Wind Turbine Town Hall Meeting Scheduled, Architect Selected To Lead Tuckpointing Project

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning with most of the time talking about wind turbines.

Starting with Bobbi McCormick, who was on the agenda to speak and two more crowd members voiced their opinion against wind turbines being placed in Wayne County.

McCormick and her husband, who has attended a previous meeting, live on a farm in Wayne County. They are non-participating landowners for with the wind turbines coming in. She stated she was concerned of the set-back from where the turbine is located to her house would be, wanted to see a written plan to protect non-participating landowners and requested an open forum or town hall meeting be held soon.

After the two others in the crowd gave their opinion, McCormick reiterated that her and her husband would put their house up for sale and move if nothing was done.

Project Developer of NextEra Energy Resources, Phil Clement also attended the meeting and discussed with McCormick in the hallway of the Wayne County Courthouse meeting room as the regular agenda was able to continue.

The Commissioners came to a decision on holding a town hall meeting on Wednesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. in the courtroom of the Wayne County Courthouse. Clement and several NextEra Energy Resource members pertaining to construction, environmental and more will make up the panel.

Another main topic was brought up at the end of the meeting when Jerry Berggren with Berggren Architects talked with the board about the Courthouse tuckpointing project. The architect company is currently working on a project in Sherman County and would like to look more into the Wayne County Courthouse project by creating a bid package during the winter months to put out to bid.

Berggren Architects was involved in the elevator installation in 1998 at the courthouse and have nearly 40 years of experience. One benefit the county will receive is 20% of the qualifying work will be profited back to Wayne through Nebraska State Tax Credit. An example was given if the project would cost $100,000, Wayne County would be receiving $20,000 back to use on their courthouse what they see fit. The credit is not earned back until the project is complete.

Commissioners motioned to approve Berggren Architects to lead the Courthouse Tuckpointing Project with work to start as early as April or when the temperature is 40 degrees and rising. The company will receive 12% of the constructions costs.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners will take place on Tuesday, November 21 at 9 a.m.

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