The Otoe County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May as Community Action Month at its meeting Tuesday morning.
The board heard the annual report from the Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership.
Susan Keholm, SENCA development director, along with Desaray Johnson, SENCA Otoe County Family Development specialist, and Diana Bohlen, Nebraska City Head Start teacher, delivered the report to the board.
SENCA serves Otoe County with three main programs, said Keholm, those being community education, family outreach and youth education.
According to a recent SENCA survey, affordable health care is one of the highest challenges facing Nebraska families.
Sixty-two percent of survey respondents identified health care as the top challenge.
During the meeting, board members also approved the final plat of the Evergreen Plaza commercial development located at Highway 2 and 190th Road on the western edge of the county.
Roland Meyer is developing the six-lot parcel into a commercial center.
Commissioners also considered a request from the Timberlake Homeowners Association to take over ownership of the development’s private roads.
“It’s a safety issue for children and residents,” said Chuck Severin, who spoke on behalf of the HOA. “We can’t put up speed limit or stop signs, and we can’t limit public access.”
Commissioner Jerad Sornson told HOA representatives Severin and Devin Townsend that Otoe County cannot take over road ownership.
Otoe County Attorney David Partsch said Nebraska counties can enter into road-maintenance contracts with HOAs when the county’s population is more than 60,000 people and an HOA has more than 50 units in its development.
“I sympathize with your plight. I truly do,” Commissioner James Parsons told Severin and Townsend, “but I feel, if we as commissioners do this, we’re essentially opening up Pandora’s Box here for every subdivision here in Otoe County and there’s just no way we can do that.”
In other matters, the board
n appointed Sue Saathoff and Ben Heisenfeldt to the Otoe County Visitor’s Committee;
n approved a $10 increase in the cost of 911 address plates for rural residences. The new fee of $25 covers the cost of the sign and the pole;
n approved a bid of $29,330.50 from Metal Culverts Inc. of Maryville, Mo., for culvert materials for the Southeast Syracuse bridge located at P and 32 roads.
The next regular meeting of the Otoe County Board of Commissioners is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Otoe County Courthouse.