One & Six-Year Road Improvement Plan Approved, Commissioners Hear Information On Housing Fund

WAYNE – As the Road Use Agreements with Sholes Wind and Plum Creek Wind, LLC’s were taken off the agenda, it made room for another topic of discussion during the Wayne County Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

From the Courthouse meeting room, two items were not talked about with revisions and the initial review of two wind companies. Commissioners will still waiting on some information before it is discussed in the meeting.

Instead, Executive Director for Wayne Area Economic Development Luke Virgil and Executive Director of Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation Megan Weaver attended the meeting. They shared information about the Rural Workshop Housing Fund offered in the state of Nebraska to communities under populations of 100,000.

This fund would be for workforce housing, not low-to-moderate income levels. There’ll be no grants involved, all loans and will look to continue beyond the next decade. It could be used for rebuilding, updating homes or for rental units.

A main requirement to earn this fund would be matching $1 per $1 from the state. The City of Wakefield has approved $300,000 as Wayne Community Housing would need $200,000 to earn the full potential of a half million dollars from the state. There is only seven million dollars available throughout the state.

Commissioners will hear more about the Rural Workshop Housing Fund during their next meeting as a decision must be made by the end of March for this round of applications. Wayne County has the opportunity of being a part of this fund to help support some of the outlining communities not in Wakefield and possibly Wayne. Weaver will also present the LB 518 housing grant application during the City of Wayne Council meeting Tuesday evening.

A public hearing was held for the one and six-year road improvement plan. Highway Superintendent Mark Casey went over the draft copy provided during the meeting. Of the 19 one-year projects in 2017, 10 were finished with one still being constructed. That now brings the 2018, one-year projects up to 17. For the six-year plan, scheduled to end on December 31 of 2023, there were 46 projects with 17 priority numbers set.

Commissioners also heard from District Court Clerk Deb Allemann-Dannelly about the possibility of purchasing two tables to use in the courtroom. In the Judicial courtroom, there is only one table as they’re requesting two tables instead for each attorney and their client for confidentiality.

The two new tables would go into the main courthouse room inside the courthouse as the two current tables would be transferred to the Judicial courtroom. Information was also brought up about an Elmo projector to be used in the courtroom.

Commissioners did not make a decision and will look more into both items during their next meeting.

Wayne County Commissioners also approved the legal services of Baird Holm LLP associated with Berggren Architects to apply for and market Nebraska historic tax credits for the courthouse masonry restoration project. The county set a limited of not to exceed $20,000.

The next Wayne County Commissioners regular scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20 at 9 a.m.

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