consist of 66 locations across much of eastern Nebraska and parts of Northern Kansas employing over 800 persons. The cooperative offers a wide range of products, services, information and innovation through agronomy, energy, feed and grain divisions.
CVA continues to expand to meet the needs of its patrons. Having expanded grain storage in Elgin several years ago, CVA in Petersburg is nearing completion on expansion of grain storage, adding a 750,000 bushel storage facility and leg to be completed in time for the fall harvest this year.
Last fall, the grain and agronomy complex at Royal was completed and put into operation.
Soon, the 81-20 site near Randolph will be completed. The rail pass is almost complete and scales have been installed. for an October 2014 starting date.
As a result of the merger, the new CVA has 50 grain locations located throughout northeast Nebraska, central Nebraska and north central Kansas providing the means to merchandise into many different markets.

Antelope County Planning Commission Recommends Conditional Use Permit For Prairie Breeze II Wind Farm

September 10, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

After hours of discussion which spanned over two meetings, the Antelope County Planning Commission came to a decision regarding a proposed new wind farm.
On a five-to-one vote, the commission recommended to the Antelope County Board of Supervisors that they approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for development of Prairie Breeze II wind farm to be built east of Elgin. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Phyllis Perdew. Voting in support of the recommendation were board members Dan Zwingman, Greg Wortman, Mark Smith, Ronald Rice and Matt Klabenes. Absent from the meeting, held in the basement of the Antelope County Courthouse, were Bob Krutz, Dave Miller and Kurt Rakow.
As part of the recommendation, the commission stipulated any Prairie Breeze II wind turbine must be setback a minimum of 2,000 feet from a non-participating home/landowner and 1,500 feet from a participating home/landowner unless the owner signs a waiver with Invenergy, the owner of the wind farm. As part of the permit, no setback can be less than 1,000 feet from a dwelling.
Action by the county supervisors on the CUP could take place in October at one of their two regular meetings.
More on this story in next week’s issue of The Elgin Review.

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