Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Exeter Village Board Discusses Budget

The Exeter Village board opened their monthly meeting with a budget hearing. Chairman Alan Michl informed the audience that the levy did not increase because the valuation did not increase.

“There was about a $400,000 decrease (in valuations) but next year I’m guessing that it will be about a million dollar increase.”

He added that the audit looks a little off because the village still has an outstanding construction loan that will be repaid by the bonds when they are issued for the work being done around town.

With no comments from the audience, the board adjourned and opened a hearing to set the final budget.

The board discussed raising the levy by about 3.5% as they had last year. ”This is basically the same as we increased it last year.  We use the valuation to set our limits,” Michl explained.

The board approved resolution 18-06 which allowed for the levy to increase to the 3.5%. The board moved into their regular meeting agenda.  They approved two sets of minutes from August 7th and 28th along with the invoices.

Andrew Wilshusen from JEO gave the board an update and summary of projects.  He noted that there were two payouts for downtown and streets to be approved and, “I would assume next month we would get close to a final. . .there may be a few change orders to add and deduct.”

Wilshuesen continued to report explaining that he had the East Boundary paving certificate of completion and that paving would be complete that week on Burlington.  He expected that the street projects would be done soon.  They had also done a walk-through of downtown and listed a few minor touch up items that would need to be taken care of along with the clean-up.

Wilshusen had a few of the broken flagpole holders from the new light poles.  He is going to talk to the manufacturer about the issue.

Michl added that they decided to replace the sidewalk in front of the old fitness center which will be a change order.

The board approved the payouts for Werner Construction for $282,634.83 and Van Kirk for $181,822.60 along with the certificate of completion for East boundary.

Lynette Trauger, the new Exeter librarian thanked the board for the approving her hiring. She reported she is cleaning and changing a lot of things in the library.  The library board met and is putting out a survey for patrons along with the new hours.  They have a goal for Storybook Park renovation to be completed by next spring.

Trauger also reported that she recently met with the Southeast Library Commission and has a plan for certification along with working on filing an extension for accreditation.

Resident Kenny Harre was on the agenda next to visit with the board about a new commercial building he would like to build near the sewer plant.  He wanted to make sure the board would support him in the endeavor before proceeding with permits.

“I know there are lots (platted) out there and it shouldn’t be any concern but I wanted to make certain,” Harre stated.

The board had no reservations about Harre’s planned addition to the community.

The board approved replacing the front door to the office as the door glass was cracked.  They also approved a request from the Fillmore County Development Corporation for $1700 in funding.

Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller reported that the pool needs painted from the three foot area to the deep end. He also plans to replace all the signs that were removed for construction.

He added that during a recent heavy rain a hole opened up in the Horizontal Boring pipe yard that revealed that the storm sewer had been destroyed. It was adjacent to a power pole that had been installed by Horizontal.  Van Kirk repaired that storm sewer at a cost of $2947.50 and Mueller asked the board who should pay the bill.

“We had to have it fixed.  It’s not like you could leave it open,” explained Mueller.

The board decided to send a letter to Perennial and Horizontal about the bill.

Clerk Becky Erdkamp reported that June sales tax was $8782.08 and July Keno was $450.67.  She reported that she and Michl would be attending the annual conference.

Before the board entered executive session to discuss pay raises Clerk Erdkamp noted that she has not been compensated for attending and working at village board meetings for the last 11 years, nor has Mueller.  “I’d like to ask that we get paid for meetings from here on out.”  

The board entered executive session and came back out at 8:15 to give Mueller, Erdkamp, Sharon Cudaback and Keith Mathiesen a three percent raise and an additional  $500.00 compensation to Erdkamp and Mueller for past attendance at board meetings.  The board also announced that Erdkamp and Mueller will be compensated for time spent at board meetings in the future.

The next meeting was scheduled for October 2.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

EMF Goes 4-0 to Start Season

Slater Wells takes down the Thayer Central ball carrier.

The Bobcats didn't take long to show their dominance on the field in Hebron.  Just over two minutes into the game Spencer Pribyl tossed a pass to Max Zeleny who hauled down the line to get it within a few yards of the end zone. Edwen Baptista took an option pass from Pribyl and he was in for six.  He hauled in two more points to bring the score to 8 - 0.
Thayer Central tried to get on the board after they took the kick off through the Bobcat defense into the end zone but the touch down was called back for a penalty.

After turning the ball over to Exeter-Milligan/Friend Pribyl tossed an option to Zeleny who dodged tacklers to just clip the end zone for another six points.  With 6:09 left in the first quarter the score was 14-0.

After three and out for the Titans, Manning took the kick off return all the way down the field into the end zone.  Pribyl tossed a pass to Baptista that was good for the two points.  With 4:29 left in the first quarter the score was 22-0.

At the start of the second quarter Thayer Central found the end zone and posted six but could not convert for two.

Manning again wove his way through defenders with the kick off return and hit pay dirt.  Unfortunately, an illegal block penalty brought the ball back to the 34 yard line.
It wasn't long before the Bobcats clawed their way down the field with a pass to Beethe who was brought down at the one yard line.  Manning took the ball in for six but the conversion was denied.  
With 8:18 left in the half the score was 28-6.  Pribyl found the end zone on a run with 2:26 left in half bringing the score to 34-6. But the Bobcats weren't done yet.  Pribyl sent a pass to Beethe in the end zone with just 13 second left in the half.  Bossaller caught the two point conversion and the halftime score was 42-6.

The third quarter didn't slow down the Bobcats.  Manning ran in for another touchdown with Beethe catching the two point conversion in the end zone.  Score was now 50-6.

Zeleny had an interception but was hit hard and the ball broke loose.  Thayer Central recovered and on their first play the toss was intercepted by Beethe on the five yard line and run back to the 35.
The coaching staff subbed in reserves with three minutes left in the third quarter (the JV game scheduled with Thayer Central for Monday afternoon was canceleed).

After a tough fight the Titans scored with 10 minutes left in fourth quarter. The two point conversion toss was intercepted by Beethe.

The Bobcats #23 Dylan Bonds broke loose and ran in for six but the two point conversion failed.  Score was 56-12.  The Titans found the end zone again with 5:53 left in the game and tacked on another eight but the Bobcats had the last word.  Weber kept the ball and found the end zone with 33 seconds left in the game.  The final was 62 to 20.

The Bobcats have a bye week before meeting Osceola/High Plains on September 28th in Friend.

Edwen Baptista runs the ball
Max Zeleny ditches another Titan tackler.
Spencer Pribyl gets ready for an option pass.
Spencer Pribyl and Edwen Baptista team up to take down a Thayer Central player.
Mitchell Manning (above and below) flicks off defenders as he claws his way downfield.

Spencer Pribyl sacks the Titans quarterback.

Max Zeleny storms downfield for the Bobcats.
Jackson Beethe makes a catch in the end zone for the Bobcats.
JB Drake carries the ball for the Bobcats.
Dylan Bonds finds the whole and heads for the end zone.

Christian Weber sees his opening and heads around for some yards.
Edwen Baptista and Johnny Babula take down a Titan.
A second sack for Spencer Pribyl.
Max Zeleny gets ready to stiff arm a Thayer Central player.
Trever Zelenka pulls down a Titan.
Colton Bossaller (left) and Johnn Babula take care of a Titan.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Exeter Public Library NEW Hours!

The New Exeter Public Library Hours are:
Monday 9-6
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9-6
Thursday 4-7
Friday 9-1

There are lots of changes at the Exeter Public Library including a new librarian.  More on the changes soon!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

EMF Goes 3-0 on Season Downs Lourdes Central Catholic

EMF Bobcats saw the weather break just as their game started in Milligan on Friday night. Damp, slippery grass made for a few challenges on the field Friday night.

The Bobcats got on the board first on a Spencer Pribyl pass to Max Zeleny with 5:51 left in the first quarter.

Nebraska City Lourdes Central Catholic found the end zone on their next set of downs but the touchdown was called back for illegal formation and holding as well.

The Bobcats came back strong with Mitchell Manning snaking through a battalion of Knights for a first down close to the end zone.  Pribyl tossed an option pass to Baptista for another score and the Bobcats posted  up 12-0.

Lourdes challenged the Bobcats on the next set of downs when on their second down they broke loose on a 65 yard run into the end zone bringing the score to 12-6 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.

After another huge Manning run, Pribyl kept the ball and snuck in the end zone. On the two point conversion attempt the ball got loose in the rain and Baptista scrambled and came up with the ball in the end zone. The Bobcats ended the first quarter 20-6.
Beginning the second quarter on a first down Lourdes fumbled, Baptista recovered at the Bobcat 27. Taking over, the Bobcats fumbled at their own 13 turning the ball over to Lourdes who were not able to capitalize on the turnover.

Lourdes fourth down punt to the Bobcats wasn't contained by EMF and Lourdes retain possession and capitalized on it with a pass hauled down into the end zone.  The score was 20 -12 but there were 10 minutes left in the quarter.  
Pribyl passed to Manning for a 60 yard run down to the 13 with 21 seconds left in the half.
The Bobcats found paydirt in the end zone with Pribyl passing to Baptista in the end zone. They tacked on two more with Pribyl finding Zeleny ending the half at 28-12.

The second half of the game Lourdes kicked off sending an on-site kick rolling down the middle of the field.  After the scramble Lourdes came up with the football.  On third and thirteen the Knights decided to pass down the sidelines and Zeleny picked it off and ran it down to the 20.  Pribyl found Zeleny and he brought it down to the four before Pribyl kept it and slipped into the endzone for another six.

Manning took the option in for two pumping the Bobcats up to 36 - 12 with 6:28 left in the third quarter.
At the beginning of the fourth the Bobcats found themselves in good shape again after converting a fourth and one.  Pribyl held on to the ball and found the end zone starting the quarter 42-12.

The final score of the game came on a option from Pribyl to Christian Weber who followed a great Zeleny block into the end zone. 48-12 with 7:32 left in the game. Slater Wells sacked the Lourdes quarterback and Ryan Sharp also logged a sack.

Friday, September 7, 2018

New Light Fixtures Installed Downtown

 Downtown Exeter got a new look last week.  The new light posts were installed downtown.  The LED fixtures are energy savers with a sleek design.

Friday, August 31, 2018

EMF Downs Palmyra 60-28 in Friend

It didn’t take long for the EMF Bobcats to start spinning the scoreboard in Friend Friday night.

After three and out for the Palmyra Panthers, on second down EMF quarterback Spencer Pribyl tossed a pass to Max Zeleny who took the ball straight into the end zone for six with Mitchell Manning handling the two point conversion.

Once again the Bobcat defense put their claws out stopping the Panther offense.  The Bobcats, with the ball again, had a holding call and then a fumble recovered by Nick Hayek.  On the very next play Pribyl sent the ball into the end zone for another six points.

With four minutes left in the first quarter Pribyl handed off to Manning who ran in for another six points but the two point attempt was denied.  Palmyra got on the board with just one minutes left in the first quarter bringing the score to 20-6.

It was Edwen Baptista’s turn next with a 32 yard run and he also caught the two point conversion pass.  The Panthers turn was cut short again by the Bobcat defense and on fourth down they punted to Manning who had an incredible punt return ending up close to the 8 yard line of EMF.  Manning took it in for a touchdown bringing the score to 28-6

The Bobcats stopped the Panther run and took over on fourth down.  The first play out of the huddle had Pribyl sending the ball down to Bossaller who headed into the end zone for another six points.  Now the score was 34-6.

The Panther’s couldn’t catch any breaks but Max Zeleny managed to pick off a Koby Dillon pass and take it  home for a pick 6 bringing the lead to 40-6 with five minutes left in the first half.
Pribyl connected with Zeleny again for six points and Casey Jindra caught the two point conversion. 48 to 6 with 3:44 left in the half.

Palmyra quarterback Koby Dillon sent a ball into the endzone with Kane White catching a pass for the extra two.  New score is 48-14 and we haven’t made it to the half.  Before the half Johnny Babula got a QB sack and the first series out of the half Manning grabbed a Pribyl handoff for a 59 yard run and six points.  Pribyl’s conversion pass was batted down in the end zone. 54-14

With a running clock the Bobcat coaches sent in the second offense and defense.  At the start of the fourth quarter Palmyra scored bringing the score to 54-22 which stopped the running clock but it restarted when Manning took a Pribyl handout for six.  Palmyra scored once more but the two point conversion was intercepted by Casey Underwood in the end zone.  Final was 60-28.