Board of Supervisors Approve Partnership Talks Between Fremont Health and Methodist Health Systems

FREMONT – The Dodge County Board of Supervisors had a light meeting this morning.

One of the items on their agenda included considering an engagement agreement for legal services with the law firm of Cline Williams, Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P. for services with regards to the transaction involving Fremont Health and Methodist Health Systems. The firm is based out of Lincoln, and Supervisor Bob Missel says since the board has accepted and approved of the partnership they thought it would be beneficial to have outside legal counsel during the process.

“This is a well-established law firm that has experience working with county hospitals. As the hospital moves forward with its association with Methodist, we felt it was asking too much of our County Attorney’s Office to take this on,” explained Supervisor Missel. “And we felt it would be good to have outside legal counsel to kind of act as our guide as we move through this process.”

The board also held a public hearing to consider Dodge County’s 2018 One & Six Year Road Improvement Program, which was brought to the board by Highway Superintendent Scott Huppert. Supervisor Missel called it an aggressive plan with numerous projects.

“He’s got a lot of projects on the table that he wants to get done,” said Missel. “And Scott expressed a great deal of confidence in being able to accomplish that.”

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to read the Resolution for the 2018 One & Six Year Road Improvement Program into the record for approval. They also received correspondence from Lower Elkhorn NRD on programs available to citizens to help solve natural resource problems and create recreational opportunities. Missel says more information about those programs is available at the County Clerk’s Office.

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