Dawson County Zoning Administrator Pam Holbrook received the nod Wednesday to become the temporary enforcement officer for the county’s Flood Plan Ordinance.
When Dawson County Surveyor Jake Ripp resigned earlier this month commissioners needed to find a temporary replacement so flood plan work could continue uninterrupted. Holbrook noted she filled in as enforcement officer during the interim between the retirement of County Surveyor Gary Donnelson and Ripp’s hiring and had all the training necessary to follow ordinance guidelines.
In other action commissioner approved four applications for special designated liquor licenses for upcoming events. First was approval for Lundgren Farms to serve the Class of 1963 reunion event June 14-15 at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles.
Then three entities – Mac’s Creek Vineyard, Three Brothers Vineyard and LakeShore Marina and Grille – received approval to serve a June 8th event at Lakeview Acres on Johnson Lake hosted by the Elwood Chamber of Commerce. The gated, ticketed event combines an art show with food and wine tastings and last year drew close to 1,000 participants.
A discussion with Dan Schwartzkopf of the Krull Agency, the county’s health care provider, moved the county closer to the their annual group health renewal and review. Commissioners reviewed a list of items associated with national health care reform, including some additional fees that will be assessed per person to help fund the program.
They also looked at the total claims for April, $46,500, which were down compared to previous months. Schwartzkopf noted that if May and June are also better months that will help in final premium adjustments when the county review is completed.
In other action commissioners:
-Received the monthly crime report from Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber.
-Approved a Fractured, Critical Agreement that deals with county bridge inspections.
-Approved a supplemental agreement to the federal purchase agreement with the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), that notes NDOR will make funds available for bridges in proportion to the 10 percent formerly provided by the federal government.
-Approved a sign program policy for the County Roads Department that outlines what the county will do for annual sign evaluations, sign inventory and maintenance and testing for sign reflectivity. County Roads Superintendent Jon Mooberry noted they are applying for a $1,500 grant for sign inventory software through NIRMA, the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. In addition, during the roads department discussion, commissioners approved a request to provide internet service to the county shop.