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VSO office to move back to courthouse

VSO office to move back to courthouse

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WAHOO – The Saunders County Veterans Services office will be moving from North Broadway back to its original location – the county courthouse – for the first time in about 20 years. 

The Saunders County Board of Supervisors approved the transition during its meeting on Feb. 2 at the courthouse after looking at photos provided by Saunders County Clerk Patti Lindgren. 

Large filing cabinets full of veterans files, binders, boxes, walkers and wheelchairs have filled the office located inside of the Highway Department building to the brim making it small and a bit crowded. The new office will be on the first floor of the courthouse on the southern side of the building near the wheelchair ramp. The office will have much more space for the new Veterans Services Officer to get adjusted to the position. It used to be one of two offices used by probation. 

“The more space downstairs will suit everybody much better,” District 3 Supervisor Craig Breunig said.

There was discussion that the ramp outside the courthouse could be an issue for some veterans, but with the wheelchairs VSO Mary Pace or the new VSO should be able help the veteran in.  

There is no official date for when the office will move to the courthouse. 

In other business, the county board approved the re-appointment of John Trutna and John Zaugg to the Saunders County Board of Adjustments by recommendations of Zoning Administrator Mitch Polacek. 

The supervisors also approved a revised version of the Saunders County Employee Safety Manual which is more expansive, according to Emergency Manager Terry Miller. The revised version was based on a template provided by the National Emergency Management Agency.

The county board tabled the decision on a public hearing in regards to the removal of Saunders County Zoning Regulation Article III, Section 3, paragraph G. It currently reads, “If the planning commission postpones action and the applicant desires an immediate hearing before the county board, the applicant has the privilege of appearing before the county board at their next regularly scheduled meeting and request that a hearing date be set.” 

This regulation contradicts a state statute, which is the reason Polacek has recommended it be removed.

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