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 What's Happening with the Elmwood Village Board of Trustees?

I thought it was time I share with you the wonderful things the Elmwood Village Board have in the works. I've been on the Village Board now for about 5 months. I have learned a lot but I know there is a lot more to learn! I am very impressed with the dedication of the other Board members to make the right choices for the village. I've seen them try to find a way to make up for a deficit in the water budget without raising taxes or water rates even though we've been advised to do these items. Luckily, a big water leak was discovered and fixed which has made a difference, but the Board continues to monitor the water stats on a monthly basis.

The Elmwood Village Board of Trustees is investing in the future of Elmwood. In order for the village to maintain and to prosper we have recognized that some changes will have to be made. Elmwood is an appealing little town with many assets such as awesome residents, a great school district, and a wonderful park. What we are missing are housing opportunities. A local resident is working on developing a site on the edge of Elmwood into a new housing area. This is a great start!

The Elmwood Village Board also must tackle another issue that can't be ignored. The village is in need of some sprucing up of properties. The Board contacted Southeast Nebraska Development District or SENDD. They work with communities to identify properties that are in violation of the local Nuisance Properties. The first thing they suggested was an update to our Nuisance Property Ordinance. Ordinance No. 2015-004 is posted on the Village website along with Resolution No. 03182015 which appoints SENDD as the Village Nuisance Officer. The Nuisance Property project will be implemented in 5 phases. The town will be divided into 5 quadrants for review. SENDD employees will come to Elmwood and investigate Quadrant 1 (see the map below for the specifics of Quadrant 1). This is scheduled to begin June 3rd. They will not enter your property but will look from the street. So if you see people staring at your property it will probably be the SENDD people. For the properties that they identify as meeting the definition of a nuisance property per the Village Ordinance they will send the property owner a letter to notify them. The Village Board is not involved in this selection and will not be informed which properties were chosen. The property owners will be given a certain amount of time to make improvements or contact SENDD with their plan for improvements. If no action is taken by the property owner then the Village Board will be notified. There are steps that the Village Board may choose to pursue that may include legal action.

Once we have a good start on Quadrant 1 then the second Quadrant will be identified. The process for SENDD to review the entire village will take more than a year. Just the fact that this process is going on may motivate people to take on the cleanup project before they get a letter. Maybe we won't need five quadrants! I know I'm already working on my yard! The pink flamingos are not leaving...sorry! Please remember to take advantage of the Village Clean-Up Day on June 20th.  More details will be coming about the clean up day and what to do if you need some help getting your items to the dumpsters.

For years Elmwood has had a problem with feral cats. Is there any issue that brings out more passion from people right now than this? The Elmwood Village Board has been discussing for a long time the best way to approach this problem. Feral cats pose a health issue for people and animals. Feral cats can carry diseases, infections, fleas, and illnesses that are not good for them or others. An investigation was conducted of other towns and villages to find out how the problem is handled there. After much discussion at the Village Board meetings it was decided to begin the process of getting the feral cat population under control by requiring cat owners to license their cats. Part of this process is making sure they have their immunizations, specifically their rabies shots. A discount is offered for animals that are also spayed or neutered.

Once all the cat owners have had an opportunity to license their pets then it will be easier to identify the feral cats. At this time there is not a plan in place to go out and start trapping cats. So relax, no one is after Stormy. If there is a complaint about a particular cat that is harassing a resident then it will be investigated. If it is determined to be a feral cat then it will be dealt with. We are investigating options for this such as the humane society or other cat rescues.

Have you heard the rumors swirling around about all of these topics? I have heard them. Some are half true and some are out and out lies. Have you heard the rumor that we are going to tax all bicycles? Or that pigs will be allowed in the city limits? I can tell you that these rumors are NOT true...I just started those to show you how easy it is to start a rumor. But if you do have questions about something you have heard, please call the Village Office and speak with Connie. Connie Carlton is our Village Clerk and is awesome! She can let you know if you have bad information.   If she doesn't have the answer right away, she will find out and get back to you.

The Elmwood Village Board of Trustees meets at 7:00 pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month...like clockwork. Everyone is welcome to come and sit in and listen to what we are discussing and hear the decisions that are made. The public is not able to participate in the discussions or address the Board unless they are on the agenda. But the Village Board would really like to hear what you have to say or suggestions and ideas to help grow our community. We are going to offer an Open Forum once a month at one of the monthly Board meetings. It is a time to ask questions, express an opinion, give ideas, or talk about an issue. The date of the first public forum will be identified and then advertised.

The best way to know what is going on in Elmwood is to go to the gas station for coffee or to the Elmwood Community Center for lunch. The best way to know what is going on with the Elmwood Village Board is to come to the meetings. We are making decisions that will affect you. You may not like all of the decisions but at least you will know how we arrived at them.

I hope you have enjoyed my update on the Elmwood Village Board activities. I didn't even get started on the Park! Next time I will have a park update. If you have any questions please call the Village Office and talk to Connie.

All of these things that we are working on mean there will be Change. Are you ready for it? Some people think Change is a bad word. Well, it isn't on George Carlin's list of bad words so it must not be one. Change for the better is coming; buckle up and hold on. Pitch in and help clean up our community to make Elmwood a nice place to grow and prosper your families.

 Julie Anderson - Park Commissioner (I prefer Park Goddess)

Elmwood Village Office:   (402)994-6705

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Here is a larger view of Quadrant 1.

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The first quadrant is inside the highlighted area.  It the streets that make up the edges are Railroad Avenue running north to D Street.  Then D Street from Railroad Ave up to 4th Street (Highway 1) and then 4th street down to Railroad Ave.  The front half of the block on main street on the west side of the street from D Street to E Street.

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 If you have items to drop off for the Elmwood City Wide Clean Up day but don't have a way to get them to the dumpsters contact John at the Elmwood C Store and he will put you on the list and will come by your house with his trailer that morning.  You will need to load it or have help to load it.  Don't wait...call now and get on the list!  Let's get this town cleaned up!!

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CALL TO PHOTOGRAPHERS: June 1, 2015 Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society is launching a statewide “Call to Photographers”, beginning June 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016.  The Call will coincide with Nebraska’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

Contact Person – Kim Einspahr | Hildegard Center for the Arts (402) 488-0678 keinspahr@windstream.net 

Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, is sponsoring a statewide “Call to Photographers” for the great state of Nebraska. The Call begins June 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016 and is titled “Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future”.  It is calling photographers throughout Nebraska to highlight historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all of the State’s 93 counties ~ historical sites either found on the National Register of Historic Places OR places of community/personal significance to the photographer. i.e. historic properties, recognized historical landmarks, cultural activities/events with a basis in local history and in context with a historic place, or historic buildings that are representative or unique.  From Adams to Antelope, Banner to Butler, Garden to Gage, Scottsbluff to Sheridan, and Dundy to Douglas, this juried exhibition is serving as a bridge to connect Nebraskans with their culture and heritage.

Photographs selected from this juried exhibition: • Will be featured in a statewide traveling photography exhibit that coincides with Nebraska’s sesquicentennial in 2017

• May appear in Nebraska Tourism travel guides, posters and calendars to promote this project and the State of Nebraska

• Will be showcased in a digital catalogue

• All submitted photos will be featured virtually on partnering websites. (Hildegard Center for the Arts, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society)

Photographs can be submitted online at the Hildegard Center for the Arts website, www.hildegardcenter.org, beginning June 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

Entrants must be at least 15 years of age and need NOT be residents of Nebraska.

Photographers may enter up to 5 images per submission for a non-refundable fee of $15.  Multiple submissions are allowed.

For a complete list of entry rules and judging criteria, go to www.hildegardcenter.org

Questions:  Contact Project Chair, Cathy Harrington | 402.730.6668 lettersfromhome51@hotmail.com.

ABOUT “BRIDGES” The 2015 Call to Photographers, “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future”, is part of a larger themed- initiative at Hildegard Center for the Arts called “Bridges”.  Over the next three-years, (2015-2017) the organization will use “Bridges” as its leading inspiration for much of its programming and outreach.  Projects will include: • ON-LINE ART LESSONS AND OTHER RESOURCES for those facing challenges of dementia, Alzheimer's, Autism, PTSD, emotional, behavior and physical challenges ~ from children to senior citizens. • SUMMER ART ENRICHMENT FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN • PONCA CHIEF STANDING BEAR ~ Sharing his wisdom and timely relevance with a new generation

• A NEW SPIRITUAL ART TOUR FOR LINCOLN

ABOUT HILDEGARD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Hildegard Center for the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization established in 2009.  Its mission is to unite people of all beliefs, cultures and traditions to inspire humanity through the Arts.  Without “walls” or paid staff, Hildegard has managed to make a significant impact on Lincoln and the arts community by operating as a “virtual” art center. From co-sponsoring nationally known speakers and spearheading an inaugural “Spiritual Art Tour”, to publishing books and providing countless meaningful opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, Hildegard seems to be everywhere at once. In 2014, the organization was recognized for its project “Heroes Among Us” and awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Event. The ultimate vision for Hildegard Center for the Arts is to be THE Center that bridges cultures and communities through the Arts.  It will be a place of creative inspiration where everyone is invited to share in the change we wish for our world. 

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KITCHEN ASSISTANT - MURDOCK SCHOOL SITE

2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

 The Elmwood-Murdock Public School has a vacancy for a Kitchen Assistant at the Murdock School site.  Perspective employees should have knowledge of quantity food preparation, understanding of basic nutrition, basic math skills and a willingness to learn ordering system and menu planning.  Applicants must be physically able to lift 40 pounds.  Start date for this position is on or about August 13, 2015 and employee will work days school is in session for students.  Interested applicants should contact Dan Novak, Superintendent, at 402-867-2341 or via e-mail at dannovak@emknights.org             .  The Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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VIP* Job Opening at the EM Schools

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Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools are in need for substitutes for the para-professionals in our district (Prek-12th grade).  A para professional provide instructional support and assistance within the classroom setting. Some services could be provided 1:1 or with a small group.  Para Substitutes are paid on an hourly wage of $7.25. The school follows the federal minimum wage rate for this school year.

For application details, please contact Tycha Stander (Tstander@emknights.org  ).  For questions in regards to job description, please contact Heidi Zierott (hzierott@emknights.org  ).

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If you dropped your registration for your pets in the out box at the Village Office please stop up there and pick up your pet licenses and tags.  If a self addressed stamped envelope was included then your forms will be returned to you.  Otherwise please stop and get them.

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