The Exeter Village Board approved minutes and invoices to
begin their meeting on Wednesday, March 8.
Up first on the agenda was a review of the library report
which was satisfactory to the village board members.
Next, the board continued their discussion on water and
sewer rates in the village. Board member Mitch Schlegelmilch reviewed the
rates in towns roughly the same population as Exeter and found that Exeter
rates are well below other towns.
“The monthly fees for water service range from $7 to $36 and
the average is $21. At $17 we are $5 below average comparing 55 towns in
Nebraska,” reported Schlegelmilch.
Michl noted that, “Some, with the lowest monthly fee have
the highest per gallon rate. They are trying to get their people to
Michl asked clerk Becky Erdkamp, ”What has our shortfall on
the water side been lately?”
She noted that the village is consistently about $6500 short
per year and the sewer usually breaks even. In a previous meeting she
reminded the board that state statute requires that the sewer and water
programs pay for themselves.
Schlegelmilch suggested that the village increase the rates,
but not as much as the Rural Water Board recommended.
Clerk Erdkamp noted the last increase, in December of 2012
was an 11% increase.
Schlegelmilch continued, “If we took my suggestions we would
still be $3.38 less than average (on water fees) of all 55 towns .This gets us
closer to the average but still less. It would gain us to within 3000.00 on our
shortfall if we maintain our costs the way we are.”
Wilbeck agreed, “I think it looks good, too, but we will
always have the same people who will complain.”
“We are losing money, we have to at least break even,” Michl
Schlegelmilch added, ”I have a sprinkler system at home and
like to have a green yard but I don’t want to go broke on water rates. I
figured if I water three times a week in a month it will cost me $9 more with
the increase we have suggested.”
Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller reminded the board that
there is a strong possibility that they will have to install new water meters
in the next ten years.
The board also discussed setting a rate for bulk water as
there have been several construction companies inquiring about the cost as they
prepare for local road construction.
The board made no firm decision on water rates.
The board voted to pass Ordinance 585 which repealed
Ordinance 522. This will reopen part of Cheyenne street which is the
block adjacent to the football field. The board accepted the property deeds
last month and with the approval of the ordinance the street can be reopened.
The board set the Exeter clean up dumpster date for April 22
from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until full
Mueller gave his report noting that a street light by the
former trailer park was shot out by a high powered rifle. “I talked to
Perennial and we are not going to put a light back up since it’s been shot out
four times and the cost to replace it would be very high.”
Mueller noted that the diving board stands at the pool will
either need to be replaced or powder coated because they have rusted. He
is also going to check on a price for replacing them with stainless steel.
Several other minor maintenance issues were discussed
including rock for the ball field parking lot and a street sign which needs to
be replaced by the school.
Clerk Erdkamp shared with the board that the December sales
tax was $13,641.47 and January Keno was $523.57.
Michl observed that one of the neglected homes in Exeter
just a block off of main street is being taken care of now and asked the board
members to bring a list of five more that need cleaned up to the next
meeting. The board set the next meeting for April 4 at 7 p.m.