Wayne County ARPA Funds To Be Set Aside, More Grant Applications In

WAYNE – A couple updates will be brought forward during the regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

From the Wayne County Safety Annex at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, board members will first discuss setting an amount of ARPA funds to be retained for county usage.

During the September 6 regular board meeting, commissioners approved four ARPA grant applications from Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department ($47,627.60), two Wayne County Safety Committee grants ($8,700/ $11,935) as well as Winside Fire and Rescue Department ($238,523).

There is still roughly $1.5 million remaining in ARPA Funds through Wayne County.

Two more ARPA grant applications will be in front of the board. They include Carroll Rural Fire District 1 for $111,783.16 to purchase Fire equipment, new gear and pagers as well as Wayne Rural Fire District 2 for $248,350.00 to purchase a 2,000 gallon tanker/pumper combo.

Amy Topp with Nebraska Extension will address several topics starting with the introduction of Julie Kreikemeier. A purchase request of a SPIKE Prime Robot and Expansion Kit for the First Lego League and holiday closure will be other items.

Updates will also come from Todd Greunke and Shelli Keiser for the Ag Society website as well as Jon Canon being the Executive Director of Nebraska Association of County Officials.

Motion items will be to approve the County Officials’ personal property inventories for the 2021-22 fiscal year and then set the minimum rate for personal property inventories for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

Mark Casey, Highway Superintendent will provide a list of roads and bridges submitted to Mainelli Wagner for a bond project. Board members will then discuss fees to be assessed to carbon pipelines for utility crossings under roads and right-of-ways (ROWs) per Navigator. Per Summit Carbon Solutions, the group will also discuss renewal of road and driveway permits, fee requirements, insurance requirements and culvert requirements.