Village of Utica Fall Newsletter
Board: Don Olson (chair), Garry Dittmar (president), Larry Barth, Gary Ehlers, Jim Swanson
Village Clerk: Rebecca Sandman Village office: 402-534-4237
Office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Meetings: First Monday of the month at 7 pm at the auditorium
Village Maintenance: Dale Kaliff 402-643-5744, Richard Kuil 402-643-5745
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Web page: www.uticane.com Twitter: Utica Nebraska
Light snowfalls with no significant snow generally will require sanding at intersections. Snowfalls of 2-3” without much wind will result in clearing the arterial streets (D, 1st, 4th Street from D to Centennial Ave, Indiana and Nebraska streets).
Following a snowfall of greater than 4” the arterials will be cleared first then work on the other streets will begin. The first plowing of the year will start on the north side of the tracks. After that it will alternate with the south side to be plowed first. Tickets will be issued to vehicles that are blocking snow removal or have not been moved within 24 hours. Please make an effort to get all of your vehicles off of the streets so they can be plowed.
If you have an item for the board to consider, please submit it to the village clerk in writing on the Wednesday before the meeting date so it can considered for the agenda
The Board of Trustees has adopted a policy to flush fire hydrants periodically. This will ensure the proper operating of the hydrant and by flushing the water distribution mays, any deposits that have accumulated in the lines will be removed. If your water is colored following this process, turn on your outside hose until the water runs clear. If weather cooperates and the maintenance department work schedule allows, this will take place in October. There will be announcements before it occurs.
The village will be enforcing ordinances regarding nuisance properties. Debris and trash must be contained, unlicensed vehicles must be inside a garage or other enclosure and the maximum height for vegetation is 6 inches. Tickets will be issued to those who are in violation of the ordinances. Please help us keep our village looking its best by maintaining your property.
WATER PROJECT UPDATE
The water project is now on hold until spring.
At that time another 2 ½ blocks will be finished. Please watch for further information.
RV PAD USAGE
Camping season is far from over. If you have guests who wish to use the RV pads, note that the village encourages stays of five days. If, however their stay will be longer, please make arrangements at the village office. We welcome their visits.
NEW VILLAGE EMPLOYEES
If you see our new village employees around town take a minute to introduce yourself. They are Dale Kaliff and Richard Kuil. Both bring a variety of experience to the job. The village board hired them the 8th of August and they have been hard at work learning the ropes and getting to know people around town. The phone numbers for the maintenance crew will remain the same. Dale Kaliff can be reached at 402-643-5744 and Richard Kuil can be reached at 402-643-5744. Please welcome these gentlemen to town.
WELL DONE AND THANK YOU
Let’s take a few lines to acknowledge those who are working on their own to help Utica to be a better more beautiful place to live. Please read the following sections and thank these people when you see them.
THANK YOU to the Gierhan family who created and sponsored the Gierhan Memorial Softball Tournament in memory of Tim Gierhan. There was a terrific turn out and so many were interested that they had to expand the bracket. All proceeds from the tourney will benefit the Utica and Beaver Crossing Legion baseball program.
THANK YOU to the organizer of the Tie One On evening. People pulled out their dress clothes and spent an evening out with a great meal. The proceeds from that fundraiser will go toward the First Street sidewalk replacement project.
THANK YOU to the hard working members of the Park Board who are raising funds to improve playground equipment at the ballfield. Contact a board member if you are willing to help with this project or donate. Let’s get the kids a place to play.
THANK YOU to Joyce Shriner and her crew at the Senior Center who have spent a great deal of time and energy to raise funds to help the Utica Betterment Committee’s projects. Keep getting up early on the Saturdays when the biscuits and gravy are served at the Senior Center. All proceeds will help build an “Honor Walk” on the south side of First Street where the current walkway leads to the parking lot. The walk will be made of engraved pavers. The project is still in the planning stages and more information will be available at a later date.
VILLAGE BUDGET INFORMATION
FY 2017-2018 budget: The FY 2017-2018 expected revenue is $2,016,893, and expected expenses are $1,560,625. The cash reserve is at 49%, the recommended level, $138,169.74 is the property tax request for non-bond purposes. $23,326.42 is the principal and interest for bonds. Total personal and real property tax required is $161,496.16. The total certified valuation was $42, 834,565. The levy was set at $0.377023.
The watering restrictions run during the time period of daylight savings time. This year the restrictions will end on Sunday, November 5th.
Within the next few weeks the village should receive information on whether or not the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant)
Application has been accepted. The plan is to replace the entire sidewalk and part of the street on First Street between D and E Streets. This will make a better sidewalk and improve drainage. The total cost of the project is approximately $225,000. The grant application is for 65%the cost which would be $146,250. The property owners along that block will be assessed a portion of the cost of the sidewalk. Watch the web page and facebook for more information on the grant. Please support any fundraising efforts held to alleviate the cost.
In 2014 the Village Board of Trustees passed a curfew ordinance to restrict minors from being on the streets. Youth under 16 years of age cannot be on the streets after 11 pm unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or unless the minor is proceeding directly home from a school related activity or employment. Youth 16-18 are not allowed on the street from 1 am until 5 am any day unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or unless the minor is proceeding directly home from a school related activity or employment. Areas enforced by this ordinance include city streets, parks, RV camping site and the park shelters. The village parks are all closed from 11 pm to 5 am. The Seward County Sheriff’s Officers will enforce the ordinance.
The Village Office has received complaints of residents walking their dogs and not picking up after them. Unfortunately, these deposits are ending up in people’s yards. Please carry a waste bag with you and pick up after your dog and dispose of it properly. Be kind to your neighbors.