Monday, October 15, 2018

alvo news, history & cartoons, august 8th, 2018

 

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  Public Notices

 

The Village of Alvo needs a certified municipal clerk for a part-time position, approximately 25-40 hours per month.

Duties will include managing the official records of the Village, financial operations and investment activities.

The Clerk/Treasurer attends all Board meetings and is also responsible for meeting preparations which include posting notices, preparing agendas, assembling the Board packets, typing and publishing the minutes. He or she keeps record of all Village minutes, ordinances and resolutions passed by the Village Board. Attesting signatures and applying the Village seal to official documents are also responsibilities.

The Clerk/Treasurer handles utility billing, animal complaints and licensing, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, budget compilation,  audit preparation, all Village correspondence, scheduling, customer service and complaints, ordinance and resolution preparation, grant writing, idea and project research, records retention and requests, the Cross Connection /Back-flow Prevention program, updating the Village Ordinance Book, economic development, helping with the Planning and Zoning Commission,  and working with the Water and Sewer Operator and Street Superintendent.

Submit a letter of application and resume by mail to: Village of Alvo, 135 Main Street, Alvo, NE 68304 or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. QuickBooks experience is a plus. Salary will be based on certification and experience.

Direct questions to Dave Morgan, Village Board Chair at 402-432-5018 

 

Water and Sewer Billing

Water and sewer service from January 1, 2018 through July 31st, 2018 will be billed at the minimum rate. Starting from August 1st, normal water rates will apply. If you have been paying monthly, please bring copies of receipts, bank statements or cancelled checks to the Village Office starting August 17th.

Christina Vidlak is our interim clerk and will be at the office from 8:30 to 12:30 on Saturdays.

 

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Good News - The Alvo United Methodist Church would like to welcome Rev. Michael Burgess as our new minister.  We would invite you to come join us for Sunday worship at 9:00. Rev. Michael also serves the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

Reverend Michael shares thoughts for all: 

Everyday fear and courage

The shower has been leaking for weeks. This is not a crisis, just annoying. I know what it takes to fix it, so why haven’t I got it done? The water in Elmwood is unreasonably hard even after going through a reverse osmosis treatment to take out the nitrates. I can see white powder all around the fixture and I was sure it had frozen up. If you spin the connecting valve too hard to break it free you can twist the copper pipes in the wall and that is a real crisis, a flood of Biblical proportions. I just kept looking at it and it took time to get brave. Then the van started not running. Starting and then dying, not reliable transportation and you have to run after parts when you start a plumbing project, always - no matter how prepared you are there is always something you need you don’t have. I just let the fear buffalo me into immobility.

When Jesus sent his disciples out into the countryside to learn to trust God to help and so they could see miracles happen under their touch he sent them out to do this very scary thing in groups of two. They didn’t take extra clothes to sleep outside in, they didn’t take lots of money or even extra food. They were learning to trust and let go of the need to control, but he did send them out with someone else. Why do we assume we have to do everything by ourselves? I finally remembered this lesson Jesus taught his followers, of which I am one and asked a friend Ruby if she had free time to stop by and keep me company and maybe run me over to Meeske’s Hardware a time or two in Weeping Water? She did indeed and was happy to spend a few hours with me helping out. It took a while for me to admit I really wanted help and then to coordinate schedules, but the help was there as soon as I asked.

So the day came and I turned off the water and took it apart and the rubber crumbled in my fingers. Then two trips to Meeske’s and it’s back together. It still leaks, not as much though and I’m going to try again soon, since I know what the problem is and I fixed the other two problems. But the most amazing part is no longer feeling the pressure of the fear looming over me annoying me like a sunburn that just irritates. Yes you can live with it, it was not the leak that was so annoying it was the fear of doing something and breaking the house. It was the fear that was the burden on my spirit and the freedom that came when I remembered how to fight that kind of fear was wonderful. I had not realized how much the low level fear was interfering with my creativity, my ability to hear and flow with the Holy Spirit’s whispers. Joy is an essential element in serving God and finding the beauty to celebrate in the world and people. Joy has love in it and fear is the enemy of love. I keep forgetting how dangerous fear is to the spiritual life. It sneaks up so quietly and naturally and suddenly the world is dark and cold and I don’t know why it is so hard to try anything new or reach out to another. It is the fear again, its subtle corrosive effect is pushing out the love and making it hard for God’s love to pour power, insight and inspiration into my heart. So Once again I am making the commitment to not listen to fear. It’s all around us, but it only has power when we listen. Let us all be brave, reject the fear and turn to the love that is God and see the wonder and hear joy in our hearts again.

May God bring you joy and courage, your brother-in-Christ, Rev. Michael Lee Burgess

p.s. After a third trip to Meeske's incredible hardware store for real Delta parts (I used the cheap ones first) the shower is now fixed and does not leak. :)

 

NOTICE OF MEETING

VILLAGE OF ALVO

 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the Chairperson and Village Board of the Village of Alvo, Nebraska will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4th, at 135 Main Street, Alvo, NE which meeting is open to the public.  An agenda for said meeting, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the office of the Village Clerk at City Hall.  Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than twenty-four hours prior to the scheduled commencement of the meeting.

Connie Carlton

Village Clerk

 


Village contact information:

Village of Alvo

135 Main Street
Alvo, NE 68304

 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Phone: 402-781-9201 - Leave a message

     

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 Click on MAP for the NDOT detour map.

  

N-63 Alvo North Project is Progressing

NOTICE - Monday, May 14th, grinding started on NE 63 from Bluff to 1/2 mile north of Mill. So the entire six miles of the highway will be really closed.

 The construction starts at the north edge of Alvo and continues north to Bluff Road, then from Bluff north to Church Road. The proposed work schedule is 10 hour days, 6 days a week. Access to the Alvo Cemetery will be provided as needed for maintenance and funerals. Copies of the construction schedule are available at the Village Office along with business cards for Casey Wisness, project manager. His phone number is 712-898-1787.

Nebraska Department of Transportation Detour Map

According to the map, the intersection of 63 and Church Road will be closed - but actually, Church and NE 63 intersection is open.

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The second phase began Monday, March 19th, 2018.  During this phase, N-63 will be closed to traffic from Reference Post 4+20 to Reference Post 9+68.  A detour will be marked for through traffic for this phase. During the construction, a temporary access road will be provided for the Alvo Cemetery.

Knife River Construction is the primary contractor and Casey Wisness is the project manager. His phone number is 712-898-1787.

The project is anticipated to be completed by November 2018.

The Department’s project manager for this project is Jesse De Los Santos of Lincoln.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through construction work zones.                                

Contact:  Jesse De Los Santos, 402-471-0850


This notice is directed toward those who flushed their shop towels, baby wipes and other non-degradable items down their toilets - the Village replaced two pumps at the sewage lagoon to the tune of $10,000 for the pumps and $6,000 for installation.

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The news is 7 counties are normal to abnormally dry, 1 is abnormally dry, 2 are normal to abnormally dry to moderate drought and 1 is in abnormally dry, moderate and severe drought conditions - which means only 82 counties are at normal moisture level. Cass County has normal moisture level.

Nationally, only 9 states (which is improvement from last week)  - Connecticut, Deleware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvanie, Virginia and West Virginia have normal moisture levels. Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska are drying out. That is why the wildfires are killing people and animals and destroying vegetation and buildings throughout the much of the south, southwest and northwest US.

 

 Click on the map for the Drought Monitor web site

This week...

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Last week... 

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Click on last week's map for the FSA Livestock Forage Disaster Eligibility tool

 

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New moon, Saturday, August 11th at 04:58 AM CDT

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Click on this animated moon for what it looks like now.

Moon data from the US Naval Observatory.

 

    

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August 8th, 1911 - The number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. There was one member of Congress for every 211,877 residents at that time.

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Click on the seal for the House website - tons of information on how it's supposed to function

"“I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, that two become a lawfirm, and that three or more become a congress." - John Adams

 

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August 9th, 1945 - The US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bombing came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. About 74,000 people were killed.

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  Click on the photo for an NPR "No Regrets" interview

Click HERE for the Time 'After the Bomb' photo story

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August 10th, 1993 - A massive deficit-reduction bill was signed into law by U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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 Click on the photo for the the UC Berckley account

 

“Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want, and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want, and their kids pay for it.” – Richard Lamm

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/richard_lamm_105442?src=t_deficithttp://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/debt/1993reconciliationact.htmlMany of America's and New York's sons and daughters are around the world fighting for the freedoms that the Statue of Liberty stands for." - Michael Bloomberg

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August 11th, 1992 - In Bloomington, MN, the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the US.

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Click on the picture for the web site

"Somewhere along the way America became a giant mall with a country attached." - Ben Fountain

 

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August 12th, 1981 - IBM unveiled the 5150 PC.

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  Click on the photo for the CNET article

"Computer users soon learn that the miraculous powers of personal computers are based on avoidance of error." - Robert Burchfield

 

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August 13th, 1961 - Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.

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Click on the picture for the Time photo gallery

“The Wall was not brought down by Washington, Bonn or Moscow. It was razed to the ground by the courageous and intrepid people, from both the East and the West." - Gerhard Schroder

     

August 14th, 2015 - In Havana, Cuba, the U.S. Embassy was re-opened after being closed 54 years earlier.

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Click on the photo for the Guardian picture gallery

“The administration's attempt to keep us from selling agricultural products to Cuba is an outrage. Cuba is not a threat. That is why we must do more to open Cuba - not less.” – Max Baucus

 

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Mike Keefe

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Tom Stiglich

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Dave Granlund

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