Commissioners Pass Along List Of Bridges For CBMP Round 7 Application, Join Joint Defense Agreement In Statewide Lawsuit

WAYNE – Majority of Tuesday morning’s regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting pertained with finalizing a list of bridges for an upcoming application.

From the Wayne County Courthouse courtroom, Tuesday morning’s meeting began with an approval of a Nebraska Historical Tax Credit fee fund transfer. The amount of the fee was $4.086.42 being .85% of the calculated tax credit and be paid to the Nebraska Department of Revenue.

Mark Mainelli with Mainelli Wagner and Associates, Inc. attended the meeting with Highway Superintendent, Mark Casey. The commissioners went over the map Casey gave them two weeks ago to identify a list of bridges for County Bridge Match Program (CBMP) application #7.

The whole idea behind the application is to look for innovation and importance according to Mainelli as projects which are structurally deficient would qualify.

Mainelli also stated only 60% of the money in the program has been used and a total of $5 million will be available for this next round. Mainelli is trying to get senators on board to extend the sunset of the County Bridge Match Program.

Commissioners looked to bundle a couple smaller projects together as Casey mentioned during the meeting it’s getting more difficult to find projects which qualify.

CBMP #6 application in Wayne County is currently waiting on section corners to be surveyed before going out to bid while CBMP #4 reimbursed the county $188,548 which was roughly half of the total project cost for a box culvert in District 1 (Terry Sievers).

A resolution was also signed for ‘Land Survey Corner Preservation’ being now a five-year contract from the previous short-term agreement. A change within the NDOT master agreement was increasing the rate of each preserved corner reimbursement from $100 to $300.

Following executive session on litigation, commissioners approved to join the joint defense agreement between Rick Hill v. Debra Finn, Wayne County Clerk, etal with all 93 counties being sued for alleged unconstitutional elections.

County Attorney, Amy Miller also brought forward an updated Memorandum of Understanding between Madison County and Wayne County. This agreement is required every year to the Nebraska Crime Commission’s Community Based Juvenile Services Grant application.

With the due date being December 21, Miller wanted to update the board ahead of time about one wording change being needed along with grant funding seeing a $30,000 cut across the district. The same services will still be provided as stated in the MOU.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6.