WAYNE – With all public meetings moving to virtual access in abiding by the social distancing guidelines and pursuant to the Governors’ Executive Order No. 20-03, the Board of Equalization and Commissioners held their Tuesday morning meeting via video/telephone conference.
Board members met in the Public Safety Annex and heard updates from Wayne County Emergency Manager, Nic Kemnitz as well as Mark Casey, Highway Superintendent.
The Board of Equalization opened the meeting where Wayne county assessor Dawn Duffy recommended denial for both permissive exemptions of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church parsonage (Hoskins) and the Wayne Area Economic Development building. Board members approved the recommendation.
The WAED chamber building has always been exempted but the case will now go through the appeals process before possibly being addressed by the Tax Equalization & Review Commission (TERC).
Moving into the Board of Commissioners, there was no public input for the public hearing on the issuance of a new Class C liquor license to Logan Valley Golf Course in Wakefield. The only change was for one of the individuals named on the license passed away and they had to get a new one.
Kemnitz sought approval of the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration which put Wayne county on the Federal Disaster Declaration that was approved by President Trump. Kemnitz, who has been the EM for 11 years, also addressed the LENRD Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan update.
“In 2018 and 2019 we worked on updating our plans,” said Kemnitz. “There were a lot of questions and I worked with Mark (Casey) on some of the stuff. About a year ago, we submitted all of our updates to FEMA. FEMA has now approved the plan.”
The next step to continue to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation funds was to adopt the plan for another five years, in which the board approved the resolution.
Board members then approved awarding the culvert bids for the County Bridge Match Program round three with Thurston County. The board tabled the bid process during their March 17th meeting to get input from Thurston County. It was Wayne counties decision, but Casey wanted to make sure both parties were on the same page.
The board approved the second-low bid of B’s Enterprises, Inc. for $98,644 for both counties. Contech Engineered Solutions was the low-bid of $93,002 but both Wayne and Thurston rejected the bid due to past quality problems from the low-bidder, according to Casey.
“The County Purchasing Act allows us to consider past history, quality, 10 or 11 other things besides just low-price,” Casey added. “I think we’re complying with the County Purchasing Act no problem.
Board members also heard more information about CMBP round four which would get rid of three bridges for the price of one box culvert in district one. The state would reimburse Wayne county 55% of the box culvert price.
Casey will also look to meet with each commissioner separately along with deputy county attorney Eric Knutson discussing a proposed road use/maintenance agreement with Tradewinds for the Haystack project since each district will be affected.
Knutson sees the next step is to meet between county attorney, Amy Miller, Casey and himself to figure out what they need in the agreement and will not budge on.
“Discuss some of the other things they’ve added and take that to Tradewinds and their attorney and explain why we’re not willing to remove those previsions from the agreement and see where that goes.”
The county has only seen about 10% of the design plan from Tradewinds, but need more.
The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioner meeting will be Tuesday, April 21 at 9 a.m. through the virtual link at waynecountyne.org.