Dawson board reviews RYDE program, accepts resignation of Veteran's Service Officer

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners took care of the county's business at their regular meeting on Monday.

--Among the items approved was the 2012-13 audit, which did not reveal any major problems.

--The Commissioners reviewed and approved details of the Victim Witness Unit grant application, a routine, but important matter for making the office possible. The office will seek $37,520 in VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) funds for the next fiscal year. Another important funding source is the county lottery which supplied $18,400 in funding for the current fiscal year. The Victim Witness Office is self-supported and does not use county tax dollars.

--The Commissioners accepted the resignation of Dawson County Veteran's Service Officer Earl Linn, who has spent a decade in the position. His last day is Tuesday, April 1, but he will stay on in a part-time capacity during April to help transition a new person into the position. Linn was thanked for doing a great job! 8 people applied for the position and 4 were interviewed by the Veteran's Service Board. The job went to Steve Zerr who spent 8 years in the United States Navy. He is currently working for the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, but has had many years of experience writing & reporting for and publishing newspapers.

--The Commissioners want an update of the county policies regarding "Paid Time Off." The board asked Human Resources Consultant Jay Edwards to work with Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood on updating the policies.

--Charles McGraw with RYDE Transit, the entity that operates Dawson county's handibus, addressed the Commissioners about proposed funding needs for the next fiscal year. McGraw said RYDE plans to ask Dawson County for $32,232 in funds for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The Commissoners said they're supportive of the bus service, but want to see more effort put forth to serve riders in outlying areas of the county. Commissioner P.J. Jacobsen said 75% of the ridership is coming from Lexington and only 15% from the rest of the county. Commissioner Dean Kugler said he thinks the division of financial responsibility should be shifted.

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