Courthouse Sidewalks To See Repair, Haystack Road Use Agreement Still Seeking Approval

WAYNE – Board of Commissioners in Wayne county met Tuesday morning into the afternoon during their regularly scheduled meeting as they heard more updates on the courthouse restoration project.

From the Wayne County Courthouse courtroom, Doug Elting with Berggren Architects provided an update on the project as new windows were installed and both entrances are now open. The group then moved into discussion on sidewalk repairs and eventually agreed upon a price of not to exceed $12,750 through Kingery Construction.

Kingery will be reimbursing a portion of previous damaged costs and the county will be expanding most of their sidewalks to 7-feet by six-inches thick. Just over 3,000 square feet of sidewalk will be replaced as no timeline was set to fix the sidewalks that were damaged until talking with the roofers.

Commissioners also approved the opening of a county child support bank account for fee payment purposes. County attorney, Amy Miller provided information that she would transfer money from the child support budget into the checking account for service and filing fees. Her goal is to transfer some funds and is hopeful it lasts a quarter or even the whole year.

Highway superintendent, Mark Casey brought forward an Eligibility Determination received from FEMA for bridge and road damage on Grainland Road. District 1 commissioner Terry Sievers will visit with landowners to determine in closing the road and let landowners farm up to the bridge on either side. Casey mentioned most of the project wouldn’t be eligible to receive reimbursement and the county would need to repair the bridge and fix the road before receiving some funds. Commissioners will make a decision at an upcoming meeting.

During the wind energy update, a new version of the Haystack Road Use Agreement was submitted late Monday afternoon as the commissioners will look it over and get back to the county attorney if they would like to see more changes or have any questions.

Trade Wind Energy will stockpile 25% of gravel based on 150 tons per mile unless otherwise agreed upon and will only cover the areas where they’ll be using their heavy equipment. The use of personal vehicles to and from work sites will not be included on the Road Use Agreement. If heavy equipment damages roads that are not on the agreement, the county will invoice Trade Wind for the full amount.

Following the two-hour Board of Commissioners meeting, 11 valuation protest hearings were on the schedule for the Wayne County Board of Equalization and county assessor Dawn Duffy. Three individuals showed up during the protests as nine valuations were lowered and two had no changes. For those who are dissatisfied with the boards decision, they can go appeal the decision to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC).

The Commissioners also scheduled their budget work session for Wednesday, August 5 at 9 a.m. from a location to be determined.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, August 4 at 9 a.m.