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Happening at Oakland Heights


Oakland Heights News by Nancy Silvey

This Thursday August 9th Charlie Davis will be here to play the Harmonica at 2:30 pm. Then on Friday August 10th is the Annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser for the activity department, starting at 7:00 pm there will be entertainment by Ron Schulakump, so come by for some ice cream, homemade pie and coffee. Next week on Monday August 13th we will be taking a Van Ride  at 10:00 am, then on Tuesday August 14th is National Creamsicle day and we will be serving the ice creamsicles at 2:30 pm. On Thursday August 16th is the monthly waffle supper night serving at 5:30 pm, on Friday August 17th is Happy Hour starting at 2:30 pm. and on Saturday August 18th the Rusty Buckets will be here to play at 2:30 pm

Church Service for Sunday August 12th will be given by First Baptist Church at 2:30 pm with a luncheon following service.  On Tuesday August 14th is Catholic Mass at 9:30 am given by Father Paul.

Activities for the week of August 13th to August 18th   are as follows, Manicures, reminiscing group, Sing A Long,   Bingo with Salem, Mike Barger, Bell Choir, Bible Fellowship, Word Games, Let’s Play Ball, Crafty Cooking, Saturday Music Video, and Lawrence Walk.

Volunteers signing in last week were; Judy Nelson, Betty Hanna, Anne Anderson, Mary Donavon, Marge Maller, Sandra Anderson, Nadine Anderson, Monroe Johnson, Kristin Johnson, Sue Schold, Bonnie Fleischman, Dani Moseman, Mike Barger, Clover McCauley, and Makayla Johnson.

Guest Signing the guest book last week was: Brian Goracke, Travis and Mary Stuenkel to see Jene Hightree.

 

 

 

 

 

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West Nile Virus Found in Madison County Mosquitos


 

 

West Nile Virus Found in Madison County Mosquitoes

One mosquito pool in Madison County that tested positive for West Nile Virus has been reported to the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD). Positive West Nile samples are most often reported as summer draws to an end during August and September. Humans get West Nile Virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito that was feeding on an infected bird.

Since we know West Nile Virus is in the area, ELVPHD will no longer be collecting dead birds for West Nile Virus Testing. There is still a limited supply of FREE mosquito wipes available at ELVPHD locations in Wisner, Norfolk and Tekamah. The addresses are listed below.

  • ELVPHD Norfolk Office—302 Phillip Avenue Suite 100, Norfolk
  • ELVPHD Wisner Office – 2104 21st Circle, Wisner
  • ELVPHD Tekamah Office—1121 S. 13th St, Tekamah

The best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, use mosquito repellent, and wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors.  Standing water should be removed as it provides a place for mosquito breeding. West Nile Virus has flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and rash. Less than 1% of infected people will develop a severe illness. Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk for becoming seriously ill if infected with West Nile. Contact the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department at 402-529-2233 for more information.

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Bancroft Senior Center News


Bancroft Senior Center News by Connie Bargmann

*If you are 60+ and need information on programs designed to help keep you stay in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648. There are no membership fees or attendance requirements and new faces are always welcome.

* We have the following medical equipment to loan out on an as need basis, wheel chair, bath seats, toilet seat riser and portable toilet chair, crutches or walkers. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.

Meals on Wheels

 

Weekly Activities:

Wed.  Aug. 8: No chime group practice this morning. Sign up to play 5-handed pinochle at 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. Aug. 9: Tai Chi class at 9:30 a.m. The walking in place exercise class meets at 10:30 a.m. Come for coffee at 9:00 a.m. Sign up to play pitch at 1:30 p.m. Make your meal reservation by 5:00 p.m. for tomorrows meal.

Fri. Aug. 10: Stop in for coffee. The meal for today is a chicken salad sandwich, chips, fruit salad and a cookie. BP clinic at 11:45 a.m. Cards at 1:30 p.m.

Mon. Aug. 13: Join us for coffee.  Skip-Bo at 1:30 p.m.

Tues. Aug. 14: Tai Chi Class at 9:30 a.m. Coffee time 9:00 a.m. The walking in place exercise class is at 10:30 a.m. Sign up to play in the pitch tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Wed. Aug. 15: No chime group practice this morning. Sign up to play 5-Handed pinochle at 1:30 p.m.

 

 

*Getting tired of cooking for one person and then have left over’s that you will be eating for the next couple of days? Why don’t you consider getting meals on wheels; the meals are very nutritious and provide you with the protein, fruits and vegetables needed for a well balanced meal. Contact the manager at the Bancroft Senior Center if you have more questions or want to sign up; the number is 402-648-3387. The number of people taking the meals is getting very low and we really need more people to take advantage of this program. If more people do not take advantage of this program it will stop the end of August.

 

 

 

 

 

Oakland’s 150th Celebration was a Huge Success!


Oakland NE’s 150th celebration was a huge success! From Sawyer Brown, the car show and the parade, which were all well attended! Thank you to the community of Oakland for putting together quite the celebration! Photo credits/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Park is Closed in Oakland NE due to the Logan Creek out of its Banks and more Flooding to Come


The Logan Creek in Oakland is out of its banks. It is flooding the Oakland Park. The park is closed. More flooding is expected due to the conditions to the north of Oakland, where much more rainfall occurred. Photo credits/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Audit Report For Village of Craig


On December 18, 2017, the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) received a complaint from the “Anonymous citizens of Craig” alleging the mishandling of public funds by the Clerk for the Village of Craig (Village) at that time, Kristie Jensen.

On December 21, 2017, the APA emailed Ms. Jensen to request certain Village financial records, including bank statements, claims listings, treasurer reports, etc. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-305 (Supp. 2017) grants the APA “access to any and all information and records, confidential or otherwise, of any public entity” and requires a response within three days to any such record request. Moreover, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-305.01 (Cum. Supp. 2016) states the following:

Any person who willfully fails to comply with the provisions of section 84-305 or who otherwise willfully obstructs or hinders the conduct of an audit, examination, or related activity by the Auditor of Public Accounts or who willfully misleads or attempts to mislead any person charged with the duty of conducting such audit, examination, or related activity shall be guilty of a Class II misdemeanor. Nevertheless, despite at least seven repeated attempts by the APA to obtain the requested Village financial records from her, Ms. Jensen continually failed to respond appropriately.

 

After several months of waiting for Ms. Jensen to comply with the initial request, the APA worked with Village Board member, Chris Swenson, to obtain the Village’s official bank statements from First Northeast Bank of Nebraska. Additionally, Mr. Swenson provided the APA with other financial reports submitted to the Village Board, such as certain approved claims listings, as requested. As a result of our subsequent preliminary work, which included a review of the bank statements and other financial reports obtained through Mr. Swenson, the APA identified specific concerns regarding Ms. Jensen’s handling of Village funds, especially in her role as the sole signatory of all Village checks during the period examined.

Those concerns included the following: 1. A significant number Village checks were payable to credit card companies, banks, or other potential personal vendors, including Visa, Home Depot, Synchrony Bank, Comenity Bank, Wells Fargo Financial, Verizon, and American Family Insurance. These checks did not appear on the claims listings created by Ms. Jensen and submitted to the Village Board for approval.

The APA also questioned the total dollar amounts of certain Village checks signed by Ms. Jensen, including over $80,000 paid to Visa from September 2015 through December 2017. 2. A significant number of Village checks were paid to Ms. Jensen for amounts in excess of her approved monthly salary. 3. A document obtained from Cleo Toelle, a CPA who performed accounting work for the Village, was a September 2016 Village bank statement that Ms. Jensen had provided to him while preparing the Villages’ audit waiver and budget. When compared to the actual September 2016 Village bank statement received from First Northeast Bank of Nebraska, the copy that Ms. Jensen presented to Mr. Toelle appears to have been falsified. Furthermore, the bank statements received from the Village records did not contain the deposit or check images, which had been removed. VILLAGE OF CRAIG – 2 – BACKGROUND (Continued)

These specific concerns led Assistant Deputy Auditor Craig Kubicek, along with two other APA staff members, Dakota Christensen and Marielle Saathoff, to drive from Lincoln, Nebraska, to the Village office on April 9, 2018, to meet with Ms. Jensen on a surprise visit. The purpose of the surprise visit was to interview Ms. Jensen about the financial concerns noted. During that interview, Ms. Jensen admitted to having signed the Village checks made payable to Visa, Home Depot, Comenity Bank, Wells Fargo Financial, Verizon, and American Family Insurance for her own personal expenses; however, she claimed to be unable to recall the purpose of the payments to Synchrony Bank. Ms. Jensen also admitted to writing Village checks to herself in excess of her approved monthly salary. Additionally, Ms. Jensen admitted to manipulating the September 2016 bank statement to try to prevent an audit. Furthermore, Ms. Jensen admitted to removing the deposit and check images from the Village bank statements in an effort to prevent the CPA who was preparing the Village’s audit waiver and budget from discovering her activities. After the interview, Assistant Deputy Auditor Kubicek asked Ms. Jensen if any Village Board members were in town. Ms. Jensen telephoned Melissa Pedersen, a Village Board member, who arrived at the Village office soon thereafter.

Assistant Deputy Auditor Kubicek then described to Ms. Pedersen the activities to which Ms. Jensen had recently admitted. At that time, Ms. Jensen confessed once more to those same activities. Assistant Deputy Auditor Kubicek also telephoned Duane Hinman, the Village Board Chair. With Ms. Jensen participating in the conversation, Assistant Deputy Auditor Kubicek explained the situation to Mr. Hinman over a speaker phone. Ms. Jensen emphasized to Mr. Hinman that no one in her family was aware of the activities to which she had confessed. At the conclusion of these exchanges between Ms. Jensen, Ms. Pedersen, and Mr. Hinman, Assistant Deputy Auditor Kubicek contacted Frank Barron, the Burt County Attorney, to inform him of what had occurred. T

The Burt County Sheriff’s office discussed the case with the APA on April 13, 2018, and the APA provided information on the situation, including an Affidavit completed by Assistant Deputy Auditor Craig Kubicek. On April 19, 2018, an arrest warrant was issued for Ms. Jensen. As a result of her having confessed to the above activities, the APA subpoenaed certain personal records of Ms. Jensen. A municipality located in Burt County, Nebraska, the Village employs a Clerk – who, as permitted by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 17-209.02 (Cum. Supp. 2017), serves also as the Village Treasurer – a maintenance/water operator, and a seasonal part-time worker. According to records obtained by the APA, Ms. Jensen began working as a temporary Clerk for the Village in 1997. On April 12, 2018, only three days after the APA’s surprise visit, the Village Board terminated Ms. Jensen’s employment as the Village’s Clerk. VILLAGE OF CRAIG – 3 – BACKGROUND (Continued) As of March 31, 2018, the Village Board consisted of the following members:  Duane Hinman – Chairman of the Board  Chris Swenson – Trustee  Steve Nesemeier – Trustee  Melissa Pedersen – Trustee  Jean Meyer – Trustee The APA obtained records for the following Village bank accounts from the First Northeast Bank of Nebraska (Bank) in nearby Lyons, Nebraska. The Schedule of Bank Activity for the Village was prepared from these records. For security reasons, the account numbers will not be published in this report, but they are available to the Village or other authorized personnel upon request. Account Owner per Bank Account Name per Bank Village of Craig N.O.W. Account Village of Craig – Sewer Account Regular Savings Village of Craig – Craig School Demo Regular Account The APA has also accumulated the deposit and withdrawal banking details for all three accounts as Exhibits A-F herein.

The Village did not utilize accounting software, and much of the recording of financial activity was done manually by the Clerk. The Village billed for water, sewer, and garbage services provided to its residents. The Village also collected funds from rental of the community center, loan proceeds, Burt County receipts, State highway allocation funding, and other sources. The Village utilized receipt books for funds paid in cash; however, Ms. Jensen claims to have discarded those receipt books dated prior to November 2017. Village Ordinance No. 200, Section 17, “Audit,” which states, in relevant part, the following: The Village Board shall cause an audit of the Village accounts to be made by an independent and qualified accountant once every year beginning with the year 1971. Since the year 2000, the Village has not had an audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant. During that time, however, the Village did have audit waivers completed by independent certified public accountants and filed with the APA.

Although satisfactory for purposes of State law, this failed to meet the above Village ordinance’s requirement that actual annual audits be performed. Based on the information collected, the APA assisted the Village in completing the audit waiver form for the fiscal year 2017. This assistance was provided so the Village would have accurate fund balances going forward. As a result, the fund balances as of September 30, 2017, for the Village are shown in the table below. VILLAGE OF CRAIG – 4 – BACKGROUND (Concluded) Fund Fund Balance General Fund ($23,826.23) Special Revenue Funds – Park & Street $30,849.51 Debt Service Funds – Sweep Account ($13,000.00) Enterprise Funds – Water, Sewer, and Garbage $8,535.57 Total Fund Balance as of September 30, 2017 $2,558.85 The bank balances as of September 30, 2017, are shown in the table below. Bank Bank Balance General Bank Account $1,649.44 School Demo Bank Account $6,763.00 Sewer Bank Account $7,146.41 General Sweep Account ($13,000.00) Total Bank Balances as of September 30, 2017 $2,558.85 The completed Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements for the fiscal year 2017.

Tornado Warning!!


A tornado warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m. for Southcentral Burt County and Northwestern Washington County. It is located 7 miles east of Hooper moving northeast.

New Severe Thunderstorm Warning


A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Burt County, Northwestern Washington County and Northeastern Dodge County until 6:15 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning


A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southwestern Burt County, southeastern Cuming County and northwestern Dodge County until 5;30 p.m.

Tornado Watch


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 59 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN IOWA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES IN SOUTHWEST IOWA HARRISON POTTAWATTAMIE SHELBY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA MONONA IN NEBRASKA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 20 COUNTIES IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA BURT BUTLER DODGE DOUGLAS SARPY SAUNDERS WASHINGTON IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA COLFAX CUMING PLATTE THURSTON IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA CASS GAGE JEFFERSON JOHNSON LANCASTER OTOE PAWNEE SALINE SEWARD THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ASHLAND, BEATRICE, BELLEVUE, BLAIR, COLUMBUS, COUNCIL BLUFFS, CRETE, DAVID CITY, DECATUR, DUNLAP, FAIRBURY, FREMONT, HARLAN, LA VISTA, LINCOLN, LOGAN, LYONS, MACY, MAPLETON, MILFORD, MISSOURI VALLEY, NEBRASKA CITY, OAKLAND, OMAHA, ONAWA, PAPILLION, PAWNEE CITY, PENDER, PLATTSMOUTH, SCHUYLER, SEWARD, STERLING, TABLE ROCK, TECUMSEH, TEKAMAH, WAHOO, WALTHILL, WEST POINT, WILBER, WINNEBAGO, WISNER, WOODBINE, AND YUTAN.

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