Certificate Of Substantial Completion Approved For Courthouse Restoration Project

WAYNE – After several months of discussing and tabling the Certificate of Substantial Completion for the courthouse restoration project, the agenda item heard full approval by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning.

From the Public Safety Annex, the board began the meeting by approving six Lodging Tax Grant Applications which were recommended by the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau Committee before moving into discussion on a courthouse pickup.

The board voted 2-1 (Rabe nay) to take a pick-up truck back to Jim’s district #3 shop that was previously used by Highway superintendent, Mark Casey. The truck wouldn’t be used a lot and the main reason to not have the pick-up truck in the way for snow removal at the courthouse and the county has two other cars in the garage.

The Certificate of Substantial Completion passed stating the project is 80% complete with District #1 Commissioner Terry Sievers wanting to review the documents before final approval. Sievers went over the certificates Tuesday afternoon and was fine with both documents.

The first substantial completion certificate was brought forward in October of 2020 with a second in December of 2020. October 15 began the one-year warranty for the courthouse restoration project with a five-year warranty also being put in place for the roof.

As soon as the final items on the punch list are complete, a final inspection will review the project.

Casey also brought forward information about the scrap tire event that will be held in mid-August (August 13 – 14). The grant from the Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy will be for 400 tons of tires at a rate of $125 a ton. This event would be for Wayne County residents only (27 county license plates).

Representatives from Haystack Wind Project, LLC also went over driveway permit issues and road cuts along with intersection radius modifications with the board.

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners also approved the quote from Midwest Music Center pertaining to the phone system in the courtroom which will be allow for better communication through zoom to the judges bench and the telephone system in the courtroom.

Joel Hansen, City of Wayne Street & Planning Director spoke to the board about the 2.5 acre ‘Beckman Farm Subdivision Plat’. The agenda item was also on the Wayne City Council for final approval Tuesday evening.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, February 2.