Commissioners Approve Motion For Treasurer’s Office To Continue To Make Change, Water Main Discussion

WAYNE – As the 1st of the month landed on the first regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting, board members went through their agenda Tuesday morning.

From the Wayne County Courthouse courtroom, the county treasurer Tammy Paustian provided the commissioners with information about establishing a change fund in county offices. She was saying when individuals have to make change for court costs or other costs they come to the treasures office and have to wait in line to get the correct amount of change before making payment.

Currently, just county extension and county court has petty cash as the treasurer’s office has operating cash. County attorney Amy Miller mentioned there is no state statute that requires or prohibits having a change fund and it was up to the board. A motion was made and passed for the treasurer’s office to continue to make change and keep everything the same way.

An example was made during the agenda item that if two people come in with large bills, the change cash could run out. Other offices don’t have a safe in their room that could hold this extra cash.

City administrator, Wes Blecke was joined by JEO Consulting Group, Inc. to discuss the water main line from a well field north of town that’ll be taking place on the west side of 575 RD in the bottom of the ditch.

The contractor will be crossing the road seven times throughout the process and will be paying $1,000 for the county utility permit. The transmission line will run from an existing well south ending ½ mile south of 857 RD. The line will then turn east and hook in with existing City of Wayne water. The length of water main in the county right-of-way is about 4.5 miles.

The line will consist of a 16” pipe bored during the crossings and encased in a 24” pipe as a sleeve.

Highway superintendent, Mark Casey has received about 90% of the submitted plans. The expected start date is March 1, 2020 with the completion date scheduled for October 1, 2020.

Commissioners also approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of Highway Allocation Fund Pledge Refunding Bonds, Series 2019 in the principal amount of not to exceed $1.45 million. Board members were then updated on a timeline of what will be taking place next during the Courthouse Restoration project and were informed that shingles will be arriving next Monday (Oct. 7) with an additional crew coming into place them on in sections.

Also, the Wayne County Courthouse will close at noon on Friday, October 4 due to courthouse entrance construction work.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15 at 9 a.m.