Richardson County Board receives organization updates

Richardson County Courthouse

(KLZA)-- Richardson County Commissioners voted to enter into an agreement with the Nebraska Department of Transportation on their request for local detour routes utilizing 709 Road, 652 Avenue and 710 Road during bridge repair projects tentatively scheduled for late summer of 2025 when they met Wednesday.

Commissioners also approved a request from Highway Superintendent Steve Darveau Jr. to set the wages for seasonal part-time employees at $14 per hour.

Commissioners met with Sheriff Rick Hardesty in closed session to discuss personnel matters.

District I Chief Probation Officer Melanie Stormer presented and annual report on the Probation District. In 2023 there were 1,022 individuals supervised, 833 investigations conducted for the courts and 53 juvenile intakes while 21,807 drug testes were conducted for 1,205 individuals.

Stromer also presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2024-25 budget calling for Richardson County's share coming to $11,636 which is a decrease of $113 for the year.

Problem Solving Court Coordinator for the Southeast Nebraska Adult Court, Chris Reece presented a report on the Drug Court in the past year. In 2023 there were 8 participants from Richardson County in the Southeast Nebraska Drug Court.

The Fiscal Year 2024-25 budget for the court is $34,575 which is funded by Richardson, Pawnee, Johnson, Nemaha and Otoe counties. The Richardson County Share amounts to $9,763. Commissioners John Caverzagie and David Sickel voted to approve an Interlocal Agreement with the other counties for the next fiscal year. Commissioner Rick Karas was absent from the meeting.

Deb Lewis, Treasurer of Humboldt Shares Inc. presented the organizations quarterly report and made a request for continued funding from Richardson County in an amount of $5,000.

Matt Kasik, Director of Apace, formerly known as Region V Services which provides community based behavioral health services to persons with developmental disabilities presented the organizations annual report for 2023. Kasik said the organization will not need to request funding from Richardson County for this fiscal year which had been $14,886 per year.

Region V System which provides community-based behavioral health services was represented at the meting by Regional Administrator Patrick Kreifels. He noted there were 118 encounters in Richardson County serviced by Region V Systems in Fiscal year 2023-24. Kreifels requested continued funding for FY2024-2025 in am amount of $19,674 from Richardson County.

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