Public Arts Committee Visits With Commissioners, Safety Committee Future Purchases

WAYNE – As the second year of the Wayne Sculpture Walk brings in more art displayed in the City of Wayne, a new piece will be installed on the county courthouse grounds.

From the Wayne County Courthouse courtroom, the regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting was held Tuesday morning.

Executive Director of Wayne Area Economic Development, Luke Virgil presented to the board a local art piece that the Wayne Public Arts Committee would like to put on display at the courthouse.

Virgil stated the City of Wayne finances public art which began in 2020 with a mural on the side of the Majestic Theatre along with the first year of the Art Walk last year. Steven Elliot, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wayne State College will be the local artist as a smaller concrete pad would be installed by the city crew to place the art on. The location would be on the southeast corner of the lawn. The main concern from commissioners would be avoiding the irrigation line in the area.

Two additional art sculptures will be added for the second year making up a total of 12 art pieces that will be installed in May. Each sculpture will have a plaque with a QR code with additional information on the app about each art piece. The Wayne Sculpture Walk will be on display for all of 2022 (after May) and the first few months in 2023.

Pat Brentlinger, custodian/maintenance department, then spoke with the board about a few opportunities to pursue grant funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The Safety Committee will be looking into purchasing six AEDs which are the same as the six in each of the sheriff department cruisers. Each of the three county shops, the courthouse, public safety building and county attorney office would be the locations proposed for the wall mounts of each AED.

Commissioner Dean Burbach also brought forward information of a 7-ton, portable concrete tornado shelter. These shelters will be above ground and would assist the county shops in Carroll and Winside.

Brentlinger stated 12 windows are in dire need of replacement as Commissioners will look to get in touch with an architect before pursuing further on courthouse windows being updated.

In order to pursue ARPA funds through the county, Commissioners would need to put grant information together.

Nic Kemnitz, Wayne County Emergency Manager recently attended Wildland Fire training and came back with more knowledge in case fires hit the area. Kemnitz will plan on completing an Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and Firefighter Training courses to receive more skills for certification. He will also use funds from the Emergency Management budget to purchase an Anchor ‘New Generation’ Fire Shelter for $625 through Danko Emergency Equipment. This one-time use fire shelter offers increased protection from radiant and convective heat in wildland firefighter entrapment situations.

Fire Shelter.

The Fire Marshall hosts wildfire training at Ponca State Park in the fall. If enough volunteers sign-up, a course could potentially be offered in Wayne.

Commissioners had to reject the bid from Cornhusker for two trucks due to not meeting specs. The board then approved the next bid from Custom Body being a Kenworth for one truck at $187,950 with a ‘Fat Boy’ kit and will re-bid in June for a second truck.

A temporary two-week Class I Liquor License was also approved for Logan Valley Golf Course in Wakefield. There were no concerns from the sheriff’s department as a public hearing will be held during the next meeting.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m.