Washington County Expecting Unusual Expenditures

BLAIR – Work on the upcoming fiscal year’s budget is underway for the Washington County Board of Supervisors.  Some of the factors include the cost of an emergency management director – this after Region 5/6 Emergency management director Bill Pook announced his retirement and dissolution of Region 5/6.  The latter a combined position including Dodge, Burt, and Washington Counties.  Each county will now have it’s own director. Pook asked the board’s permission to submit a federal grant application that would fund half of the new director’s position, The board approved applying for that grant.  The position is currently posted   Among the other agenda items, an update on radio upgrades involving Washington county, Dodge County and other agencies was presented by Phil Brazelton.  Area public safety agencies are upgrading radio equipment and are doing so simultaneously to insure communications.  Some of the groups, such as Omaha Public Power District, are footing a little more of the bill.  Phil says Washington County will need to pay around fifty thousand dollars for the upgrades.  Phil says all parties hope to have that system in place by early next year.