Village of Utica Spring 2016 Newsletter
Village Board Members
Don Olson, Chair
Garry Dittmar, President
Rebecca Sandman, Clerk
Rick Hemphill, Maintenance Supervisor
Dylan Wiemer, Maintenance
Village Office – 534-4237
Tues-Wed-Thurs 8:30 – 12:30
Village Shop – 534-2115
Emergency Village Business
643-5744 – Rick’s cell phone
643-5745 – Dylan’s cell phone
Website address www.uticane.com
The Village e-mail address is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org. The messages are checked regularly.
The Village Board meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Village Office. The agenda is available from the Village Clerk.
If you wish to appear before the Board, please contact the Village Clerk to be placed on the agenda. To put an item on the agenda, please submit your request on the citizen agenda request form that is available on the website. You will be given a time to appear at the meeting and we ask that you stay in the time allotted for your presentation. This process will save both you and the board time. Thank you for your cooperation.
WATER RESTRICTION POLICY
To preserve the availability of drinking water, the following water restrictions will be in effect during daylight savings time. People living south of the railroad tracks may water from midnight to midnight on Sun-Tues-Thurs. People north of the tracks may water from midnight to midnight on Sat-Mon-Wed. NO ONE is to water on Fridays to allow time for routine maintenance at the water plant. Fines are in place for violations.
Vegetation must be mowed or trimmed to a height of less than 6”. Only one warning will be given to the resident and/or landlord before action is taken.
When mowing, please make the first round or two with your mower chute pointed back into your yard. Grass clippings blown into the street wind up in the storm sewer creating drainage problems for the neighbor hood and eventually the entire community. Please blow or sweep them back into your yard.
The Village operates a compost site located south of the Indiana & 455th Rd intersection. To help the village maintain the area, please place your compost materials in the designated areas. (For example, do not mix sticks and grass) If the rules are not followed, the site will be locked and all materials will be inspected before you are allowed to place them in the site.
DOG LICENSES & RULES
Dog licenses are mandatory for all dogs within the city limits. Residences having more than 3 dogs must obtain a kennel permit. If your unlicensed pet is found running at large, it will be picked up and transported to an animal shelter. You will be assessed a minimum of $50 to retrieve your pet as well as the cost of current licenses.
Dogs are not allowed to run at large at any time. Please be a good neighbor and keep your dog under control by leash, cable or fence. You are also expected to clean up after your dog if it defecates anywhere other than your property.
The village will be enforcing ordinances regarding nuisance properties, improper parking and unlicensed vehicles. Tickets will be issued to those violating village ordinances. Please help us keep our village looking its best by maintaining your property.
The Utica Pool will open, weather permitting, on June 1st and regular hours are 1-8 pm. Daily admission prices are $2; family season ticket is $75; single season ticket is $40; the 10-punch “granny pass” is $15. Tickets are sold at the swimming pool and Village Clerk’s office. Water aerobics are held Monday through Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. Lessons have not been scheduled at this time, but will be offered. Watch for further details.
In case of a tornado or severe weather, please listen for the warning siren. When it sounds take cover immediately. Do not go outside to look for the storm. There is NOT an all clear signal. Should the siren sound again, it indicates another warning to return to cover.
Please keep an eye out for vandalism in our community. Report any acts of vandalism to the Seward County Sheriff’s Office at 402-643-4578.
The Board of Trustees has adopted a curfew policy for minors. Minors under the age of 16 must be in the custody of a parent or guardian after 11pm until 5am. Minors ages 16-18 are not allowed to be without a parent or guardian between the hours of 1-5am. The city parks, tennis court, RV camping site, and park shelter are closed from 11pm-5am.
The water plant renovations are underway and should be finished by late April-early May. Advertising for water main replacement for the Years 2 & 3 will be done in April with the bid award at the May 2 meeting. Fiber optic service will be extended to the water plant in the near future.
Discussion is being held on the possibility of having a community garden. The area designated for this project is east of the tennis courts, north of Kansas Street. The Commercial Club is in charge of this project.
The Park Committee has been actively researching new playground equipment for the village’s parks. Fund raising is ongoing for this project. If you would like to make a contribution or help in any way, contact Autumn Walford or Carrie Gumaer.
School will be letting out for the summer break soon. Be watchful of the kids walking or riding their bikes.
Remember to shop locally as often as you can. Everyone benefits when the dollars stay home.