Skid Loader, Motor Grader Bids Accepted During Commissioners Meeting

WAYNE – Both the Wayne County Board of Equalization and Commissioners met Tuesday morning in the Wayne County Courthouse courtroom.

After being notified a couple weeks ago County Assessor Dawn Duffy brought forward a correction for Jerry Schweede due to a change on a 2017 homestead. The Board of Equalization also set their tax rates for 2020-21.

Moving into the regularly scheduled agenda for the commissioners, the county received their second reimbursement check through United Health Care. Steve Muir with Elkhorn Valley Insurance presented the check worth $6,074.22 to the board Tuesday morning for a premium rebate from 2019 medical claims. This goes along with the COVID rebate of $8,245 received back in July.

Commissioners also approved the purchase for a pair of 121 CC Honda generators to be used by Wayne County Emergency Manager, Nic Kemnitz to run the salamander tracking systems. This would replace hauling the big generator out as Kemnitz will have to purchase a special patch cord that can double the wattage if hooked up to each other. The working load for the generator is 1800 watts with a max of 2200. There is also a three-year warranty for the smaller generators.

Kemnitz also provided information about the insurance settlement for the damaged portable communication tower. Wayne County will receive a net of $38,000 after purchasing the damaged tower where Kemnitz said they can still use a lot off of it. The group will have to go out for bid to get another free-standing communications tower.

The board then approved a pair of bid openings. Siouxland Bobcat was awarded the low bid for a skid loader with a trade-in value of $47,041.74 that includes a brush, bucket and snow blower. Motor graders will also be purchased through Nebraska Machinery. Each of District 1 and District 3 will get $2,500 off their total price for purchasing both machines and get $8,000 in parts credit.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20 at 9 a.m.