Commissioners Approve Voting Districts, Hear Update On Haystack Wind Project

WAYNE – A public hearing pertaining to voting districts along with a wind turbine project update took up most of Tuesday morning’s regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting.

From the Public Safety Annex in Wayne County, a public hearing was held to vote on the proposed Wayne County 2021 Commissioners Districts. The board then approved the updated map.

Each district aims for 3,232 residents but with most of the population making up Wayne County being District 1 within the City of Wayne, the group worked together to get similar numbers for Districts 2 and 3. Deb Finn, County Clerk joined Amy Miller, County Attorney in dividing the previous map up that was last worked on 10 years ago. Each District must be within 5% of each other and they all were well within the percentage.

District 1 has 3,253 with a difference of +21, District 2 has 3,188 residents with a difference of 44 less and District 3 has 3,256 with a difference of +24. Overall, all three districts total 9,697 in Wayne County according to the 2020 census.

Board members also approved a resolution which changed a few words in the agreement for Wayne County participating in the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District. The wording now adds “including CDBG Administration”. Dean Burbach, District 2 Commissioner represents Wayne County on the NNEDD board.

Chairman, Terry Sievers, District 1 Commissioner, also looked over the County Burial application and stated everything is in order.

Commissioners then approved all three Highway Allocation Fund Pledge Bond payments for series 2014, 2019 and 2021. The payment date will be December 15.

Members with Bradley Construction Management, Haystack Wind Project provided updates leading up to their Thanksgiving break. Some crews will be sent home and won’t return as work ahead of winter comes to an end while other crews will be sent home after they’re complete as more components arrive this week into next.

A total of 14 of the 2.4 turbines have been online as they’re completing about four turbines on average a week depending on weather and high wind. Their goal is to keep going as long as they can until the winter weather sets in. The group will then put a game plan together to complete more projects in the spring.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, December 7 at 9 a.m.