Van Horne Newsletter – July/August 2020

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

Well as near as I can tell we have had close to 15 inches of rain in Van Horne during the last half of June and first half of July. As I write this we are supposed to get more either tonight or tomorrow. I think we can skip more for now.

The good news is the City has qualified for an 80% federal funded grind and resurface of First Street from the Depot Express to just north of the little school. L.L. Pelling was awarded the low bid on the project at $182,586.16, and they will be the contractor. The City is responsible for the remaining 20%.

Now the bad news the project is not going to start until September, when school is in session. Well maybe.

It is with sadness that I have to report that Rebecca Andresen has sold their house and is moving out of town, which is forcing her to resign all Van Horne positions.  She has had a big influence on the recreational board for a number of years, and did a lot of work for that organization.  Rebecca was also in her 11th year of serving on the council. Thank you for your service to our community, hate to see you go, but Keystone will gain an excellent community member. Good luck Rebecca.

We will be appointing a new Council Person at the August 10 council meeting. We have had two people apply for the position, which is great to see. We can save about $2,000 by appointing someone to the position, rather than having an election. There is one year left on this term.

Ok here we go again, I guess I have to preach this every summer. PET OWNERS. Please do not let you pet out and let it run over to your neighbors yard to do its duty. Next if you’re walking your pet and it does its duty you are responsible to pick it up and dispose of it. Please be a good pet owner and follow our rules, and also be  a good neighbor. I know this doesn’t apply to a lot of pet owners because they follow the rules. Also pets running free outside of your property is not allowed. Violators, you know who you are, get with the program.  Thank You and I hope I don’t have to address this again this summer.

Also a reminder if you are pouring a new driveway or sidewalk you need to get a permit from the city before you start your project.

The Business Group in town has volunteered for a Community Project. The City has tried to have citizens trim trees over sidewalks and streets to no avail. We have tried to have companies give us a bid to trim the trees, also to no avail. The Council has approved the Business Group to trim the trees in town as a community project. The group is going to trim the trees on Saturday August 15.  We will start on the avenues and see how it goes, and if all goes well we will do some streets. We can not probably do the whole town in a day, so  will then finish next year with what is left.  If you do not want to have the group do your trees, you must have them trimmed 10 feet above the sidewalks, and 13 feet above the streets before the 15. They will also be trimming trees that are limiting sight for access to roads. The group will have chain saws, equipment to reach trees, a chipper, and a truck to haul the mulch away.

We are asking for volunteers to help on the 15. We need people to help handle the branches after being cut, and some people with brooms and shovels to clean up the leftovers. Any help would be appreciated. We are going to meet at O’Grady’s at 7:30 on Saturday August 15. The more the merrier, and the more we can get done in a day.

It is great to see some sports happening in town, good crowds at all the games. Good luck in Tournaments.

Your thought for the month from Mae Jemison. “It’s your place in the world: it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

Thanks and have a great rest of the month. Your Mayor Marty.

Dates On Deck:

August 10 City Council meeting @ 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

August 15 Businessmen tree trimming @ 7:30 a.m.

Water bills can be paid online at https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/cyg/plc/a002ur or from the City of Van Horne website. Thank you.

LIONS NEWS:

  • Please–do not put any glass bottles into the LIONS’ receptacles until further notice.  Cans are acceptable.  Thank You!!  
  • *Sorting?  Throwing things away?  Garbage bags are available from the Wiebke’s at 228-8348

LIBRARY NEWS

FROM THE DIRECTOR: Reminder of books and DVDs check out policy. Books are checked out for two weeks, new releases no renewals, non-new releases are allowed one renewal. DVDs are checked out for one week, new releases no renewals, non-new releases are allowed on renewal. We need to think of others and adhere to this policy. Books out for over a month should never happen, let’s all be responsible and follow the policies so everyone can enjoy the books and DVDs.

Fines are now back in place since we are open certain days and hours.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are curbside. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings are curbside. Call ahead with titles you would like and I will have them ready.

Follow us on Facebook by going to Van Horne Library, there you can see our new releases or events coming up including Story-time and Summer Reading Program events Tuesdays and Thursdays all of June and through July 23, 2020 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

PLEASE BRING BACK YOUR ITEMS, LIBRARY HAS BEEN OPEN CURBSIDE THIS WHOLE TIME, THEREFORE ITEMS SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK WHEN THEY ARE DUE. DURING CURB SIDE HOURS YOU MAY KNOCK ON FRONT WINDOW AND I WILL COME TO THE DOOR AND TAKE YOUR ITEMS, OTHERWISE PLACE IN PLASTIC (when there is a chance of bad weather) AND DEPOSIT IN DROP BOX BY THE FRONT DOOR.

NEW MATERIALS:

Adult Fiction: DADDY’S GIRL by Danielle Steel, TOM CLANCY FIRING POINT by Mike Maden, NIGHT, SLEEP, DEATH, THE STARS by Joyce Carol Oates, THE SUMMER HOUSE by James Patterson

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: JERUSALEM ASSASSIN by Joel C. Rosenberg, A REASONABLE DOUBT by Phillip Marglin, STARFISH PIER by Irene Hannon, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE FROSTED DONUT by Sarah Graves, MATCHMAKING CAN BE MUREDER by Amanda Flower, THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton, SELAH by Lisa T. Bergren, CHASING THE WHITE LION by James R. Hannibal

Children’s: GREEN ON GREEN by Dianne White

YA: BENT HEAVENS by Daniel Kraus

Juvenile Fiction: FIGMENT (graphic novel) by Jim Zub, A HOME FOR GODDESSES AND DOGS by Leslie Connor, OF CURSES AND KISSES by Sandhya Menon, RAISING LUMIE by Joan Bauer, STELLA ENDICOTT AND THE ANYTHING-IS-POSSIBLE POEM by Kate DiCamillo, RAGWEED AND POPPY by AVI

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