SID News: Congrats Travis!!

Image may contain: 2 people, including Travis Stithem, people standing and shoesPosted on Facebook by Ashley Rae Wilson is with Travis Stithem.
January 26 at 9:05 PM
So proud of this man for receiving the 2018 Rookie of the Year for the Cozad Fire & Rescue department!

Posted by Larry Ossenkop, SID Clerk:  Congrats to Travis Stithem, our SID Operator, most deserving and also for assisting our J-LAKE EMS...


posted Aug 29, 2018, 9:05 AM by Larry Ossenkop

appear below in the attached "Notice to Paper 2018" -- just click to view

User Fee Bills

posted Apr 6, 2018, 6:03 PM by Larry Ossenkop

The 2018 Annual Sewer User Fee billings will be mailed later this week. The rate continues the same at $170.91 for each residential home/cabin; which is again in the the lowest 10% of the state. The bill is due May 1st and delinquent as of June 15th. Please mark your lot number on your check, enclosed the top part of the bill and use the enclosed envelope to mail your payment to the SID's new mailing address: 42738 Road 748, Johnson Lake, NE 68937. If you have any question, or if you have sold your property please notify the SID by emailing:

Welcome Travis! SID#1 Operator

posted Nov 27, 2015, 4:58 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 6:04 PM ]

The SID Board of Trustees would like to welcome and introduce Travis Stithem who will be taking over our maintenance duties as the District's Operator next week. Travis is an avid outdoor sportsman and likes to Trap, Hunt & Fish when he finds time, usally before or after work. He brings experience with pump systems and wells from Downey Drilling and control panels from working on pivot irrigation installations; as well as a Deisel Technician education. Travis can be reached via email at: or if out and about the lake's system by leaving a msg at: 308-785-2203. Welcome Travis to Johnson Lake and SID#1!

We also would like to thank Ken Gardner for his past services since the inception of the District.

SID Operator Maintenance Position

posted Nov 3, 2015, 9:59 AM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 8:06 PM ]

Click for details:   

Job closes November 15th.   Call for more info or an application:  308-785-2353

SID Operator Position Opening

posted Oct 6, 2015, 7:58 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 5:08 PM ]

WASTEWATER OPERATOR   Opportunity for a highly motivated individual or firm that is a hardworking team player and dependable self-starter. Job  includes  maintaining a gravity wastewater collection system servicing approximately 925 connected units at Johnson Lake, Nebraska with 11 dual motor pump stations and a multi-cell lagoon treatment facility.  Duties include but are not limited to responding to emergency calls 24/7/365;  trimming grounds after  mowing; trimming pump station and air valve areas; servicing portable generator, portable jetter, flush wagon and associated small equipment; creating a monthly flow report from SCADA system reports; annual servicing of the pump station  motors, floats, valves and monitoring  equipment; power washing wet wells; periodic flushing and jetting of the collection mains; maintaining spare parts inventory; arranging for the spraying and mowing of lagoon dikes; maintaining the facility operations center building; equalizing lagoon levels; inspecting property service connections to approve  new  installations and updating connection  drawings; recording all maintenance work as performed and attending periodic district board meetings.   Requires a Nebraska Motor Vehicle  Operator's License and if not previously certified as a Nebraska Level L or higher wastewater operator, certification must be obtained within six months.  Compensation is negotiable, depending upon experience, training and qualifications. Health insurance and retirement benefits are not included.   Forward your personal resume, including prior employment history by emailing to: or by postal mailing to: Johnson Lake SID, 3 Olmstead Circle, Johnson Lake, NE 68937.   For any questions OR an application, call 308-785-2353. Job opening closes Oct. 30, 2015. (AA/EOE)

Reuse of Water

posted Jul 21, 2014, 7:52 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 7:55 PM ]

Click the above link to read this story...

The emergency effort is one of the biggest direct reuse of water programs in the U.S.

Everybody needs to do their part in conserving water; yards should be watered no more than every 3rd or 4th day!!


posted Sep 10, 2013, 4:44 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 1:28 PM ]


SID levy drops almost 7 cents

posted Sep 10, 2013, 4:33 PM by Larry Ossenkop

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 2:45 pm

By HARRY G. PERKINS Hub Regional Correspondent

JOHNSON LAKE — Johnson Lake property owners will see a drop in the sanitary improvement district levy.

Because of a 17.4 percent increase in the assessed valuation of lake properties, the levy for 2014 will drop 

from 61.8 cents per $100 valuation to 55 cents. That works out to $550 for a home valued at $100,000.

SID Levy to Drop & Four properties to be foreclosed

posted Sep 3, 2013, 11:15 AM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 12:08 PM ]

The Johnson Lake SID#1 Board of Trustees met on the 21st of August.  The preliminary budget levy request was reviewed by
Clerk Ossenkop, who suggested that the levy be dropped from last year's total of $618 per $100,000 of property valuation to just
$550 per $100,000 of property valuation; which would generate $748,800 revenue to cover the upcoming CW-SRF Loan and
Bond payments of $1,100,553.  He remarked that the SID benefited from the many property sales last year and the paying off of
the SID Assessments, which he expects to continue during the next fiscal year.  Overall, the new valuations for the property within the SID boundary increased 17.4% which total $136,151,548 compared to approximately $80,000,000 at the time of the District's initial

The board was advised that four properties possibly will become subject to foreclosure action; in as much as they could have three
or more years of delinquent Assessment Payments as of the August 12th due date.  Ossenkop was instructed to initiate the required
foreclosure action in the District Court should such be the case as of September 15th, and to advise the parties that the entire balance
of the Assessment is hereby called and will draw 14% interest and that it must be paid in full.  Partial payments will no longer be allowed.
The one property foreclosed on last year was able to have their mortgage company pay the assessment balance, so the case was then dismissed.  It was reported that several reminders have been sent to the affected property owners.

The board was also advised that the 3rd Lagoon Cell Project was completed at nearly $200,000 under the initial engineering estimate
of $742,500.  Sufficient clay located within the SID property was used to line the cell without using bentonite or a artificial liner and used
concrete obtained from the Nebraska Department of Roads in Cozad was used at a substantial savings rather than limestone from Weeping Water to line the cell dikes.  These factors, along with cooperative weather conditions and cooperative efforts by the engineering firm (Olmsted & Perry of Omaha), soil engineers (Mid State Engineering of Kearney & Columbus), contractor (Van Kirk Bros of Sutton) and the SID representatives contributed to the successful completion of the project; which was put into operation early last Spring.

Other actions taken included an update by the SID Operator and payment of the District's bills.

Filling Lagoon Cell#3!!

posted Nov 20, 2012, 7:30 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Nov 28, 2012, 7:30 PM ]

All soil tests have passed; started transferring wastewater into the new lagoon cell today about 4:15 p.m. Nearing final completion!! Thanks to Mike Newman of Van Kirk Bros Construction and his crew for a speedy and well done job...
Cell #3 will provide the capacity for handling all of the future summer's wastewater treatment needs; the completion of cell #4 is not expected to be needed until approximately the 13th to 17th year of use.

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