Monday, February 20, 2017

Exeter Village Board Approves One and Six Year Road Plan

by Leesa K. Bartu
After pointing out the open meeting act information Chairman Alan Michl directed the Exeter Village Board to the minutes and invoices during the Wednesday, February 8 2017 meeting.

The board moved on quickly to review the one and six year road plan which included the updates the board is considering.

Michl commented that “Main street is in good shape – we are just going to do the sidewalks.  There will probably be a little street repair because of the infrastructure.”

Exeter resident Ed Mark questioned the board on the timing of the construction and the issues on the truck route in front of his home “I hope you aren’t going to do this when the kids are in school.”

Michl responded, “It’s a timing issue but to be honest with you we aren’t going to wait.  We can’t, contractor’s can’t wait.”

Michl also reassured Mark that the road would be re-engineered.  And Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller noted that the substrate will be properly applied which will fix the issues that the road has.

Mark responded,  It’s an issue.  We get hit with trucks going in and out since you changed the truck route,  things will shake off the counter.”

After further discussion the board approved Resolution 1702 to adopt the one and six year road plan.

Deeds were presented from Brian Murphy and Exeter-Milligan school which were part of Cheyenne street that was vacated. The board accepted the deeds in a formal motion which passed. They were needed in order to open the road.

Patt Lentfer gave an update on the Fillmore County Development Coorporation.  She invited the board members to come to the annual meeting on February 23 in Grafton.  She also presented the board with copies of the Southeast Nebraska travel guide and gave a brief report in the expansion of the ethanol plant and the construction of the anhydrous plant in Geneva.  

Lentfer noted that housing has been at a premium because of the influx of temporary employees for the recent construction projects.

The board reviewed the pool manager and lifeguard applications but noted that don’t have any applications for the maintanence position yet.

The board hired Jackie Luzum as the manager,  Sara Lincoln on a limited basis as assistant manager and for swimming lessons.  The also hired Ashley Benorden and Bailey Stueben as lifeguards and after completing the coursework as assistant managers.

Additional returning lifeguards hired were Sydney Hall, Tara Mueller and Katie Mounce.  New lifeguards hired dependent on them passing the certification were Josie Kresak, Hannah Beethe, Kalisha Gergen and Katherine White.

Kathy Erdkamp confirmed the hiring policy, “I think we should do what we have always done, the ones that have been there the longest get the most hours.”

The board moved on to the next agenda item, reviewing the water rates of similar sized communities.  After comparing the rates to what Exeter charges, Michl determined, “We are cheap, we need to consider an adjustment of our rates.”   

Exeter Village Clerk Becky Erdkamp noted that, ”State statute requires that your water and sewer programs have to pay for themselves.”

“On average we are losing $6500 a year on our water,” noted Michl, “We are $1.05 less per thousand gallons than the average looking at the towns around us.”

Michl also quoted the report noting the average household in Exeter uses 79,000 gallons of water per year.

Clerk Erdkamp reported that the board had last raised rates in Dec 2012.  The board discussed several options but decided to wait until the next meeting when they have more information and then consider an ordinance in April with updated rates.

Exeter Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller reported that all of the sewer and water line mapping was finished.  Mueller met with JEO engineer Dave Henke who will be working on the planning of the infrastructure project the village is considering.  

Mueller reported that the new backhoe was delivered and it has already been used.

Clerk Erdkamp reported that sales tax for November was $11,212.13 and she expects December to be higher.  The Keno for December was $665.82.   The board set the next meeting for March 8.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Band

Bottom row from the left:  Madison Luzum, Cameron Jansky, Brianna Capek, Haylee Sheffield, Katelyn Babula, Cammie Harrison, Katie Mounce, Kaitlyn Vavra, Anna Sluka, Kayla Geiger, Georgia Meyer, Jaiden Papik, Second row from the left:  Becca Krupicka, Jaycee Schlueter, Emma Olsen, Anna Bettu, Daisy Kanode, Samantha Horne, Caitlin Murphy, Alec SChlueter, Casey Jindra, Katie Skinner, Destiny Fairbank, Braden Capek, Ben Bartu and Kole Svec.  Third row from the left:  Kate Jansky, Janey Erdkamp, Hannah Beethe, Ashley Benorden, Alexis Uldrich, Ella WIlkins, Quinten Behrends, Trever Zelenka, Brock Stueben, Theron Odvody, Josie Kresak, Kiah Songster, Peyton Pribyl.  Top row from the left: Bailey Stueben, K.K. White, Blake Steuben, Mitchell Manning, Clint Oldehoeft, Spencer Pribyl, Trystan Brandt, Peytan Brandt, Patrick Murphy, Joel Klemm, Joey Bartu, Eli Johnson, Nick Hayek, Hannah Horne and Macy Due.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Music Department Update

Trystan Brandt, a senior at Exeter-Milligan, performed in the UNK Honor Band under the direction of Dr. Duane Bierman on Monday, January 23, after a a day of rehearsals.

Two Exeter-Milligan students, Trystan Brandt and Jacy Schlueter, were selected as members of the Wayne State College Honor Band.  They rehearsed and performed in a concert on Saturday, January 28 on the Wayne State College campus.

The Exeter-Milligan Junior High Choir participated in the CRC Junior High Vocal Clinic on Monday, January 30, in Hampton.  They rehearsed all afternoon with over 200 conference students under the direction of Mrs. Erinn Machacek.  The Exeter-Milligan students also performed "The Journey" by themselves during the concert.  Row 1 (l-r) Ben Bartu, Kole Svec, Rebecca Krupicka, Cameran Jansky, Maddie Luzum, Cammie Harrison, Daisy Kanode; Row 2 (l-r) Braden Capek, Dylan Bonds, Chris Kelch, Kiah Songster, Jaiden Papik, Natalie Staskal, Georgia Meyer, Emma Olsen; Row 3 (l-r) Clint Oldehoeft, Wes Ronne, Alec Schlueter, Peyton Pribyl, Casey Underwood, Casey Jindra, Brock Steuben, Jackson Beethe, Sean Gibson, Briana Capek, Katelyn Babula

Katherine Skinner, an Exeter-Milligan senior, participated in the Doane Vocal Festival on January 8-9.   She sang under the direction of Doane's choir director, Dr. Kurt Runestad, as well as the composer of their literature, Jake Runestad.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sub Districts Will Air LIve on KTMX 104.9

The Exeter-Milligan ladies will meet Dorchester on Tuesday in Wilber.  It will be broadcast live on KTMX 104.9

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Splits at Home Against Cross County

The Timberwolves never looked back and never let Cross County get any closer than nine points behind them on Friday night in Exeter.  They finished their home regular season with this 53-40 win.

The boys fought hard but lost to a tough Cross County team 61-43.