Commissioners Receive Information On Certification Of Distress Warrants Issued, Emergency Management Updates

WAYNE – A trio of individuals approached the Wayne County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday morning’s regularly scheduled meeting with updates.

From the Wayne County Courthouse courtroom, Tammy Paustian, Treasurer stated she delivered the Certification of distress warrants to County Sheriff, Jason Dwinell. These are for non-paid taxes through 2021.

Among the list, 16 trailers were noted which are normally the same owners and are comparable to last year. Commissioner noted some dated back to 2014 with taxes still not being paid.

For the 2021 taxes, Paustian said 99.16% were received with still a good amount of money out there which is also similar to year’s past. Paustian told the board if they wanted to know more information to stop by the Treasurer’s office.

Wayne County Emergency Manager, Nic Kemnitz then provided an updated starting with the Sunday, October 23 Wisner wildfire. After being contacted around 4:45 p.m. to assist with the situation, Kemnitz arrived in Wisner around 5:15 p.m.

Then, at 6 p.m. Kemnitz had to head back to Wayne County when a Tornado Warning was issued. Fire officials from Wayne spotted a funnel cloud approximately five miles west and one mile north of Wayne moving northeast around 6:15 p.m. Once the storm was out of Wayne County and no reports on damage reported, Kemnitz retuned to assist with the wildfire.

Kemnitz worked at the Incident Command Post from around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening through 4 a.m. Monday morning. A northwest wind caused the fire to shift away from Wisner, which was being recommended to evacuate and HWY 275 was closed.

A second item being highlighted by Kemnitz included a project in updating software to a radio purchased in 2015. With all of the other radios updated, Kemnitz noted to the board he had enough funds within his budget to make a purchase through a state contract. The cost would be just over $1,100 which includes the installation of software, upgrade and multikey operation.

Highway Superintendent, Mark Casey handed out a list of eligible projects in each district for the final round of the County Bridge Match Program (CBMP). The state will be putting in around $5 million for the final round as Commissioners will work together to submit a few prioritized lists.

The Year-End Certification of County Highway Superintendent was also approved by the board.

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