City Administrator Colette Panning brought rental fees to the city council’s attention Monday night. Some of them had been very outdated.
Just renting out the community center wasn’t even breaking even with cleaning costs she said. The council agreed to raise the pricing enough to at least break even and make a little extra to accumulate for when updates are needed.
Councilman Barney agreed that it needs to be affordable but it can stand to be raised a bit.
The council agreed to raise the prices of a few items while some prices stayed the same.
The price of a half day at the community center is $60 and renting it all day is $100. The council room can be rented at $25 for a half day or $35 for a full day.
Even with the slight raise of pricing, these rates are still much less than other facilities in towns in the area.
The pool policy and rates have also been looked at. The rates have not gone up but the policies have been set. A Family Season membership constitutes as immediate family members.
The policy now states immediate family members include: mom, dad, son, daughter, adopted children and stepchildren. The council also agreed that adults supervising children in the baby pool must pay to enter. Children under the age of 3 are free.
Narrow Road Issues
It was brought to the councils attention that North 2nd street where the nursing home is located is still having trouble getting delivery trucks and ambulances up through the narrow street.
It was said that some in the community wish parking wouldn’t be allowed and suggested the city make it a no park zone, like they had previously done by the school.
Panning said the city ordinance currently states there is to be no parking on the west side of the road.
Councilman Ober said he sees where there would be an issue as the road is so narrow and snow makes it even more narrow. He also stated he has seen a conscious effort from residents to keep vehicles off of the road.
No action was taken by the council, although Councilman Lush did get a phone number to call to have a vehicle moved when it snows so that snow removal becomes easier for city workers.
MFO Board Member
Dan Schlote also reminded the council to pick a member to attend Mutual Finance Organization (MFO) board meetings once a year. The meetings deal with the fire districts. They prefer the member isn’t a firefighter so Ray Lush agreed to represent Bloomfield.
Bloomfield's 2019 Fee Schedule
Bulk Water $20 per 1,000 gal.
Water meter deposit $75
Water tap: $350
Sewer tap: $250
Motor Grader $150/hour
Skid loader $100/hour
Street Sweeper $150/hour
Trash pump $100/hour
Building Permits $10/$25
Pet License $5 or $10
Picnic tables $5 - $10
Bloomfield schools had another great month filled with many stand out art pieces.
Jan. "Artists of the Month"
- lower elementary, Zelenka Rojas, 1st grade, "Pastel Sunsets"
- upper elem., Ava McFarland, 6th grade, "Sweet Treats"
- junior high, Carry Martinson, 7th grade, "Jeweled Boxes"
- high school, Alissa Fink, 12th grade, Copic markers
This June, Bloomfield's music department will be making its trip to Nashville. Every four years the music boosters provide an opportunity for our music students to travel in a way many of them do not have the opportunity to experience.
"We are very excited to announce that we will be heading to Nashville, Tennessee from June 1 through June 5," music teacher Sheila Lange said.
While on the trip, the students will experience everything from historical landmarks to direct instruction from a respected music director to the Grand Old Opry. Student’s will also have the opportunity to be recorded in an actual recording studio as well as have a night time ghost tour in downtown Nashville among other things. This trip is bound to be a wonderful experience for all who attend.
Cost for each student to go is roughly $500. Each student pays a $100 deposit and hopes to fundraise the rest. Students are expected to help provide resources for fundraising as well as be a part of the fundraising process.
The 8th Annual Music Showcase is coming up next month. This is a great way to kick off Music in Our Schools Month, have an opportunity to experience the music department in a relaxed and fun environment, and support students in their growth as musicians and human beings.
This year’s theme is The Greatest Show featuring songs form musicals both new and old. Lange hopes when guests attend their show that they will recognize most, if not all, of the tunes they will be performing.
The meal this year will be ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, homemade dessert and a drink. Price is $7 per adult and $5 per students, children 5 and under are free.
Students in the music department have begun selling tickets. Tickets will be available at the door; however, presale tickets are preferred to help ensure the proper amount of food.
Again, there will be a silent and grand auction. Past items have included anything from a weekend getaway to homemade items to gift baskets of favorite food.
In two weeks, an advertisement will be posted listing the auction items that have been donated at that time. Anyone interested in donating to the auction please contact Sheila Lange at email@example.com. Email works best, but she can always be contacted at the high school during school hours.
“Thank you for the continued support of our students and music department. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a giving and loving community,” Lange said.
Will Fehringer is a young athlete and resident of Bloomfield. He recently suffered an injury to his right ankle while playing high school football.
Fehringer made the choice to work on his injury at Bloomfield Good Samaritan Physical Therapy department to address his orthopedic injury.
"I liked coming to Bloomfield PT because they helped me get back to sports and they always pushed me to get better," he said.
"The best part of therapy at Bloomfield Good Sam is the people who work there. They are kind, helpful and always look at the bright side"
Since completion of his PT, Fehringer has been able to return to sports and participate in basketball this season.
Good Sam addresses many types of orthopedic issues ranging from sports injury to total joint replacements and many others such as, stroke rehabilitation, chronic low back pain and general weakness. Bloomfield Good Samaritan can take care of anyone's occupational and physical therapy needs.
St. Andrew's Catholic Church Annual Soup and Pie Dinner will be Sunday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parish hall. There will be chicken noodle, chili and potato soup as well as egg salad sandwiches, taverns and ham and cheese sandwiches. There is also a dessert bar with a variety of deserts and coffee, milk and water. The event is free will donation. The building is handicap accessible at the West Entrance of the Parish Hall. For meal delivery call Brad and Connie Eckmann (402)841-1297 or Jeff and Kell Fehringer (402)358-0304.
Girls put on your fanciest dress, Dads get your jacket and tie. It will be a night you always remember. It’s time for the 16th annual Community Youth Group Father Daughter Dance. Sunday February 17 at the Bloomfield Community Center starting at 6:30 and going to 8 p.m. Admission is $5.00 a person at the door. Keepsake photos will be available for purchase and take home the evening of the dance.
Bloomfield School announced their honor roll last week with many students receiving the honor.
2018-19 QUARTER 2: A HONOR ROLL
(Q means quarted and S means semester, * means straight A's)
Q S Marissa Dahlberg
Q S Kandise Fantroy
Q S* Will Fehringer
S Selena Graber
Q S Trenton Holz
Q S* Adam Johnson
Q S Michaela Johnson
Q S Mitchell Mackenprang
Q* S* Carolyn Nagengast
Q S Autumn Nies
Q* S* Braden Eisenhauer
Q S Bree Eisenhauer
Q* S* Brooklyn Eisenhauer
Q S Spencer Miller
Q S Anna Reynolds
Q S Brynn Bargman
Q* S* Kate Bruns
Q S Evan Haverkamp
Q Aubrey Jeannoutot
Q* S* Jaiden Johnson
Q S Gabe Lauck
Q S* Ella McFarland
Q* S* Lauren Pinkelman
Q S Melany Reyes-Arellanes
Q S Tyson Sauser
Q S Kaitlyn Young
Q* S* Alexandra Eisenhauer
Q* S Jayden Hochstein
Q S Andrew Hunhoff
S Emelie Johnson
Q S Katie Kuhlman
Q S Conner Leader
Q S Heidi One Feather
Q S Jaidyn Warrior
Q S Blake Byerly
Q S Logan Doerr
Q S Andrew Hochstein
Q S Lily Jessen
Q* S* Ian Kuchar
S Jenna Loseke
Q S Christina Martinson
Q S David McCardle
Q S Christian Schaefer
Q S Colton Schaefer
Q* S* Madie Ziegler
Q S Madison Abbenhaus
S Jackson Bauer
Q S Tristan Dahlberg
Q* S* Arleigh Davis
Q* S Jake Eckmann
Q S Mia French
Q S Tenly Gilsdorf
Q S Tyler Hanson
Q S Olivia Lauck
Q* S* Mason Mackeprang
Q S* Carry Martinson
Q S Eros Nies
Q* S* Brooke Pinkelman
Q* S* Layne Warrior
Q* S* Wiley Ziegler
QUARTER 2: B HONOR ROLL
Q S Yuset Arellanes
Q S Israel Arellano Sanchez
S Alissa Fink
Q Selena Graber
Q S Dylan Kauth
Q S Adrianna Raygoza
S Seth Rodgers
Q S Gage Satterley
Q S Daniel Bruegman
Q S Dade Davis
Q S Colton Gieselman
Q S Haley Hoile
Q S Jordan Johnson
Q S Logan Johnson
Q S Cory Martinson
Q S Josie Raygoza
S Aubrey Jeannoutot
Q S Grace Kuchar
Q S Cole Miller
Q S Kylie Nielsen
Q S Rylie Quezada
Q S Abijean Rohde
Q Isaac Alvarado
S Hudson Barger
S Cody Bruegman
Q S Tyreen Furagganan
Q Emelie Johnson
Q S Ryan Johnson
S Selma Pena
Q S Brock Barney
Q S Tara Beckmann
Q S Marissa Bruce
Q S Tessa Childress
Q S Blake Guenther
Q Jenna Loseke
Q S Alexis Nielsen
Q S Ashtyn Nielsen
Q S Kaydenn Raygoza
S Gabino Reyes-Arellanes
Q S Tyler Thiele
Q S Rya Zach
Q S Jackson Arens
Q Jackson Bauer
Q S Casey Jeannoutot
Q S Caitlyn Marchand
Q S Ryan Suhr
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 21 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen in Nebraska on Thursday, January 17th, Friday, January 18th, and Tuesday, January 22nd, to provide certain services to Nebraska ag producers. The services will assist with existing farm loans and help ensure 1099s forms are distributed to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.
“I want to ensure that Nebraska agriculture producers are aware of this opportunity provided by the USDA on January 17th, 18th, and 22nd. More than 20 Farm Service Agency offices across the state will reopen to provide limited, specific services. I encourage Nebraskans to closely review the services being offered and utilize them during this time,” said Senator Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Nebraska ag producers will be able to access FSA staff at the following locations in Nebraska during the days of January 17th, 18th, and 22nd.
Offices in Nebraska include:
· Auburn Service Center: 918 26th Street, Suite A, Auburn, NE 68305 | (402) 274-4987
· Beatrice Service Center: 2920 E Court, Beatrice, NE 68310 | (402) 223-3125
· Bloomfield Service Center: 111 No. Washington St, Bloomfield, NE 68718 | (402) 373-4914
· Broken Bow Service Center: 2519 Heritage Drive, Broken Bow, NE 68822 |a (308) 872-6877
· Chadron Service Center: 1020 West 6th Street, Chadron, NE 69337 | (308) 432-4616
· Columbus Service Center: 3276 53rd Ave, Columbus, NE 68601 | (402) 564-0506
· David City Service Center: 317 E. Street, David City, NE 68632 | (402) 367-3074
· Fremont Service Center: 2450 Business Park Dr., Fremont, NE 68025 | (402) 721-8455
· Grand Island Service Center: 703 S Webb Rd Suite A, Grand Island, NE 68803 | (308) 395-8586
· Hartington Service Center: 102 E. Elm, Hartington, NE 68739 | (402) 254-6855
· Hastings Service Center: 2727 W 2nd Suite 103, Hastings, NE 68901 | (402) 463-6771
· Kearney Service Center: 4009 6th Ave Ste. 2, Kearney, NE 68845 | (308) 237-3118
· Lexington Service Center: 721 E. Pacific Street, Lexington, NE 68850 | (308) 324-6314
· McCook Service Center: 1400 W 5th St., Ste 4, McCook, NE 69001 | (308) 345-4163
· North Platte Service Center: 1202 S Cottonwood Str. Ste 2, North Platte, NE 69101 | (308) 534-2360
· Ogallala Service Center: 1605 East 1st, Ogallala, NE 69153 | (308) 284-2048
· O’Neill Service Center: 107 E. Hwy 20, Suite C, O’Neill, NE 68763 | (402) 336-3796
· Scottsbluff County Service Center: 818 Ferdinand Plz. Ste A, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 | (308) 632-2195
· Syracuse Service Center: 988 11th Street, Ste A, Syracuse, NE 68446 | (402) 269-2361
· Valentine FSA Service Center: 518 W Hwy 20, Suite 3, Valentine, NE 69201 | (402) 376-1712
· Wayne County Service Center: 709 Providence Road, Wayne, NE 68787 | (402) 375-2453
More from the USDA:
Staff members will be available at certain FSA offices to help producers with specific services, including:
• Processing payments made on or before December 31, 2018.
• Continuing expiring financing statements.
• Opening mail to identify priority items.
Additionally, as an intermittent incidental duty, staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers.
People of all ages gathered at Grossenburg Implement in Bloomfield on Tuesday for John Deere Days.
The event featured a free meal served by members of the Bloomfield FFA Chapter, games for kids and the whole family, as well as an opportunity to learn about precision agriculture technology and new John Deere Equipment.
Bloomfield's streets were filled with holiday cheer Friday, as the elementary students made their way up and down the business district.
There was even a guest appearance by Santa and the Grinch as they accompanied the children around town.
Parents and on-lookers gathered around the streets to listen to the carols.
The students learned a plethera of Christmas songs for the event. Music teacher, Sheila Lange worked with the children to prepare them.
Tabitha Gilsdorf lead the inaugural caroling. The group started by the library made their way down Broadway and the highway with the help of a number of teachers.
The children made their way from business to business singing and handing out hand made cards, stopping every now and then to serenade workers and customers.
The students then went to sing for those at assisted living.
The first ever elementary caroling was a huge success as it was enjoyed by all.