Jamy Prokopec and Carolyn Gigstad of the Syracuse bathhouse fundraising committee made stops at the Otoe County Board of Commissioners in Nebraska City, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and at the regular meeting of the Syracuse City Council, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to secure KENO funding for their project, which seeks to built a new bathhouse.
The county board approved $10K in county KENO funds for the project and the city reciprocated with $10K. The approval of the county funds were contingent on a vote to approve city funds.
The Syracuse pool committee’s work has netted nearly $50K in funding so far with approximately $40K being accounted for in pledges of support.
At current, the committee is working on getting plans drawn up for a new bathhouse. The city of Syracuse had previously voted to allow for funding of that portion of the project.
The city has funds set aside for the pool project  and plans to allocate more dollars toward that fund.
Project costs will also be supplemented through grant awards.

In other news from the Syracuse City Council:
Council members voted to decline to pay claims brought by a private citizen in regard to water tests done at a local residence.
The city’s denial was based on an ordinance indicating that the responsibility for lines extending from the city main to the residence are the responsibility of the resident.
In terms of water testing, the city is up to date with its testing.
City officials also noted that supplies and labor had been provided to the resident, who was doing repairs in the resident’s area of responsibility.
Council members heard the Otoe County Sheriff’s report from Colin Caudill.
The area of most activity for deputies recently has involved traffic stops in the Love’s Truck Stop area at the intersections of Highways 2 and 50.
In terms of staffing, the city council was informed that the sheriff’s department had plans to hire a deputy, had two deputies in training in Grand Island also had two deputies out on injured reserve.
The Syracuse Rescue Squad reported to the city council that it had added a new member in Sophia Needham.
In a review of last year, the rescue squad noted that the total runs for 2018 was 320, down 65 from the previous year.
The rescue squad now has 19 members and has a staffing need for day shifts.
The rescue squad roster has eight members who achieved certification for the Annual Certification for the Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act.
The Syracuse Fire Department had 15 of its members achieve certification.
In terms of equipment, the Syracuse Rescue Squad reported that it would soon need to replace defibrillators as those machines are reaching the end of their   life cycle.
Jeff Vogt updated the council members on Syracuse utility issues.
During that time on the agenda, Dave Peterson of JEO, the city’s engineer, received mayoral direction to continue research on wholesale power options for the city.
Rate increases were discussed at the meeting. The council gave approval for a 4.2 percent raise for electric rates, the first increase since 2013.
A discussion of water rate increases was tabled to address issues with how the rates would be established. The water rate increases are being considered in coordination with efforts the city is undertaking to bring water to town from a new well.
The council members voted to deny the request of a conditional use permit for Midwest Underground, which was looking to expand its operations. Midwest Underground is a Syracuse company which manufactures construction materials.
City residents were at the meeting voicing opposition to the Midwest Underground plan, citing noise concerns.
The city’s denial decision was based on those concerns and also on the idea of future development of the area in question.
The city council indicated that it would continue to look into ways to help solve a non-city caused drainage issue near the Good Samaritan Society’s Linden View. This drainage issue was brought about by site planning issues but the city would like to help deal with or solve the issue if possible.
The city council voted to hold fast to zoning ordinances requiring new house constructions to include sidewalks.
A resident approached the council with a request to be relieved of the sidewalk obligation since neighbors in the area, who had built prior to the requirement, did not have sidewalks.
The council’s vote to hold fast to the sidewalk requirement was done with future developments and continuity in mind.
Jill Crook of Syracuse Parks and Recreation gave an update do the board.
Recreation basketball is in full swing with nine 3-on-3 adult league teams playing two games per week and 14 third through eighth grade teams also in action.
Although not a part of the city council meeting of Wednesday, the Syracuse Parks and Recreation also shared news with the Journal-Democrat about the successful completion of a drainage solution project for the ball field at Williams Park.
The work was completed by Pester Grading of Unadilla.