Bridge inspections, cell phone updates discussed


By Aubreanna Miller

For the Herald


Starting off their Tuesday morning meeting, the Wayne County Commissioners changed the regular agenda to not include revisions to Chapters 4 and 5 of the Personnel Policy.

This, because no attorney could be present for the meeting. Items on the agenda discussed during the meeting included updating cell phones for the Sheriff's Department and updates from Highway Superintendent Mark Casey.

Currently, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department's telephones operate through U.S. Cellular. Ten cellphones are paid by the county with unlimited data. Three of those will shut off in December due to their age.

The Commissioners plan on meeting with the employees on the county phone plan to finalize preferences for phone updates. Sheriff Dwinell said U.S. Cellular works best at this time because it allows for traveling between Iowa and South Dakota if needed.

Mark Casey asked the Commissioners if they could also add an 11th line for Kyle Huff, who is currently training for the superintendent position, which they approved.

Casey also updated the board on bridge inspections, saying they had six left in the month of September and 27 coming up in October.

From the scrap tire event in Butler County, Wayne County submitted reimbursement of $32,684.21 which falls under the $41,000 that was allocated. This number included the Butler County Landfill fees, advertising costs and labor.

The Commissioners approved culvert sizes for the three districts. From B's Enterprises Inc. out of Norfolk, the lowest bid was $23,623.

During a special meeting on Sept. 14, the board appointed Diane Pieper as Interim Clerk of District Court, which they reaffirmed during Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting. This Friday, Sept. 22, they plan on reviewing applications for the Clerk of District Court Position. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 21.

The meeting ended shortly after approving the Wayne County Tax rate for 2023-24, decreasing a third of a penny to be a rate of .240704.

The board will meet again Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9 a.m.