Election costs Douglas County 158 hours of OT
Douglas County employees worked an estimated 158 hours of overtime in connection with the Nov. 8 election, with temporary staff adding an estimated 251 election-related hours .
Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow provided an update on last week's election at Tuesday's Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting.
"I am very thankful to everyone and proud of everyone in my department. They worked so diligently during this election," said Rosenow.
She said that there were several employees who worked until 4 a.m. after the elections and were back to work that same morning by 7 a.m.
"About two hours of sleep and we were all back to work," she said.
Rosenow also told the commissioners that there were 3,905 ballots processed, which included 1,020 in-person voters who placed their ballots directly into the ballot counter/tabulator. All of those ballots were processed between Nov. 1 and election day, she said.
"It takes a village to make the election run smoothly and I, for one, am very lucky, thankful and proud of our village," she said.
A motion was made to send a letter of recognition from the board of commissioners to all staff, municipal clerks and election judges, thanking them for a job well done. The motion was unanimously approved.
In other action, the board approved the following:
• Hiring Kostreba Tuckpointing and Roofing for work to be done on the Douglas County Courthouse. The tuckpointing work is estimated to cost $16,900.
• Hire a social worker for Child Protection Services. This needs to be filled due to a promotion.
• Set equipment rental rates for equipment used for work not located on the county highway system.
• Look into upgrading the video equipment in the commissioner's board room. Brent Birkeland, the county's director for information technology, presented a proposal from the technology firm Marco to the board with an estimated cost of $9,200. The board requested more information and a possible demonstration of the equipment before anything is purchased. Birkeland said he would contact the company and set something up.
• Enrollment of the county into the Department of Homeland Security's grant security monitoring initiative. Total cost is an estimated $138,000, but the county will only be responsible for roughly $39,000. The county's fiscal obligation begins in 2019. The mandatory three-year obligation covers equipment purchase, employee training and maintenance and support. The program increases the county's overall cyber security.