Water system improvement takes next step
A vote by members of Syracuse City Council earlier this month approved the next step in the city’s water improvement project.
At the meeting of Syracuse City Council on May 12, Ordinance 11-01 was approved, approving the execution and delivery of a loan contract between the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy and the city of Syracuse, and issuance, under that contract , from a promissory note from the City of Syracuse, with a principal of up to $ 11,254,000 for the purpose of building additions and improvements to the city’s water system as a safe drinking water project; pledging and mortgaging the revenues and revenues of the combined utility companies owned by the city for the payment of said bill.
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Rachel Zahn was appointed to the Syracuse Planning Commission. The council also discussed the possibility that the same people would sit on the Board of Appeal and the Board of Adjustments.
The municipality has taken action not to renew the franchise agreement with Zito Media and will send a letter to end the service effective September 30, 2021. A postcard will be sent to residents of the area with other options.
In the Construction and zoning report, a discrepancy between regulations and zoning codes with regard to trailer homes was addressed, with the result that a special permit was required.
In the Sheriff’s Report, Otoe County Sheriff Colin Caudill reported 73 calls for service for the month of April, resulting in 62 incident reports. The reported hours for Syracuse were 424.9.
Librarian Sue Antes gave the library report. A memorial from Glen Wyatt’s family will be used for large print adult books. Other information in the report included 77 youth participating in summer reading, March and April book sales brought in $ 70 spent on the summer reading program, and the library received $ 963 in state aid accreditation.
A focus group of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program will be formed.
The group meets several times to formulate guidelines. Wesley Halvorsen and Laramie Werner will represent the board
Tom Bliss with SENDD gave a presentation about the Rural Workforce Housing Program. With more than $ 800,000 remaining in the most recent Affordable Housing Trust Fund allocation, Bliss explained how Syracuse could partner with other communities to contribute a percentage of the required match funds that would position them to apply for funds in a supposedly highly competitive process. . The council decided not to continue.
The following electrician and plumber permits have been approved. Electricians: Schneider Electric – Nebraska City and Empire Electric – Douglas. Plumbers: Southeast Plumbing & Htg. – Syracuse and Sargent Drilling – Geneva.
The council went behind closed doors to discuss and take action to approve compensation for easements.