The Lincoln County commissioners approved the concept Monday of holding a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the county courthouse on June 22.
The date falls during Nebraskaland Days. The county might close Fifth St. that Wednesday afternoon and have some live music and refreshments, said Lisa Burke, who was invited to the commissioners’ meeting to share some ideas.
Tours of the courthouse were also discussed, and a presentation of the history of the building.
Commissioner Chris Bruns said it is a good time to start planning, so the event could be scheduled and included in the Nebraskaland Days brochure of events.
It was an ironic time to think about celebrating because the east wing of the courthouse was heated entirely by space heaters. The vents blew cold air, due to continuing problems with the heating and air-conditioning system. The system has not really worked right for nearly two months, employees said.
Commissioner Joe Hewgley joked that the next meeting might have to be held in the county jail because it is warmer.
In other business, the commissioners:
• Signed the county’s hazardous materials emergency response plan.
• Received a bid of $210,000 for a new shed to store road salt for the county. The lone bidder was Winston Michael Contracting of Omaha. Road Superintendent Carla O’Dell agreed to study the bid and bring a recommendation back to the board.
• Designated the sheriff as the primary point of contact in the door pass system at the courthouse. Commissioner Kent Weems said the administration of the system is currently somewhat unclear.
• Increased the mileage reimbursement rate at .585 cents per mile.
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