Elmwood Dog & Cat Event
The pet licensing/vaccination event will be held Saturday, April 28th; 9:00-11:00; at the Village Office. Dr. Trent Shrader, DVM, will be doing the vaccinations with assistance from Andrea Stowell, vet tech, and Mary Lenz will be trimming nails. We will also be on hand to license pets. Please sign up if you need the vaccination or nail trimming services! We need at least 10 to be able to make this event happen. Call the Village Office to register: 402-994-6705
Elmwood Spring Clean Up Success
The Elmwood Neighborhood Watch Team along with support from Linda Behrns of the Keep Cass County Beautiful organization canvassed the town and picked up 34 bags of trash, 4 bags of recyclables, 3 tires, and a pallet.
Matt Jarvis with the Cass County Sheriff's Department supplied the walkie talkies so the teams could keep in touch. KCCB supplied the trash bags, safety vests, gloves, litter grabbers, water, and signs for the event.
Thanks to the help from Matt, Linda, Brandon Collins, Becky Kicak, Sara Kicak, Helen McKinney, Mike and Colleen Winter, Ranelle Rundquist, and Vince and Julie Anderson, the village is noticeably cleaner today.
News from the Capitol
By State Senator Rob Clements
The Legislature wrapped up the 2018 Session April 18, passing two dozen bills on its last day. I am pleased that we were able to solve the budget shortage with spending controls without raising taxes. Nebraska’s overall economy appears to be stabilizing, but our agricultural sector is still suffering.
I was also glad we were able to pass LB 1090 and LB 738. An important bill was LB 1090 which adjusts Nebraska income tax code to match the benefits of the 2018 Federal reductions. The Nebraska standard deduction is raised to $6,750 single and $13,500 married filing jointly. In addition, there is a tax credit exemption of $134 per person.
The income tax brackets, standard deductions, and exemption credits will be indexed annually using the Consumer Price Index.
LB 738 makes Social Security benefits tax free if your federal adjusted gross income is under $58,000 jointly, or $43,000 single. These amounts will be indexed in the future.
LB 902 allows government entities to keep records private regarding firearm registration, possession, sale, or use. They still must make the information available to law enforcement agencies if requested. This helps protect Nebraskans from the abuse of these records, which has happened in other states.
LB 1120 adds “bottle clubs” to our liquor control laws. Private bottle clubs have been operating outside of our liquor control act, avoiding laws applying to sex trafficking, prostitution, and underage drinking. The new liquor license will allow the state to monitor these clubs.
It creates a 300-foot buffer around college campuses and universities and requires a list of club members be available upon a court order.
Thank you again for your input throughout this legislative session. I look forward to being back in District 2, and I hope to meet more of you.
As always, I really appreciate hearing from you on important matters.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff for information or assistance.
You may reach me at Senator Rob Clements, 1523 State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509 (402-471-2613), or at my email: email@example.com.
Ladies Golf Group at Grandpas Woods, Elmwood
Speaking of getting outside a ladies golf club is starting at Grandpas Woods, it's not a league, just a time to get together with the ladies and golf. Maybe have a drink afterward.
We meet on Monday nights through the summer at 5:30 for 9 holes of golf.
Judy Stroy, Angie Friesell and Deb Gilbert golfing April 12,(Yes, this year, BEFORE the snow, remember we had a 80F day)
Anyone who would like to golf or learn to golf, come join us for a fun, relaxing night out with the girls!
This is not a league, just come when you can.
Call Grandpas Woods, 402-994-2100, for more information.
Set aside time NOW for Tea in the Gardens.
The Christian Church Women's Group will be hosting "Tea in the Garden" every Saturday and Sunday in May from 1:00 -4:00
A great time to gather with friends, relax and enjoy the spring weather
Let’s Get Ready for Spring!
It’s time for the
Elmwood Murdock Spirit Squad
Friday, May 4th from 4pm-8pm
Saturday, May 5th 9am-3pm
Where: Elmwood Fire Hall
Thank you for supporting the
Elmwood Murdock Spirit Squad!
All proceeds benefit the Elmwood Murdock Spirit Squad as they raise money to attend Cheer Camp this summer and purchase their new uniforms!
Just a tip if you want your pick of plants, go on Friday afternoon, it's a popular place and choices decrease quickly.
Digital and Audio Books
The Elmwood Library's inventory is bigger than you thought. Did you realize that you can check-out e-books via your Kindle, iPad, eReader or computer? It's true! There are several hundred titles available for both fiction, non-fiction, children's lit and even audiobooks. All you need is an active account with the Elmwood Public Library and maybe the following cheat sheet. Happy reading!
OverDrive eBook system that allows you to borrow books from the comfort of your home, or anywhere.
Below are the instructions and you can download the PDF instructions here to print.
You can also visit the Overdrive website for more information.
Be sure to stop by the library and check out the new book series that just arrived. The DVD set is also available.
NOT telling you what series it is, but once you find out there will be a list to get them. It's THAT popular
Monday 3- 8pm
Wednesday 2 pm -6 pm
Thursday 10 am - 2 pm
This week our Student of the Week Winner is Caleb Marlatt. He is a senior at Elmwood MurdockHigh School. His activities include football, basketball, and track.He is the son of Randy and Susan Marlatt.
He was nominated for these reasons:
- He has very high moral character
- He has chosen to stay with the basketball team and help on the track team even though he can’t participate at this time
- He is a person I trust and admire
Caleb, Randy, and Susan are invited to stop by (we are located under the water tower in Louisville), call (402.234.3333) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get their Witte Physical Therapy t-shirts OR water bottle!
The next Student of the Week will be selected on 5/1/18.All nominations are due by 4/27/18 to email@example.com
School Events - Calendar Reminders
There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.
Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website (it's to the right) ---->>>>
If the date is TAN (Beige) then there is something to do in town that day!!
Send me Elmwood-Murdock events you would like me to place on the calendar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elmwood Christian Church Update
Bits and Pieces 402-994-5755
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00 – 4:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Closed on Monday
What is happening in Elmwood? A lot!
Update from the Village Board Chairperson – Julie Anderson
Word Document April - 2018
The Elmwood Village Board is fully staffed and moving forward. New members of the board include Dr. Trent Shrader, Vice Chairperson; Miki Bruns, Park Commissioner; Brandon Collins, Streets Commissioner; and Kathy Goerlitz, soon to be appointed as the utilities Commissioner. I was recently appointed to be the Village Chairperson and I have learned a lot in the last month or so. I attended a workshop recently and learned about resources for funding some of the projects we are tackling. It was also a good way to meet people from other towns and hear what they are doing. That is the best way to learn!
Projects have been underway for quite a while now and I am working to carry them through to completion or at least keep them going forward. If you haven’t been to the Village Board meetings you probably don’t know what we are working on and what our goals are for Elmwood. I thought this would be a great time to update you.
In completely random order these are the projects, the challenges, and the successes of the Village Board.
• Main Street Revitalization: The question that I have had posed to me the most is, “What are you doing about the main street?” We have some opportunities on main street with buildings that are currently empty but have so much potential. The sidewalks and light poles need replaced. The streets can be widened to allow for more practical parking so the longer vehicles don’t stick out into the highway.
Revitalizing Main Street is a long-term project. It will not happen overnight and if we do not get started it will not get done. Pat Wray has a passion for this project and started investigating how to accomplish the improvements. She made contacts with three different agencies that each have a part in this type of project.
- Nebraska Main Street Network exists to help communities develop traditional commercial districts so that they are attractive to residents and business-friendly for commercial investment and economic growth. It helps communities work through the revitalization process, provide support as they develop solutions, build partnerships and plan for the future.
- Omaha Public Power District (OPPD): OPPD isn’t just there to provide us with power. They have a vested interest in thriving communities. They help communities to develop and attract businesses. A vital, successful community contributes to the success of the whole state. They can help us find grants and businesses that may want to move to Elmwood.
- Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council (CCNEDC): CCNEDC is a nonprofit membership corporation organized to help Cass County grow through recruitment and development of commercial and industrial enterprises. The mission of CCNEDC is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs for all of Cass County Nebraska.
Now that we know who can help us the first step is to develop a plan. We have a Community Development Agency (CDA) that will hold public meetings that are facilitated by the people from the three agencies above. We need to find out what you want to see in Elmwood. What businesses are sustainable in Elmwood? Is there anyone local who is interested in being the person to open a new business? And most importantly, who wants to commit to being on a committee to plan for the future of Elmwood?
For this project, we are focused on the future but still remembering our history. It is an exciting time for Elmwood and we are ready to move into the future.
• Park – The park project is entering phase two. Marie Gregoire is heading up the project and working with the Village Board and a landscape architect to create the overall plan for the park. She has been seeking further grants to help support the project. Currently, she has been talking with the NRD on funding sources and assistance with the project. On behalf of Elmwood with the support of the Village Board, she applied for a grant with Cass County Tourism for $20,000 and just found out that we were awarded the grant! This will be used to reduce the Village’s obligation for the matching grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This phase of the project will include trail and accessibility improvements and installation of a gazebo. A team made up of people who have an interest in the park will assist Marie in determining what to do. Public meetings will be held for updates. There is also an ongoing project to raise the money for the Mommy & Me swings for the playground, too. That project is halfway to the goal.
• Recodification of Ordinance Book – The ordinance book is being revised by a company that will ensure all legislative changes and all local changes are incorporated into the book in an easy to read format. They provided a draft to the Village Board and it has been reviewed during a series of workshops. They have made additional changes and the book is now in the hands of the new legal counsel. Once approved it will be available online.
• Streets – There are streets and alleys in Elmwood that need attention. We are already working on a couple of the issues and are waiting on bids. For the bigger street project, the board is currently exploring ways to fund it without raising taxes.
• Water System – The current electrical system in the water treatment plant is at the end of its lifespan and is in need of replacing. This is something the board is also exploring resources to pay for this without passing the expense on to the residents.
• The second most popular question that I’ve heard from people is “What are you going to do about all the areas in town that are violating the ordinances?” For instance, feral cats, buildings that appear to be unsafe or unoccupied, lawns that aren’t mowed, sidewalks that are not kept, etc… This is actually a big project and we are working on the plan. Part of that project are these items:
- Recodification of Ordinance Book – changes that are coming will make enforcement more efficient. This is in process.
- Formation of a Health Board – We have two members already but we are in need of one citizen preferably with a background in law enforcement.
- Identification of the areas that need attention. Each situation will be documented and the property owner will be notified. Each issue will need to be tracked to ensure it has been either rectified or if not, then turned over to the Village attorney.
- Creation of Building Inspector or Enforcement Officer Position. We are investigating how other villages accomplish the tasks performed by these positions.
• Restriping of the parking space lines on Main Street. The lines will be changed so that they are angled more to make it so the vehicles don’t protrude so far into the street. We are also creating a crosswalk from Trail Ridge Development across D Street. A handicapped stall will be created in the park. We are currently waiting for bids from contractors.
• Project underway to install crosswalks at 4th & B and 4th & C. We are in communication with the State on accomplishing this. We also are pursuing a traffic study of D Street to determine what can be done to make it safer.
• Saturday, June 2nd - Village Wide Clean Up Day – The Village Wide Clean Up Day will be Saturday, June 2nd this year. The dumpsters will be available on West D Street in front of the post office from 8:00 to Noon. Another dumpster will be available for the bigger items that are recyclable. Something new this year will be that Cross Electronics will be on hand to take smaller electronic items. Anything with a cord will be accepted but there may be a charge for some items. Paper Tiger Shredding will also be here to shred documents. They will be located in front of the G.A.R. Hall on East D Street. They will accept up to 100 lbs per person. This is being sponsored by EMMA, Burrows Tracts Realty, and the American Exchange Bank.
• Saturday, April 28th - Dog/Cat Licensing Day. Vaccination and Nail trimming services are available. Dr. Trent Shrader will be providing the veterinary services with assistance from Andrea Stowell, Veterinary Technician. Mary Lenz will provide nail trimming services for $5.00 per animal.
• Employee Succession Planning: Elmwood has two full-time paid positions…the Village Clerk/Treasurer and the Maintenance Superintendent. There are two part-time positions approved to support the full-time positions. The part-time maintenance position has been filled for the summer. The Village Board recognizes that the current full-time employees will choose to retire at some point and a plan needs to be in place to make that a successful transition for everyone.
• Filling vacant position on the Health Board.
• Filling two vacancies on the Elmwood Public Library Board.
• Filling two vacancies on the Planning& Zoning Commission – one full-time and one alternate position.
• Funding Resources for the projects. This is an ongoing process.
• The Trail Ridge Development: The first phase of the new development had 13 lots available. Currently, ten lots have been sold with 3 new homes already built and occupied. Two new homes are currently under construction. There are only two lots left to be sold before the first phase is considered complete. The second phase will be opening soon with seven lots that will be for sale.
• New homes outside the development - Nine new homes have been built in Elmwood over the last few years.
The addition of these new homes and families to Elmwood is fantastic! The people who are moving here have various reasons for choosing Elmwood. Some were raised here and are coming home to raise their families. Some choose Elmwood for a location close to their jobs and for the awesome school district.
• Park Improvements: The new playground in the park is a huge success story. Elmwood was awarded the Land and Water Conservation Use grant for the park project. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019 with the playground being the first phase. The village saved a ton of money by having a community build to assemble the playground. So many people showed up to help that it was almost easy. Almost. Luckily there are people in this area who possess a wide variety of skills. Not only did Elmwood people help but people from surrounding communities were instrumental in the assembly process.
I don’t know if the new playground has anything to do with it but we have had several out of town groups schedule events in our park that otherwise have not happened. This brings people to Elmwood who may have never been here. They may be interested in our local attractions and return. These events area great opportunity for these local attractions to show their attributes. Quite often the organizations that sponsor these events will make a donation to the park.
• A group of concerned citizens have established a Neighborhood Watch team. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department sends a representative to each meeting to keep in touch with the concerns from the citizens and to answer questions. There is a facebook page if you are interested in the activities.
One thing that is very important to understand is that the Village Board is working for the Village of Elmwood. We care about the issues and we are addressing them as quickly as we can. Sometimes progress moves slowly but at least it is moving. I want to be productive and make progress. Elmwood is moving into the future while remembering our past.
I can’t say enough good things about the people of Elmwood. This is a great community made of up some very awesome people. You are welcome to attend the Village Board meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Village Office. There is a public speaking time at each meeting if you have comments for us. We welcome your feedback. Soon we will have CDA meetings that you are also welcome to attend. If you are interested in helping out in the areas mentioned above or any other way please let us know. We can’t do this alone and Elmwood is full of talented individuals who have the skills we need!
Julie Anderson - Chairperson
Thank you to Julie Anderson for always supplying Village event information!
The Village of Elmwood Board of Trustees would like to notify you that if you own a dog or cat, even if your dogs or cats are kept indoors, you are required by law to license your pet for the 2018 year. The cost is $12.00 per dog or $10.00 if spayed or neutered and/or $7.50 per cat or $5.00 if spayed or neutered. You will be required to show a current valid rabies vaccination certificate, and proof of spaying or neutering issued by your veterinarian. You may also provide a photo of your pet to attach to our records for help in identifying pets found running at large.
License tags will not be mailed out due to the added costs of mailing.
All dogs or cats over 6 months of age are required to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. This license tag is to be worn by the pet at all times, and the animal is to be kept on the owner’s property or on a leash at all times. Any dog or cat found running at large with or without licensing may be impounded and a $50.00 fine charged for its return; if impounded a second time the fine will be $100.00, and the third time it is impounded the fine will be $150.00. In addition to the impound fee, the pet owner will be responsible for licensing fees if the pet is found running at large without a license. Any dog or cat running at large with or without licensing is subject to transportation to the Lincoln Humane Society by a person authorized by the Village of Elmwood.
You may read Animal Ordinance No. 2016-002 for all the rules regarding pets by visiting the elmwoodnebraska.com website or by stopping at the Village Office. There are several changes for dogs and cats including the limit of 4 (four) animals total. You may have any combination of dogs and/or cats, just not to exceed four animals total. There will be no kennel permits or multi-cat permits issued.
The dog or cat owner is required to license their pet by May 15, 2018, or said owner will be in violation of the law and subject to a citation. If you have not secured a 2018 license for your pet by May 15, 2018, you will be responsible for the license fee per pet in addition to a late fee charge of $50.00 per animal; other charges may apply.
Do Not Pay Pet License Fees On The Same Check With Your Water Bill.
Let’s talk about licensing of dogs and cats in Elmwood. The licensing of dogs and cats is required by law to ensure that the animals have received the required immunizations and to identify who owns them in case they get loose. We want them to be returned safely and quickly to their owners.
If there is a cat that hangs around your house and you think it isn’t yours but you feed it…it is yours. If there are a lot of cats that hang around your house that you think are not yours but you feed them…they are yours. If you provide a shelter for them to sleep in at night…they are yours. Since they are yours you are responsible for taking care of them…this includes vaccinations, licensing, etc…If you find that you have more pets than are allowed or more than you want, there are resources available to find new homes for them.
There is a limit on the number of dogs and cats that are allowed per household. Elmwood allows a total of four…either dogs or cats. Even if kept outside…only four are allowed. All four must be licensed which means they must have proper vaccinations. There is a discount in licensing fees if the animal is spayed or neutered.
If you let your dogs or cats outside into a fenced in area ensure your fence follows the ordinance guidelines of allowed fencing. An invisible fence is not considered a fence. Both dogs and cats must be on a leash or tethered lead. Neither is allowed free roam of the neighborhood. The pet owner must be in control of their pet and they can’t leave your yard. Yes, we know that it is difficult if not impossible to train a cat to stay in your yard so that means they must be in a kennel or on a leash or tether. It is possible to keep a cat on a leash or to provide it with a safe, contained area outside. The animal ordinance for Elmwood is located on the Village website.
Licensing fees for 2018 have gone up to accommodate increases in supplies.
Dogs $12.00 per dog or $10.00 if spayed or neutered
Cats $7.50 per cat or $5.00 if spayed or neutered.
You will be required to show a current valid rabies vaccination certificate, and proof of spaying or neutering issued by your veterinarian to receive the discount. We will also keep a copy of the records on file in case there is ever a question. You may also provide a photo of your pet to attach to our records for help in identifying pets found running at large. We had a couple of instances last year that it would have been handy to have a picture in the file to identify the animal that had been found.
The dog or cat owner is required to license their pet by May 1, 2018. If you have not secured a 2018 license for your pet by May 1, 2018, you will be responsible for the license fee per pet in addition to a late fee charge of $50.00 per animal; other charges may apply.
Applications for the pet licenses are available on the village website, in the newsletter, or at the Village Office. They will also be available at the pet licensing/vaccination event. The tags will be available for pick up at the Village Office after the licensing application has been turned in. They will not be mailed out due to the added costs of mailing.
Elmwood Community Center
The Elmwood Community Center provided daily lunches Monday through Friday for anyone who wants a good home cooked meal for a very reasonable price...$5 per person! The Center not only hosts daily meals but it is also a facility that is rented out for meetings, receptions, and family reunions. It is a wonderful facility that provides a great service to the community.
The Elmwood Community Center is searching for someone to join their team to prepare meals, clean up, and help coordinate activities. The hours for preparing meals would be 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The number of days a week will be negotiable.
Contact Helen McKinney at (402)560-7672, or Brenda Brill at (307)359-9111 for more information. Or stop in at the Center for an application.
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Free will offering - suggested $1.00
Noon Meals (Eat in or Take-out)
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6th annual vintage + handmade market on May 5th!
In addition to over 40 small businesses selling vintage, antique and handcrafted goods we'll have food trucks, kids' play areas, and local organizations raising funds by selling food (First Lutheran Church and the Avoca Library Committee) and plants/flowers (Keep Cass County Beautiful). And because it's Cinco de Mayo there will be Mexican food and drink and fun photo areas to celebrate!
We have a great workshop coming up called “Growing in Small Spaces … Backyard Gardening and Farming”
It will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 beginning at 6 pm. The class will be held at the Cass County Extension Office.
Work to Begin on N-63 Alvo North Realignment
March 15, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Weather permitting, work is scheduled to continue the week of March 19 on N-63, between Alvo and I-80, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
Knife River, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa has the $11,758,926 contract. Work will include realignment of N‑63, culverts and box culverts, and wetland mitigation. This will be the second of two phases of work.
During this phase, N-63 will be closed to traffic from Reference Post 4+20 (Alvo) to Reference Post 9+68 (Church Road). A marked detour will be in place along I-80 to N-66 to N-50 to US-34 for southbound traffic and along US-34 to N-50 to N-66 to I-80 for northbound traffic. This portion of the project is anticipated to be completed in November 2018.
The Department’s project manager is Jesse De Los Santos of Lincoln. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through work zones and along detours.
Eligibility includes women aged 40-75 years living in Sarpy or Cass counties.
Please call the Health Department at 402-537-6968 for more information.
Country Musc Theatre - Louisville
April 28 - Rayne Magill & Friends
May 12 - Down Home Band, Fred & Dorothy Techau & Friends
May 26 - Bill Hill & Fine Wine Band
June 9 - Alex Vanderbeck & Friends
June 23 - Al Kelley & Reilly Creek Band
July 7 - Kenny Briton & Friends
July 21 - Rodger Roberts & Friends
August 4 - Irish Donahoo & Friends
August 18 - Terry Hovey & Friends
September 1 - Steve Jensen & Friends
September 15 - Larry Hanson & Friends
September 29 - Fred Larson &Friends
October 13 - FREE ADMISSION! CCMT Anniversary Show!
October 27 - Frank Bigelow & Friends
November 10 - Warren Brewer & Friends
November 24 - Josh Krohn & Dirty River Ramblers
December 8 - Christmas Show,
(Young musicians, up to 16 years old will be entertaining!)
** 7 PM, Monday, December 31, New Year's Eve Party!
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2018 No Limits Summer Activism Summit
Big Tobacco has a long history of deceiving the public, hiding the truth, and targeting youth with its marketing. It's time to do something about that. Unite with other youth at the No Limits Activism Summit and take what you learn back to your community!
Applications due May 2, 2018
Applicants must be 12-17 years old, entering grades 7-12 in the fall of 2018.
Where: The Leadership Center, Aurora NE
When: May 29-31
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