2018 Preliminary Tax Dollar Requests Approved, Commissioners Updated On Courthouse Exterior Renovation Project

WAYNE – Tuesday morning turned into the afternoon as the Wayne County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting hearing tax requests and updates.

From the Courthouse meeting room, seven Government Entities had their 2018 Tax Requests set. Four groups requested an increase from last year, one remained the same and two had a decrease in the price differences.

The largest jump was initially nearly $20,000 for the Wayne County Ag Society with a 2018 request of $110,000. Kevin Davis, Fair Board president; Jared Heithold, co-vice president and Amy Topp, Wayne County Extension Educator were all in attendance.

About two weeks ago the group discussed the opportunity in constructing a new 4-H building while adding to their already talked about grandstand project. With the 100th anniversary coming up in four years, the group is hoping to have the fairgrounds looking its best. A new building would update the bathrooms, add a kitchen and more storage space. The location would be expanded and built up with the opportunity to host meetings, robotic events and shooting sport activities.

With such a short notice and no drawings or prices for the 4-H building, the commissioners approved a $10,000 increase ($100,039.01) for their 2018 Tax Request. Davis, Heithold and Topp will be looking at a building in Merrick County to narrow down a blue print and prices.

Other Tax Requests approved: Wayne County Libraries remained the same at $13,000; Carroll Fire District #1 had a decrease of $132.86; Wayne Fire District #2 saw an increase by $3,070.16; Hoskins Fire District #3 had an increase of $500; Winside Fire District #4 saw an increase of $1,139 and Wakefield Fire District #9 had a decrease of $5,000.

Members with Berggren Architects had an appointment going over the courthouse exterior renovation project. Commissioners were shown what masonry and roof work will be done along with being updated about a prequalification list of craftspeople and contractors.

The main courthouse parking lot will be the staging area for the project. Two cameras will also be set up around the premises to allow the company to monitor the work from out of town. Berggren Architects will cover the nearly $20,000 charge over the span of the project, but the group requests Wayne County to pick up the roughly $300 a month service charge.

The next step will be setting up a pre-bid conference prior to getting bids.

Wayne County Emergency Manager, Nic Kemnitz had the commissioners sign the 2018 Wayne County Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP). This is a resolution that is required to be passed every five years but is updated in between for disaster emergencies. David Levy, with Baird Holm, LLP also requested the board’s approval of NextEra’s performance bond for $2.5 million in fulfillment of the road haul agreement. Wayne County would be able to draw on this bond if roads are not put back the way they were originally.

The budget work session was tabled until Monday, August 13 at 9 a.m. from the courthouse meeting room. Wayne County Board of Commissioners will next host their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 21 at 9 a.m.