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Elgin Firefighters Busy Battling Blazes

October 24, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Two weekend grass fires sent members of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) on the go this weekend. Fortunately neither occurred during high winds so they were quickly contained.
On Saturday, the department was called out at 2:45 p.m. to a grass fire 3 miles south and 6 west of Elgin near the Richard Uhrenholdt home. From evidence at the site, the fire began in the ditch then spread into a tree line. Crew members spent a couple of hours extinguishing the fire and burying some trees. According to Fire Chief Jim Kittelson, the exact cause of the fire is unknown.
On Sunday, EVFD members were called to a minor grass fire at 10:34 a.m. located 6 miles west of Elgin. Again, the fire was located in the ditch. It took crews less than one-half an hour to contain and extinguish the fire. According to Kittelson, it looks like a faulty transformer may be the source of the fire.
At 8:46 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, the department was called to a fire located at the City dump. They spent 2 hours putting out the blaze and then covering up trees that ignited. Kittelson said that spontaneous combustion is the likely culprit in the fire.

Wolfpack to Host Franklin in Playoffs Opener Thursday

October 20, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Elgin Public-Pope John Wolfpack football team will be the #3 seed in the West Half of the Class D-1 State Football Playoffs. They will open the playoffs at home on Thursday, Oct. 25, against Franklin (5-3). The winner of that game will face the winner of the St. Mary’s-Palmer game on Oct. 31 at a site to be determined.
Another area school, Orchard-Clearwater qualified for the playoffs with a 5-3 record. They will face undefeated Hemingford.

Come Out Early to the Game Tonight!

October 19, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

US 92 Radio station will be at the football game tonight doing pre-game activities for Wolfpack and Warrior fans.  Activities will start at 6 p.m. with games and drawings for fans to participate in.

Public Invited to Open House and Tours of Current Antelope County Jail

October 19, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Antelope County Sheriff’s office will be holding an open house and tours at the current Antelope County Jail facility, Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is being held less than two weeks from the general election when registered voters will decide how to pay for a new $6.9 million 30-bed jail/law enforcement center which was approved by the Antelope County Board of Supervisors in September. The open house/tours are open to the public.

Proceedings — District #18 Board of Education

October 17, 2012 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Regular Meeting
Distance Learning Room, EPS
October 10, 2012, 7:30 PM
President Laurie Waterbury called the Hearing for the Board Policy 606.06, Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy to order at 7:15 PM.  Board members present were Ryan Reestman, Steve Heithoff, Stan Heithoff, and Laurie Waterbury.  Bob Hoefer arrived at 7:21 p.m. and Kim Wells arrived at 7:27 p.m.  The hearing was closed at 7:30 p.m. and President Waterbury called the regular October 2012 Meeting to order at that time.  Board members present were Ryan Reestman, Steve Heithoff, Kim Wells, Laurie Waterbury, Stan Heithoff and Bob Hoefer.  Also present were Superintendent Dan Polk, Principal Adam Patrick, Paula Jensen, Heidi Rethmeier, Jeane Johnson, Elaine Meyers, Dennis Morgan, Blake Anderson, Brett Kinney, Sharla Schindler, Kelsey Shoemaker, Lisa Dohmen, and Christian Dunn.
President Waterbury led the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Waterbury reminded everyone that a copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Law was posted in the meeting room.
School board meeting notice complied with Meeting Notice Policy #204.07.
Steve Heithoff motioned and Stan Heithoff second to approve the Consent Agenda: #5- Minutes of Regular and Special Meeting, #6- Adopt the Agenda, #7- Financial Report, #8- Board Bills. Motion carried, vote 6-0.
A to Z, Maintenance, $44.85; AMH, Transportation, $90.00; Barnhill Ent., Instru Expense, $31.00; Binovia, Instru Expense, $250.00; Central NE Rehab, IDEA SA, $237.54; CVA, Maintenance, $548.90, Instru Expense, $44.17; City of Elgin, Maintenance, “$3,863.00“; Corner Service & Tire, Transportation, $935.72; Dean’s Market, Maintenance, $21.68, Transportation, $15.17, Instru Expense, $223.36; Decker Equip., Maintenance, $55.09; Eakes, Instru Expense, $132.99; Educational Resources, Instru Expense, $303.60; ESU 8, “$30,057.99“; Elgin Auto Parts, Maintenance, $20.62; Elgin One Stop, Transportation, “$2,017.99“, Instru Expense, $36.03; Elgin Review, Instru Expense, $478.40, Board Expense, $407.97; Elite Office Products, Business Expense, $221.82; Flenniken Plmbg, Maintenance, $300.00; Follett, Instru Expense, “$1,135.69“; Great Plains Comm., Business Expense, “$1,845.27“; Hadley-Braithwait, Maintenance, $331.60; Harris, Business Expense, “$5,194.93“; Houchen Bindery, Instru Expense, $121.00; Island Supply & Welding, Instru Expense, $485.59; Jerry’s Feed, Business Expense, $28.15; Jonny Dodge, Transportation, $772.82; JW Pepper, Instru Expense, $147.59; Kallhoff Electric, Maintenance, $210.00; MidAmerica Books, Instru Expense, $225.00; NASB, Board Expense, $110.00; NE Labor Law Poster, Business Expense, $77.25; Ollis Book Corp., Instru Expense, $479.88; Omaha World Herald, Supt. Expense, $66.30; Overland PT, IDEA PK, $340.10; Reimbursement, $631.71; Scarborough Roofing, Maintenance, $500.00; Scholastic Magazines, Instru Expense, $358.96; Schumacher, Operation Plant, $72.50; Teacher’s Discovery, Instru Expense, $54.98; The Station, Transportation, $407.40; The Thompson Co., Maintenance, $139.72
Total Board Bills: “$54,074.33”
October Payroll: “$183,241.71”
Total Board Bills/ Payroll: “$237,316.04”
President Waterbury recognized visitors and asked if the patrons had any comments.
There were no Correspondence or Standing Committee reports.
Principal Patrick invited students to give reports on Wonderful World of Water, FFA fall activities, and the poetry workshop they had attended.  He gave an explanation of the NePAS system and MAP test results.
Activities Director report was submitted by Carlie Wells.
Special Recognition was given to school board members on their training achievement.  Kim Wells completed level 2 and Ryan Reestman completed level 1 training.
In action items, the mission statement was discussed and tabled until a later date.  No action taken.
Ryan Reestman motioned and Kim Wells second to purchase a water softener system for the kitchen part of the gym building at $1800.  Vote 6-0, motion carried.
The internet and computer usage policy was reviewed and there were no changes made to the policy.
Steve Heithoff motioned and Reestman second to rebuild the water wheel and purchase an electric booster pump for watering the football field.  Vote 6-0, motion carried.
Supt. Polk reported on the error on the budget.  The money requested stays the same but the levy will be 2 cents lower at approximately  67 cents.  He reported to the board that the multicultural report is no longer submitted to the state but kept in an ongoing file for review.  The option enrollment report was reviewed and remained the same.
The date for the assembly celebrating the National Blue Ribbon School award has been set for November 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.  District 41 State Senator Kate Sullivan, Governor Dave Heineman, and Commissioner of Education Dr. Roger Breed will be featured speakers.  The public is invited to attend.
Forms for the superintendent evaluation were distributed.
Reestman motioned and Stan Heithoff second to enter closed session for protection of the public interest and needless injury to an individual for the purpose of discussing personnel and curriculum/testing in which individual student’s and teacher’s names may be used.  President Waterbury restated the motion.  All voted aye, motion carried.  The board entered closed session at 8:42 p.m.  The board returned to open session at 10:16 p.m.  No action was taken.
The next regular board meeting will be on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM at the EPS Distance Learning Room.
Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Bob Hoefer and seconded by Reestman.  All voted aye, motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 10:17.
Respectfully submitted,
Kim Wells, Secretary
Paula Jensen, Recorder
-This is a draft copy and does not become official Elgin Public Board minutes until approved at the next regular or advertised meeting.
Publish: October 17, 2012

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