Springfield Platteview to consider 2 sports
The cry of “Play ball!” might soon be heard at Platteview High School.
Springfield Platteview Community Schools is considering adding two varsity sports — spring baseball for boys and fall softball for girls — perhaps as soon as the 2013-14 school year.
The district is hosting a public forum Monday at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium “to get public input one more time,” Superintendent Brett Richards said.
A 14-member committee has met five times since mid-October to discuss the pros and cons of adding the two sports.
Activities Director Steve Joekel said this is the second time in five years the district has looked at adding baseball.
“There's been an interest in adding baseball for quite some time,” Joekel said.
He noted Springfield's strong American Legion summer program. As for softball, Joekel said Platteview is the only Class B or Class C-1 program in the state to not offer the sport.
Richards estimates start-up costs for each program to be between $7,000 and $9,000 to cover such costs as coaches' salaries, equipment, and travel and facility upgrades.
Bellevue sewage rates will rise with project
The City of Omaha's $2 billion sewer separation project, scheduled for completion by 2024, is being felt in Bellevue.
Bellevue residents will see their sewer rates rise by 9 percent in April, from an average of $13 a month to roughly $14.20.
Dick McClemons, superintendent of the wastewater department, said Bellevue's sewage passes through Omaha's treatment system now that Bellevue no longer has its own wastewater facility, and that means Bellevue is subject to Omaha rate increases.
Omaha is undertaking a massive rebuilding of its sewer system, separating storm and sanitary sewers under federal mandate.
McClemons said Bellevue residents will feel the financial impact of the project a lot less than Omaha residents.
“They figure that by the time this is over, Omaha residents will pay $50 a month,” he said. “We'll pay less than that because of bulk rates.”
The City Council voted 4-0 on Feb. 11 to draw up an ordinance establishing the new rates. A public hearing will be held before the council would adopt the changes.
Bellevue residents can expect to see the higher fees in April, McClemons said, pending approval of the new rates.
— World-Herald News Service