Greenwood Newsletter September 17,2014
A NOTE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Budget time in Greenwood
David Moll, Chairman
In late August and early September the village council finalizes the budget for the upcoming year. We do this now, because our fiscal year starts in October.
Few changes are being proposed to the operating numbers from last year. The only change we made that will affect your monthly bill is a $2 increase to sewer. Right now you pay about 85 cents a day to flush your toilet. By raising it by $2 per month, it raises it to about 92 cents a day.
Capital improvements will be high on the list for this council as well as the council that will be voted in for next year. There is always a balance between what improvements we would like to make, verses unexpected maintenance, keeping good qualified people and raising rates. Improvements to any of our utility systems save money over time, but sometimes that’s hard to afford.
Where does the Community Center repair stand? After a frustrating year of testing for mold, asbestos and lead paint, we are back on track to get this repair going. I formed a committee of the Community Center rules committee, the Library council, a member of Planning and Zoning and myself. We’ve taken a road trip to Weeping Water to see their community center, which they worked on for something like 8 years and the end result is amazing. We’ve met with two architects, the Cass County Building inspector and finally the State Fire Marshall to make sure what interior upgrades we could make. The one new rule that is quite limiting is a stove. If we put a stove in the kitchen, it now has to have a vented hood along with fire suppression, which is very expensive. If a stove is eliminated, it turns the kitchen into a prep kitchen. However, roasters, crock pots and an oven are still allowed, so it’s not the end of the world for a community center. This committee should make its proposal to the council hopefully by the end of September.
I’ve also met with our TIF attorney as well as loan officers from a major bank in Lincoln discussing funding for the community center repair. One of the more interesting questions the loan officers asked me was – tell me about the other council members. Why do you think they ask this question? A banking relationship is not only the ability to make deposits or make loan payments, but the ability to work together as a team openly discussing financial issues in a mature manor. Elections really do matter, because professionals like these bankers enjoy working with positive thinking people for positive results.
Not all the items being worked on involve the expense side. Greenwood has now been classified as “Low to Moderate Income”, which means more grant money is available to us. As of this article, I’ve already requested one grant application to be written up (at no cost to us) regarding storm water runoff and the eventual cleaning of our ditches and culverts. Plus I’ve requested another one helping with some electrical upgrades. Not all grants are approved, but if you don’t ask, you’ll never get one. This is an interesting position to be in and a real learning process of what is available.
WEDNESDAY SEPT.17...EARLY DISMISSAL..STAFF INSERVICE
ELEM 1:00....MSHS 1:10
THURSDAY SEPT 18.....MS VOLLEYBALL HOME NEWMANN 4:15
SOFTBALL @PIUS X 5:00
MS FB HOME @WAVERLY 4:15
9/JV/V VB @ LOUISVILLE (2 MATCHES ONLY) 5:30 PM
C TEAM FOOTBALL HOME NEWMANN 5:30
FRIDAY SEPT 19.....HS FOOTBALL HOMECOMING LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 7:00
SATURDAY SEPT 20...C TEAM VOLLEYBALL@CONESTOGA 9 AM
HOMECOMING DANCE AGHS 8-11P.M.
MONDAY SEPT 22....CROSS COUNTRY HOME @MAHONEY 4:30
SOFTBALL HOME CASS COUNTY 5:00
MS VOLLEYBALL@WAHOO ELEM 5:00
JV FOOTBALL@DC WEST 6:00
TUESDAY SEPT 23.....9/JV/V VOLLEYBALL@WAHOO 5:00
SOFTBALL @RAYMOND CENTRAL 5:00
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Greenwood Christian Church is located at 447 Elm Street, Greenwood, NE 68366
Open Hospitality Room & Open Sanctuary Prayer 9:15-9:45am
Worship Service 10:00-11:15am (Children's Church & Nursery Available)
Zumba Women's Fitness 7:00pm with Lisa Steiner $5/class
Troop 34 Boy Scouts Meeting 7:00pm
Scout Master: Greg Loubert
History: According to past pastors, Gail Portenier wrote that "This church was organized in 1863 and is now 149 years of age. The present building, which has been modified several times was built in 1874."
Apple Jack Festival
Friday ~ Sunday
September 19 ~21, 2014
Nebraska City, NE
SCHWAN'S ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER
The Murray Presbyterian Deacons, under the name of "Mighty Murray Small Church", are raising funds to be donated to the Lori Williams family of Murray, NE. Lori was paralyzed due to an accident several months ago and now her family is under mounting financial stress. Lori's family will receive 20% of orders starting August 18 through October 2, 2014 and, after October 2, will receive 5% for one year.
To order online, you must enter www.schwans-cares.com/f/
If you live in the U.S. and have local Schwan's delivery, you may participate in this worthy cause. A Schwan's delivery person will deliver your products directly to your home and you'll be helping Lori and her family!
Please direct any questions you might have to Sherrill at 402-235-2844.
Thank you for your support!