Springfield Wednesday Newsletter: April 14, 2021
SVFD Drive Thru Hamburger Feed
Saturday April 17, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Free Will Donation
Donations accepted by cash, check,
Delivery available within Springfield Fire District. To pre-order for delivery call 402-253-2600 and leave a message. Orders will be taken through April 11th.
Thanks to the community for supporting Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. The Water Rescue Boat and vehicle were purchased with donations. A water rescue team is forming. Donations are still needed for specialized training.
To Mail A Donation:
Springfield Fire Department
PO Box 306
Springfield, NE 68059
To view clinic options, visit www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/myturn.
You are responsible for scheduling your own appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. If you need assistance, please consider asking a friend or family member to assist you in scheduling an appointment.
If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine or if you are having difficulties scheduling an appointment, please call the Sarpy/Cass Department at 402-339-4334 and press option 1. Please note that phones are answered Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Sarpy and Cass County COVID-19 Vaccinations
- Please register for vaccine notifications on the Nebraska DHHS's vaccination portal: ne.gov
- If you have already completed the Sarpy/Cass Health Department's pre-registration form, you do not need to register through DHHS.
- Nebraska DHHS COVID-19 Information Line is open 8am-8pm 7 days a week: 833-998-2275
IT HAPPENED IN SPRINGFIELD HISTORY
John Neitzel standing in front of Neitzel Oil on Hwy 50 in1947
Neitzel Oil in 1962. Highway 50 is now paved.
When John Neitzel moved his family from Ralston to Springfield to open Neitzel Oil Company, he became the youngest business owner in town at the age of 41 years old. The year was 1945. Neitzel purchased a Sinclair station on Highway 50 north of Main Street. Highway 50 was still a gravel road at the time. In 1952 he bought the blacksmith shop at 1st & Cedar Street operating on the southeast corner for two years. Moving back to Highway 50, Neitzel opened a service station which became a mainstay at that location. His tank wagon service delivered gas and oil to local farmers. John Neitzel was an active member of the Springfield business community. He was instrumental in organizing the Springfield Boosters, becoming one of the directors. Neitzel also served on the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. When he retired in 1968, John Neitzel was Springfield's oldest business owner. He turned his business over to his sons, Don and Duane, who continued the business for many more years.
SARPY COUNTY HELP LINE
The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office along with Sarpy County Human Services has established a help line for the citizens of Sarpy County during the COVID-19 pandemic event. Starting today, people who are sick, elderly, or caretakers of this demographic in Sarpy County may call the Sarpy County Sheriff Helpline at 402-593-1593 for needs such as picking up prescriptions, groceries, or other necessities. A uniformed Sarpy County Sheriff's Deputy will pick up and deliver these items in a marked police cruiser. This helpline may also be utilized by the general public to make non-emergency police reports via telephone that do not require a police officer present in their home.
The following providers are participating in this program:
Walmart in Papillion
Target in Papillion (Groceries Only)
Bakers at 36th St & Twin Creek Dr
Bakers at 801 Galvin Rd (Pharmacy Only)
Springfield Drug (Pharmacy Only)
Please check the Sheriff's Office website and Facebook Page for any new updates to this program.
SARPY COUNTY SHERIFF WEBSITE
We are open for IN-PERSON worship! We will continue to stream LIVE on Facebook. We are asking for pre-registration for attendance. Please contact the office 402-253-2270 to get your reservation!
Sunday Services at 9:30am
Tune into our Facebook page for live streaming Sunday Services at 9:30am.
Senator Rob Clements Column
The Nebraska Legislature is over halfway through this year’s 90-day session. I have been working on the budget with the Appropriations Committee since January. On April 8th we had the first round of debate on the two-year budget and advanced it to the second round. There are a few highlights I would like to discuss.
The General Fund budget is $4.78 billion for fiscal year 2021-22 and $4.94 billion for fiscal year 2022-23, an average growth rate of 1.6 percent per year.
One of my budget priorities is property tax relief. In 2020 we passed LB 1107 which created a new income tax credit based on the property tax paid to public schools. The 2020 appropriation was $125 million, providing for an income tax credit of 6 percent of school tax paid. This tax credit increases when state revenues grow more than 3.5 percent. State revenue has grown enough to allow for credits totaling $313 million for 2021, which would be a 14 percent credit. In addition, we are increasing the original property tax credit on your property tax statement, going from $275 million to $313 million by June 30, 2022.
Another budget priority was to replenish the Cash Reserve Fund, the State’s savings account. Increased revenues allowed the reserve to increase from $426 million to $763 million by June 30, 2022. This reserve helps stabilize the budget if there is an economic downturn in the future.
State aid to schools is a priority and is fully funded. School aid will increase by $18.4 million over the next two years. The state will send $1.047 billion to K-12 public schools this coming year.
The budget also sets aside $115 million for a potential new state penitentiary or remodel of the current facility. A new prison would cost $235 million and would increase the number of beds, would be more efficient, and provide more space for inmate rehab programs. A new prison study will help decide the best option.
Nebraska is still in the competition for a new Space Force Command headquarters. We set aside $50 million for the state share if Nebraska is chosen. If not, the money will add to the reserve.
Provider rates were increased for Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid programs, community corrections and juvenile services. The budget increases these payments by 2 percent each year. This is an increase of $89.3 million and helps providers keep up with inflation.
There is $211 million still available for spending in bills up for debate. Senators will be wanting to fund their proposals with these unobligated funds. I prefer to give it back to the taxpayer with property tax credits or tax decreases. I will work to avoid adding new on-going spending increases.
The Revenue Forecasting Board will meet again April 29th to adjust the budget forecast. This will affect the budget for the next biennium. State revenues continue to be favorable due to Nebraskan’s decision to remain open as much as possible during the pandemic, plus the substantial federal stimulus payments.
Feel free to contact me or my staff for assistance, information, or questions on issues. You may reach me at: Senator Robert Clements, State Capitol Rm 1120, Lincoln, NE 68509, Phone 4024712613
NEBRASKA TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM/LIFELINE
The Nebraska Telephone Assistance Program (NTAP also known nationally as the Lifeline Program) assists qualifying low-income individuals with keeping telephone services affordable by lowering monthly service rates.
NEBRASKA LIFELINE CELL PHONE SERVICE
enTouch Wireless offers government assisted wireless services to low income families and individuals in Nebraska. Qualified customers receive Free cell phone service. Certain residents may be eligible for a Free cell phone. We offer Lifeline discounts to qualified Nebraska customers who meet certain eligibility requirements such as government assistance or a household income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Your Lifeline benefit is limited to one per household and cannot be combined with any other Lifeline offer.
M.U.D. & OPPD customers can apply for
new state rental and utility assistance program
Renters and landlords who are struggling financially because of COVID-19 can now apply for assistance with rent and utilities under the state’s new Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program, which recently launched, is funded through the U.S. Treasury as part of a federal coronavirus relief package.
Omaha Public Power District and Metropolitan Utilities District want to encourage customers who qualify for the program to apply. Customers within Douglas County, the City of Omaha, Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln do not qualify for the state’s program because those areas are receiving federal funds directly. They will operate rental and utility assistance programs separately from the State.
To learn more about the state’s program, customers should visit coronavirus.nebraska.gov. They can also call 1-833-500-8810 to reach the state’s contact center for more information, including eligibility guidelines, documentation requirements, and additional utility assistance programs.
To apply, visit: https://mcrcares.servicenowservices.com/nebraska_rental_assistance
Customers may reach utilities directly to find out what other financial help may be available:
- For information on M.U.D.’s assistance program, customers may visit mudomaha.com/covid19relief or call 502-554-6666 in the Omaha area, or toll-free outside of the area at 1-800-732-5864.
- OPPD customers may visit oppd.com/EAP for more information. Those within the Omaha area can also call 402-536-4131 or 1-800-536-4131 toll-free, outside of the Omaha calling area.
2021 WEEPING WATER ALUMNI BANQUET CANCELLED
The Weeping Water Alumni Banquet will not be held May 2021. Please share this information with other alums. Hopefully, we will be able to gather again in 2022. For questions, contact Carol Thomassen at (402) 267-5327.
Demolition of the old railroad bridge on Highway 1 in Murray started March 1st. One lane traffic is being electronically controlled, so please be patient at the lights when waiting, then driving through. Work is expected to continue through the summer months, so plan your travel accordingly. Be careful, watch for workers and machinery and make safety the priority.
It has been many years since we had an all inclusive family gathering. We have lost touch and some roots have disappeared. If you want to reconnect here’s when. Please share!!!!
Sunday May 30 2021
Noon to 8 PM
1. Bring your lawn chairs and cameras.
2. Bring one pack hot dogs or brats and 1 pack hot dog and hamburger buns- Plattsmouth band parent yumburgers will be provided.
3. Bring a side dish-
4. Bring your family drinks, plates, silverware etc.
5. Bring yard games, ball gloves etc.
6. It will all be served family style. Bring a serving spoon.
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