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The Grandkids Come to Trick or Treat in Oakland!


Penelope and Rowen, my grandkids, came to trick or treat on Oakland’s Main Street today. Photo credit/Whitney Tran and also Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Debate for OC School Board Candidates and Oakland Mayor Candidates This Thursday!


The candidates for the Oakland-Craig School Board and for Oakland City Mayor will be in the spotlight Thursday, November 1, 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland-Craig Elementary gymnasium for a debate. The OC School Board candidates are Aaron Anderson, Brett Johnson, Ed Fredrickson, Diane Johnson, Tony Moseman, Dan Gramke, Marilee Groth and Jennings Johnson. The candidates for Oakland’s Mayoral race are Dan Jacobs and current mayor, Ted Beckner.

There will be prepared questions during the debate, with each candidate given an allotted amount of time to respond, along with each candidate stating why they are running for office. Afterwards the public will be allowed to ask questions. So come prepared! Have your questions ready! This is the time to become more informed about the candidates and possible assist voters in making a critical decision regarding whom is best to be voted to serve the community.

Hope to see everyone there!

Oakland City Council September Meeting Minutes


Minutes of City Council Meeting

City of Oakland, NE

Regular Meeting

September 17th, 2018

A meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Oakland, Nebraska was convened in open and public session at 5:30 p.m. on September 17th, 2018 at the Oakland Auditorium.  This was the regular monthly meeting.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Greg Mockenhaupt. On roll call, Council members, Council President Greg Mockenhaupt, Matt Johnson and Dan Jacobs . Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by the posting of a notice, one of the designated methods for giving notice, as shown by the certification of posting attached to these minutes.  Availability of the agenda was communicated in the advance notice and in the notice to the Mayor and City Council.

Council President Greg Mockenhaupt reminded all present of the location of the Open Meeting Laws poster in the back of the Rosen Room and stated that the council would be conducting business in accordance with said law. Mayor Ted Beckner asked all present to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made at 5:31pm by Dan Jacobs to accept the September 17th, 2018 agenda. Seconded by Matt Johnson. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

The minutes of the August 20th and September 10th, 2018 meeting were presented. M.Johnson made a motion at 5:32pm to approve the minutes as presented-D.Jacobs seconded.  All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

Motion made to approve August 2018 Treasurer’s Report  by  M.Johnson and seconded by D.Jacobs at 5:32pm. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

ADDRESSES-

At 5:33pm Danielle with Firstar Fiber and NDEQ approached Council with the “Needs Assessment Report” that they had gathered going over recycling options and what directions Oakland could go to increase our recycling. She touched base on what Oakland’s landfill is currently made of for recycling and what could be added-what funds and grants there are out there to help with supplies to allow Oakland to become more up to date on recycling. With the help of Dannika Nelson’s Chemistry students we can start a “Dual Stream Recycling” in Oakland. At 6:24pm M.Johnson made a motion to move the topic of “Dual Stream Recycling” to be tabled until October’s Regular Meeting. D.Jacobs seconded the motion. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc. Mrs. Nelson’s students will return with information/material that they will gather up for November 2018’s Regular Council Meeting.

Police Department

  • Oakland’s Police Department Chief Poland reviewed what the School Resource Officer’s program reports will look like – given to School Board Members each monthly meeting- as well as to the City Council monthly.
  • The Oakland Police Department participated in the nationwide “You Drink & Drive You Lose Crackdown.” Results from this grant funded enforcement yielded in the 15 citations, and 59 warnings/defect violations for a total of 73 vehicle stops.
  • The Oakland Police Department was awarded several grants in the months of August and September- $700 towards K-9 Program – $2,000 towards update of radar equipment- and $60,000 towards vehicles from the Nielsen Foundation.

Departmental Reports-

  • Street Department-
    • Discussion about curb numbers needing to be painted- it was finalized that it is the property owner’s responsibilities to repaint them unless a school related or volunteer group volunteer their time to repaint for owner. Curb number are needing to be visiable not only for postal services but for 911 Emergency purposes.

 

  • Park & Recs Department-
  • Solid Waste Department-
    • At 7:00pm M.Johnson made a motion to approve the 2018 Lease of Re-Purchase Agreement for Solid Waste 242D Caterpillar Skid Steer Loader, seconded by D.Jacobs. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.
  • Water Department-

 

  • Superintendent Matt Johnson discussed with Council and fire detergents being painted. Fire Chief Nick Seery and Water Supervisor Dan Tanksley III Jr. are in communication on this topic.
  • Pool Department-

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

At 7:14pm M.Johnson made a motion to approve the 2018/19 Budget , seconded by D.Jacobs. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

 

At 7:15pm M.Johnson made a motion to approve the 2018 Tax Levy of 1%, seconded by D.Jacobs. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

 

At 7:16pm M.Johnson made a motion to table topic E-1 on the Agenda – Auditor request and proposals to be on October 2018’s Agenda. Seconded by D.Jacobs. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

 

At 7:28 M.Johnson made a motion to find more bids/quotes on Computer backup services for the City Office, seconded by D.Jacobs. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

 

INFORMATIONAL

The bills and warrants were presented to the City Council as follows:

 

AETNA                               26,359.16

AMERICAN BROADBAND CLEC                373.94

Anderson Hardware                      505.50

ANDY’S QUIK STOP                       739.16

Barco Municipal Products Inc.          490.00

Bomgaars Supply Inc.                   172.92  *

Braniff Service                        352.24

Burt Co. Sheriff’s Office               30.00

Central Valley Ag Cooperative        1,163.33

DEARBORN NATIONAL                       98.93

Encyclopedia Brittannica Inc.          500.00

Farmer’s Pride                         510.39

FIRST NATIONAL BANK OMAHA              410.67

Gene Steffy Chrysler                   175.80

GENERAL FIRE & SAFETY                   49.25

JUSTIN MEADER                          515.00

GREAT PLAINS UNIFORM                   352.00

Helena Chemical Co.                     40.63

Holmquist Lumber Inc.                   73.63

HYDRO OPTIMIZATION                   1,781.86

Ingram Library Services                811.65

IOWA PUMP WORKS                        669.07

  1. P. Cooke Co. 72.90

Johnson & Mock                         140.00

ALAN ROCKY LANE                      3,000.00

League Assoc.of Risk Managmnt.      68,933.31

League of NE Municipalities            818.00

Library Journal                        157.99

Midwest Laboratories                   416.50

NE Dept. of Revenue                     30.16

Nebraska D.E.Q.                        500.00

Nebraska Library Commission            500.00

NEBRASKA SPORTS                         60.00

Nelson’s Food Pride                    179.35

NNSWC LANDFILL                       1,918.81

Nebraska Public Power District            .00  *

Nebraska Public Power District       9,610.17

Oakland Independent                    174.49

OAKLAND REVITALIZATION FOUNDAT       5,891.21

Officenet                              158.80

ONE CALL CONCEPTS INC                   13.98

Plaindealer Publishing Co.              32.00

Quality Printing                       137.37

RIC ORTMEIER                        10,000.00

Robertson Implement Co.                 19.10

 

D.Jacobs made a motion to accept the warrants. M.Johnson seconded and all council present voted AYE- at 7:29pm. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

There being no further business to come before the council motion to adjourn meeting made by D.Jacobs, seconded by M.Johnson at 7:29pm. All council present voted AYE. Absent Mayor Ted Beckner and Councilman Luke Blanc.

 

_____________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ted R. Beckner, Mayor

______________________________________________                             _____________________________________________

Kayla Eisenmenger, Clerk                                                                                                      Greg Mockenhaupt, Council President

Freeze Warning


…FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 10 AM CDT MONDAY… * TEMPERATURES…Dropping to 24 to 28 degrees. * TIMING…After midnight tonight through Monday morning. * IMPACTS…Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and should end the growing season for the area. Damage could also occur to unprotected outdoor plumbing, garden hoses, and undrained sprinkler systems. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. &&

FREEZE WARNING, No Longer a Freeze Watch


…FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM CDT THURSDAY… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Freeze Warning, which is in effect from 4 AM to 10 AM CDT Thursday. The Freeze Watch is no longer in effect. * TEMPERATURES…As low as 29. * TIMING…temperatures falling to near freezing after 3 am and possibly lingering until 10 am. * IMPACTS…Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. &&

Freeze Watch


…FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Freeze Watch, which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning. * TEMPERATURES…possibly dropping into the upper 20s and lower 30s. * TIMING…temperatures falling to near freezing after 3 am cdt and possibly lingering until 9 am cdt. * IMPACTS…Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Freeze Watch means that sub-freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. &&

Flood Watch


…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has expanded the * Flood Watch to include portions of Iowa and Nebraska, including the following areas, in Iowa, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. In Nebraska, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Johnson, Lancaster, Madison, Otoe, Pawnee, Platte, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, and Wayne. * From Monday morning through Wednesday morning * Rainfall totals of three to five inches appear likely through Tuesday night. Locally higher amounts are possible. * The heavy rain will increase the potential for river and stream flooding as well as flash flooding. Expect rising water levels on area rivers and streams. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. &&

Flash Flood Watch


FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of Iowa and Nebraska, including the following areas, in Iowa, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. In Nebraska, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Thurston, and Washington. * Through Monday morning. * Areas of heavy rain expected, with widespread amounts ranging from 3 to 5 inches. Higher amounts are possible. The heaviest rain is expected this evening and overnight. * This will cause rises of streams. If rainfall rates are high enough once the ground becomes saturated, it could lead to flash flooding, especially in urban areas. This includes Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued. &&
…Heavy rain possible through Monday morning across parts of eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa… .An upper level disturbance will continue to move eastward across the region through Monday. This is helping to create showers and some embedded thunderstorms. The long duration of the event suggests that there could be fairly widespread rainfall totals from 3 to 5 inches, with locally heavier amounts possible.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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