Commissioners Approve Emergency Management Purchase, Equalization Sets Protest Hearing Date

WAYNE – Members of the Wayne County Board of Equalization and Commissioners met Tuesday morning during the first Tuesday in June.

Among the Board of Equalization meeting included setting the dates for Protest Hearings. County Assessor, Dawn Duffy stated in the meeting the board has from June 1 – July 25 to set the hearings. Equalization members set the date of Tuesday, July 17 starting at 11 a.m. and if need be to either work through lunch or recess until the afternoon depending on how many hearings there are.

The approval of tax corrections for Wayne Napa being closed and Wayne Vision being sold were also approved.

Moving into the regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting, Amy Miller brought up the opportunity to create an office at the courthouse. Miller, who recently won during the Primary Race as Wayne County Attorney will be in charge of the second half of the 2018-19 budget. She talked about moving into the Judicial Center while adding an assistant to work 32 hours a week specifically for Wayne County.

Currently the Judicial Center houses court reporter transcripts and has held arraignments from 9 – 10:30 a.m. once a month in the courtroom. The Commissioners will think about the opportunity but were not ready to make a decision as other options may be sought out.

Wayne County Emergency Manager, Nic Kemnitz was on hand during the meeting to let the board know he was purchasing a Go-Light (heavy spot light) along with a six-bank portable radio battery charger and six spare batteries. All the costs have be budgeted for.

Kemnitz also gave an update about the South Sioux City grain elevator. The Regional Planning Meeting was scheduled for last Tuesday and while eating lunch just four blocks from the elevator, the explosion happened at 1 p.m. Kemnitz has since been appointed as the Planning Section Chief. The groups are working on a plan along with negations with contractors.

When the safe level is reached and there’s no threat, families will be able to return home. Several blocks had to be evacuated as close as across the street from the grain elevator. Media briefings will take place each day at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the Law Enforcement Center at 29th and Willow.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 19 at 9 a.m.