Courthouse Offices To See Changes, Wayne County Approved For Disaster Declaration

WAYNE – Appointments were shuffled around during the regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

From the courthouse meeting room, the Commissioners discussed the locations of where to place Amy Miller. Miller recently won the Primary Election as the incoming Wayne County Attorney and stated throughout her campaign she would like an office in the courthouse.

Two options were narrowed down prior to the meeting of either in the basement or in the current Commissioners meeting room. After more discussion the Commissioners approved for Amy Miller to move into the District Clerk Office, housed by Deb Dannelly and have Deb move into the Commissioners meeting room for them to find another location.

Later in the meeting Dannelly approached the Commissioners, after talking with the Judge during court Tuesday. She stated they attempted to move into the current space where the Commissioners meet before and there wasn’t enough space and asked for them to reconsider.

Board members stayed committed to their approval but will discuss about the possibility of making sure there is enough space for everyone in future meetings.

Wayne County Emergency Manger, Nic Kemnitz attended the meeting where Commissioners approved Wayne County with a Disaster Declaration for flooding damages on June 24 & 25. The county exceeded their threshold of roughly $36,000 by spending around $130,000. As of right now, the State of Nebraska’s limit of $2.6 million has not been reached to receive Federal Disaster Aid.

Midwest Services was also awarded a CBMP bid for $209,013.35 with two projects in Wayne County and two more in Thurston County. The time table for all four projects would be 26-28 weeks and up to 32-34 weeks.

Wayne County Commissioners then tabled discussion for a renewal through United HealthCare Insurance with Elkhorn Valley Insurance until the first meeting in August. The renewal would automatically roll over by September 1 and there was talk of the County going out for bids with another company. The current plan will not be offered and there would be about a 12.9% increase with a higher deductible. Steve Muir did approach the board with a few other options that they’ll look over.

It was also stated during the Board of Equalization meeting earlier Tuesday morning that there are 12 protest hearings. The 2018 Valuation Protests are scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 at 11 a.m.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on July 17 starting at 9 a.m. from the courthouse meeting room.