The 2017 Homecoming court for Clearwater has been announced.
The queen candidates are Haley Blecher, Brooklynn Chipps, Allison Kerkman, Jennifer Hickman and Jackay Humphries.
King candidates are Caleb Krebs, Cade Mlnarik, Liam Odell, Travis Rudloff and Andrew Steskal.
Class attendants include Maryssa Long and Eli Thiele, freshmen; Brooke Knievel and Trenton Fletcher, sophomores and Julian Tuttle and Chris Kester, juniors.
On August 30th, the Village of Clearwater and Miller & Associates hosted their final meeting of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan.
During the meeting, the village discussed possible planning and zoning strategies. Throughout the meeting, the housing issue was a topic that was talked about thoroughly and was set as one of their number one goals. Within the housing discussion, the village heard from Gabe Steinmeyer who recently attended a rural housing session in Kearney where they discussed the new Workforce Housing Program. His input helped the village gain more knowledge about their upcoming decisions. Within their implementation strategies, the village discussed possible housing demolition, special house construction, duplexes and rental housing, single-family homes, and senior/accessible housing. They hope that these proposals will better their housing development in the future.
The zoning discussion centered around the final questions that needed clarification. The Planning Commission members have put in hours of work into formalizing zoning regulations that will fit the needs of the community. The economic development, community services, and recreational needs were within the discussions for the final document. They have had some tough conversations while reaching their decisions but have developed a final document that will protect existing property owners, encourage proper development, and along with the Comprehensive Plan and Housing Study, should stimulate investment.
The Clearwater Village is taking steps to schedule public hearings to approve the planning documents. The Planning Commission public hearing will more than likely be in October.
The Village of Clearwater and Miller & Associates will host the final meeting of Clearwater’s Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will be at the Clearwater Fire Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and give input on goals, priorities and objectives for Clearwater development, as well as implementation strategies.
On Saturday, August 19th, 19 individuals from the Orchard and Clearwater communities participated in a 4th through 12th grade youth rally at Camp Fontanelle.
Camp Fontanelle is a church camp located 15 minutes north of Fremont. The rally was organized to kick-off the new school year to get the students prepared to excel in their future following the path of the lord. Thanks to the Orchard United Methodist Church youth group, the nineteen participants were able to take the trip for the day.
The purpose of the day was to connect with other youth across Eastern Nebraska with a fun-filled day of activities, games, music, and worshipping God to motivate the kids to live for Jesus Christ during the new school year!
The individuals to attend include, Orchard: Ryan Rifer, Jason Shaver, Dane Miller, Wyatt Shabram, Shae Murphy, Gunnar Shabram, David Arroyo, Mason Hoke, Andrew Pearson, Hector Perez, Keegan Smith, Collin Mullins, Houston Maria, Amanda Shabram, and Jeff Shabram. Clearwater attendees include: Colton Thiele, Tyler Bellar, Rafe Grebin, and Tyler Wright.
The project was sponsored by the Nebraska/Kansas Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. Sponsor Jeff Shabram would like to thank everyone who attended and has high hopes for a great school year living for Jesus Christ!
It was an exciting first day of school for Clearwater elementary as the Henry Doorly Zoo made an appearance with several animals in hand.
Students learned about various animals and then had the opportunity to touch skins, shells or fur as well as several live animals, including a box turtle and a toad.
There was excitement in the air in Clearwater on Tuesday as the new school year got started.
Students from seniors all the way to kindergarteners all made their way to the school for the first time in the 2017-18 school year. Kids shared waves, smiles and hugs with friends, teachers and parents as they kicked off another school year.
Lots of improvements have been made to the Clearwater school just in time for school to start.
At Monday’s board meeting, Mike Sanne, principal, showed the board many improvements the school has made during the summer. Some improvements included new cement sidewalks, updated bathrooms, and waxed floors. A new door with a card reader that was discussed in early meetings will also be placed in shortly.
Also discussed at the meeting was a new building fund levy as a recommendation to the unified board.
Last year, the building fund levy rose as a compromise to two and a half cents. Because a bond that Clearwater had instituted for HVAC was paid off last year, raising the building fund levy a half cent more meant that taxpayers were paying no more than what they had previously.
Brian King asked the board, “Does it seem to be enough, is it too much?”
Many responded by saying that is should be raised no more. Regina Krebs followed by doing some math on how much money was coming from the levy with a difference of two cents and two and half cents.
“Two and a half cents is about $78,000 and two cents is about $65,000,” estimated Krebs.
The board then agreed to recommend no more than two and half cents and prefered two cents.
Discussion of a new para and sped bus driver was also on the agenda. The board unanimously voted to approve Amy Chips to fill the position.
The next Clearwater board meeting will be held on September 4 at 7 p.m.
A field fire north of Clearwater was extinguished quickly Thursday thanks to the fast response of the Clearwater Rural Fire Department.
On Thursday afternoon, the Clearwater Rural Fire Department responded to a report of a field fire 1 mile east of the Fred Thiele residence north-east of Clearwater. The blaze has spread thanks to the dry conditions but was quickly brought down to a smolder.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.