Scotia, Nebraska

Scotia, Nebraska

I took a short detour off the highway (summer 2017) to drive through Scotia, Nebraska. It’s about 170 miles west of Omaha, rolling farm country, near the North Loop River. I drove through in the late afternoon after businesses were closed, so wasn’t able to check out the Heritage Center.

Scotia was founded in the 1870s, named after the homeland by an early settler, Samuel Scott. It became the county seat in 1874, but later lost that designation to Greeley, due to population changes related to the new railroad lines (very brief summary). Scotia is home to a chalk mine, the only one in the state for over 50 years. Chalk was shipped to Omaha for processing into 71 different products, from blackboard chalk to paint. Some early buildings in Scotia were built of chalk blocks, and one is still in use today. It’s a bit smaller than our Scotia, with a population of just over 300, but it is a Village also.

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One Hundred (+) Years Ago at the Village Board, May-June, 2018

Summer Recap 3   (I’ll get them all in, eventually.)

One Hundred Years Ago at the Village Board, May-June 1918

May 6
Business related to the Street Fund
Clerk to purchase 36 tons of stove & egg coal and 17 tons of stove & chestnut coal, divided between the two local dealers W.R. Brown and J. H. Buhrmaster.
The Fire Commissioners asked if the John Miller Hook & Ladder company can use the lower floor of the building on Ten Broeck St. as additional rooms. Referred to Water & Building Committee.
Street Commissioner to be instructed to place guard rails on the approaches to the Washington Ave. bridge over the outlet to Collins Lake.
Hearing on Ballston St. sidewalk petition:
E. A. Curtis is in favor but needs some time
J. J. O’Connell is opposed—doesn’t want to invest more money
R.L. Hoffman, Heber Williams, E.L. Lockrow in favor—safer to walk to the car [trolley] stop without walking in the street.
Hearing closed.
Motion: Petition was received from more than half the property owners on the NW side of Ballston St. for sidewalks. Hearing completed and petition granted. A cement sidewalk 5 feet wide, 6 inches in from the curb, the inside elevated at a ¾ inch grade, will be installed per all Village regulations, at the expense of the owners, and completed before Aug. 15, 1918. Anyone refusing to pay will have the amount added to their tax bill.
Motion: the question of writing a Village Ordinance preventing the use of ashes on village streets is referred to the Village Attorney.
New ordinance approved to require the Fire Department to inspect all properties as often as necessary, at least once a year in outlying districts and twice a year in closely-built properties, to identify and have corrected any fire hazards. A fine of $25, plus $25 for each additional day, for not complying within 10 days.
There will be a hearing on June 3 about a change of grade on First St. between Vly & Center.
Payroll and bills approved.

May 20
Village Attorney to attend hearing about taxes in Albany.
Water Committee to get the Venture Meter at the pumping station working.
Pay Ellis B. Edgar $875.04 due on sewer contract.
Financial items related to bonds & notes.
Payroll and bills approved.

June 3
(Pages appear to be missing in this digitized copy)
Payroll and bills approved.

June 17
Bids for Scotia Refunding Water Bonds opened and read. Sold to George B. Gibbons & Co.
Street Commissioner directed to construct concrete crosswalks across Huston and Lincoln Streets at their intersection with First St.
Building Committee to make changes and repairs at the Engineers Residence not to exceed $100.
Pay Boston & Maine Railroad Co. for freight on the sprinkler tank and water pipe.
Clerk to purchase fittings for Water Department.
Payroll and bills approved.


Water/Sewer On Line Portal Now Available

The Village is excited to announce an upgrade to our water and sewer interface with our customers.  You now have the ability to view your bill, pay your bill and monitor your usage on line through our secure website.  Payments can be made by credit card or ACH for a fee of 2.55%.  Go to or click the link on the Village of Scotia’s website to set up your personal account.  If you have more than one water account you can link multiple accounts to your personal page. Water and Sewer bills go out twice a year (February and October) but it is so easy to read the meters now that we do it every 40 days.  This means that you can monitor your water usage in something closer to real time.  If you have a water leak you can catch it before it runs up a large bill.  All this comes to you at virtually the same cost as the old system and gives you and us a lot more flexibility.

Recurring bank drafting will be available for the October billing cycle at no fee.  Look for the announcement to enroll in the Summer of 2019.

The Village of Scotia is working for you.

Tom Gifford

Mayor of Scotia

Scotia Relief Fundraiser



Thursday, March 7th, 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Wolf Hollow Brewing Company 6882 Amsterdam Rd

Show up, enjoy a cold beverage, buy a raffle ticket; help others!

Raffle Drawing at 7:00 PM
Raffles: 50/50; Gift Baskets from: Glenville Beverage,
Gabriel’s Supermarket, Riverside Maple, and more!

Scotia Relief, a 501c3 charitable organization, has been helping individuals and families in Scotia and Glenville for over 80 years.
Scotia Relief provides efficient, timely assistance for community members in their time of need, including food, heating assistance, clothing, utility bills, medication expenses, rent, emergencies and much more.
Please help us help folks in the community in their time of need.