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Sarpy County
July 30, 2020

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July 28, 2020

“In addition to the financial cost to the county, the cities and the schools, there’s an environmental cost to OPPD’s plan to add a large solar farm and natural gas plant,” Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said. “If OPPD’s project is built along Platteview Road, then future commercial and housing development in Sarpy County will move farther away from the already-developed core. Spreading out our population means people will take longer trips to and from work, school and the grocery store. More time spent in your vehicle and on the road does not reduce our collective carbon footprint.”  
 
By enhancing Platteview Road and strategically building out sanitary sewer service along the Platteview corridor, Sarpy is aiming to ensure orderly growth. That goal is threatened by the Omaha Public Power District’s plan to place a utility-scale solar farm and 450 MW natural gas plant on roughly 1,200 acres of the prime Platteview growth corridor.  
 
If OPPD builds in this area, the Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Unified Wastewater Agency projects the following potential financial and environmental impacts:  

  • A potential loss of $975 million in property valuation, with 4,700 fewer housing units and 11,178 fewer residents along Platteview Road. This projection was calculated by looking at comparable development along arterial corridors in the Omaha metro area.
  • Future population density in Sarpy County would shift from a planned five units per acre to one unit per five acres. This assumes that the urban or suburban growth along Platteview does not occur, and instead those housing units are built where sewer service isn’t readily available. This acreage-style housing will require individual septic systems.
  • OPPD’s plan will create urban sprawl. People will have to drive farther each day for activities like visiting the grocery store or going to the doctor. Longer trips in the car mean more harmful emissions. The County’s current comprehensive plan calls for a more dense development that requires less time in the car, which leads to fewer emissions, which is better for the environment. 
  • The county will spend more on maintaining and building roads as people drive more and live farther away from the population center. 

 
Residents have weighed in about the county’s future. At a 2015 public planning workshop, residents reported valuing the blend of urban and rural environments found in the area. In order to maintain this relationship, residents proposed that new development should occur contiguous to existing development, within city jurisdictions. New development should be compact to reduce sprawl, thereby maintaining an urban/rural dichotomy in Sarpy County.  
 
In addition, a majority of the public who participated in the workshop identified Platteview Road as their top choice of transportation corridors that should be improved. Many people reported seeing this corridor as a new alternative route for northbound traffic on Interstate 29 looking to head west on Interstate 80.  
 
Sarpy County supports OPPD’s efforts to incorporate more renewable energy sources into its portfolio, but those efforts should not come at the expense of taxpayers and public health.   
 
While county leaders have suggested alternative sites for the solar farm in Sarpy County, the county has raised specific concerns about the environmental impacts of OPPD’s accompanying natural gas plant. The Nebraska Chapter of the Sierra Club, an environmental organization, shared similar concerns in an Omaha World-Herald editorial published in November 2019.  
 
“OPPD has said that it will invest in building a considerable amount of new solar power, while at the same time planning to commit to new generation from fracked gas,” wrote John Crabtree, the campaign representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.
 
“If your goal is to decarbonize, investing in new carbon-producing power plants is the wrong way to get there. Gas extraction through fracking is fraught with public health and environmental impacts. Methane leakage from gas infrastructure also contributes to the climate crisis.”  
 
Sarpy County has been clear about its opposition to the natural gas portion of OPPD’s proposal. OPPD plans to build the natural gas component as a backup to its solar-generated power.  
 
“We worry about the environmental and public health risk a natural gas-burning plant could pose to our residents and community,” Kelly said. “Businesses looking to expand and bring jobs to Sarpy County will weigh those risks, too, when deciding if they really want a natural gas plant as a neighbor.”  
 
Coming next week: Implications of $975 million in lost revenue to the county, schools and cities 
 

July 27, 2020

The Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office is extending its hours to make it more convenient for Sarpy County residents and business owners to visit the office. 
 
Starting Aug. 3, the Treasurer’s Office will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
“I’m excited to offer our residents a more flexible schedule and additional hours,” Sarpy County Treasurer Brian Zuger said. “We know people are busy and we value their time, so the new hours will make it easier and more convenient to visit our office.”
 
Zuger also wants to remind residents that they can renew their vehicle registration or pay their property taxes online at Sarpy.com/Treasurer.
 
“From your smartphone or computer, you can renew your registration or pay your property taxes without having to visit the Courthouse. It’s fast, convenient and available 24 hours a day,” Zuger said.
 

July 20, 2020


Designs are under way to turn Platteview Road into a four-lane expressway that spans the county.

“We fully support OPPD developing solar energy in Sarpy County, but it needs to be in a location that makes sense for everyone involved – a location that fits in with the shared vision we’ve been working toward for decades,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. 


The Lake Side Power Station in Vinyard, Utah, is a 535-megawatt natural gas plant.

OPPD is currently planning a large-scale solar farm in Sarpy County, but the project requires a 450-megawatt natural gas component to serve as backup. Sarpy County has serious concerns about the environmental impacts of a natural gas-burning plant in the county and believes OPPD should consider a more rural location within its large service area. Therefore, Sarpy County opposes the construction of a natural gas plant along Platteview Road or elsewhere the county that is not in an industrially zoned area.
 
As Sarpy County grows, county leaders are focused on how to prioritize projects and best serve residents. A key priority is ensuring the county has well-planned and maintained infrastructure like roads and sewers.
 
These projects play a big role in facilitating new growth and attracting developments that create jobs and increase the tax base.
 
In 2017, the Omaha World-Herald published an editorial detailing the importance of creating a regional wastewater system in Sarpy County. “Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk framed the issue well: “If there are no homes to be purchased and there’s no development to be made, businesses that are looking at the Omaha area to expand will stop. If we don’t expand the tax base, we all will pay more taxes — it’s that simple.”
 
While Sarpy County and the five cities have been working diligently for several years to make this plan a reality, it was only a few months ago that OPPD confirmed they purchased more than 500 acres of land and hold options on another 700 acres along the prime Platteview Road growth corridor, effectively removing that land from any development into the foreseeable future.
 
Sarpy County remains ready and willing to work cooperatively with OPPD to find a proper location for solar energy in Sarpy County, however we recently learned OPPD will be formally seeking approval of the their plan to build a solar farm on the Platteview Road sites in early August.
 
That’s why the county has raised concerns about OPPD’s plan to build the solar farm and natural gas plant along Platteview Road from roughly 156th Street west to 192nd Street. The county supports bringing a solar farm to the county – just not in this particular area.
 
Here is what’s at stake: This year alone, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners approved resolutions to start designing the future of Platteview Road – a four-lane expressway that spans the county – and to start construction on an 9-square mile section of major arterial streets in western Sarpy County, from Giles Road to Highway 370 and 168th Street to 204th Street.
 
Sarpy County and the five Sarpy cities are also working together to add sanitary sewer infrastructure to southern Sarpy County. The area doesn't currently have a unified sewer system, which is a detriment to growth and keeps needed jobs from coming to Sarpy County. By joining together to form the Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency, the county and the cities can work toward a unified vision for the area and create the Unified Southern Sarpy Sewer System. The system is currently being designed and construction will begin in the next 12 months.
 
These road and sewer projects represent more than a hundred-million-dollar investment in the future of Sarpy County and have been years in the making.
 
Sarpy County and city leaders use the Sarpy County Future Land Use Map to help guide investments in roads and sewers, including the Unified Southern Sarpy Sewer System. The map shows the western stretch of Platteview Road to someday be a mix of homes, mixed-use developments, schools, parks and businesses. The Wastewater Agency used the future land use assumptions to develop a financial model that will fund the construction and operation of the new system without the need for property tax dollars. If OPPD develops the solar farm and natural gas plant in this location, the Agency (backed by your property tax dollars) will lose millions of dollars in user and connection fees, making the new sewer system financially unfeasible – or worse, an added drain on Sarpy County taxpayers.
 
The unified strategy is already working. Sound infrastructure investments helped bring data centers for Facebook, Google and other companies soon to be announced to the Highway 50 corridor. These businesses add hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy every year, including good jobs in Sarpy County and the State of Nebraska.
                         
The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners strongly supports working together to find solutions for a shared county vision, and encourages OPPD to join those discussions as well. The Board has actively worked with OPPD to find other project sites within Sarpy County that would meet OPPD’s needs and support the unified county vision – without wasting the millions of dollars already invested in the future.
 
Coming next week: Environmental impacts and cost of urban sprawl and the importance of Platteview Road
 

July 14, 2020

A study being coordinated by the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) will examine the high-growth area of Sarpy County south and west of Highway 370 and Highway 50 for potential transportation issues and needs. In particular, MAPA, in coordination with Sarpy County and the cities of Gretna and Papillion, is developing the Sarpy County I-80 Planning Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study to answer questions about whether an additional interchange is needed.
 
The public can get involved by watching the video at mapacog.org/projects/i80pel and providing written comments online at i80PEL.digicate.com through August 12, 2020. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no in-person meetings are scheduled at this time.

The Sarpy County I-80 Interchange PEL Study began this summer and will continue through summer 2021. It will evaluate the need for a new interchange in Sarpy County south and west of Highway 370 and Highway 50. If a new interchange is needed, the study will explore and evaluate locations for it.

This effort will build on the results of previous studies, analyze traffic and land use, develop and evaluate alternatives and engage the public. Once the study is completed, future work may involve preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, an Interchange Justification Report (IJR), design and construction. 

Background

The concept of a PEL study is to bring together the planning efforts conducted up to and during this stage and to integrate them into the environmental documentation process, or NEPA, and to help make that transition as smooth as possible. NEPA is a strict process law and requires specific protocols to be followed during project development, alternatives screening and evaluation of impacts. A PEL study offers a little more flexibility in the planning process, yet still requires enough detail to be gathered and considered.

The results of the PEL study can inform, direct, and assist the NEPA process and decision makers when it comes to pursuing specific projects identified during the PEL process. This process is useful particularly when the number and/or types of projects are unknown, the costs or potential resources are unknown and the funding sources or impacts are unknown.

The PEL process can help identify these unknowns, direct decision makers to the appropriate NEPA document, and begin to lay the framework for avoiding impacts and identifying funding sources.

The public can comment online at i80PEL.digicate.com. Follow the project on mapacog.org/projects/i80pel and social media and use our #i80PEL hashtag.
 

July 13, 2020

Here in Sarpy County, we are enthusiastic about our future.
 
Sarpy continues to be Nebraska’s fastest-growing county, home to one of the hottest development corridors in the state, and is simply one of the best places to put down roots and raise a family.
 
Our future, however, is not without concerns to work through and problems to solve.
 
We want to bring awareness to a project that does not have our support.
 
The Omaha Public Power District has purchased land along Platteview Road in western Sarpy County with plans to build a large-scale solar energy farm and natural gas plant.
 
The county, along with the five Sarpy County cities, voiced shared concerns in December 2019 about this project, sending a letter to the OPPD Board of Directors that requested key stakeholders be engaged in the decision-making process.
 
As it stands today, this project removes 1,200 acres of prime real estate from the possibility of becoming a new neighborhood or destination area for our residents to enjoy.
 
We believe this solar and natural gas project threatens future development and risks thousands of jobs. Simply put, it is not in the best interest of our taxpayers.
 
Imagine Sarpy County with acres and acres of solar panels and a natural gas-burning plant.
 
Imagine Sarpy County, decades from now, with piecemeal housing development because land use and infrastructure best practices were not followed.
 
Imagine Sarpy County void of new commercial developments like the hub of data centers along Highway 50 that has a $522-million-dollar statewide economic impact every year.
 
This is the unfortunate future we envision if OPPD’s plan moves ahead.
 
In the coming weeks, we will explain why we believe OPPD’s project is not in our residents’ best interest.
 
What is in our residents’ best interest is a county shaped by the local governments and officials who live and work in Sarpy County and understand the area and its potential.
 
The county and five cities have publicly and transparently worked hand in hand for three years on a plan to put infrastructure in the ground – a plan that will open up 44,000 acres of land for development in southern Sarpy County.
 
The Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency has agreed what portion of the county will be served by the new sewer infrastructure, which is in the design phase now and could be under construction in the next 12 months.
 
We are close to realizing our potential. Let’s not undo it.

July 10, 2020

The Sarpy County Election Commission will mail Early Voting Ballot Applications to all eligible registered voters in Sarpy County for the 2020 General Election.
 
Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Y. Andahl said Sarpy County has mailed applications to voters for General Elections since 2012. COVID-19 concerns this year have created a need to do so again.
 
Starting the first week of August, folded postcards will be mailed to registered voters’ current addresses. The postcards will be printed on light orange cardstock.
 
Voters must fill out and sign the application and return the application to the Sarpy County Election Commission by 6 p.m. on Friday, October 23. Applications may be:
 

  • Mailed or delivered to the Sarpy County Election Commission at 501 Olson Drive, Papillion, NE 68046
  • Faxed to (402) 593-5770
  • Emailed as a clear picture or scan of the completed form to [email protected]

 
The commission will mail ballots to voters starting Monday, September 28. The 2020 General Election will be held Tuesday, November 3.
 
Voters who voted early in the 2020 Primary Election will need to fill out another ballot application if they want to vote early in the 2020 General Election.
 
Questions? Call the Sarpy County Election Commission at 402-593-2167.

July 06, 2020

Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Y. Andahl has appointed Michelle Boyland to the office of Chief Deputy Election Commissioner.
 
Boyland is taking over for Deb Davis, who retired July 1, after 10 years of service. Boyland will serve for the remainder of Davis’s 4-year term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021.
 
“I cannot thank Deb Davis enough for her service over the last 10 years, and I wish her to the best in her retirement.” Election Commissioner Andahl said.
 
By state statute, the Election Commissioner must appoint a Chief Deputy from a different political party. Andahl, who was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, is a Republican. Both the Democratic and Libertarian parties submitted candidates for the position.
 
Boyland, a Democrat from Bellevue, was sworn in July 6.
 

July 06, 2020

The Sarpy County Clerk’s Office will resume passport application services on Tuesday, July 7 by appointment only.
 
You can make an appointment on Sarpy.com (Click “Make an appointment” then select “County Clerk/Passports”) or by calling 402-593-5957. Appointments will be available between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
“My office has been working closely with the U.S. State Department to ensure we can safely and securely start accepting passport applications again. We’ve taken a number of precautions, and we are excited to restart this service on July 7,” said Deb Houghtaling, Sarpy County Clerk/Register of Deeds.
 
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Clerk’s Office installed glass barriers at all customer-service counters, added touchless hand sanitizer stations and is following social distancing recommendations.  Guests are encouraged to wear masks or cloth face coverings while inside the courthouse.
 
If you have questions about the passport applications process, please call 402-593-5957.

July 03, 2020

As part of the CONNECTSarpy road program, two roads will close starting July 13:
• 180th Street will close to through traffic from Giles Road to Palisades Drive.
• Giles Road will close from 169th to 188th Street.

Both projects are expected to be closed until Spring 2021.

DETOUR ROUTES:
• East-west traffic should use either Harrison Street or Highway 370.
• North-south traffic should use either 168th or 204th Street

For more details about these closures or the CONNECTSarpy road program, visit CONNECTSarpy.com.

July 02, 2020

On July 2, Gov. Pete Ricketts rescinded his executive order extending the due date for Nebraskans to complete vehicle titling and registration requirements. To ensure residents have enough time complete the process, instead of the original 30-day notice period, the Governor created a deadline of Aug. 31. 

Individuals who purchased a new vehicle or whose existing vehicle registration expired on or after March 1, 2020, must complete titling and registration requirements by Aug. 31. For customers required to pay sales tax, failure to complete the process by Aug. 31 may result in penalty and interest being applied.

Read the Governor's Executive Order setting the Aug. 31 deadline.

July 01, 2020

Giles Road will be closed between 180th and 188th Streets beginning Monday, July 6, weather permitting.

Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of August.

This project is part of the County's CONNECTSarpy road project. Learn more at CONNECTSarpy.com.

June 25, 2020

Applying for a building permit in Sarpy County just got easier. If you are building a fence, finishing your basement or doing other work to your home, you can now submit building permit applications on the Sarpy County website.

The new online system also lets users track the status of an application, schedule inspections, submit documents and make payments.

“We are excited to offer this new service to our residents, which will save them time and simplify the building permit process,” said Donna Lynam, interim director of the Sarpy County Planning & Building Department.

If you have questions about building permit requirements in Sarpy County, please contact the Sarpy County Planning & Building Department at [email protected] or 402-593-1555.

Please note that Sarpy County only issues permits for work within the county’s zoning jurisdiction. If you live in one of the five Sarpy cities or within their zoning jurisdictional area, you will need to apply for permits with the city. To determine which zoning jurisdiction your project is in, visit our Zoning & Jurisdiction Lookup Tool or contact the Sarpy County Planning & Building Department.

June 22, 2020

Brightly colored tents are popping up across the county, which means Fourth of July festivities are about to begin.
 
If you have a noise complaint about fireworks, it is important to remember to use the county’s non-emergency number, 402-593-4111. Calling 911 for non-emergency reasons could delay an emergency call from getting through, so please know which number to use.
 
Officers will respond to noise complaints only after all emergency calls have been resolved.
 
Here are some tips from Sarpy County Emergency Communications to help you decide when to call 911.

  • Call 911
    To stop a crime. To report a fire. To save a life.
  • Call 402-593-4111
    To report anything that is not an emergency. These include fireworks noise complaints, reports of past incidents or someone using fireworks outside of approved hours.

If you are calling 911 with an emergency, be prepared to answer these questions:

  • What is your current location?
  • What is your phone number?
  • What is happening?

When can you light fireworks?

  • Bellevue – 8 a.m.-10 p.m. June 25-July 3; and 8 a.m.-midnight on July 4
  • Gretna – 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 25 -July 3; and 10 a.m.-midnight on July 4
  • La Vista – 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. June 28-July 2; and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on July 3-4
  • Papillion – 8 a.m.-10 p.m. June 25-July 3; and 8 a.m.-11:59 p.m. on July 4
  • Springfield – 8 a.m.-10 p.m. June 25-July 3; and 8 a.m.-midnight on July 4
June 19, 2020

Sarpy County’s lakes, rivers and parks offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Whether swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking or picnicking, residents and visitors are encouraged to explore the county’s abundant resources in a safe manner.
 
“We want people to get outside, and we want them to enjoy themselves. But safety has to be the first consideration, and we aren’t seeing that right now from some individuals at Schramm Park,” said Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis.
 
Over the past few months, authorities have responded to numerous incidents at Schramm Park State Recreation Area (SRA) near Gretna, including one drowning and numerous near-drownings, under-age drinking, large crowds, and vehicles parked in and along the roadway.
 
To protect the safety of park visitors and those driving in the area, the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be increasing enforcement of all traffic, criminal and liquor laws at the recreation area.
 
“Following these laws may mean the difference between life and death, so we’re taking a zero-tolerance approach. Violations will result in citations, arrests and towed vehicles,” Sheriff Davis said.
 
The public should use caution when in or around the river and follow these safety precautions:

  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket any time you are in the water.
  • Never swim when you are intoxicated.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Provide direct supervision when children are in or near the water.
  • Be prepared for rapidly changing water conditions.
  • Know how to call for help.

"The safety of the public is our top priority. Rivers naturally attract visitors, but they can be dangerous due to swift currents, unpredictable depth changes and debris hiding under the surface," said Jeff Clauson, Law Enforcement Assistant Division Administrator for Nebraska Game and Parks. “People need to be extremely careful. First and foremost, wear a life jacket.”
 
Schramm Park SRA requires vehicles to have a Nebraska state park vehicle entry permit, which can be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org.

June 18, 2020

Before making an appointment

  1. Visit Sarpy.com to see if the service you’re looking for is available online. You can renew your vehicle registration; find building permit applications, request documents and more.
  2. Be aware of your health. Stay home if you or anyone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19; been directed by public health authorities to self-quarantine or self-isolate; have a fever of 100.4 degrees F or above, have a new or worsening cough or other symptoms such as shortness of breath or sore throat.
  3. We strongly encourage you to wear a mask or homemade cloth face covering during your appointment. View the CDC guidance on cloth face coverings.
  4. Keep social distancing in mind and plan to stay at least six feet away from others.
  5. If you need to register a vehicle with an out-of-state or salvage title: You must complete a VIN inspection before you make an appointment with the Treasurer's Office to register the vehicle. Please call the Title Inspection Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday to set up an appointment: 402-593-2328 or 402-593-2329

Click here to make an appointment.  The Treasurer's office is open for walk-ins.  Expect higher than usual wait times for walk-ins.

When you arrive at the courthouse for your appointment

  1. Park in the east parking lot near the east entrance to the Courthouse
  2. Remain in your car until you are alerted via phone/text that it is time for your appointment. This will help us control the number of people in the building.
  3. Check in at the welcome table immediately inside the door. County staff will confirm your appointment and direct you to the proper area of the building. You may take a brief health assessment, which could include a short verbal questionnaire and/or body temperature assessment.
  4. Maintain at least 6 feet between you and others while walking to the correct area of the building. Signs and floor markings will guide you and will visibly mark appropriate social distances.

Safety measures in place at the Courthouse

  • Glass or plexiglass barriers at all customer-service counters.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
  • Limits on the number of people inside the building. Please be aware there may be delays. Do not come into the building before you are asked to do so.
  • Counters, door handles and other touch points cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
  • Signs and floor markings that indicated appropriate social distancing.
June 16, 2020

Road work will start Monday, June 22 on a stretch of Schram Road from 114th Street to 132nd Street. 

The project will pave 1.5 miles of two-lane gravel road and add new culverts in two phasesPhase 1 will pave Schram from 114th to 124th. Phase 2 will pave Schram from 124th to 132nd. 
 
The first phase will be closed to through traffic during construction and reopen when completed in August. Phase 2 will then close to traffic and reopen when it’s completed, which is expected to be in December. 
 
This plan will allow drivers to access the new Papillion-La Vista elementary school at 120th Street and Schram Road this fall. 
 
Drivers should use caution when driving in the area.
 
The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners awarded the $2.6 million  project to Graham Construction in March. The County and several SIDs will share the cost of construction. Read more about the project here. 

Paving to start on Schram Road near new Papillion-La Vista school
 

June 16, 2020
On June 15, Sarpy County government offices resumed regular operations. You can once again visit the courthouse for same-day service. We appreciate your patience while we made changes to our offices that allow us to serve you in a safe and efficient way.
 
When you visit the courthouse, you will find glass or plexiglass barriers at all customer counters, touchless hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, and signs and floor markings that indicate appropriate social distancing.
 
Even though we are open for walk-ins and appointments, I strongly encourage you continue to access our services online or by calling or emailing our departments. Click here for a list of county services, phone numbers and email addresses.
 
Don Kelly 
Chairman, Sarpy County Board of Commissioners 

Schedule an appointment to save time, avoid lines

Sarpy County offices are accepting appointments from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. As a service to our older residents, we are reserving appointments between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors only.

People are encouraged to wear a face mask or homemade cloth face covering while in the Courthouse.

Click here to make an appointment

The District, County and Juvenile Courts remain open. All hearings will proceed as scheduled unless other arrangements have been made. If you have business with the courts, park in the west parking lot and use the west entrance to the Courthouse.


Renew your vehicle registration online

Save time and a trip to the courthouse by renewing your vehicle registration online. It's easy, convenient and available 24-hours a day.

Click here to renew your vehicle registrations

As a reminder, Gov. Pete Ricketts has extended the expiration date for vehicle titles and registrations that expired on or after March 1. The extension will remain in effect until 30 days after the order is lifted. Does this apply to you? Read the FAQ. 


New Directed Health Measures effective June 22 

Nebraska enters the third phase of the Governor’s Directed Health Measures on Monday, June 22. The following rules will apply to Sarpy County:
 
Bars and restaurants can now operate at 100% capacity. Tables will be limited to eight customersPatrons may dine at bar seating. Games like pool and darts are allowed. Customers must remain seated unless they are playing a game, placing an order or going to the restroom. Buffets and salad bars remain prohibited. 
 
Beauty services industry workers and clients must continue to wear masks. Clients receiving treatments on their face, however, may remove their mask during the service. Salons, barber shops, massage therapy services and tattoo parlors will be allowed to operate at 75% occupancy. 

Wedding and funeral reception venues can operate at 100% capacity but must limit individual parties/tables to eight. Like restaurants, buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Limited dancing may take place at weddings. 

Indoor gatherings will be limited to 50occupancy, not to exceed 10,000 people.  

Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 75% occupancy, not to exceed 10,000 people. Gatherings may include arenas, auctions, stadiums, tracks, fairgrounds, festivals, meeting halls, theaters, libraries, etc. People must remain in groups of eight or fewer. Six-feet social distancing is now a recommendation, not a requirement. 

Please note: Parades, carnivals, street dances and beer gardens remain prohibited. However, parades where people remain in their vehicles and do not line the streets are allowed. Dancing at events is allowed as long as people stay at their tables/seats and maintain social distancing between groups. Dance recitals that follow the governor’s gathering rules are permitted. 

 
If you’re planning a large indoor/outdoor gatheringyou may need to submit your plans to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. You will need to submit plans for approval from the health department if your event will have 500 or more guests. Your plan must include your expected number of guests, how the location will allow for social distancing and your sanitation plans. Submit your plans at sarpycasshealthdepartment.org 

Gyms, fitness centers, health clubs and health spas may now operate at 75% occupancy. 

Youth sports. Anyone can attend games starting Monday, June 22. Contact sports like football and soccer can begin practices on Wednesday, July 1. 

Childcare capacities have increased. Facilities may have: 

  • Infants to 3 year olds – 15 children per room 
  • 3 year olds – 20 children per room 
  • 4-5 year olds – 24 children per room 
  • School-age children (K-12) – 30 children per room 
Nursing homes will allow visitors and resume communal dining and group activities, as long as their staffs have completed baseline testing and meet other criteria. Check your local long-term care facility before planning visit. 
 
Local police departments and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office continue to enforce the Directed Health Measures. For questions regarding enforcement, email [email protected]. 

Sarpy/Cass Health Department public health recommendations 

Public health officials continue to recommend several safety measures to keep you and your loved ones healthy. 
 
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very ill from COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious or chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. 
 
People in these higher-risk groups should: 
  • Stay home as much as possible. 
  • When you go out in public, maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others and wear a cloth face mask. 
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible. 
  • Stay away from others who are sick. 
  • Wash your hands often. 

Interactive dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases in Sarpy and Cass
Interactive dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases in Sarpy and Cass

You can view detailed information about cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County on our interactive dashboard. View the dashboard here. 
 
The dashboard shows not only the number of cases by location, but also breaks down the data by gender, age and type of exposure in Sarpy and Cass counties. You can also watch the cases and recoveries progress over time.
 
View a statewide COVID-19 dashboard here 

Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office will help pickup food and medication for seniors, caregivers 
Sheriff’s Office will help pickup food and medication for seniors, caregivers 

Do you need help picking up groceries or medication? The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and Sarpy County Human Services continue to provide such assistance for older and ill residents during the COVID-19 pandemic event. 
 
Seniors, people who are sick and caretakers of people in these demographics in Sarpy County can call the Sarpy County Sheriff Helpline at (402) 593-1593. A uniformed Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked cruiser will then pick up and deliver medication, food or other necessities from one of the partnering establishments. 
 
To reduce contact and the spread of COVID-19, Deputies will use drive-thrus when available. They will leave residents’ items at the door and wait to leave until the items are retrieved. 
 
The following grocery stores/pharmaceutical providers are participating in this program: 
  • Walgreens – all five Sarpy locations. (Pharmacy orders) 
  • Walmart – 72nd and Centennial. (Pharmacy and groceries)
  • Target – 84th and Centennial. (Pharmacy and groceries) 
  • Baker’s – 36th & Twin Creek and 801 Galvin Road. (Pharmacy and groceries) 
  • Hyvee – all three Sarpy locations. (Groceries only)
  • Springfield Drug – Springfield. (Pharmacy only)
  • Kohlls Pharmacy – 1413 Washington Street Suite 125 and 12741 Q Street
  • Tri-City Pantry – available to Papillion and La Vista residents
  • Gretna Neighbors Pantry
  • Bellevue Pantry
The helpline will be available for requests Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The helpline is not a substitute for 911 and any threats to life or property should be directed to 911.

Firearms Purchase Certificates 

 
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is not accept walk-in requests for Firearms Purchase Certificates. 
 
If you would like to apply for a Firearms Purchase Certificate, application packets are located in the vestibule of the main entrance of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office. The packet includes directions on how to fill out the application, information about what documentation is needed, a cover sheet for your name and phone number as well as the application itself. 

Other resources 

 
June 12, 2020

Sarpy County offices will resume walk-in service starting Monday, June 15, while continuing to encourage the public to make appointments. 
 
Walk-ins will be accepted for services at all Sarpy County offices.  
 
“County administration and staff have worked diligently to bring us back to regular operations,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “We ask that members of the public reciprocate by following public health recommendations before coming to our offices.” 
 
Be aware that walk-ins may experience longer wait times than usual. To avoid these longer wait times, we recommend scheduling an appointment for in-person services. You can make an appointment on Sarpy.com
 
“My staff at the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office is dedicated to serving our neighbors, friends and community, and we want to make sure everyone has access to all of the services we provide. In addition to helping you in person, many of our services can be completed online, via mail or using our secure drop box,” Sarpy County Treasurer Brian Zuger said. “If your business requires an in-person visit, we ask that you utilize our online system to make an appointment or to join our virtual queue. This will reduce your wait time and help us manage the number of people in our office. We appreciate everyone’s continued patience and understanding.”  
 
The Sarpy County Clerk’s Office will not be offering passport application services at this time. They are working with the U.S. State Department to resume this service as soon as possible.  
 
“To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our customers and workforce we are working with the State Department to determine the best time to begin issuing passport applications again. These applications contain personally identifiable information, so to protect our citizens’ privacy, we are waiting until the agency starts processing regular applications again. They are currently only processing emergency applications. We will immediately inform the public when we can again start accepting applications. We look forward to serving you,” said Deb Houghtaling, Sarpy County Clerk/Register of Deeds. 
 
All of the county’s health and safety measures will continue. These include glass barriers at all customer-service counters, touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout and allowing for appropriate social distancing. 
 
In addition to monitoring yourself for COVID-19 symptoms, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or cloth face covering while inside the courthouse.  
 
“We strongly recommend people continue to use our online services, or contact the departments by phone or email before coming to our offices. We can take care of most business that way, saving you time and a trip to the courthouse,” Commissioner Kelly said.  
 
The District, County and Juvenile Courts remain open. All hearings will proceed as scheduled unless other arrangements have been made. If you have business with the courts, please park in the west parking lot and use the west entrance to the Courthouse. 

  • District Court: 402-593-2267 
  • County Court: 402-593-2250 
  • Juvenile Court: 402-593-2217 or 402-593-5918 
June 12, 2020

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is aware that due to COVID-19 restrictions many public pools in the area may not open this summer. This has prompted people to visit other water environments, including local rivers, lakes, sand pits and other waterways.

Sheriff Jeff Davis is asking the public to take extra precautions when frequenting these areas.

• Understand and adjust for the unique risks of the water environment you are in:

  • Area rivers have undercurrents, sinkholes, snags and debris hidden below the water line. Recent rains have caused the rivers to rise, which causes the current to be much faster and adds debris to the water that cannot be seen.
  • Sand pits are on private property and you must have permission to use them. Sand pits can be up to 60 feet deep in spots, have uneven shorelines with sudden drop-offs and unstable shores or banks that can cave into the lake if disturbed.
  • Abandoned quarries also are on private property and require permission. They also have hidden dangers below the water line, such as rocks and tree limbs.
  • Water temperatures can vary due to the depth of the water, and hypothermia can set in quickly.

• Unlike public pools, there are no lifeguards on duty

  • Never swim alone. Always make sure there is someone watching the swimmers.

• Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket appropriate for your weight and size

• Know your limitations, including physical fitness and medical conditions

• Swim sober

• Know how to call for help

Sheriff Davis and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office want you to be able to enjoy the summer safely.

Additional resources:

Swimming Safety Tips: The Red Cross offers important swimming safety tips to help you and your kids be safe this summer while in the water.
• Swimming Safely in Lakes, Rivers & Streams: Swimming in natural water environments is more challenging than home pools. Learn what to do.
• Life Jacket Safety: Ensure that you know when its appropriate to wear life jackets when in, on or around water.
National Drowning Prevention Alliance

 

June 03, 2020
Road construction is set to resume on 168th Street from Giles Road to Highway 370 starting Thursday, June 4. 
 
Initial construction will allow 168th Street to remain open to traffic while crews mill and overlay from just north of Cheyenne Street to just north of Meridian Road. 
 
Then, starting Monday, June 8, the first phase of paving will begin and 168th Street will close to traffic. The work will happen in three phases:
  • Phase 1 will fully close 168th from Giles to Cornhusker.  
  • Phase 2 will close the intersection of 168th and Cornhusker. 
  • Phase 3 will close 168th Street from Cornhusker to Highway 370.  
The closures will only be during the work day and will be taken down each evening. Altogether, the work is expected to last about a week. 
 
Drivers should expect delays and use caution in the area. Nearby residents can access their properties by using entrances off Giles, Cornhusker or Highway 370. Highway 50/144th Street can also be used as a detour. 
 
During phase 2, local access will be permitted up to the intersection of 168th and Cornhusker. 

 
June 03, 2020

If you are not satisfied with your property's assessed valuation and choose to file a protest, you must complete Protest Form 422. The forms are due by 4:45 p.m. on June 30.
 
Complete and submit Form 422 online
Download/Print Form 422
 
Here are instructions for Form 422
 
For a list of frequently asked questions about the protest process, including submission requirements, deadlines and the referee hearing phase of the protests, visit the Board of Equalization's webpage  or call 402-593-4433 or 402-593- 2114.

June 01, 2020

SARPY COUNTY, Nebraska, June 1, 2020 – Sarpy County and the cities of Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield have declared or will be declaring a state of emergency establishing a curfew in effect from 8 p.m. Monday, June 1, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 2.
 
The county and cities feel this action is necessary to reduce the vulnerability of people and the community to damage, injury, and loss of life and property resulting from civil disturbances connected to protests happening in Omaha.
 
This curfew restricts all non-essential travel and gatherings of the general public on public and private property, with the exception of those traveling to and from work, and any emergency services, including those seeking medical attention.
 
The curfew will be revisited on Tuesday and a decision about extending it will be made at that time.

Read the Sarpy County Emergency Declaration

May 28, 2020

This week, approximately 62,000 Notices of Valuation Change were mailed to property owners in Sarpy County.
 
To see your property’s new valuation, please visit our Property Search page at apps.sarpy.com/sarpyproperty
 
If you have concerns with your property value, the County Assessor would like to talk with you. The staff at the Assessor’s Office can answer questions about your valuation, provide details about what factors are considered in the assessment and correct any errors in the appraisal.
 
How to contact the Assessor’s Office:

May 26, 2020

Sarpy County Sheriff Sgt. Rob Hillabrand was at his wits’ end with a suicidal woman.
 
After trying everything he could to deescalate the situation, he remembered a technique from crisis intervention training.

Sgt. Rob Hillabrand is the mental health project coordinator for the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Rob Hillabrand is the Mental Health Project Coordinator at the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office.


He asked the woman about her Wellness Recovery Action Plan, also known as WRAP. The plan includes a person’s diagnosis and what medications they’re taking. Then he reiterated that he wasn’t trying to arrest her. He was there to help.
 
“She dropped the knife and came up the stairs,” he said.
 
In Sarpy County, helping people with mental illness is a top priority. Among the ways the county is prioritizing mental health:

  • Most of the law enforcement officers working in the county are trained in Mental Health First Aid and many have gone through the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program.
  • The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is creating the area’s first Mental Health Unit.
  • Sarpy County’s new correctional facility will be built with space to provide mental health care and flexible space for community partners who can provide mental health services on site.
  • Sarpy County is working with the Salvation Army’s Emergency Community Support Team and Region 6’s Professional Partner Program to provide support for inmates with mental illness while they are in the county jail as well as after they are released.
  • The county is working with Nebraska Medicine to establish a mental health partnership.
  • The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners proclaimed this month Mental Health Awareness Month to help shine a light on their commitment to improve mental health care access and availability in Sarpy County.

Hillabrand, who specializes in mental health, said the county’s goals are simple.
 
“We want to get people the help they need and direct them toward the right path,” he said. “We’re trying to stop incarcerating people with mental illness.”
 
Training to better serve citizens
The Sheriff’s Office is 100% trained in Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour training that teaches officers how to recognize mental illness and how best to respond to a person who’s suffering from bipolar disorder, depression or otherwise in crisis.
 
The county’s correctional officers and Public Defender’s Office are also fully trained, as are the Papillion Police Department and La Vista Police Department.
 
The Bellevue Police Department’s hopes to be fully trained by the end of 2020.
 
Many of the Deputies at the Sheriff’s Department also completed Crisis Intervention Team training, a more extensive 40-hour course.
 
These numbers are important because officers respond to mental health-related calls frequently. Hillabrand estimated an officer will respond to two or three mental health-related calls per shift.
 
La Vista Police Capt. Jeremy Kinsey said officers see more and more calls that involve someone with an underlying mental health or substance abuse issue – or both. Training helps officers identify those issues and react accordingly, he said.
 
“Years ago, we didn’t have the resources we have now. We may have taken a different approach,” Kinsey said. “But today, we try to talk, make communication and let them know that there’s help available.”
 
Today, officers can request assistance 24/7 through Heartland Family Service’s ASAP (Assessment, Supporter and Prevention) program, which provides mental health crisis response teams.
 
Through the program, licensed therapists perform immediate evaluations and give recommendations for next steps. Their work also allows law enforcement to return to service and respond to other calls.
 
Trisha McArthur, LIMHP, LMHC, the lead therapist with Crisis Response Services, said law enforcement in Sarpy County “do a brilliant job with identifying and actively seeking appropriate assistance with persons in Sarpy County who struggle with a mental illness.”
 
“Law enforcement are empathetic, and well versed with crisis response team services and the importance of connecting individuals to preventative services in order to hopefully ward off an escalation of mental health symptoms,” McArthur said.
 
Capt. Tom Dargy with the Bellevue Police Department said that officers have bought into how beneficial the mental health trainings and ASAP therapists are.
 
“I’m a huge believer in getting these programs up and running,” Dargy said. “It helps officers, as well as citizens.”
 
“I want citizens to know that we’re trying to serve them as best as possible,” added Officer April Komasinski with the Papillion Police Department.
 
To ensure that ASAP services remain available during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office worked with Heartland Family Service to utilize telehealth connections.
 
Honing in on mental health
Hillabrand has focused on mental health for the last two years for the Sheriff’s Office. His work has included following up on people with mental illness who’ve had contact with law enforcement and ensuring they’re getting the services they need.
 
He also puts on trainings, writes department policies and co-facilitates a course at the Sarpy County jail called interactive journaling, which helps inmates with decision-making.
 
His work aims to avoid booking a person in jail for a minor misdemeanor like disturbing the peace; he also works to avoid taking the person to an emergency room where they could wait hours to be triaged.
 
Nationwide, about 2 million people with serious mental illness are incarcerated each year, according to the Stepping Up Initiative, a national effort that aims to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.
 
Jail, however, is not the right place for mentally ill people who commit low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors because jail doesn’t treat the person’s underlying issues.
 
In fact, according to the Stepping Up Initiative, people with mental illness tend to stay in jail longer than those without, and are at higher risk of returning to jail. That revolving door isn’t beneficial for the person with mental illness – or taxpayers.
 
Hillabrand applauded County Administrator Dan Hoins and Sheriff Jeff Davis for dedicating resources to mental health efforts. He hopes the Mental Health Unit grows.
 
“I think that speaks volumes on how committed the county is, that they’re willing to create a brand-new unit, something that’s never been done before in this area,” Hillabrand said.
 
Sarpy County’s leadership on mental health should be commended, said Vicki Maca, director of criminal justice and behavioral health initiatives for Region 6, which works to improve behavioral healthcare in eastern Nebraska.
 
“In Sarpy County, they have such great energy and their leadership is so committed to how seriously mentally ill people get assistance,” Maca said. “We don’t see that in every county.”
 

May 20, 2020

Paving is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26 along 168th Street south of Highway 370.

The project, which will pave a stretch of 168th Street that is gravel, will happen in two phases.

  • Phase 1 will pave 168th Street from Morgan Avenue to south of Jackson Avenue. This is expected to be completed by the end of August. Contractors are planning a soft closure at the 168th Street and Morgan Avenue intersection to allow traffic to continue to access the Pebblebrooke neighborhood during construction.
  • Phase 2 will pave 168th Street from Jackson Avenue to south of the bridge, which will be replaced. This phase will begin in November.

During the project, drivers should expect portions of 168th Street to be closed and seek alternative routes.

Please note that 168th Street will temporarily reopen at the end of August. A pause in construction in September and October has been built into the schedule to allow for traffic going to and from Vala’s Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard.

168th south of Highway 370 to be paved

May 19, 2020

Road work will start Tuesday, May 26 at 108th Street and Platteview Road, a major construction project that will improve safety near Platteview High School.
 
The project will widen 108th Street and Platteview Road and add left turn lanes on all four legs of the intersection. The profile changes to Platteview Road will improve visibility at the intersection.
 
“Improving Platteview Road is a priority for the Sarpy County Board, especially safety improvements at frequently used intersections like108th and Platteview, which is right next to the high school,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “This is the first of many planned improvements along Platteview Road, a key east-west corridor for Sarpy County and the entire metro area. We have engineers working on designs for an expanded Platteview Road from U.S. 75 all the way to 108th. We'll move west from there.”
 
In October 2019, the Sarpy County Board awarded Hawkins Construction Company the $3 million project at 108th and Platteview. Hawkins was the lowest bidder on the project.
 
Access to 108th Street north of Platteview will be blocked starting on May 26 and will conclude at the end of July. Access to 108th Street south of Platteview will be blocked starting at the end of July and will conclude at the end of December.
 
The entire project is expected to be complete in December.
 
“We're working with the Springfield Platteview Community Schools to minimize the disruption to their access points as much as possible. We'll also make sure they know exactly what changes are coming so they can help us communicate that to their students who drive to school,” said Sarpy County Engineer Denny Wilson.
 
Platteview Road will remain open during construction, however, there will be short periods where traffic will be directed by flaggers.
 
Drivers who need to access to the area should use 96th Street or 120th Street to Fairview Road or Mitchell Road.
 
Drivers should be aware of increased construction traffic in this area, reduce their speed and limit distractions.
 

May 19, 2020

UPDATE:  Aug. 31 is deadline for all extended vehicle registration, titling requirements

On July 2, Gov. Pete Ricketts rescinded his executive order extending the due date for Nebraskans to complete vehicle titling and registration requirements. To ensure residents have enough time complete the process, instead of the original 30-day notice period, the Governor created a deadline of Aug. 31. 

Individuals who purchased a new vehicle or whose existing vehicle registration expired on or after March 1, 2020, must complete titling and registration requirements by Aug. 31. For customers required to pay sales tax, failure to complete the process by Aug. 31 may result in penalty and interest being applied.

Read the Governor's Executive Order setting the Aug. 31 deadline.
 


In March, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to increase flexibility in requirements for Nebraska residents relating vehicle registration requirements. The Governor is extending vehicle titles and registrations expiring on or after March 1.

Any vehicle title requirements, registrations, in-transit tags or motor carrier temporary documents that expire on or after March 1 will be extended until 30 days after the executive order is lifted.
 
Does this apply to you? Read the FAQ

Read the executive order
 

May 18, 2020

Sarpy County offices are now by appointment only. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. As a service to our older residents, we are reserving appointments between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors only. People are encouraged to wear a face mask or homemade cloth face covering while in the Courthouse.

Before making an appointment, please visit Sarpy.com to see if the service you’re looking for is available online. You can renew your vehicle registration; find building permit applicationsrequest documents and more.

Click here to make an appointment.

NOTE: The Treasurer’s office will provide all services in-person except vehicle registration renewals. You can renew your vehicle online here. If you cannot renew online, please leave your documents and payment in the secure drop box located outside the east entrance of the courthouse or mail it to the Treasurer’s Office.

Here are services offered by our departments, as well as contact information.

TREASURER’S OFFICE

  • Motor Vehicles: 402-593-2148, [email protected]
    • Renew your registration: 
    • Titles: Please call 402-593-2148 for a list of all documents needed. 
      • By mail: Documents and payments can be mailed to: Sarpy County Treasurer's Office, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046
      • Drop box: You can leave your payment in our secure drop box at the east entrance of the Courthouse.
    • Vehicle Inspections: Call 402-593-2328 or 402-593-2329 to make an appointment.
  • Real Estate: 402-593-2143
    • Pay your property taxes:
      • Online: Sarpy.com/Treasurer
      • Drop box. You can leave your payment in our secure drop box at the east entrance of the Courthouse.
      • NOTE: Our payment processor charges a fee for all online payments. The fee for credit card charges is 2.49% of the total amount. The e-Check option only adds a $3 fee. 

CLERK’S OFFICE: 402-593-2114, [email protected]

  • For the following services please call: 402-593-5957 or 402-593-4433
    • Marriage licenses 
    • Handicap parking permits 
    • Records request
    • DD-214
  • Passport applications – We are not accepting passport applications until further notice

ASSESSOR’S OFFICE: 402-593-2122, [email protected]

  • Homestead Exemption: Please call for assistance

CASA, (402) 593-2259

  • Website: SarpyCASA.com

CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT, 402-593-2267, [email protected]

COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, 402-593-2230

  • If you are a victim and have questions about a criminal case or questions about protection orders, please call 402-593-2201.

ELECTION COMMISSION, 402-593-2167

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES: (402) 593-1508

HUMAN SERVICES: 402-593-4414

  • Helpline for seniors, sick, caregivers: 402-593-1593

PLANNING & BUILDING: 402-593-1555, [email protected]

REGISTER OF DEEDS: 402-593-5773 or 402-593-2183, [email protected]

VETERANS SERVICES: 402-593-2203, 402-593-2204, [email protected]

May 18, 2020

Sarpy County offices are now by appointment only.
 
Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. As a service to our older residents, we are reserving appointments between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors only. People are encouraged to wear a face mask or homemade cloth face covering while in the Courthouse.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Residents should continue to use our online services and only make an appointment for services that cannot be completed online, by email or over the phone.

“We’ve been working for weeks on a plan that safely allows our employees to serve the public in person,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “However, we strongly encourage those who need county services to continue to access them virtually or by calling county departments. If you must conduct your business in person, we are resuming county services on an appointment-only basis.”

The plan applies to non-justice related services and the Clerk of the District Court’s Office. Those offices are: Treasurer, County Clerk/Register of Deeds, Assessor, Planning & Building, Veterans Services and Clerk of the District Court.
 
Please note:

  • The Treasurer’s office will provide all services in-person except vehicle registration renewals. You can renew your vehicle online here. If you cannot renew online, please leave your documents and payment in the secure drop box located outside the east entrance of the courthouse or mail it to the Treasurer’s Office.
  • People with appointments are encouraged to wear a face mask or homemade cloth face covering while in the Courthouse. 
  • For public and staff safety, only visit the Courthouse in-person if you cannot conduct your business by email, phone or online.

 
How to reach county offices by phone and email:

The District, County and Juvenile Courts remain open. All hearings will proceed as scheduled unless other arrangements have been made. If you have business with the courts, park in the west parking lot and use the west entrance to the Courthouse.

  • District Court: 402-593-2267
  • County Court: 402-593-2250
  • Juvenile Court: 402-593-2217 or 402-593-5918

 
 

May 14, 2020

Sarpy County is beginning the process of improving approximately eight miles of Platteview Road, from U.S. 75 to 108th Street.

To kick off the design work and to better understand the project area, consultants working with Sarpy County will perform field work, including topographic surveys, wetland delineations, archeology surveys and hazardous materials investigations. These activities are scheduled to take place in May and June and are intended to provide Sarpy County with an understanding of the environmental resources in the area.

There will be no traffic impacts on Platteview Road during the field work. Personnel will be easily recognizable in high visibility clothing and marked vehicles. Drivers are asked to use caution when driving in the area.

Construction on this section of road is likely two to three years away. More information about the project is available here.

Any questions or comments regarding this project should be directed to Zach Hergenrader with Sarpy County Public Works at 402-537-6917 or [email protected].

May 12, 2020

To see the latest vote totals from Sarpy County, click here

The Sarpy County Election Commission will update the site throughout the evening as votes are counted.

May 05, 2020

 The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to purchase the Black Hills Energy building in Papillion.
 
The board voted 5-0 on an agreement to buy the move-in ready office building at 1102 East 1st Street in Papillion for $6 million. Acquiring the building requires no property tax dollars. The County will use Inheritance Tax Funds to finance the purchase.
 
“This building is a great opportunity and investment. The cost of this building is half what it would cost to build something new, and it will allow us to address a number of immediate issues we’ll face during the construction of the new jail,” said Don Kelly, Chairman of the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners. “Ultimately, this building will help us better serve our citizens.”

Sarpy County has been studying the entire Courthouse Campus at 84th Street and Highway 370 in conjunction with the new jail, which is under design now. The new jail will be larger, help address overcrowding and better serve the needs of the state’s fastest-growing county.
 
Building the new jail in an existing parking lot next to the Courthouse will allow the County to create a secure connection between the two buildings, improving security in both facilities. However, it creates a parking shortage on the Courthouse Campus. The County will remove the two aging office buildings on the east side of the Courthouse to create additional parking.
 
This effort has involved months of planning that began before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The county is continuing to analyze any financial implications the virus may have on county revenues.
 
“We’ve approached this purchase conservatively and cautiously,” Kelly said. “We cannot stand still during the pandemic and we need to make sure we have the facilities in place that allow us to serve a growing population.”
 
Purchasing the Black Hills building will also produce cost savings for the County. Sarpy currently pays $300,000 annually to lease office space, which will not be needed with the addition of the new building. Also, the County will save on maintenance and utility costs for the aging office buildings that will be torn down.
 
The $6 million building purchase comes with all the building’s existing office equipment, tables, cubicles, desks, chairs and breakroom equipment, meaning the space is move-in ready. Current plans call for some county employees to move into the Black Hills building in the fall.
 
See more information about the purchase here.
 
Learn more about the new jail at Sarpy.com/jail

May 01, 2020

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Sarpy County's offices are closed to the public. This includes the Sarpy County Courthouse’s Administration wing and annexes, Election Office and Sheriff's Office. Though there is no public access, all offices are staffed and continue to serve the public. 

District, County and Juvenile Courts are a function of state government and remain open. Anyone visiting the courts should use the Courthouse's west entrance, which remains open to the public.
 
We will continue to evaluate the situation and will follow federal and state public health recommendations on when to reopen.

Here is how you can access the most requested Sarpy County services:

SARPY COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, 402-593-2230

  • If you are a victim and have questions about a criminal case or questions about protection orders, please call 402-593-2201.

TREASURER’S OFFICE

  • Motor Vehicles: 402-593-2148, [email protected]
    • Renew your registration: 
      • Online: Sarpy.com/Treasurer
      • Drop box: You can leave your payment in our secure drop box at the east entrance of the Courthouse.
    • Titles: Please call 402-593-2148 for a list of all documents needed. 
      • By mail: Documents and payments can be mailed to: Sarpy County Treasurer's Office, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046
      • Drop box: You can leave your payment in our secure drop box at the east entrance of the Courthouse.
    • Vehicle Inspections: Call 402-593-2328 or 402-593-2329 to make an appointment.
  • Real Estate: 402-593-2143
    • Pay your property taxes:
      • Online: Sarpy.com/Treasurer
      • Drop box. You can leave your payment in our secure drop box at the east entrance of the Courthouse.
      • NOTE: Our payment processor charges a fee for all online payments. The fee for credit card charges is 2.49% of the total amount. The e-Check option only adds a $3 fee. 

CLERK’S OFFICE: 402-593-2114, [email protected]

  • For the following services please call: 402-593-5957 or 402-593-4433
    • Marriage licenses 
    • Handicap parking permits 
    • Records request
    • DD-214
  • Passport applications – We are not accepting passport applications until further notice

REGISTER OF DEEDS: 402-593-5773 or 402-593-2183, [email protected]

ASSESSOR’S OFFICE: 402-593-2122, [email protected]

  • Homestead Exemption: Please call for assistance

ELECTION COMMISSION, 402-593-2167

HUMAN SERVICES: 402-593-4414

  • Helpline for seniors, sick, caregivers: 402-593-1593

VETERANS SERVICES: 402-593-2203, 402-593-2204, [email protected]

PLANNING & BUILDING: 402-593-1555, [email protected]

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES: (402) 593-1508

COUNTY BOARD: 402-593-4155 or 402-593-4433

 

April 29, 2020

The Nebraska Personal Property Return and Schedule is due on May 1. Nebraska requires residents who own depreciable tangible personal property to file a Nebraska Personal Property Return and Schedule every year. This form must be filed by May 1, 2020, with the county assessor where the personal property is located.
 
On April 9, Governor Ricketts issued an executive order regarding Personal Property Tax filings. Read the executive order.
 
A Nebraska Personal Property Return and Schedule must be filed for all depreciable tangible personal property that is: owned or held on Jan. 1 of each year; or leased from or to another person.
 
More information about the Personal Property Return and taxable tangible personal property is available at http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/PAD/personal_property.html
 
Link to the Personal Property Return and Schedule form: http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/PAD/forms/Nebr_Personal_Prop_Return.pdf
 
The Sarpy County Assessor’s Office is currently closed to the public, however we are still working and processing returns as they are filed. You can mail your return to the Assessor’s Office or leave it in the Assessor’s secure drop box outside the east entrance to the Courthouse.

Questions? Email the Assessor's Office at [email protected].
 
Mail to:
Sarpy County Assessor’s Office
1210 Golden Gate Drive
Papillion, NE 68028-2923
 

April 28, 2020

Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote as well as the deadline to request an early voting ballot to be mailed for the 2020 Statewide Presidential Primary Election.

Voter Registration Deadline

Michelle Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioner, wants voters to know that Sarpy County residents can still register to vote this week if they wish to vote in the May 12 Primary Election.
 
Voters can complete a Voter Registration Application by downloading one from our website, www.sarpy.com/election, or by coming to the Election Office to pick up a printed paper application provided in plastic pockets at the entrance to our office. The completed applications must be inserted into one of the four drop boxes located around Sarpy County by 6 p.m. on May 1.
 
Completing a paper form and delivering it to an Election Commission office drop box is the only option for voters to register for the first time, re-register at a new address, change political party affiliation, or make any other changes to their registrations for the May 12 Primary Election.
 
Following the executive order signed by the Nebraska Governor and Secretary of State on April 7, the Election Office is closed to the public with the exception of voters with disabilities who need assistance in marking their ballots.

Requesting an Early Voting Ballot to be Mailed

The deadline to request an early voting ballot to be mailed is also 6 p.m. on May 1.
 
An application for an early voting ballot can be printed from the Sarpy County Election Commission website, www.sarpy.com/election. Voters can also send a written request for an early voting ballot. The request should include the election, their name, date of birth, phone number and/or email address, registered address, address where they want the ballot mailed and their signature. Requests can be mailed or delivered to the Election Commission office at 501 Olson Drive, Papillion, NE 68046; faxed to (402) 593-5770; deposited in an official ballot drop box; or a clear picture or scan of the completed form can be emailed to [email protected]. Early voting ballots may not be requested by telephone or social media.
 
It is important to note that there will be no in-office early voting. If voters have not requested a mail ballot by the May 1 deadline, they will have to vote at their polling site on Election Day (May 12).
 
“We strongly suggest voters consider the early voting by mail option for this election. It is quick, easy, and an important factor in maintaining health orders in place at this time,” said Commissioner Andahl.

Returning Early Voting Ballots

All early voting ballots must be received by the Sarpy County Election Commission, either at its office or at one of the drop box locations, by 8 p.m. on May 12.

Ballot drop box locations:

  • Sarpy County Courthouse Campus – 1248 Golden Gate Dr, Papillion
  • Sarpy County Election Commission – 501 Olson Drive, Papillion
  • Bellevue Public Library – 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue
  • McKinney’s Food Center – 215 Enterprise Drive, Gretna

 Sarpy residents should call (402) 593-2167 with any questions related to early voting or voter registration.
 

April 28, 2020

On April 24, Gov. Pete Ricketts indicated his Directed Health Measure limiting gatherings of 10 or more people in Sarpy and Cass Counties will be extended until May 31, 2020.
 
In order to comply with 10-person limit, Sarpy County Treasurer Brian Zuger has announced the requirement to renew your vehicle registration online, via mail or drop box will remain in place through May 31, even if the courthouse reopens during that time.
 
“Under normal circumstances, between 500 and 1,000 people come into my office every day to register, renew or title their vehicles. Because of the way our customer service area is configured there is no way for us to maintain appropriate social distancing or follow the 10-person guideline set out in the Governor’s Directed Health Measure while serving that many people in-person,” said Sarpy County Treasurer Brian Zuger.
 
“The vast majority of vehicle registrations can be renewed online, while the rest can be easily handled using the mail or our secure drop box located outside the east entrance to the courthouse,” Zuger added.
 
Residents can renew their vehicle registrations online here.
 
Sarpy County is finalizing a plan to reopen the courthouse in early May via appointment-only. More information will be provided in the coming days about the County’s plans to reopen.
 

April 28, 2020

UPDATE: Partial closure at 132nd Street and Platteview Road 

Drivers can expect a partial closure at the 132nd Street and Platteview Road intersection starting Tuesday, May 5. 

The partial closure will prohibit traffic on Platteview Road from turning onto 132nd Street. Drivers will be detoured west to Highway 50, then to Fairview Road for northbound traffic or Main Street for southbound traffic. 

The closure is expected to last during daytime hours, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, May 8. 

Drivers on 132nd will still be able to turn onto Platteview, and Platteview will be open to east-west traffic. 


Road construction will start Thursday, April 30, on a stretch of 132nd Street east of Springfield.

Crews will start by repairing pavement along 132nd Street between Platteview Road and Main Street.

Consider using alternative routes to avoid delays, as the work will require a lane closure. Flaggers and/or a pilot car will guide drivers through the area.

This work is the first phase of a maintenance project to repair two miles of 132nd Street from Kelly Street, which is north of Fairview Road, to Main Street.

Construction is expected to last for approximately two months.

April 21, 2020

We often hear about a criminal defendant’s rights. Did you know that victims have rights, too?
 
Victims of crimes and court witnesses have several legal rights, which in Nebraska include the right to be updated as a case progresses and the right to be protected from intimidation, among many others.
 
In Sarpy County, an entire unit of the County Attorney’s Office is dedicated to guiding both adult and youth victims through the criminal justice process, ensuring they are heard and afforded their rights as spelled out in state and federal law.
 
“Our job is to make contact and to keep crime victims informed as their case goes through court,” said Jean Brazda, executive director of Sarpy County’s Victim Witness Unit.

 “The people we help are victims of criminal mischief, like getting their mailbox destroyed, all the way up to crimes like first-degree murder. You never know who’s going to be on the other end of the phone or walk through the door.”

Jean Brazda and Manny
Victim/Witness Executive Director Jean Brazda
with Manny, the team's facility dog. 

Supporting victims of crime

This week, April 19-25, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. In recognition of the week, we’re shedding light on the unit that helps crime victims here in Sarpy County every day.
 
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said the Victim/Witness Unit does an incredible job covering cases in nine courtrooms.
 
“With Victim/Witness, there’s continuity and there’s good people to answer questions,” Polikov said. “They try to lessen the fear of the unknown for a lot of folks. Nobody wants to come to court and be the center of attention and be grilled for whatever the situation is. Victim/Witness is a really important function of our system.”
 
The unit’s work covers many areas. Among them:

  • Making sure victims/witnesses know their rights
  • Serving as a liaison between victims, witnesses and the criminal justice system
  • Requesting restitution, if applicable
  • Escorting victims/witnesses to court hearings
  • Offering transportation to and from court
  • Helping prepare victims/witnesses for hearings, depositions and trials

When preparing for court, an advocate from the Victim/Witness Unit and a prosecutor will work together to give victims a glimpse of what court will be like when they testify. They will visit an empty courtroom with the victim on an evening or weekend so the prosecutor can ask sample questions and the advocate can provide support.
 
Advocates go over not only the mechanics of court and the terminology used, but also offer practical advice like remembering to breathe, which people can forget to do during high-stress situations.
 
“We want them to feel prepared and want them to know what to expect,” Brazda said.
 
Manny, a black Labrador retriever-golden retriever mix, is the county’s facility dog. As a member of the Victim/Witness Unit, he helps keep things calm and casual as people sit in meetings or await hearings.
 
The unit helps victims outside of court, too. Advocates assist with filling out protection orders, provide follow-up support and refer people to other resources, such as counseling and emergency financial services.
 
Staff members also will call a victim’s employer or school to ensure they understand that the person needs to be in court.
 
Last year, the unit worked with 2,994 victims. Staff members made 43,252 contacts, meaning the advocates had numerous meetings with the same victims – a testament to the relationships built and ongoing services offered to those who need it.
 
Advocates have continued to keep in touch with victims virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though many hearings have been postponed.
 
“The advocates we have are amazing. Everybody brings a certain skill to the table,” said Brazda, who’s been with the unit for 15 years. “I’m fortunate for the team I have.”

Meeting heroes everyday

The Victim/Witness Unit has five full-time advocates and two support staff. Most of the unit has a criminal justice, social work or human services background.
 
Kathy Healey, a victim advocate supervisor, said her love for her work has not let up since she started 18 years ago. She said she feels especially drawn to helping victims of sexual abuse.
 
“We meet people in usually the most traumatic parts of their lives, and we help them through the justice system, which can be confusing and take a long time,” Healey said. “But we watch them come out the other side and that, to me, is miraculous. They do such brave things, especially when preparing for a trial. The little heroes I see emerging, it’s just so amazing.”
 

April 21, 2020

Sarpy County took another major step forward today in its plans to build a new jail.
 
The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved hiring JE Dunn Construction to serve as the project’s Construction Manager.
 
As the Construction Manager, JE Dunn will commit to a guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the jail.
 
“Left unchecked, the cost for construction projects can creep up until suddenly you’re paying 10 to 20 percent, or even 30 to 40 percent more than the original estimates. That could be millions of taxpayers’ dollars in a project the size of our jail. By hiring a construction manager, Sarpy County and the taxpayers are guaranteed a fair price that won’t grow,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly.
 
JE Dunn will provide preconstruction services such as estimating, modeling, scheduling and quality assurance, then oversee the facility’s construction, which is scheduled to start in early 2021. The estimated cost for JE Dunn’s service is $4.9 million.
 
JE Dunn will work closely with DLR Group, the firm hired in December to design the new jail. It will be built in the parking lot of the existing jail facility on the Sarpy County Courthouse campus at 84th and Highway 370 in Papillion.
 
“Our current jail is overcrowded and out of compliance with state standards,” Kelly said. “As Sarpy County’s population continues to grow, overcrowding is only going to get worse. Partnering with JE Dunn and the DLR Group brings together two great companies who specialize in criminal justice design and construction, and we look forward to working with them on this important project.”
 
The jail has consistently exceeded capacity since the mid-1990s. This forces Sarpy County to transport inmates to other jurisdictions for boarding, which today costs Sarpy taxpayers half a million dollars each year. That amount is expected to continue to climb.
 
The new facility will be paid for with a portion of the county’s existing levy and with a portion of inheritance tax revenue. Together, those funding sources will allocate roughly $6 million per year toward the project, using 2019 property valuation figures.
 
Preliminary estimates put the cost of a new facility around $65-$70 million, which includes site preparation, design and construction. The new facility will have approximately 400 beds and include space to provide appropriate mental health care as well was programming and services to help inmates reintegrate into society, thus reducing recidivism.
 
Sarpy County hopes to open into the new facility in the fall of 2022.
 
“We’re working on an aggressive timeframe, but we’ve put a great team in place to accomplish that goal,” Kelly said. “Having a Construction Manager on board is key to starting construction, which the Board is eager to do.”
 
For more information and updates on Sarpy County’s new jail project, visit Sarpy.com/jail.

April 14, 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted almost every aspect of life. But one – the May 12 primary election – is going on as planned.
 
Officials are taking numerous steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
 
In Sarpy County, polling sites run smoothly with the help of more than 500 poll workers. Poll workers typically meet in person for a 1½-hour training that covers everything from how to fill out paperwork to equipment demonstrations.
 
This year, with the presence of COVID-19 and limits on groups of more than 10 people, Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl had an idea.
 
She had previously worked with Torri Pantaleon, video producer for Papio Vision, the City of Papillion’s TV station, on a 2020 Census public service announcement.
 
Maybe, she thought, he could lend his video expertise again.
 
“I mentioned that we needed to make a training video for our poll workers and that we wish we had the set up that he does,” Andahl said. “Without hesitation, he offered to help us make our poll worker training video so they could receive training in the comfort of their homes.
 
“Through this, another great partnership was formed.” Andahl said. “Torri, Papio Vision and the City of Papillion have been incredibly supportive of our unique situation.”

Pantaleon said he was happy to assist and joked that the video isn’t a Universal Pictures movie but a training video that gets the job done. It features PowerPoint slides by Teresa Keyes, the Election Office’s poll worker trainer and manager. Andahl narrates it.
 
“It’s a great testament to the fact that the county and the city both care and want to get this done,” Pantaleon said. “It shows great cooperation between a municipality and the county.”
 
While people can vote in person at the polls, Andahl is encouraging people to vote by mail.
 
“Anyone who wants an early ballot can request one,” she said. “We hope that everyone who can’t go to the polls on Election Day will vote by mail.”
 
In March, Andahl’s office sent early voting ballot applications to all 114,000 registered voters in Sarpy County. Voters can return the application by mail, fax or email by May 1. The Election Office started mailing out early ballots on April 6.
 
Anyone with questions should call the Sarpy County Election Commission at 402-593-2167.
 
“I hope voters take comfort in knowing that they can vote by mail, from their home, and that we are here to serve them,” Andahl said. “Voting is a right to be cherished and exercised, and we hope everyone will exercise that right for the May 12th primary.”

If you would like to vote early or by mail, you can download an Early Voting Ballot application

April 13, 2020

Starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, Giles Road will be closed to thru traffic from 192nd Street to 204th Street. Work will include grading, installing culverts and paving the roadway. Local traffic will be able to access all properties throughout construction.

When complete, the road will be three lanes.

The project is expected to last until July 15, depending on weather.

This project is part of Sarpy County’s CONNECTsarpy road initiative, which includes large-scale infrastructure improvements in a 9-square-mile section of northwest Sarpy County. You can learn more about the initiative and this specific project at CONNECTsarpy.com.

April 10, 2020

Road construction is scheduled to resume Monday, April 20, on 168 Street in northwestern Sarpy County.
 
Crews will first finish pavement repairs at the 168th Street and Cornhusker Road intersection, then begin widening a stretch of 168th  Street from two to three lanes south of Giles Road. The newly widened section stretches from just north of Meridian Street south approximately a half-mile. (See map below for widening.)
 
In addition to widening, the project will repair the 168th Street pavement from just south of Cornhusker Road to just south of Giles Road.
 
The area will remain open to traffic, though drivers can expect occasional lane closures and some delays. Flaggers will direct the flow of traffic.
 
The project is expected to last approximately three weeks, depending on weather.
 
Drivers are asked to use caution when driving in the area.
 

Repairs to resume on 168th Street near Cornhusker, Giles
168th Street will be widened to three lanes in the red highlighted section. 

April 07, 2020

The Sarpy County of Board of Commissioners has selected HDR to perform 60% design on an 8-mile stretch of Platteview Road. The Board voted 5-0 to approve the resolution on Tuesday.
 
“Expanding Platteview Road to four lanes is a key priority for Sarpy County,” said Don Kelly, Chairman of the Sarpy County Board. “This agreement represents a significant step forward as the county realizes the vision of Platteview becoming an east-west expressway for the metropolitan area. We’re eager to complete design so that construction can begin.”
 
HDR was selected as design engineer after the county initiated a Request for Qualifications process. HDR’s work will cost $3 million. The project was included in the county’s current budget.
 
Under the agreement, the firm will complete 60% design to widen Platteview Road from Highway 75 west to 108th Street. The project involves realigning Platteview near the 42nd Street and 84th Street intersections, and conducting access control to ensure traffic flows smoothly on the expanded roadway.
 
Future phases will design and widen Platteview from two to four lanes all the way to Interstate 80, connecting eastern and western Sarpy County.
 
More information on the project can be found here.
 

April 07, 2020

The Sarpy County Board is opposing a plan by the Omaha Public Power District to build a solar energy farm and natural gas plants along a key corridor and asking the utility to consider another site. The Board is also requesting that OPPD – a public agency – start engaging with stakeholders and the public on its project.
 
OPPD is looking to build a solar energy farm and natural gas plants on roughly 1,200 acres of land along Platteview Road in western Sarpy County – effectively taking this portion of the corridor off the table for future commercial or residential development.
 
This location is particularly problematic because it is within the jurisdiction of the Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency. Development that occurs within these boundaries will help fund a southern Sarpy sanitary sewer system, a project that will encourage orderly growth in the state’s fastest-growing county and benefit the entire region by expanding the tax base.
 
OPPD is a public agency and does not pay property taxes, and its project would require few, if any, connection fees. Such fees are a critical in order for the sewer system to be built. Without that revenue source, the cost of the sewer expansion would fall to Sarpy County taxpayers.
 
“Sarpy County stands ready and willing to assist OPPD with locating solar farms in Sarpy County and help reduce our carbon footprint,” Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said. “However, OPPD’s selected location would devastate our longstanding plans to extend sewers to the southern half of the county.”
 
“OPPD is blowing a hole in the middle of prime real estate,” said Sarpy County Board Member Jim Warren, whose district includes OPPD’s site. “There are great places to build a solar farm, including in our county, but not along a major corridor that’s best suited for businesses and homes.”
 
“To make matters worse,” Chairman Kelly added, “our residents expect and deserve OPPD to act in good faith. Unfortunately, that has not happened. Instead, OPPD has moved ahead with full knowledge that their plan will harm Sarpy County residents and the years-long, transparent plan to build sewer infrastructure.”
 
Sarpy County first became aware of OPPD’s desire to build a solar farm in September 2019. At the suggestion of OPPD CEO Tim Burke, Sarpy County agreed to assist in studying whether the Sarpy County landfill site near Springfield would be a good location.
 
A month later, in October 2019, OPPD announced its intent to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a utility-scale solar project expected to generate roughly 600 megawatts of electricity. Accompanying natural gas plants would generate the same amount of power and serve as a backup for when the sun doesn’t shine.
 
Subsequently, OPPD refused to share with Sarpy County officials any specificity about the project’s potential location. OPPD gave limited information to Sarpy officials, repeatedly requested that Sarpy keep that information confidential, and ignored Sarpy’s well-known concern about building within the Wastewater Agency’s jurisdiction.
 
On Friday, March 27, Sarpy County officials learned that a subsidiary corporation of OPPD’s law firm, Fraser Stryker PC LLO, had closed on a 116-acre parcel along Platteview Road. Sarpy County has obtained additional information about potential parcels under consideration. The site runs from 156th Street to a ½ mile west of 192nd Street.
 
The Wastewater Agency stands to lose up to $150 million if OPPD proceeds with this location inside the Agency’s boundaries. A financial analysis into additional projected lost tax revenue is underway.
 
While OPPD received more than 70 responses to its RFP, OPPD has still not informed Sarpy County or the public of the potential locations for its project.
 
“Sarpy County and the public have had no meaningful input on this project,” Chairman Kelly said. “It is mind-boggling that OPPD is moving forward with removing over 1,200 acres from potential development in the state’s fastest-growing county. We strongly encourage them to press pause and come to the table with Sarpy County.”

April 06, 2020

Sarpy County installs three secure drop boxes

Sarpy County installed three new secure drop boxes to help you do business with the county during our closure for COVID-19 and beyond.

Though our offices are closed to the public, we are still working to serve you. New secure drop boxes for the Assessor's Office, Clerk of the District Court's Office and Treasurer's Office will allow you to leave payments or documents for each of the offices. 

* ASSESSOR'S OFFICE Dropbox - At the east entrance of the courthouse. You can leave Homestead Exemption applications, Personal Property Returns, Special Valuation Applications or other documentation for the Assessor's Office. Please enclose documents in a single envelope or packet. The box will be checked daily and a dated receipt will be mailed to you.

* CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT'S OFFICE Drop box - At the west entrance to the courthouse. Can be used for pleadings, protection order requests or other documents/payments for the Clerk of the District Court's Office. Please leave all documents in a single envelope. The box will be checked daily.

* TREASURER'S OFFICE Drop box - At the east entrance to the courthouse. You can use this drop box to leave payments or documents for the Treasurer's Office, including property tax payments, vehicle registration renewals and vehicle titles. The box will be checked daily.

March 31, 2020

Effective immediately, due to heightened concerns and restrictions regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus, marriage licenses in Sarpy County will be issued by mail only.
 
Sarpy County Clerk Deb Houghtaling stated “Our priority is the safety, health and well-being of our staff and citizens who visit our office. The Clerk’s office is currently closed to the public but continues to serve. In order to protect our staff and continue to serve, we are taking further precautionary measures and amending our services. Marriage licenses will now only be able to be filed through the mail. Staff will continue to be available for phone calls, emails and electronic records filings for all of the Clerk functions in order to provide needed services. However, marriage licenses must be signed personally by the bride and groom (after taking an oath). The officiant who marries them must also personally sign. The license will now need to be signed by a notary and returned to our office after completion. We are doing this out of extreme caution to minimize, even further, the chance of exposing the public and staff to the coronavirus.”
 
“We remain committed to providing this service to our community in a professional, efficient and safe manner,” Houghtaling added.
 
An application for a marriage license can be found online here. Couples can also request an application be mailed to them by calling 402-593-5957 or by emailing [email protected].
 
Once the application is complete, it can be mailed to: Sarpy County Clerk Marriage License, 1210 Golden Gate Drive Suite 1250, Papillion, NE 68046.
 
Along with the application, couples need to submit photocopies of a valid government-issued ID for each applicant. Applications must be submitted by mail. No faxed or emailed copies will be accepted. Sarpy requires couples submit applications at least three weeks in advance of their wedding. 
 
This process will be in place for up to eight weeks. We will monitor this situation to determine if changes or extensions are necessary.
 

March 29, 2020

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department today issued a Directed Health Measure that includes directing businesses that cannot maintain a 6-foot distance to cease operations effective at 12:01 a.m. March 31.

The measure applies to massage therapy, tattoo shops, barbershops, hair/nail salons and other businesses in Sarpy and Cass Counties that cannot operate while maintaining a 6-foot distance.

“The Sarpy/Cass Health Department continues to collaborate with local and state government partners to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Our collective priority is to ensure appropriate public health recommendations and requirements are in place to ensure our residents remain as healthy as possible,” the Health Department said in a press release. 

The Directed Health Measure will remain in place until April 30, unless otherwise directed.

“Our top priority is a health and safety of our residents,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “While we understand the hardship these restrictions put on dedicated, hardworking service professionals in our community, this is the right decision to help slow the spread of the virus. We highly encourage businesses to shut down as soon as possible, as we will begin enforcing this on Tuesday.”

For questions regarding enforcement of the Directed Health Measure, please email [email protected].

Read the Directed Health Measure here.

March 29, 2020

ALERT: Governor extends vehicle registrations expiring on or after March 1.

Any vehicle title requirements, registrations, in-transit tag, or motor carrier temporary documents that expire on or after March 1st will be extended until 30 days after governor's executive order is lifted.

Does this apply to me? 


Do you have questions about paying your property taxes or registering a vehicle?

Contact the Sarpy County Treasurer:
• Motor vehicles: 402-593-2148 or [email protected]
• Real estate: 402-593-2143

Renew your vehicle registration online: dmv.nebraska.gov

Pay your property taxes:

  • Online: https://apps.sarpy.com/PayTax/
  • Mail: 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046
  • Secure drop box: located at the east entrance of the Sarpy County Courthouse 
March 26, 2020

 
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and Sarpy County Human Services is offering assistance like picking up prescriptions and groceries for older and ill residents during the COVID-19 pandemic event.
 
Starting March 20, seniors, people who are sick and caretakers of this demographic in Sarpy County may call the Sarpy County Sheriff Helpline at (402) 593-1593. A uniformed Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked cruiser will then pick up and deliver medication, food or other necessities from one of the partnering establishments. (See list below.)
 
Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said he applauds efforts by neighbors who are offering assistance to the most vulnerable people in our community. However, he said, that practice can invite scammers.
 
“The idea is that we will step up and help out by providing a secure and legitimate public service,” Davis said. “We want people who are supposed to be home to stay home. If you have no way to pick up medication or food, call us.”
 
“One of our missions as a county is to keep the public safe,” added Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “In these extraordinary times, that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re making sure our elderly and sick residents are taken care of, while ensuring our employees take extra precautions so they can return safely to their families. When circumstances are at their worst, government should be at its best – serving the needs of the people.”
 
Those who use the helpline must provide their name, address and phone number. Deputies will pick up items that are called in ahead of time and already paid for. They will not shop for residents or pay for the items.
 
To reduce contact and the spread of COVID-19, Deputies will use drive-thrus when available. They will leave residents’ items at the door and wait to leave until the items are retrieved.
 
The following grocery stores/pharmaceutical providers are participating in this program:
• HyVee, 14591 Stonybrook Blvd
• HyVee, Shadow Lake in Papillion
• HyVee 180th and Q
• Kohls Pharmacym Papillion location
• Kohls Pharmacy, 12741 Q Street in Omaha
• Walgreens (all Sarpy locations)
• Walmart in Papillion
• Target in Papillion (Groceries Only)
• Bakers at 36th St & Twin Creek Dr
• Bakers at 801 Galvin Rd
• Springfield Drug (Pharmacy Only)
 
Stay tuned to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office website and Facebook page for additions to this list.
 
All items need to be requested directly from the list of providers by the individual requesting assistance. The individual making the request for this service must be an account holder or rewards member at the establishment and fulfill the order with an account number on file for billing. The requester will need to call the helpline to make the request and provide an order confirmation to [email protected] when the order is paid and ready for pickup. Call takers on the helpline will be able to assist anyone with questions on this process.
 
The helpline will be available for requests Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unless it is an emergency, requests received after 4 p.m. will be addressed the following business day. The helpline is not a substitute for 911 and any threats to life or property should be directed to 911.
 
The helpline will be temporary and is expected to remain in place until the COVID-19 situation improves. At this time, the helpline may also be used by the general public to make non-emergency police reports via telephone to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
 

March 24, 2020

Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 as well as social isolation can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following ways reduce your stress as well as your children's stress:

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body: Take deep breaths, stretch or meditateexternal icon. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Exercise regularly. Get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Learn more about taking care of your emotional health: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp

Things you can do to support your child

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Learn more about helping children cope: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

More from the CDC on stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemichttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

More resources:

March 23, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Nebraska small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 17, 2020.
 
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Nebraska.
 
“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Nebraska small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Administrator Carranza.
 
SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.
 
“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.
 
“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.
 
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.
 
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.
 
For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.
 
For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.

March 20, 2020

In light of the current restrictions on gatherings of ten or more people, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners will be holding their weekly meetings online. 

The board meetings will be held at their normal time starting at 3 p.m. and agendas will continue to be posted on our website by Friday at 4 p.m. for the upcoming Tuesday meeting.

The public will be able to participate in any public hearing during the meetings using Zoom software.

Instructions for Public Participation in Virtual Board Meetings.pdf

The governor issued "Executive Order No. 20-03 Coronavirus Public Meetings Requirement Limited Waiver," which allows the County Board to conducting their meetings by video-conferencing, telephone conferencing or other electronic communication conference as long as the public and to members of the media still have access to the meetings. The waiver applies to all public governing body meetings that occur between March 17, 2020 and May 31, 2020.

March 19, 2020

Earlier this afternoon Governor Pete Ricketts announced the state’s first Directed Health Measure for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The measure imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. This is a necessary step to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. All Sarpy County government entities and the City of Plattsmouth strongly support this order.  According to the Governor’s Office, this health measure applies to all communities in Educational Service Units (ESU) #3 and #19, which includes Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. It will be in effect until April 30, 2020.
 
Among other steps, the measure requires restaurants and bars in these affected areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout service, delivery and/or curbside service only.  The measure further prohibits the gathering of more than ten patrons or customers, excluding staff, in a single room or single space at the same time. This includes, but is not limited to, daycares (including in-home facilities), gymnasiums, salons, fitness centers, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, theaters, libraries, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings.
 
This order mandates all local police departments and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office to enforce the order, which requires these business closings and attendance limits. Liquor, beer and wine sales are restricted to carry-out sales and delivery only, to the extent permitted by law. The health measure also prohibits the onsite consumption of liquor, beer and wine. 
 
The Directed Health Measure does not apply to courts, medical providers, public utilities, critical city and county operations, logistics/distribution centers, congregate living setting, shelters, public transportation, airports, retail, grocery stores, fuel centers, or other spaces where ten or more person may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments.
 
This order will cause people to have a number of questions. The following are a few resources:

All entities involved understand the financial hardship this will put on our community, but at this time our priority is the safety and health of all our residents. The goal of this order is to reduce illness, minimize spread and preserve our health care system with the goal of getting back to normal as soon as possible.
 

March 17, 2020
Sarpy County, Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion, Plattsmouth and Springfield are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 through regular multi-jurisdictional teleconference meetings. The meetings allow the jurisdictions to share knowledge and expertise and to implement consistent policies and strategies related state and national guidance for curbing COVID-19.

Following guidance from Governor Pete Ricketts, the Centers for Disease Control and the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health, the chief elected officials from these jurisdictions strongly recommend that all public gatherings and events should be limited to 10 people or less.

This recommendation applies to all restaurants and bars within these jurisdictions. With the St. Patrick’s Day holiday today, and in the interest of limiting the spread of the COVID-19, it is vital the public observes this recommendation.

All entities involved understand the financial hardship this will put on our business community, but at this time our priority is the safety and health of all our residents.

The multi-jurisdictional group will continue to meet as needed to ensure consistent response to COVID-19 from the neighboring entities.

March 16, 2020

The public event to kickstart the 2020 Census in Sarpy County has been canceled.
 
Officials are canceling the event in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, also called Coronavirus.
 
The event was to be held March 23 at Bellevue University Main Campus and feature an appearance from Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers.
 
Though the kickoff event was canceled, the Census remains critically important because it helps our community obtain millions of dollars in federal funding for roads, schools, health care, housing and other services.
 
Do your part by visiting 2020census.gov and taking the Census. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.
 
For local updates on the Census, you can visit Facebook.com/SarpyCounts or contact Michelle Andahl, Executive Chair of the Sarpy County Complete Count Committee at [email protected] or 402-593-2170.

March 15, 2020

In an effort to limit non-essential visits to the Sarpy County Courthouse, Sarpy County is suspending passport application services at the Sarpy County Clerk’s Office until further notice.
 
“My office provides a number of essential services to Sarpy County residents, both in-person and online. We started accepting passport applications as a service to our residents, unfortunately those applications must be submitted in-person,” said Deb Houghtaling, Sarpy County Clerk/Register of Deeds. “As soon as the situation changes, we will start providing those services again.”
 
Information about the passport application process is available on the U.S. State Department’s website at travel.state.gov.
 
Suspending passport applications is just one of many steps Sarpy County is taking to help slow the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. More information will be released about those efforts later today.

March 15, 2020

In response to current efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, we are restricting public access to the Sarpy County Courthouse. Starting at 8 a.m. March 16, only employees and those with business with the courts will be allowed in the Courthouse.
 
District, County and Juvenile Courts are a function of state government and will remain open. 
 
We will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis. An announcement regarding public access for the next day will be made at 4 p.m. and posted on the county’s website, Sarpy.com.
 
“Public safety is our top priority, and limiting access to the courthouse is a concrete step we can take to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus and to ensure that our emergency operations employees remain healthy and able to serve Sarpy County residents,” said Dan Hoins, Sarpy County Administrator.
 
Sarpy County provides numerous online services that allow you complete your business without having to visit the courthouse. For example, you can renew your vehicle registration, pay your property taxes or search Sarpy County property records. Many forms can be completed directly on Sarpy.com, while others can be completed and emailed to Sarpy County offices.
 
To see all of Sarpy County’s online services, visit Sarpy.com/online-services.
 
Sarpy County employees will be available to help our residents via phone and email as well.
 
Informational resources

March 13, 2020

If you received a ticket in Sarpy County for not having registration or proof of insurance in your vehicle, you can now handle those tickets electronically.

Simply take pictures of your ticket AND registration or insurance, then send them to [email protected].

NOTE: You must send the photos within 10 days of receiving your ticket. You will receive a confirmation email when your ticket is declined (cleared).

If you do not receive a confirmation email, your ticket has not be declined and you are expected to appear in court at your scheduled court time. If you fail to appear, there will be a warrant for your arrest.

If you have questions, call 402-593-2230.

March 10, 2020

The Sarpy County Election Commission is committed to voters and making sure their participation in the coming election is convenient and easy.
 
Polling places will be open on Election Day (May 12) for voters to cast their votes. For voters who would prefer to vote early from the comfort of their home, the Election Commission is taking steps to ensure that requesting and receiving an early ballot is a simple and convenient process. 
 
The week of March 16, the Sarpy County Election Commission will be mailing Early Voting Ballot Applications to all 114,000 eligible registered voters in Sarpy County. Voters will be able to fill out the application, mail it back and receive a ballot by mail after April 6, when Nebraska law allows for early voting ballots to begin being mailed.
 
“With current events in mind, I want to ensure that every voter can cast their ballot in the way that is best for them. I want voters to be aware of all voting options available to them, including voting at polling places, voting early in our office, or voting by mail from the comfort of their home,” said Michelle Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioner.
 
Voters with questions can call (402) 593-2167.

Download an Early Voting Ballot Application

March 04, 2020

Sarpy County is launching a new initiative to coordinate multiple road and public utility projects.

The CONNECTSarpy initiative will initially focus on a nine-square-mile area in western Sarpy County between 168th and 204th streets, and Harrison Street and Highway 370. Major road projects in this area will include: paving and widening Giles Road, creating a new connection between 180th and 192nd streets, and paving both 180th and 192nd streets.

“Sarpy County is the fastest growing county in the state, and this area in particular is primed for new residential developments. The County is taking a leadership role with a single vision for the infrastructure in this area to build roads that meet the current and future needs,” said Sarpy County Engineer Dennis Wilson.

Sarpy County is hosting a public meeting to provide more information to anyone who lives, works or travels through the area. The meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on March 12 at Aspen Creek Middle School, 18414 Summit Drive. A brief presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m. to share details about the specific projects as well as a general timeline for construction and road closures. An open house will follow until 7 p.m., where people will be able to ask questions about specific projects, closure dates, detour routes and more.

“The CONNECTSarpy road projects are extensive and will last for three to four years, so we’ve worked hard to make sure each project is timed to allow for smooth travel with as few disruptions as possible,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren, who represents the area. “I encourage everyone who lives in northwest Sarpy County to attend the public meeting on March 12 to learn about all of the improvements we’re making as well as how any closures will affect them.”  

More information about the public meeting as well as information on the road projects included in the CONNECTSarpy initiative is available at CONNECTSarpy.com. You can also find updates at Facebook.com/CONNECTSarpy or twitter.com/ConnectSarpy.

March 03, 2020

The Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office is extending its hours as part of a commitment to provide exceptional customer service to Sarpy County residents and business owners. 

Starting April 6, the Treasurer’s Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“I’m excited to offer our residents a more flexible schedule and additional hours,” Sarpy County Treasurer Brian Zuger said. “We know people are busy and we value their time, so the new hours will make it easier and more convenient to visit our office.”

The Treasurer’s Office is also offering a new online check-in feature, QLess, “which provides constituents the opportunity view wait times and evaluate the best time to come to our office, will also allow them to join a virtual line. This should help minimize our lines and help reduce wait times,” Zuger said.

Residents can check in online at Sarpy.com/Treasurer or on the QLess app. They will then receive a text message or app alert with updates on wait times.

When residents arrive at the office, large TV screens will direct them to a customer service representative ready to help them title a vehicle or renew their registration. Residents can also use QLess kiosks in the Treasurer’s Office.

“We are committed to customer service and want to make every visit to our office as easy and efficient as possible. When people check in online or on the app, they’ll know exactly when to come to the office and never have to wait in line,” Zuger said.

Zuger also wants to remind residents that they can avoid lines entirely by renewing their vehicle registration or paying their property taxes online at Sarpy.com/Treasurer.

Download the QLess app


About the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office
The Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for real estate taxes, titling and registration for boats and motor vehicles, and special assessments. The Treasurer’s Office is on the first floor of the Sarpy County Courthouse, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion.
 
February 04, 2020

Sarpy County Sheriff honors Bellevue man for saving lives
Sarpy County Sheriff presented Terry Ingram with a  Civilian Recognition Award during the Sarpy County Board meeting on Feb. 4. Ingram rescued the passengers of a car that crashed into an icy pond. In the photo: Commission Gary Mixan (from left), Commissioner Jim Warren, Dep. Lance Schickert, Commissioner David Klug, Terry Ingram, Sheriff Jeff Davis, Commissioner Angi Burmeister and Commissioner Don Kelly.



A Bellevue man who helped rescue three people from a car that crashed into icy waters was honored today for his heroic act.
 
Terry Ingram received a Civilian Recognition Award from Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis during the Sarpy County Board meeting.
 
Ingram, a local photographer, was photographing wildlife near Offutt Air Force Base on Jan. 11 when he looked up and saw an airborne vehicle.
 
The vehicle lost control on Harlan Lewis Road and hit a fire hydrant before landing upside down in an icy pond, partially submerging.
 
Ingram immediately called 911, then rushed into the frigid water, pulling the stranded passengers to safety. The passengers were treated for hypothermia and released from the hospital – thanks to Ingram’s quick-thinking.
 
Sheriff Davis presents the Civilian Recognition Award to people who help prevent tragedies and save lives in the county.

Sheriff Davis also present Ingram – a Tennessee Volunteers fan – with a Nebraska Cornhuskers hat. 

January 31, 2020

Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis unveiled a specially themed cruiser on Jan. 30.

The cruiser's design honor's Project Lifesaver, a program the Sheriff's Office runs in conjunction with the Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista police departments.

Project Lifesaver provides monitoring for persons who may be at risk of wandering away. Participants are fitted with a wristband, similar to a watch, that can be used to track the person's location if they are missing.

The new cruiser is designed to raise awareness about the program, according to Sheriff Davis. 

"We hope when people see it they ask the officer or the deputies driving that car about Project Lifesaver," he said.

There are currently 65 people in the program in Sarpy County. Participants include people with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, people on the Autism spectrum, people with cognitive brain injuries and people with Down Syndrome. Approximately 30 people across the county are trained as "trackers," including law enforcement officers and volunteers. 
The Sheriff's Office received a grant from the Midlands Community Foundation in 2008 to launch the Project Lifesaver. Additional grants and donations continue to fund the program, so families are not charged to participate.

Guest speakers at the event included Gail Werner-Robertson, who founded Autism Action Partnership, and Renee Kiernan, whose son wears a Sarpy County Project Lifesaver monitor.

The cruiser will be a working vehicle used for routine patrol for the next three years.

Learn more about Project Lifesaver in Sarpy County

Learn more about Project Lifesaver International
 

Click on the photo below to see more photos of the Project Lifesaver cruiser

Sarpy County Sheriff unveils new tribute cruiser

January 28, 2020

The Nebraska Department of Transportation plans to activate the new traffic signal at 66th Street and Highway 370 on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Please be aware of the new signal when driving in the area.

Sarpy County partnered with NDOT to fund this project. The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners continues to encourage the state to prioritize safety improvements on Highway 370 across the county.

Traffic signal at 66th Street and Highway 370 in Papillion, Sarpy County

January 24, 2020

The 2020 preliminary property assessments for all residential properties in Sarpy County are posted online.

To view the assessment for your property or neighboring properties, visit the Sarpy County Property Search too by clicking on the attached link or visiting: https://apps.sarpy.com/sarpyproperty/

The Sarpy County Assessor’s Office encourages all residential property owners to review their preliminary assessment. If you have questions or concerns, the Assessor’s Office encourages you to reach out to speak with them directly. They can address many issues and corrections without the need for a formal protest, saving you time and effort.

HOW TO REACH THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE
• Phone: 402-593-2122
• Email: [email protected]
• Online: http://bit.ly/AsktheAssessor
• In person: 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion.

January 07, 2020

Sarpy County Commissioners on Tuesday selected Don Kelly to serve a fourth-consecutive term as Chairman of the Sarpy County Board. He first held the position in 2016.
Kelly represents District 1 and was elected to the board in 2012.
 
“2020 is going to be an incredibly busy and exciting year in Sarpy County. We’re designing the new jail. We’re improving roads across the county. And the Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency is moving forward with plans for a new sewer that will open the southern part of the county to development,” Kelly said. “I’m committed, and this board is committed, to accomplishing great things while keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line.”
 
Commissioner Gary Mixan, who represents District 4, will serve as Vice Chair.
 
OTHER ACTION TAKEN BY THE BOARD:

  • Issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 9, 2020, as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Sarpy County.
  • Awarded a bid to Graham Construction to pave Giles Road from 192nd Street to 204th Street for $1,980,485.30.
January 02, 2020

When a child enters the foster care system, they often feel overwhelmed, trapped in a revolving door of caseworkers, attorneys and judges.

At Sarpy County CASA, we work to be a constant in the lives of more than 400 abused and neglected children in Sarpy County. Our goal is to pair a volunteer with each child who is a ward of the state.

But we need your help!

As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), you can help ensure that a child’s needs are being met while they reach a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers are not foster parents. They are trained volunteers who get to know a child in the foster care system and advocate for their best interests. CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years old and commit to at least one year of advocacy.

Our next training class starts Feb. 10. Classes run for five weeks and meet on Mondays from 6-9 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out an application form, then return it to the CASA office via email, fax or in person. Download the application.

If you have questions about Sarpy County CASA, please visit SarpyCASA.com, call 402-593-2259 or email [email protected].

December 19, 2019

The Sarpy County Courthouse and administrative offices will be closed on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve, however, some office may have limited hours after noon. Please check with the office you need to visit before coming to the Courthouse.

All offices will have regular hours on New Year's Eve.

Emergency services will remain in operation throughout the holidays.

Many Sarpy County services are available online at Sarpy.com.

December 04, 2019

Judge Stephanie Martinez congratulates the three participants
who completed the Sarpy County Reentry Court Program.

Sarpy County Reentry Court held its first graduation ceremony this week to recognize three participants for completing the program.

​Sarpy County's program is one of two reentry courts in the state. The 12- to 24-month program is designed to help people transition from incarceration back into the community.

The program's goal is to help people comply with their post-release conditions while addressing underlying issues that could lead them back to jail or prison. Participants are required to attend weekly hearings, follow treatment recommendations and take frequent drug tests. They also have to work or attend school full-time.

 
November 19, 2019

Calling their position “a public service,” the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted to keep their salaries the same for the next term.

The vote set the Commissioners’ salaries at $26,000 for 2021 and 2022, down slightly from the $26,095 they’ve received since 2015. The Board Chair will continue to receive an additional $1,000 for extra duties required of that position.

“This board is committed to keeping property taxes as low as possible, and to do that we have to hold the line on salaries, including our own,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly. “Our compensation package, including benefits and wages, is more than fair. I’m proud that we’re lowering our salaries while other counties are approving large increases.”

The board also set the salary for the Sarpy County Public Defender, who will receive $147,611.77 in 2021 and 2022, and $149,087.89 in 2023 and 2024.

State law requires the Board to set the salaries for all county offices before Jan. 15 of the year in which elections are held to fill those offices. Three seats on the County Board and the Public Defender will be on the ballot in November 2020.

November 18, 2019

On Nov. 20, Sarpy County will begin a project to repair a section of 168th Street.
 
Crews will be repairing the pavement on a two-lane section of 168th Street from just north of Palisades Drive to just north of Meridian Street. The contractor will start work on the northbound lane, then move to the southbound lane.
 
The road will remain open in both directions throughout the project, but there will be lane closures. Flaggers or a pilot car will lead traffic through the area. Drivers will be able to access 168th Street from Meridian Street; however, access may be closed for short durations.
 
Drivers should expect delays during the construction and use an alternate route when possible. The project is expected to last approximately a week, depending on weather.
 
Project engineer:
Jon Goldie
Schemmer
(402) 493-4800
 
Project manager:
Neal Sellers
Sarpy County Public Works
402-537-6907

November 14, 2019

At 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 15, Sarpy County and the City of Omaha will reopen Harrison Street between 147th and 150th Street.

There will be lane restrictions through the area for approximately a week as crews complete the final stages of the work. Drivers should use caution when driving in the area.

This will mark the completion of the Harrison Street Project, which transformed a mile-long stretch of Harrison Street from 147th to 157th Street. The newly expanded road now has four lanes lanes as well as new traffic and pedestrian signals, turn lanes, medians, sidewalks and noise-reduction walls. The upgrades will improve safety and travel times in the area.

Preliminary work on the project began in late 2017 with tree removal and the construction of a noise-reduction wall. Phase 1 was completed in November 2018, and Harrison Street reopened for the winter. Phase 2 began in April 2019, followed by Phase 3 in July 2019.

Sarpy County and the City of Omaha will each pay 50% of the cost for the 2-year, $10-million project.

November 13, 2019

If you own two or more vacant lots within the same subdivision (held for sale or resale), you may want to file a Vacant or Unimproved Lot Application (Nebraska Department of Revenue Form 191) with the Sarpy County Assessor's Office. 
 
Once filed, the assessor will value your land using the income approach to value, including the use of a discounted cash-flow analysis as of Jan 1. The discount method recognizes that the lots take a period of time to sell and that the revenue stream will be generated over a period of time.
 
Here are the requirements for applying:
• two or more lots with the same ownership
• held for sale or resale
• in the same subdivision
• in the same tax district
 
If you do not file the Vacant or Unimproved Lot Application (Form 191) with the assessor by December 31 of each year, the discounted cash-flow analysis will not be considered when determining the assessed value of your land, and it will be valued at full market value.
 
You can download Form 191 here: http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/PAD/forms/191_Vacant_or_Unimproved_Lot_Application.pdf
 
You can turn in your form in to the Assessor's Office in the following ways:
• Email: [email protected]
• Fax: (402) 593-5911
• Mail: Sarpy County Assessor's Office, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046-2894
• In-person: Sarpy County Assessor's Office, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046-2894
 
If you have questions, please contact the Sarpy County Assessor's Office at [email protected] or (402) 593-2122.

November 13, 2019

Behind every vehicle and piece of equipment owned by Sarpy County is a crew dedicated to making sure it’s working properly.
 
The skilled members of the Sarpy County Fleet Service Department do more than perform routine maintenance.
 
The department’s mechanics custom design and build snow plow frames on dump trucks so the Public Works Department is ready when the snow flies. They retrofit standard vehicles into patrol units used by law enforcement. They make necessary repairs, like replacing blades on the mowers used to keep county property well-maintained.

In many ways, the department, which operates out of a shop near 84th Street and Platteview Road, allows other county departments to provide seamless service to residents.

“If we’re not here to fix the equipment, you’re pretty much at a standstill,” said Fleet Manager George Funderburk. “My staff is valuable not only for their skills and knowledge, but also for their willingness to take on jobs when it’s 25 below out and they’re laying under a motor grader fixing a hose or a chain.”

Safeguarding county assets
Fleet Service helps maintain more than 400 pieces of county equipment and nearly 1,000 individual components. 

The fleet includes pickups, vans and sedans used by various county departments, but also equipment like dump trucks, excavators, chainsaws, mowers and ATVs.

The fleet even includes a military-grade Humvee and search and rescue boats, all used by the Sheriff’s Office.

The components include the computers, cages, ticket printers and two-way radios in patrol units as well as fire extinguishers, which are in all county vehicles.
 
Lt. Dennis Svoboda with the Sheriff’s Office said patrol units get a lot of wear and tear. The vehicles are often left running for hours at a time at accident scenes and they’re driven on all kinds of terrain.
 
When the Sheriff’s Office has a problem, Fleet Service addresses it quickly, so deputies can get back to work keeping citizens safe.
 
“Routine maintenance with these cars is so important because we’re driving on gravel, through fields, through medians and through ditches,” Svoboda said. “Fleet Service is great. They do a great job for us and we’re lucky to have them, without a doubt.”
 
Last year, Fleet Service performed a total of 885 preventative maintenance services, which includes things like oil changes, inspections and adjustments.
 
During the same time period, the department made 1,164 repairs on county vehicles and equipment and “upfitted” 26 vehicles for use by the Sheriff’s Office.
 
In addition to the permanent shop, the department uses service trucks that are essentially mobile shops. Mechanics can drive these trucks to other locations and perform any necessary cutting, welding or repairs on site.
 
“They’re really a lifeline for us, particularly during snow removal time,” said County Engineer Denny Wilson. “Our vehicles break down and sometimes require assistance on site. Fleet Service goes out and fixes tires, changes batteries, whatever it takes. They’re a very efficient operation.”

 
 

November 12, 2019


Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis (left) presented Civilian Recognition Awards to Preston Caniglia (center) and Roxana Francke.



Today, Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis presented 12-year-old Preston Caniglia with special award during a surprise ceremony at his school. Preston received a Civilian Recognition Award for helping save the life of a young boy.

In June, Preston saw a 3-year-old boy at the bottom of a swimming pool and reacted quickly. He jumped in and pulled the boy from the water. Roxana Francke, a nurse, then performed CPR.

The young boy was hospitalized, but made a full recovery.

Roxana Francke also received a Civilian Recognition Award at the ceremony.

November 08, 2019

Right now in Sarpy County, there are more than 9,100 individuals living in poverty, including nearly 4,000 children under the age of 18. Another 17,000 people in our community are experiencing hunger or food insecurity, unsure of where their next meal will come from.
 
In order to make sure every child in our community has a special gift under the tree and families have nourishing food, partners from across the community are coming together once again to organize a one-day Holiday Assistance event. This year’s event will be from 8-11:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive.
 
Each year, more than 400 families receive assistance during the Holiday Assistance event, but we need your help.
 
Here are some ways you can make a difference this year:

  • Cash donation
  • Donate gift cards (Visa gift cards, restaurants, movies)
  • Donate a new toy, book or game. A great way to get your workplace involved is to place a donation bin in your office and ask your staff and co-workers to participate.
  • Volunteer to help at the Sarpy County Holiday Assistance event.

Please bring donations to the Sarpy County Human Services Office, 1261 Golden Gate Drive, Suite 1E,  by Friday, December 6. Donations by check should be made payable to: Bellevue Ministerial Association (BMA) with “children’s fund” noted on the memo line.

For more information, contact Sarpy County Human Services Director Sharon Boehmer at 402-593-4414.
 

October 29, 2019

Sarpy County is preparing to undertake a two-phase construction and paving project on Giles Road from 168th Street to 192nd Street.
 
Phase 1 will begin on Nov. 4, when Giles Road will close between 168th Avenue and 180th Streets. Crews will replace sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure and box culverts, then pave the roadway. The paving will extend from 168th Avenue to approximately 174th Street, which is west of the entrance to Scary Acres. 
 
Following the completion of Phase 1, construction will shift west and Giles Road will close between 180th and 192nd Streets for the second part of the project. Crews will pave this section of Giles from 192nd to 188th Street. 

A portion of Giles Road will remain gravel at this time, as the county will reroute that section of Giles as part of the realignment of 180th Street in the future.

The closures will last through May 2020, depending on weather.
 
We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the closures and to use the marked detour.
 
PHASE 1 DETOUR ROUTE: For eastbound Giles Road, take 180th Street south to Cornhusker Road, then east on Cornhusker to 168th Street, then north on 168th Street. For westbound Giles Road, take 168th Street south to Cornhusker, then west on Cornhusker to 180th Street, then north on 180th Street.

October 28, 2019

Starting Nov. 1, 192nd Street will close between Highway 370 and Schram Road. The closure is expected to last for nine months (August 2020).

Crews will be constructing culverts and paving the road.

180th Street is the posted detour route. Please use caution when driving in the area.

October 24, 2019

When county or city workers run into technology problems, the Sarpy County Information Systems Department is ready to help.
 
The department has long offered technical support to Sarpy County employees as well as employees with the cities of Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista.
 
County leaders say the partnership is efficient and has financial benefits.
 
“Instead of the cities having to go out and hire their own staffs with redundant capabilities, the county is able to share our skills and expertise,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “If we can combine our efforts, it saves money.”
 
Sarpy County Chief Information Officer Mark Walters agrees.
 
“The big winner is the taxpayer, who is getting four government agencies the I.T. support they need with zero duplication,” Walters said.
 
Offering technical support is just one example where the cities — and the public — benefit from Sarpy County’s technology expertise. The Information Systems Department also works with the cities to provide a geographic information system (GIS) data and public safety technology.
 
Providing 24/7 I.T. assistance
Sarpy’s Information Systems Department has provided I.T. support to Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista since the early 2000s.
 
Under the agreement, the cities pay the county for 24/7 assistance, whether city employees need help with equipment, networking or software. The county also manages the I.T. infrastructure, offers security training, assists with technology-related projects and serves as the liaison between the cities and various software vendors.
 
In September, the county and cities renewed the agreement for another three years.
 
Nancy Hypse, the City of Papillion’s Finance Director, said the support is valuable because the city gets the expertise and help of the entire Sarpy County I.T. team.

Without the partnership, Papillion might have only a single staffer handling all of the city’s I.T. needs, which could lead to service interruptions if the person takes a vacation day or is unavailable. Plus, one person couldn’t offer the same amount of expertise as an entire team, she said.

Hypse said the county’s Information Systems staff is very responsive, and they help with everything from setting up a new city employee’s workstation to addressing issues that arise after normal business hours.
 
“They feel more like co-workers,” she said of the County’s I.S. staff.
 
In the past year, the county completed nearly 3,000 I.T. work orders for the cities: 1,108 for Bellevue, 1,024 for Papillion and 707 for La Vista.
 
Analysis through GIS
The Sarpy County Information Systems Department also oversees the management and maintenance of geographic information system (GIS) data.
 
Sarpy’s GIS efforts are kept current through an agreement between the county, all five Sarpy cities and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.
 
The public can easily access the GIS system to find information about various types of data, from land and crime records to roads projects and polling place information.
 
GIS Coordinator Eric Herbert said his division aims to develop and maintain accurate location intelligence.
 
“Having the information all in one place opens up a whole new level of analysis and access to information,” Herbert said.

Sarpy’s GIS features include: 


The SIMS systems lists property records, including address, valuation and
owner information

LiDAR — aerial topography that uses elevation data. Helpful for engineers and developers who are seeking the topography of a given area.
 
Sarpy Internet Map Service (SIMS) —property records that include address, valuation and owner information. It also shows zoning, future land use and flood information.
 
Crime Map — view criminal activity in a neighborhood and search by the type of incident and the responding law enforcement agency.
 
View all the GIS features here.

The City of Papillion uses GIS every day, according to Papillion Planning Director Mark Stursma. The city uses the data to create maps and to assist citizens with property and development questions.
                                                                                                                                       
“I would enthusiastically praise the GIS team for providing a great service,” Stursma said.
 
Keeping Sarpy County safe
The Sarpy County Information Systems team also plays a role in keeping Sarpy County safe by helping the fire departments and law enforcement agencies maintain their critical software.
 
I.S. also helps support Sarpy County Emergency Communications (911), particularly as that department implements Next Generation 911, an initiative that will update emergency communication infrastructure to match today’s digital world.
 
The County and the cities of Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista share a Law Records Management System. Through this system, law enforcement officers are able to save information that is then accessible by the other jurisdictions.
 
La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten said the setup has numerous benefits. For example, it allows officers to identify if an individual is a suspect in another jurisdiction.
 
“This has been a good partnership for going on 20 years,” Lausten said. “It’s just another example of the cities and county working together.”
 

October 23, 2019

Is the county planning to build a new jail? 
As Nebraska’s fastest-growing county, Sarpy County has outgrown its current jail, which is no longer compliant with Nebraska jail standards. The County is planning a new, approximately 400-bed correctional facility. 
 
What’s wrong with the current jail?
The existing facility at 84th Street and Highway 370 opened 30 years ago. It was designed to hold 148 inmates. However, it reached capacity in the mid-1990s and hasn’t kept up with the county’s population growth. In 2019, the jail typically houses between 160 and 200 inmates a day. 

The jail also lacks sufficient space for female inmates and isn’t equipped to handle inmates with long-term medical and mental health needs. All of those issues force Sarpy County to transport inmates to other jurisdictions, which is inefficient and has cost the county millions of dollars over the last decade. Boarding inmates elsewhere is projected to cost Sarpy County taxpayers nearly $3 million annually by 2025.
 
Did the county consider adding onto the existing jail?
The County considered retrofitting the existing jail and building an addition, but after design and construction studies, that option proved to be cost prohibitive. A new facility can be built to current jail standards and provide a higher operating efficiency, saving taxpayers money over time. A new facility will allow for future expansions, if necessary, as the county’s population grow.

Why not work to keep people out of jail instead of building more space?
Since 2004, Sarpy County has been on the forefront of developing ways to keep people out of jail through work release, diversion, pre-trial release, mental health case management and programs. There are typically between 250 and 350 lower-risk people involved in those programs at any given time who otherwise would be in jail. 

Last year alone, Sarpy County taxpayers saved $7.7 million in jail costs as a result of these programs. 
 
What will happen to the current jail?
The current jail will remain in use until the new facility opens. At that time, the building maybe used for other county purposes.

Where will the new jail be located?
The new jail will be built near the current jail on the Sarpy County courthouse campus near 84th Street and Highway 370.
 
What will it look like?
While final designs are at least a year away, preliminary plans call for a multi-story building that blends in with the surrounding government buildings. The facility will connect to the courthouse via an enclosed walkway. This will allow corrections officers to safely and easily transport inmates to and from the courthouse. 

Will the new jail include space for rehabilitation programs?
Preliminary plans include space for community partners who can connect inmates to services that will get them on a path of rehabilitation, reintroduce them to society and help them avoid recidivism. The current jail doesn’t have enough room to provide these resources, which are considered correctional best practices.

Is the mental health crisis stabilization center part of the jail project?
Sarpy County is currently exploring a partnership with Nebraska Medicine to open a mental health crisis stabilization center on the Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue campus. However, the center plays a role in the jail project because it will treat people who are experiencing mental health crisis. Today, people in crisis often end up at the emergency room or jail. Neither have the resources to treat their underlying issues. 

The new jail facility will also include space to provide appropriate mental health care.

How much will the new jail cost?
Preliminary estimates put the project near $65 million for site preparation, design and construction. The figure does not include the cost to operate and maintain the new facility, which will be determined by the final design.
 
Will my property taxes go up to pay for a new facility?
No. The county is planning to build a new jail without raising its tax levy. The County has been putting money into the Sinking Fund to save for a new jail and the County Board dedicated a portion of the current tax levy to go toward the new jail facility. 

Sarpy County’s 2020 tax levy is .2969, the same rate it has been for the past five years. A person with a home valued at $200,000 pays approximately $600 per year for all county services, including the Sheriff’s Office, a 24-7 911 center, jail operations, public works operations and new road construction. The county makes up less than 15% of your property tax bill.
 
Will other county services suffer in order to pay for the new jail?
No. The county manages your tax dollars carefully and has planned for the new jail by setting money aside. The Sinking Fund identified in the budget as well as Inheritance tax revenues will help fund construction of the new jail.

What steps need to take place in order for the project to move forward?
The County will hire a firm to design the new facility. They will work with a core group of stakeholders to design the jail to our specific needs. That team will include representatives from law enforcement, the judicial branch, corrections, county administration and others.     

Future steps include finalizing the project design and determining the facility’s operational costs. 
 
Does this project require voter approval?
No. The Board of Commissioners can approve the project without a vote of the people because it has enough taxing authority to cover the construction costs. The County has been setting money aside for a new jail and will rely on the existing levy amount and Inheritance Tax revenues to pay for construction.

What is the timeline for the project?
Designing the new facility will take between 12 to 18 months. The new facility could open as early as 2023.

October 22, 2019

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today took its first major step toward building a new jail.

The board unanimously approved a resolution that specifies the west side of the Sarpy County Courthouse Campus as the site for the new jail. The resolution also identifies how the new facility will be paid for.
 
The county will build the new facility without raising the county tax rate, according to current financial projections.
 
“We will build a new, much needed multimillion-dollar jail without raising property taxes,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “This doesn’t happen by chance, but by keeping a close eye on the bottom line and our hands out of the taxpayer’s wallet.”
 
Kelly said that building the new jail on the west side of the County Courthouse Campus will have the least impact on neighboring property owners. And, he said, there’s operational efficiencies in placing the judicial and law enforcement services in close proximity.
 
“Our goal is to blend the design as seamlessly as possible into our existing campus,” Kelly said. “Many people may not even be aware we’ve had a jail on our existing campus for decades, and we’d like to keep it that way.”
 
The county is constructing a new jail because the current one is overcrowded and does not meet state standards.
 
The jail has consistently exceeded capacity since the mid-1990s. This forces Sarpy County to transport inmates to other jurisdictions for boarding, which today costs Sarpy taxpayers half a million dollars each year. That amount is expected to continue to climb.
 
Since 2004, Sarpy County has been on the forefront of developing ways to keep people out of jail through work release, diversion, electronic monitoring and other programs. Last year alone, Sarpy County taxpayers saved $7.7 million in jail costs as a result of those innovative programs.
 
The alternative programs, however, have not solved the county’s overcrowding crisis. The county recently received a letter from the state saying that the existing Sarpy County jail was again non-compliant with the Nebraska Minimum Jail Standards due to space issues.
 
“It’s ironic that the state is pointing the finger at Sarpy County for a problem they helped create,” Kelly said. “Legislative Bill 605, which passed in 2015, has exacerbated overcrowding at the county level. The bill was designed to help reduce the state prison population, but what it actually did was shift the problem county jails. The costs to house the additional people in our jail is a cost to Sarpy County taxpayers, and we’ve seen the number of probation detainees go up almost 40% since LB 605 went into effect.”
 
Sarpy County has studied the jail’s needs and the feasibility of building a new facility for several years. Up to this point, the project has been in the conceptual phase.
 
The new facility will be paid for with a portion of the county’s existing levy and with a portion of inheritance tax revenue. Together, those funding sources will allocate roughly $6 million per year toward the project, using 2019 property valuation figures.
 
“We want this project to be successful for everyone involved,” said Jim Warren, County Board Vice Chairman. “Most of all, we want it to be a win for taxpayers. This funding plan accomplishes that.”
 
Preliminary estimates put the cost of a new facility near $65 million, which includes site preparation, design and construction. The new facility could have approximately 400 beds and include space to provide appropriate mental health care as well was programming and services to help inmates reintegrate into society, thus reducing recidivism.
 
Next steps include the county approving an architectural agreement and starting formal design in early 2020. The new facility could open as early as 2023. Until then, the current jail will remain in use.
 

October 14, 2019

Sarpy County Human Services and the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office are partnering with service agencies from across the county to offer the Sarpy County Holiday Assistance Program.

The program provides families who meet low income guidelines with new toys for their children who are 14 years old and younger.
 
To apply for the Holiday Assistance Program, please visit one of these sign-up events. The toy giveaway will be held on a different date.

NOVEMBER 4 
9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.
Heartland Family Service, 302 American Parkway, Papillion

NOVEMBER 6
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 480 Main Street, Springfield

NOVEMBER 9
9 a.m.-noon
Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive, Bellevue

NOVEMBER 12
9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.
Lift Up Sarpy, 119 W. Mission, Bellevue, NE

Eligibility requirements

  • Photo ID for head of household (person applying)
  • Social Security cards for everyone in the household OR 2018 tax forms
  • Proof of age for children – must be 14 or younger
    •  Birth certificates OR current Medicaid Card
  • Proof of Sarpy County residency – dated within the past 30 days
    • Utility bill (preferred) OR letter from the State
  •  Proof of total household income – can include
    • Pay stubs for past 30 days
    • Disability letter
    • Unemployment letter
    • Letter of state assistance eligibility

If you have questions about the event or eligibility, contact Carmen Bradley at [email protected] or 402-292-2961 ext. 212.

October 11, 2019

On Oct. 15, the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office, in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, will launch a new vehicle registration and titling system called VicToRy.
 
The modern system will allow the Treasurer’s Office employees to provide faster, better customer service. VicToRy will provide expanded online services, improved fraud detection and prevention features, and a new streamlined process that requires fewer forms from customers. VicToRy also eliminates a number of manual processes, reducing the opportunity for errors.
 
“VicToRy is replacing a dated system that hasn’t kept up with technology, so there will be huge benefits for both customers and our employees,” Sarpy County Treasurer Brian Zuger said. “I’m excited about the potential to add new features to the system, and I know it’s going to allow our office to focus on ways to improve our already strong customer service.”
 
All DMV offices across the state will switch to the new system on Oct. 15.
 
“All of our representatives are trained on the new system, and the state has gone through extensive testing. But with any new piece of technology, there’s always going to be a learning curve, and we’re asking for patience as we work through any potential hiccups,” Zuger said.
 
For convenience, many of the services provided by the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office are available online. You can renew your vehicle registration online at dmv.nebraska.gov or pay your property taxes at Sarpy.com/Treasurer.

October 08, 2019

October is National Cyber Security Month, and Sarpy County is joining the nationwide effort take make sure you have the resources you need to stay safe and secure. All month long , the Sarpy County Information Systems Department will be providing tips and information to make you #CyberAware and to #BeCyberSmart.

Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility, so make sure you “Own IT. Protect IT. Security IT.”

Shake up your password protocol
According to National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) guidance, you should consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible. Get creative and customize your standard password for different sites, which can prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to these accounts and protect you in the event of a breach. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts.
 
For more password tips, check out the Creating a Password Tip Sheet.
 
Play hard to get with strangers
Cybercriminals use phishing tactics, hoping to fool their victims. If you’re unsure who an email is from – even if the details appear accurate –  or if the email looks “phishy,” do not respond and do not click on any links or attachments found in that email. When available use the “junk” or “block” option to no longer receive messages from a particular sender.
 
Learn more about phishing attacks and ways to avoid them: https://www.sarpy.com/sites/default/files/Phishing.pdf
 
Never click and tell
Limit what information you post on social media — from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings — online and in the physical world.
 
Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are – and where you aren’t – at any given time.
 
Read the Social Media Cybersecurity Tip Sheet for more information.
 
Stay protected while connected
Before youconnect to any public wireless hotspot – like at an airport, hotel, or café – be sure to confirm thename of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. If you do use an unsecured public access point, practice good Internet hygiene by avoiding sensitive activities (e.g., banking) that require passwords or credit cards. Your personal hotspot is often a safer alternative to free Wi-Fi. Only use sites that begin with “https://” when shopping or banking online.

Keep tabs on your apps
Most connected appliances, toys and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved, gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your app permissions and use the “rule of least privilege” to delete what you don’t need or no longer use. Learn to just say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense. Only download apps from trusted vendors and sources.

If you connect, you must protect
Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device or other network devices, the best defense against viruses and malware is to update to the latest security software, web browser, and operating systems. Sign up for automatic updates, if you can, and protect your devices with antivirus software. Read the Phishing Tip Sheet for more information.

Cyber Security Resources
•  National Cyber Security Alliance
•  U.S. Department of Homeland Security: BeCyberSmart
•  National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies

October 08, 2019
Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis inducted into Hall of Fame
Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis addresses the crowd after he was included into the Nebraska Sheriffs' Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 8, 2019, at the NSA conference in Kearney. Davis was inducted by NSA President Mike Robinson (center) and retired Sarpy County Sheriff's Lieutenant Russ Zeeb.

Congratulations to Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis on his induction into the Nebraska Sheriffs’ Association Hall of Fame.

Davis was honored tonight at the Nebraska Sheriffs’ Association Conference in Kearney.

NSA President Mike Robinson and retired Sarpy County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, also a member of the Hall of Fame, presented the award to Davis.

Davis is the third Sarpy County representative in the Hall of Fame. In addition to Zeeb, who was inducted in 2013, former Sheriff Pat Thomas was inducted in 2003.

October 01, 2019

Sarpy County and Nebraska Medicine today agreed to explore ways to develop a partnership to improve mental health services in Sarpy County.
 
The Sarpy County Board approved the memorandum of understanding, which sets out the two organizations’ intent to explore a partnership to develop psychiatric emergency services at Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue.
 
“There’s clearly a critical need for psychiatric emergency services in Sarpy County and across the entire state,” Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly said. “Sarpy County isn’t willing to stand on the sidelines. We’re committed to pressing forward, and exploring a partnership with Nebraska Medicine is an important part of that process.”
 
The Sarpy County Mental Health Leadership Team and Nebraska Medicine began initial partnership discussions earlier this year. The memorandum of understanding approved today focuses future discussions on psychiatric emergency services.
 
Also at the meeting, the Board:

  • accepted a $90,435 grant from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The funds will be used to cover a portion of the personnel costs for the Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency.
  • approved a resolution prohibiting the use of engine breaking at several locations on Platteview Road, including at all Platteview Road intersections from 87th Street to Highway 50.
October 01, 2019

When a child enters the foster care system, they often feel overwhelmed, trapped in a revolving door of caseworkers, attorneys and judges.

At Sarpy County CASA, we work to be a constant in the lives of more than 400 abused and neglected children in Sarpy County. Our goal is to pair a volunteer with each child who is a ward of the state.

But we need your help!

As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), you can help ensure that a child’s needs are being met while they reach a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers are not foster parents. They are trained volunteers who get to know a child in the foster care system and advocate for their best interests. CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years old and commit to at least one year of advocacy.

Our next training class starts soon. Classes run for five weeks and meet on Mondays from 6-9 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out an application form, then return it to the CASA office via email, fax or in person. Download the application.

If you have questions about Sarpy County CASA, please visit SarpyCASA.com, call 402-593-2259 or email [email protected].

September 26, 2019

The Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency on Wednesday signed off on a plan that will help fund the sanitary sewer system in southern Sarpy County.
 
The Agency board unanimously approved an interlocal agreement that calls for putting Omaha Public Power District PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) funds toward the project.
 
“By using PILOT funds, we’re able to close any initial projected revenue shortfalls associated with the cost of building the sewer. It’s an innovative approach to paying for the system, and it’s taken months of collaboration to build this agreement,” Agency Board Chair Don Kelly said. “We were all committed to find a revenue source that didn’t come from the taxpayers, and this agreement gives us that funding. I’d especially like to thank Andrew Rainbolt, Executive Director of the Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation, for suggesting the idea of PILOT funds. Without him, I don’t know that we would have been able to move forward with the sewer project.”
 
The agreement represents a significant step forward for the Unified Southern Sarpy Wastewater System, which aims to encourage development south of the ridgeline.
 
The agreement still needs approval by the Sarpy County Board and the Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield City Councils. Those votes are expected to take place during their respective meetings on Oct. 15.
 
Under the agreement, the county and cities will contribute to the project a portion of their OPPD PILOT funds generated from new growth.
 
OPPD pays the PILOT funds to public entities, including counties and cities, in place of property taxes. PILOT funds are 5% of the gross retail sales on electricity collected within a city’s boundaries.
 
The amount the county and each city will pay will be based on their respective growth areas. The Agency board approved the Growth Management Plan in June.
 
In addition to PILOT funds, the project will be paid for with user and connection fees from development in southern Sarpy County.
 
No property tax dollars will be used, according to a current base case financial scenario.
 
Building the sewer system is projected to cost $220 million. It will be built in phases over the next 20 to 50 years, starting with building a wastewater treatment plant south of Springfield.
 
The project is expected to generate millions of dollars of property tax and sales tax revenue for the Sate of Nebraska, Sarpy County, Sarpy County cities and local school districts.
 
Also on Wednesday, the Agency board:

  • Approved a resolution authorizing a professional audit services agreement with BerganKDV.
  • Discussed public-private partnerships and traditional delivery models.
September 25, 2019

When people call 911, they expect to reach dispatchers quickly.
 
But sometimes emergencies happen – even at 911 dispatch centers themselves. Phone lines can be accidentally cut. Equipment can fail. Evacuations may be necessary.
 
That’s why Sarpy County has taken a significant step toward offering an even higher level of service and public safety to ensure your call is answered when you need it most.

No longer an island
Sarpy County Emergency Communications in August successfully merged its 911 phone system with the Omaha metro region that includes Douglas, Washington and Pottawattamie Counties.
 
The upgrade means Sarpy will now have automatic backup – and callers to 911 won’t face a potential gap in service – in the event there’s problems with the county’s phone lines.
 
Previously, Sarpy County dispatchers had to take extra steps to transfer calls when problems, such as a power outage or equipment failure, arose. The additional steps took time and had the potential to introduce human error.
 
Now, if there is an issue with the county’s phone lines, Sarpy’s calls will automatically reroute to another dispatch center within the region.
 
“Sarpy’s no longer an island,” said William Muldoon, Director of the Sarpy County Emergency Communications Department. “There’s now redundancy and there’s other people who can step in to help. With this new system, we don’t leave the public with the phone ringing or with a busy signal.”

The upgrade is also better for first responders because it allows dispatchers to instantly access Sarpy’s computer system and take incoming calls if they are working at another location, like from the regional backup dispatch center in Omaha.
 
That’s good news for people trying to reach Sarpy’s dispatch center, which in 2018 received 54,924 calls to 911 and another 162,407 non-emergency and administrative calls.
 
Most of the 911 calls – 81 percent – came from people calling on cell phones.
 
“At any time, any one of us can go to another dispatch center, log on as us and function as if we’re at our own center,” said Kimberly Kuszak, Telephone System and Technology Manager for the Sarpy County Emergency Communications Department.
 
Efficient use of resources
The changes to Sarpy’s system grew out of a 2014 report by Matrix Consulting Group that recommended the county take steps to “virtually” merge its 911 operations with Douglas County.
 
The counties continue to maintain their own 911 dispatch centers and dispatchers. But the counties have begun to share more resources in an effort to foster collaboration across the Omaha metro, while keeping costs low and providing excellent service.
 
“It’s the right thing to do for the region, to make as much redundancy for the region as possible,” said Kyle Kramer, Technical Manager for the Douglas County Emergency Communications Department. “There’s cost sharing, as well. No single county has to pay for all of the backroom equipment on their own. That’s a benefit to every agency that joins the region.”


Part of the technology that makes the
Sarpy County Emergency Communications
phone upgrade possible.

Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said that providing top-notch 911 service is critical because lives are on the line.
 
“From a public safety standpoint, it’s our primary job to make sure we provide this kind of quality service, so people have confidence and assurance these services will be effective when they need them most,” Kelly said.
 
The Sarpy County Board approved the phone system project last year. The Board also agreed to move forward with similar upgrades to the county’s 911 radios.
 

The radio project, called Dynamic System Resilience, or DSR, is expected to be completed later this year.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized Sarpy County to spend state 911 Service System Funds to complete the phone system project. That fund, which can be used to help pay for regionalization projects, includes revenue from the surcharge collected on wireless phone bills.
 
Such regionalization plays a role in Next Generation 911, an initiative that aims to update emergency communication infrastructure so it’s compatible with digital technology.
 
"Working together through regionalization is a key to the implementation of Next Generation 911 services in Nebraska," said State 911 Director David Sankey.
 
"Anytime PSAPs (public safety answer points) can work together to improve service, our citizens benefit," added Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Tim Schram, whose district (District 3) includes Sarpy County.
 
Sarpy County Board Vice Chairman Jim Warren praised the efforts to make Sarpy’s 911 system more cost efficient and commended the entire Emergency Communications Department for their work through the transition.
 
“We have a great staff with Bill Muldoon, Kimberly Kuszak and everybody who works with them on 911,” Warren said. “They’re giving us a way more effective system.”

September 24, 2019

In mid-October, the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office, in coordination with the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, will switch to a new vehicle titling and registration system called VicToRy.
 
The new, modern system will allow the Treasurer’s Office to access records from all 93 Nebraska counties and enable employees to provide faster, better customer service.
 
“VicToRy moves us decades ahead in terms of technology and will allow our representatives to focus on meeting the needs of our customers in a more timely, efficient manner.” Sarpy County Treasurer Brian Zuger said. “I’m also excited about the potential to add new, modern applications to the system, like an app that can remind you when taxes are due, then allow you to pay right on the app.”
 
During the transition to the new system, customers visiting the Treasurer’s Office could experience some delays.
 
“All of our representatives are training on the new system and will be ready to go when we launch. But with any new piece of technology, there’s always going to be a learning curve, and we’re asking for patience as we work through any potential hiccups,” Zuger said.
 
To avoid delays, residents should consider renewing their vehicle registration online at dmv.nebraska.gov. They can also pay their property taxes online at Sarpy.com/Treasurer.

September 23, 2019

The Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency will build a permanent wastewater treatment plant south of Springfield.
 
The plant is a key step in creating the Unified Southern Sarpy Wastewater System, which will bring critical sanitary sewer infrastructure to the southern portion of the county.
 
Don Kelly, chair of the Wastewater Agency, said officials studied various options, including building an interim facility.
 
“It made a lot of sense to come up with an engineering solution that moved the wastewater to its eventual end location – rather than building temporary treatment sites along the way,” Kelly said.
 
Resident feedback also was taken into consideration.
 
“The citizens spoke and we listened,” Kelly said. “Government exists to service the citizens, not make their lives more difficult. This is simply good public policy.”
 
The plant will enable future development in southern Sarpy County by treating wastewater from the Buffalo Creek, Springfield Creek and Zwiebel Creek basins.
 
The exact location for the treatment plant has not been determined at this time.
 
On Wednesday, the Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency is poised to make another important decision.
 
The agency board will consider an interlocal agreement that spells out how the agency will pay for the new wastewater infrastructure, including the use of PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) funds from the Omaha Public Power District.
 
In addition to OPPD PILOT funds, the system will be paid for with fees associated with growth in southern Sarpy County.
 
No property tax dollars will be used to fund the project, according to a current base case financial scenario.
 
The system will be built in phases over the next 20 to 50 years and is estimated to cost $220 million. Phase 1, which includes building the treatment plant south of Springfield, is expected to cost $40 million.
 
The Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency will meet at 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Sarpy County Boardroom in the Sarpy County Courthouse.
 
The meeting is open to the public. See the full agenda here.
 
For more information about the Unified Southern Sarpy Wastewater System and the Agency’s work to date, visit the Agency’s website

September 20, 2019

We are aware of severe traffic congestion issues this morning on 168th Street north of Highway 370, and are working to address the issue as quickly as possible.

BNSF Railway closed 156th Street without authorization from Sarpy County. This closure forced additional traffic onto 168th Street, causing this morning’s congestion.

The County directed BNSF to reopen the road immediately. However, when Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the site, they discovered crews had already begun work on the railroad crossing, making it impassable for cars.

BNSF personnel at the site reported they would restore the crossing and open the road by rush hour this evening.

Earlier this week, BNSF requested permission to close 156th Street to repair their railroad crossing. However, the Sarpy County Engineer denied the request because 156th Street serves as a detour route for the Harrison Street expansion project.

We understand this unauthorized closure caused confusion and delay for thousands of drivers in the area. The Sarpy County Board has already reached out to BNSF leadership to address the issue.

September 20, 2019

Sarpy County Emergency Management receives Be Prepared Award
Sarpy County Emergency Management Director Lynn Marshall (left) and Program
Specialist Jesse Eret (right) accept the Citizen Corps Partner of the Year award
rom Lt. Gov. Mike Foley. (NEMA)


The Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency was recognized this week at the annual Lt. Governor’s Be Prepared Awards.

The agency received the Citizen Corps Partner of the Year award, which honors organizations that demonstrate a significant commitment to creating strong partnerships with other preparedness organizations.

“Sarpy County is committed to forging partnerships across our region to provide better service for our citizens. The Emergency Management team excels at identifying partners and building relationships throughout the year, so when an emergency situation does arise, like the flooding this spring, they’ve already developed a multi-agency plan for the response and recovery,” said Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Chair Don Kelly.

The Be Prepared Awards recognize volunteers and community organizations for excellence in emergency preparedness and disaster response. They are presented each September as part of National Preparedness Month.

“Even though September is recognized as national Preparedness Month, the Nebraskans being honored … understand the necessity of being prepared year-round,” Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley said. “Their commitment to preparedness helps ensure our communities are able to recover from disasters or emergencies.”

Other Be Prepared Awards with Sarpy connections

  • Bellevue resident Douglas King, Sr. received the Citizen Corps Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding commitment to disaster preparedness and his volunteer efforts to make sure his community is better prepared in the event of a disaster.
  • The Tri-County CERT Team and the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa MRC received the Local Heroes Award for their extraordinary service and leadership during the 2019 floods. Both organizations are important partners for Sarpy County Emergency Management.
September 17, 2019

Sarpy County and Bellevue will share the cost to design 36th Street improvements.

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today unanimously agreed to pay for 50 percent of the preliminary design work for 36th Street from approximately Highway 370 to Cornhusker Road.

“36th Street is an important north-south corridor for both Sarpy County and Bellevue, so we’re happy to partner on the design,” Commissioner Don Kelly said.

The preliminary design costs are estimated at $751,000, meaning both Sarpy and Bellevue will pay $375,500. The Bellevue City Council is set to consider the agreement on Oct. 1.

Also at the meeting, Commissioners:

  • approved subdivision agreements and final plats for two new residential subdivisions, Remington West and Bridgeport.
  • honored retiring Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Martens.
September 09, 2019

Sarpy County is hiring pre-certified correctional officers to join the Sarpy County Corrections Department.

Our simplified application process includes only two in-person visits, and if you're selected, you'll be at work within 30 days of the application closing. 

As a Sarpy County corrections officer, you'll work 12-hour shifts with every other weekend off. The position includes numerous opportunities for growth and advancement.

Applicants must be Nebraska Certified Correctional Officers. Must apply by Sept. 22. To learn more or apply, click here.

Pre-Certified class flyer.pdf
Sarpy County hiring pre-certified correctional officers

September 06, 2019

Sept. 13 is the deadline to register for disaster assistance for those affected by flooding in March. The deadline applies to both the Federal Emergency Management Agency individual assistance grants and the low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Association.

FEMA disaster assistance for qualified homeowners and renters may help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, provide temporary rental assistance and aid with serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. 

There are three ways to register for assistance:
• Online: www.disasterassistance.gov
• Phone: 800-621-3362; phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week
• App: Download the FEMA disaster app here: www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Scam artists and identity thieves often try to take advantage of victims following any type of disaster. Common fraudulent schemes include over-the-phone or in-person requests for personal information as well as fake offers of federal aid.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and FEMA provide these tips to avoid scams:

  1. Ask to see ID badges. All FEMA representatives are required by law to present a laminated photo ID. A FEMA hat, shirt or jacket is not proof of identity.
  2. Federal workers do no solicit or accept money. FEMA staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help to fill out applications. FEMA inspectors verify damage, but do not involve themselves in any aspect of hte repair nor recommend any contractor.
  3. Verify a home inspection by requesting to see the FEMA employee's identification badge or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to confirm an appointment. The job of FEMA housing inspectors is to verify damage. Inspectors do not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix  homes or recommend repairs. They do not determine eligibility for assistance.
  4. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in your community providing information and assisting people in registering with FEMA or updating their files. The teams coordinate their activities with local emergency managers and make local law enforcement agencies aware of their presence. The teams always consist of at least two people and may include employees from NEMA and FEMA. They will also be wearing FEMA or NEMA shirts and laminated photo IDs. Disaster Survivor Assistance teams never ask for or accept payment for their services.
  5. Verify charitable solicitations by asking for the charity's exact name, street address, phone number and web address. Call the charity directly and confirm that the person asking for funds is an employee or volunteer before donating.
  6. If you suspect fraudulent activity or question the validity of a request for identifiable information, please report the individual(s) to local law enforcement, call NEMA at 402-471-7421, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or visit www.protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov/file-consumer-complaint.

 

September 03, 2019

If your SID is holding elections this year, your SID ballots must be in the Election Commission office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

The drop box in the Election Office parking lot at 501 Olson Drive in Papillion is open 24 hours a day leading to the election day. Each ballot must be in the return envelope provided.

If you have questions, please call the Sarpy County Election Commission at 402-593-2167.

For more information about the elections, including a list of SIDs holding elections this year, visit the Sarpy County Election Commission's SID election page

September 03, 2019

On Sept. 24, you can "Do Good" by eating a burrito. 

Sarpy County Teen Court will be hosting a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Chipotle, 9820 S. 71st Plaza, Suite 117, in Papillion. Show the flyer below or tell the cashier you are supporting Sarpy County Teen Court and 33% of the proceeds from your purchase will support the program. 

Teen Court gives teenagers who have committed a misdemeanor crime a chance to learn from their mistakes without the high cost and stigma of a criminal record. It’s a positive experience meant to divert youth away from a pattern of criminal behavior. 

Teen Court is "staffed" by teenage volunteers from local middle schools and high schools. They serve as jurors, bailiffs and attorneys. Volunteers get to serve their community while learning about the legal system. For those youths interested in careers in the legal field, Teen Court is a great way to get hands-on experience .

To learn more about Teen Court or to volunteer, visit Sarpy.com/TeenCourt.

Sarpy County Teen Court fundraiser at Chipotle

August 27, 2019

Sarpy County Public Works installed new speed limit signs on portions of Platteview Road and 84th Street, lowering the speed limits to 45 mph from 55 mph.
 
The new speed limits are in effect on Platteview Road from 84th Street to 132nd Street, and on 84th Street from Platteview Road to Capehart Road. The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved lowering the speed limit to 45 mph on both roads on Aug. 13. The signs were installed Aug. 26.
 
Public Works also recently added stop signs to the intersection of Platteview Road and 84th Street, which now operates as a three-way stop.
 
The reduced speed limits and the three-way stop are just the first steps toward longer term safety enhancements along Platteview Road.
 
“Ultimately, we want to make Platteview Road a major east-west arterial road. It will be expensive and take time, but our Board is committed to making the necessary interim and long range improvements,” Commissioner Jim Warren said after the stop signs were installed.

August 27, 2019

The Sarpy County Board today unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that keeps the County’s tax levy flat for the fourth year in a row.

The $176 million budget includes investments in infrastructure projects and other services that are essential to continuing the county’s commercial and residential growth. This includes more than $22 million for road projects, $3.7 million for a new jail and $1.25 million for a mental health crisis stabilization center.

“We’re striking a balance with this budget by meeting the immediate needs of a growing county while still saving for the future. And we’re doing it without raising the levy,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly. “I commend Chief Financial Officer Conley and his team for their work putting this together.”

Sarpy County hasn’t raised its levy since 2002. In fact, the County Board lowered the levy in 2015 to 29.69 cents per $100 of valuation, where it remains under the new budget. At that rate, the County expects to collect $49.8 million in property taxes, which means 72% of the budget comes from other revenue sources.

Under the levy, the owner of a $200,000 home pays $593.80 in Sarpy County property taxes. That’s roughly $49.50 a month, with which the County provides a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year 911 center; a Sheriff's Department with highly-trained deputies committed to keeping Sarpy County safe; a Public Works Department that plows and maintains thousands of lane miles of roads; the Sarpy County Attorney's Office, which prosecutes offenders; the Sarpy County jail; and other services.

View the budget overview presented by Sarpy County Chief Financial Officer Bill Conley

ALSO AT THE MEETING, the County Board
• approved agreements with the cities of Gretna and Springfield to provide law enforcement services through Aug. 31, 2022.
• awarded a bid to Tab Construction for work on Giles Road from 180th Street to 186th Street, as well as at 168th Street. 
 

August 23, 2019
Sarpy County Emergency Management receives award
Sarpy County Emergency Management Director Lynn Marshall (left) and Program Specialist Jesse Eret


Sarpy County Emergency Management recently received an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their role in supporting the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps.

The Outstanding MRC Partner Organization Award recognizes groups that support the Medical Reserve Corps' mission by helping to raise awareness of the MRC and providing opportunities to participate in public health, preparedness and response activities in local communities.

To learn more about the role Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency plays in preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters and emergency situations, visit Sarpy.com/EMA.

To learn more about the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps, click here.

August 22, 2019


Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis (left) and Nebraska State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Kauffman (right) honored Bryan Murphy during an award ceremony today. 



Bryan Murphy knew something wasn’t right.

A small child shouldn’t be walking alone on the side of a highway, he thought.

So the young man from Tecumseh pulled over and called 911. Then he waited with the 3-year-old boy while law enforcement and the boy’s frantic family arrived.

“This is something everyone should do. But unfortunately, not everyone would have taken the time to stop,” Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said today during a ceremony to recognize Murphy for role in protecting the boy. “You took the time and prevented what could have been a really tragic situation.”

Sheriff Davis presented Murphy with a Sheriff’s Office Challenge Coin.

Murphy also received a Public Service Award from the Nebraska State Patrol during the ceremony.

Murphy, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who worked at the nearby Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, found the boy walking along Highway 31. The 3-year-old, who was unharmed during his adventure, had wandered away from his home near Schramm Park.
 

August 16, 2019

The Sarpy County Board recently engaged an engineering firm to look at traffic patterns, vehicle speeds and possible improvements to the intersection of 84th Street and Platteview Road. The Board asked for recommendations for immediate and longer-term changes to the intersection.
 
Stop signs are now in place at the intersection, fulfilling the Boards commitment to implement the proposed changes as soon as safely possible. Crews installed the signs today, and the intersection is operating as a three-way stop.
 
“As we look at ways to improve traffic flow and safety all along Platteview, adding the stop signs at this intersection is an important first step,” Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren said. “Platteview Road is a major farm-to-market road in Sarpy County, and it’s also a vital east-west link for commuters. As the County grows, more and more drivers will use it, so we’re taking steps now to plan for the roadway’s ultimate design.”
 
On Tuesday, the County Board approved a resolution to lower the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on Platteview Road from 132nd to 84th Street, as well as on 84th Street from Platteview Road to Capehart Road.
 
“Commissioners, County administration and Sheriff’s Office representatives met with Springfield-Platteview Schools officials this past Monday. We listened to their concerns and made the appropriate speed reductions at our Board meeting the following day,” said Board Chairman Don Kelly. “We expect the new 45 mph speed limit signs to be posted within a week.”
 
It is the County Engineer’s responsibility to install the new speed limit signs.
 
The three-way stop at 84th and Platteview Road and the reduced speed limits are just the first steps toward longer term safety enhancements. 
 
“Ultimately, we want to make Platteview Road a major east-west arterial road. It will be expensive and take time, but our Board is committed to making the necessary interim and long range improvements,” Commissioner Warren said. 

August 08, 2019

Plastic bag mats
Two Community Corrections staffers test the mats before delivering them to area homeless shelters.


For the past year, clients involved with Sarpy County Community Corrections have been making mats out of plastic grocery bags. Once completed, the mats are donated to homeless shelters in the area.

The service project has been very successful, but our supply of bags is running low. Each mat requires 500 plastic grocery bags, which are cut into strips and then knitted together.

If you would like to donate to the project, please bring plastic grocery bags to the Community Corrections Office, 1261 Golden Gate Drive Suite 1E, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

August 07, 2019

Sarpy County’s tax levy will remain the same for the fifth year in a row under the County’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020.
 
The $176 million budget includes investments in infrastructure projects and other services that are essential to continuing the county’s commercial and residential growth. This includes more than $22 million for road projects, $3.7 million for a new jail and $1.25 million for a mental health crisis stabilization center.
 
“There’s no doubt that we have to invest in infrastructure improvements across Sarpy County, and the budget committee has done an amazing job finding the money to do that without adding an extra burden on the Sarpy County taxpayer,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly.
 
Sarpy County hasn’t raised its levy since 2002. In fact, the County Board lowered the levy in 2015 to 29.69 cents per $100 of valuation, where it will remain if the proposed budget is approved. At that rate, the County expects to collect $49.8 million in property taxes, which means 72% of the budget comes from other revenue sources.

Under the current levy, the owner of a $200,000 home pays $593.80 in Sarpy County property taxes. That’s roughly $49.50 a month, with which the County provides a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year 911 center; a Sheriff's Department with highly-trained deputies committed to keeping Sarpy County safe; a Public Works Department that plows and maintains thousands of lane miles of roads; the Sarpy County Attorney's Office, which prosecutes offenders; the Sarpy County jail; and other services.
 
“As Commissioners, we’re committed to being watchdogs over the people’s money, which is what the County’s budget is. We set very clear expectations for our officials, which is why this proposal – with the exception of transitional positions for the Corrections Department – doesn’t include any new full-time employees. We want the money spent on services, not adding new people,” Kelly said.
 
A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held Aug. 20.

August 06, 2019

Cops and robbers will be filling the streets of La Vista on Oct. 19 — all in the name charity — as the Sarpy County Crime Stoppers Cops and Robbers 5K Run/Walk returns for a third year.

The family-friendly event kicks off at 10 a.m. at Kros Strain Brewing Company and ends with a post-race party featuring Sarpy County first responders. Participants are encouraged to come in costume, as either a cop or a robber.

The $25 registration fee includes a dri-fit t-shirt and a drink coupon to Kros Strain Brewing. Thanks to our community partners, 100% of the registration fees will go to Sarpy County Crime Stoppers, which supports law enforcement agencies across the county.

Several area businesses and organizations are serving as community partners for the race, including Kros Strain Brewing and the Omaha Lancers.

Register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NE/LaVista/SarpyCountyCrimeStoppers5K

Event Details

What: 3nd annual Sarpy County Crime Stoppers Cops and Robbers 5K Run/Walk
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Kros Strain Brewing, 10411 Portal Road, La Vista
Cost: $25, benefits Sarpy County Crime Stoppers
More info or to donate: (402) 593-4476 or [email protected]
Register: https://runsignup.com/Race/NE/LaVista/SarpyCountyCrimeStoppers5K
 

July 18, 2019

On July 22, crews will repair a portion of 168th Street between Harrison Street and Giles Road. The work is expected to last all day.

168th Street will remain open during construction; however, drivers should expect delays and use caution through the area. We are asking drivers to use an alternate route, if possible.
 
This project is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if there is rain in the area.

July 17, 2019

On July 18, Harrison Street will reopen from 150th to 154th streets. There will be intermittent lane closures through the area as crews complete Phase 2 of the Harrison Street Project.

Also on July 18, Harrison Street will close from 147th to 150th streets, as crews begin work on the final phase of the project. The intersection at 147th and Harrison will remain open; however, the intersection at 150th and Harrison will be closed. Work will include removing the old pavement, grading, storm sewer systems and paving. The closure is expected to last through September, depending on weather.
 
We are asking the driving public to use caution when driving in the area and to use the designated detour routes.

Detour routes
• Eastbound Harrison Street – Take 156th Street north to Q Street, then east on Q Street to 144th Street; or 156th Street south to Giles Road, then east on Giles Road to 144th Street.
• Westbound Harrison Street – Take 144th Street north to Q Street, then west on Q Street to 156th Street; or 144th Street south to Giles Road, then west on Giles Road to 156th Street.

About the Harrison Street Project
Sarpy County is collaborating with the City of Omaha to transform a mile-long stretch of Harrison Street from 147th to 157th streets. The existing two-lane road is being upgraded to a four-lane arterial street with turn lanes and medians. The expansion will improve safety and travel times in the area.
 
The $10-million, 2-year project is expected to be completed in late 2019.
 
For updates on the project, visit: HarrisonStreetProject.com
 
Project Contractor: John Gjersvick, Vrana and Sons Construction Company, 402-306-4934
 
Project Representative: Krista Wassenaar, Sarpy County Public Works, 402-537-6924

Phase 3

Harrison Street Project Phase 3

July 08, 2019

Sarpy County Clerk Deb Houghtaling is pleased to announce that her office is now the only Sarpy County office to accept and verify passports applications/take photos on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Previously both the Sarpy County Clerk and District Court Clerk accepted passport applications but on July 1, 2019, the County Clerk became the “one-stop” location in Sarpy County to provide citizens complete passport application acceptance before sending to the U.S. Department of State for final processing.
 
U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports in the Sarpy County Clerk’s office Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Sarpy County Courthouse – Administration Building (Level One), 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046. No appointment necessary. For further information call (402) 593-5957.
 
The County Clerk’s office specializes in assisting applicants with obtaining and expediting passports for travel. They work on your behalf to assist you in obtaining your passport in the most efficient manner possible! The Clerk’s staff has years of passport acceptance/photo experience and work closely with the U.S. Department of State to help you achieve the best service when obtaining you and/or your families passports.
 
For the quickest access to detailed information (forms, requirements), please visit the County Clerk’s website at www.sarpy.com/offices/clerk/passport. The processing fee is $35 for each application submitted; adult passports are $110 and children’s are $80. Photos cost $12 per person and you should receive your passport in 6 to 8 weeks per the U.S. Dept. of State timeline. There is an additional fee for expedited passports and they usually take 2-3 weeks to receive.
 
For additional application forms, information on documentation required, fees and other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passports in the United States at www.travel.state.gov.
 
County Clerk Houghtaling stated, “My office continuously strives to make our processes more efficient for those we serve by meeting the expectations of everyone who utilizes this office. We are dedicated to improving services and work hard to make our processes as effortless as possible for the customer.”
 
 

July 08, 2019

Sarpy County's Juvenile Justice Center is collecting school supplies for the annual Back to School Bash, an event for the youths involved in Juvenile Probation or the JJC. 

You can help by donating supplies for youths in 7th to 12th grades. 

Supplies needed:
• Backpacks or messenger bags
• Loose leaf paper
• 2-pocket folders
• Index cards
• Pens
• Pencils
• Three-ring binders
• Highlighters
• Colored pencils
• Fine-tip markers
• Pencil bags
• Composition notebooks
• Spiral notebooks

Donation drop-off locations:
• Sarpy County JJC, 9701 Portal Road, La Vista
• Sarpy County Sheriff's Office, 8335 Platteview Road, Papillion

June 28, 2019

The Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency Board this week approved a Growth Management Plan, which establishes the agency’s jurisdictional area.

The area will be served by the Unified Southern Sarpy Wastewater System. The system will be built in phases over the next 20 to 50 years, and eventually serve most of the land south of the natural ridgeline that divides the county.
 
“This is a historic step for the Agency and Sarpy County,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly, who serves as the Chair of the Wastewater Agency Board. “The Growth Management Plan allows us to actually start building the sewer system, which will be a huge boon for economic development across the county. It’s probably the most significant project we’ve ever approved in Sarpy County.”

Development in southern Sarpy County is estimated to generate incremental annual revenue of:

  • $15 million per year in sales tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
  • $45 million per year in sales tax revenue for the State of Nebraska
  • $19 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
  • $21 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County
  • $76 million per year in property tax revenue for local school districts

In addition to the Growth Management Plan, the Agency Board also approved the Agency’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

About the Wastewater Agency
As a joint effort between the county and the cities, the Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency is a unique approach to building a utility. It is be governed by a 6-member board composed of the chair of the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and the mayors of the five Sarpy cities.

Adopted Growth Management Plan
Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency Growth Management Plan and Jurisdiction

June 27, 2019

If your property suffered significant damage as a result of flooding or other natural disaster after Jan. 1, 2019, you can request an adjustment to your property’s assessed value.

Property owners seeking the adjustment must file a Report of Destroyed Real Property (Form 425) with the Sarpy County Assessor AND the Sarpy County Clerk by July 15. The Sarpy County Board of Equalization will consider the report to determine any adjustments to the assessed value for the current year.

To qualify, the damage must meet one of three conditions:
1. Damage to an improvement exceeding 20% of the improvement’s assessed value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor;
2. Damage to the land exceeding 20% of a parcel’s assessed land value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor; or
3. Damage exceeding 20% of the property’s assessed value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor if:
       a. Such property is located in an area that has been declared a disaster area by the Governor and
       b. A housing inspector or health inspector has determined the property is uninhabitable or unlivable.

If you file Form 425, please include supporting documentation that details your damage, such as a FEMA document, contractor's estimate for repair work or other official estimate of damage.

If you have questions about the Form 425, please contact the Sarpy County Assessor’s office:
       • By phone: 402-593-2122
       • Online: https://www.sarpy.com/sarpy-webform/ask-assessor-webform
       • In person: 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion

You can submit your form online to the Sarpy County Assessor and Sarpy County Clerk's Office. Click here to submit online.

Download Form 425

June 19, 2019

ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards
LINCOLN – The Governor’s Office, along with ServeNebraska, is seeking nominations for the Step Forward Awards. 
 
The Step Forward Awards honor volunteers who have worked to make their community a stronger place.  Finalists and award recipients will be hand-selected by Governor Pete Ricketts. Businesses, civic clubs, schools and other organizations are asked to submit the name of individuals whose efforts are worthy of this recognition. Applications will close August 30.

Nomination categories include:
• Adult Volunteer (age 19 and over)
• Youth Volunteer (age 18 and under)
• Senior Volunteer (age 65 and over)
• Volunteer Group
• Corporate Community Volunteer
• National Service Volunteer (AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, or VISTA)
• Veteran Volunteer
• Disaster Volunteer (individual or group)
• Community Media Partner
• Lifetime Achievement
 
“Every day, volunteers across Nebraska step forward, going the extra mile by providing essential services or meeting critical needs in their communities,” said Cathleen Plager, executive director of ServeNebraska. “The Step Forward Awards provides an opportunity to recognize these individuals or groups for their time, dedication and work in service to others.”
 
For more information about ServeNebraska and the Step Forward Awards, or to submit a nomination, visit Serve.Nebraska.gov.
 
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About ServeNebraska
ServeNebraska is governed by a 17-member, bi-partisan board appointed by the governor. ServeNebraska’s mission is to mobilize Nebraskans to strengthen their communities through collaboration, volunteering, and national service. ServeNebraska oversees AmeriCorps programming, hosts the state’s most prestigious volunteer award, and provides training and technical assistance to program staff throughout Nebraska. To learn more, visit Serve.Nebraska.gov.

June 14, 2019

Scammers targeting Sarpy County residents are using a spoofed phone number to pose as the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office.
 
The caller claims to be an employee of the Treasurer’s Office, then falsely tells people they have a bill due that can be paid over the phone with a credit card.
 
The Treasurer’s Office phone number is also being spoofed by scammers promoting fake credit card offers.
 
The Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office typically contacts residents by letter or email. Though employees will occasionally call residents with questions, they will never ask for a credit card number over the phone.
 
If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, contact the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office.
 

June 11, 2019

For several months, Sarpy County officials and representatives from the Sarpy County Mental Health Leadership Team have been meeting with potential partners to help the county establish a mental health crisis stabilization center.
 
At this time, Sarpy County is actively pursuing a partnership with Nebraska Medicine.
 
“Every expert we spoke with said putting the facility near a medical center was going to be crucial to our success, both in terms of care and staffing,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren, who also serves on the Mental Health Leadership Team. “A partnership with Nebraska Medicine opens the possibility of locating directly on the Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue campus.”
 
Sarpy’s discussions with Nebraska Medicine are in the preliminary phases, and no formal agreement is in place yet.

READ MORE ABOUT SARPY'S MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE:
Sarpy building mental health partnerships
Sarpy County named Innovator County
• Leadership Team works to identify gaps in mental health services
Sarpy County working to address mental health

 

June 06, 2019

When the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners announced in February that they were purchasing land to build a mental health crisis stabilization center, it started a countywide conversation about mental health and the lack of treatment options in the area.
 
The county received hundreds of calls, emails and messages of support as well as first-hand accounts from individuals and families struggling with mental health issues.
 
“The response was overwhelmingly positive,” Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said. “People recognize that we’re dealing with a crisis, and they’re happy to see Sarpy take a leadership role.”
 
Throughout the process, Sarpy County’s Mental Health Leadership Team has met with a number of potential partners, including health care providers, service organizations and donors. Because of these ongoing conversations, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners has decided against purchasing the six-acre plot of land near 25th Street and Highway 370.
 
“From the beginning, we wanted to remain flexible enough to accommodate any and all good ideas for the crisis stabilization center. We are close to formalizing a partnership that has shifted our focus away from a stand-alone facility to one built in conjunction with other organizations in our community. We believe this option will better serve the needs of Sarpy County as well as the goals of our partners,” Kelly said.
 
The county’s purchase agreement for the land near Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue included a 120-day due diligence period that allowed the county to withdraw from the purchase without any financial penalties.
 
“The location for the stabilization center may be changing, but our commitment to mental health is not,” Kelly said. “We cannot sit idly by while our jails and emergency rooms serve as de facto mental health wards. We earmarked a million dollars to purchase land for the stabilization center, so that’s money we can put toward the facility itself. With the help of Region 6 and other community partners, we’ll be able to help people from across the region who are experiencing mental health crises.”

The stabilization center will be available to all law enforcement agencies in the Region 6 service area, which includes Sarpy, Cass, Douglas, Washington and Dodge counties.
 
According to Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, “a mental health crisis stabilization center would allow persons with a mental illness to receive proper treatment and avoid incarceration, furthering Sarpy County’s goal to decriminalize mental illness.”

June 04, 2019

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today unanimously agreed to purchase property adjacent to the county’s courthouse complex.
 
The County will purchase the former Gold Coast Auto location at 1310 Gold Coast Road for $350,000. The price includes both the building and the land.
 
“It makes sense to purchase this land now, with an eye toward the future,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “Sarpy continues to grow, so we need plan for a courthouse that can serve the citizens when our population reaches 200,000, 250,000 or even 350,000 people.”
 
The County intends to use the building as a service center for some of the county’s vehicles and equipment. Other uses, such as an area for additional parking, could be considered in the future.
 
Also at the meeting:
• The Board approved sending a letter of support to the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority for the Housing Foundation of Sarpy County’s grant application for a countywide housing study.
• Approved the second amendment to the Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency Proposed FY 2018-2019 budget.

May 30, 2019

This week, approximately 62,000 Notices of Valuation Change were mailed to property owners in Sarpy County. The notice will indicate the 2018 and 2019 assessed value for your property.

If you have concerns with your property value, the County Assessor would like to talk with you. The staff at the Assessor’s Office can answer questions about your valuation, provide details about what factors are considered in the assessment and correct any errors in the appraisal.

How to contact the Assessor's Office:
• Online: https://www.sarpy.com/sarpy-webform/ask-assessor-webform
• Phone: (402) 593-2122
• In person: 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion

May 30, 2019

This week, Sarpy County was named as one of a select group of Stepping Up Innovator Counties in the United States for its expertise in collecting baseline data on the number of people in its jail who have mental illnesses.
 
The Stepping Up initiative was launched in May 2015 by the National Association of Counties, The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation to mobilize local, state and national leaders to achieve a measurable reduction in the number of people in jail who have mental illnesses.
 
Sarpy County joined Stepping Up in June of 2015 and has taken significant steps toward reducing the number of people in its jail who have mental illnesses. The county created a Mental Health Leadership Team to guide a coordinated countywide response to the issue. Sarpy County’s Mental Health Diversion program diverts people toward treatment instead of incarceration, while Mental Health Case Management program provides intensive supervision to those awaiting trial, including treatment referrals and help establishing independent living skills. The Mental Health Collaboration Team, which includes representatives from Human Services, Community Corrections, Adult Corrections, Public Defender's Office and Region 6 Behaviorial Health, works to gather data on individuals in the criminal justice system with mental health challenges and coordinate response. 
 
“Jails across the country have become de facto mental health facilities, with people in crisis cycling in and out of the system. It takes purposeful action and innovative ideas to break that cycle,” Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said.
 
The 13 Innovator Counties are using Stepping Up’s suggested three-step approach to collect and analyze timely data on the prevalence of people in their jails who have serious mental illnesses. These steps include establishing a shared definition of serious mental illness across criminal justice and behavioral health systems; ensuring everyone booked into jail is screened for mental illnesses; and regular reporting on this population.
 
“Our goal has to be finding ways to end the criminalization of mental illness. Sarpy County is committed to taking a leadership role in this effort, and becoming an Innovator County is recognition of the commitment,” Commissioner Kelly said.
 
As an Innovator County, Sarpy County will help other counties improve their data collection efforts by participating in training sessions, taking part in presentations and sharing information and experiences on the Stepping Up website.
To see a list of all Innovator Counties and find out more about Stepping Up, visit stepuptogether.org.
 
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ABOUT THE STEPPING UP INITIATIVE
Stepping Up is a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. The initiative, a collaboration between The Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, asks communities to come together to develop an action plan that can be used to achieve measurable impact in local criminal justice systems of all sizes across the country. For more information visit https://stepuptogether.org.
 

May 21, 2019


Commissioner Gary Mixan (from left), Commissioner Angie Burmeister, Commissioner Jim Warren, Gretna Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Riley, Mary Riley, Commissioner Don Kelly and Commissioner Klug.


The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today honored retiring Gretna Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Riley.

​To thank him for his dedication and commitment to education, the Board issued a proclamation declaring June 30, 2019 – his last day as superintendent – to be Dr. Kevin Riley Day.

Dr. Riley joined Gretna Public Schools more than 37 years ago. He served as an assistant principal and principal before becoming superintendent in 1999.

Dr. Riley lead the district through a period of exponential growth, which saw the student population grow by more than 4,000 students.

He also was instrumental in forming the Sarpy County Education Program, which is Sarpy County's alternative school, a program Sheriff Jeff Davis credits with saving countless youths in our community.

 
May 14, 2019
Sarpy County Deputies at National Police Week ceremony
A group of Deputies is representing the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office at National Police Week events in Washington, D.C., this week.

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today honored law enforcement officers for the work they do to keep Sarpy County residents safe.

The Board issued a proclamation recognizing May 12-18 as National Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Commissioner Kelly specifically thanked the members of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office.

"We often share that Sarpy County is one of the safest counties not just in the state but also across the whole country, and that is because of the work you do," he said.

A group of Deputies is in Washington, D.C., this week to represent the Sheriff's Office at National Police Week events and memorials.

ABOUT NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
In 1962, President Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. 

Each year, law enforcement officers from across the country travel to Washington, D.C., to take part in activities that honor those who lost their lives while protecting our communities.
 
Learn more about National Police Week.

May 06, 2019

Sarpy County Tourism at Werner Park
Sarpy County Tourism is officially home at Werner Park. Sarpy County Tourism ribbon cutting ceremony

The county’s Tourism Department moved into the new office space April 1. The new location gives the Tourism Department added visibility, as thousands of people visit Werner Park each week for Omaha Storm Chasers games and other events.

“Werner Park is an amazing example of a public-private partnership. We believe this is the best sports complex not only in Nebraska, but in the Midwest. Moving the Tourism office here allows us to share all of the great things about Sarpy County with more people,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly.

Officials from across Sarpy County gathered today at the new office, 12356 Ballpark Way, to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week than highlighting tourism in Sarpy County,” said Sarpy County Tourism Director Fred Uhe.

May 01, 2019

Werner Park soccer field
Rendering of the planned soccer field at Werner Park.

Get ready for professional soccer at Werner Park.

Officials from the United Soccer League today officially announced a new team, lead by Storm Chasers owner Gary Green, will begin play in 2020.

“Professional soccer in the metro wouldn’t be coming here today without the leadership of Sarpy County,” Storm Chasers General Manager Martie Cordaro said during today’s announcement. Cordaro will also serve in the same role for the new team.
Werner Park soccer field plans
Sarpy County is investing $2.2 million into Werner Park upgrades to accommodate the new team, including an additional locker room and more space for offices, the team store and storage. Next season, baseball fans will see changes to the right field wall and a retractable pitcher’s mound to allow the soccer field to run from the third base dugout to right field.

The Storm Chasers agreed to a rent increase to cover the costs of the upgrades.
 
“I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have a public-private partnership that shares a vision together,” Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly said. “This field out here is really Sarpy County and the Omaha area’s field of dreams. This is the perfect venue for professional sports. It’s been a great host to baseball, and it will be an even better host for soccer starting next year. We have invested a significant amount of resources, time and funds to make enhancements to this stadium, and we will continue to do so.”

The yet-to-be-named team will play 28 games in 2020, half of them at Werner Park.

“I am totally confident that USL Omaha will come to understand why this area and this community is a great to live, work and play,” Kelly said. 

April 25, 2019
Sketch of possible crisis stabilization center

In the fall of 2017, Sarpy County formalized its focus on mental health care by forming a Mental Health Leadership Team with representatives from the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, County Administration and Region 6 Behavioral Health.

Team members and community partners from across Sarpy County took part in a Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) exercise sponsored by Region 6. The exercise created a “map” of how people dealing with mental health crises meet and flow through the criminal justice system. The map shows opportunities for intervention, where people can be redirected toward treatment.

The exercise also identified a number of gaps where additional treatment options are needed, including the need for a crisis stabilization center for use by Sarpy County law enforcement agencies. The Leadership team made this facility a top priority.

Sarpy County identified several potential sites for a stabilization center. When analyzing each location, the Mental Health Leadership Team considered a number of factors, including each site’s proximity to a medical provider.

Following the leadership team’s recommendation, the County Board voted to purchase approximately six acres of land near Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue for the facility. The County is still in the due diligence phase of the land purchase.

In the near future, we hope to decide on the ultimate location for the crisis center once we have community partners in place to help operate the facility.

From the feedback we’ve received from residents across Sarpy County, it’s clear that there is both a need and support for this type of facility, and we remain committed to building it at a location that works best for everyone involved.

April 24, 2019

Help keep your home and community safe by turning in any expired or unused medication at the annual Sarpy County Medicine Drop event.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency, along with community sponsors HyVee and Papillion Sanitation, are hosting the Medicine Drop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27 in the parking lot of the Shadow Lake HyVee at 72nd Street and Highway 370.

No needles, syringes, aerosol containers or liquids will be accepted.

This is part of an ongoing effort to rid homes in our community of unnecessary, unused and expired medications. Do your part to ensure these medications do not end up in the wrong hands or in our water system or landfill. Everything collected is incinerated, container and all, so no personal information is compromised.

April 09, 2019

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today voted unanimously to waive permit fees for residents and property owners working to repair, renovate or demolish homes damaged by the recent flooding.
 
“People dealing with a flooded home are already facing a large financial burden without the additional cost of permit fees,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly. “Our main objective is to make it as easy as possible for people to repair their homes and rebuild their lives.”
 
The Board waived all building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and floodplain development permit fees to repair or renovate structures affected by the March 2019 flood. They also waived the permit fees to demolish structures damaged by the flood.
 
If a property owner chooses to rebuild after demolishing a home, they will be responsible for any applicable permit fees associated with the new construction.
 
Other action taken at the meeting:

  • Approved a quote from Vierregger Electric Co. to install traffic signals at 72nd Street and Capehart Road for $42,601.66.
  • Approved an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District for 168th Street improvements and expansion. The agreement will allow Sarpy County to make roads improvements within Chalco Hills Recreation Area, which is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the NRD.
April 05, 2019

Commissioner Don Kelly honors 55th Wing Association
Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly today took part in a ceremony to honor the 55th Wing Association, Alumni and active service members at Veterans Park in Papillion. Commissioner Kelly thanked all of the Veterans in attendance for their service, and emphasized the important role Offutt Air Force Base plays in our community.

As part of the ceremony, the Commissioner read a Proclamation on behalf of Sarpy County honoring the 55th Wing Association and Alumni.

Commissioner Kelly is a retired member of the 55th Wing. He is one of approximately 800 veterans honored on the walls at Veterans Park. Learn more about the park here: https://www.papillionfoundation.org/veterans_park.aspx

Photos from the event

Rep. Don Bacon honors 55th Wing
Rep. Don Bacon (right) took part in an event to honor the 55th Wing Association and Alumni at Veteran's Park in Papillion. Papillion Mayor David Black served as the master of ceremonies.


 

Nebraska State Senator John Arch
Nebraska State Sen. John Arch spoke today at a ceremony to honor the 55th Wing Association, Alumni and active duty service members.


 

Don Kelly's name at Veterans Park
Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly's name is featured on a wall at Veterans Park. Kelly is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. If you would like to honor a veteran by placing their name on one of the honor walls, click here for more information: https://www.papillionfoundation.org/veterans_park_signup.aspx


 

 

Don Kelly at event honoring the 55th Wing Association
Papillion Mayor David Black and Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly.



 

April 03, 2019

Nebraska requires residents who own depreciable tangible personal property to file a Nebraska Personal Property Return and Schedule every year. This form must be filed by May 1, 2019, with the county assessor where the personal property is located.
 
Failure to meet the deadline will result in a 10% penalty added to the tax due. If filed after July 1, a 25% penalty will be added.
 
A Nebraska Personal Property Return and Schedule must be filed for all depreciable tangible personal property that is: owned or held on Jan. 1 of each year; or leased from or to another person.
 
More information about the Personal Property Return and taxable tangible personal property is available at http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/PAD/personal_property.html
 
Link to the Personal Property Return and Schedule form: http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/PAD/forms/Nebr_Personal_Prop_Return.pdf
 
The Sarpy County Assessor’s Office is located on the second floor of the administration wing at Sarpy County Courthouse, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion.

April 03, 2019

Before you begin any type of construction or repair to a home damaged in the flood, you will need to provide the following information:
1. Completed Flood Plain Development Permit Application
2. Detailed cost estimate to return your home to pre-damaged condition. The detailed cost estimate could be your insurance assessment, a contractor’s estimate or your own estimate, but it must include the items listed in the  2019 Flood Damage Assessment Packet.pdf

Please submit both the completed application and the estimate to the Sarpy County Planning and Building Department for review. You can email the documents to [email protected] or bring them to the Planning Office in the Sarpy County Courthouse. The Sarpy County Board waived all permit fees related to repairing or demolishing flood damaged structures.  However, permit fees will still apply for complete rebuilds.
 
Should you proceed without the necessary permits to do so, you assume any and all risks and liabilities associated with construction or repair. Sarpy County is not responsible for construction or repair it did not permit, inspect or approve.
 
Once we have reviewed your application and supporting materials, we will contact you to let you know whether the type of construction or repairs you would like to complete comply with Federal and County Flood Regulations. The graphic below shows the general analysis that is followed by the Planning and Building Department when making this determination.
 
Finally, keep in mind that every property owner’s situation is unique, and we are available to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us at 402-593-1555 or by email at [email protected].

DOCUMENTS
Flood Plain Development Permit Application.pdf
2019 Flood Damage Assessment Packet.pdf
Repair and rebuilding decision guide

Repair and rebuilding decision guide

April 01, 2019

APRIL 1, 2019 – As floodwaters continue to recede, Sarpy County remains focused on flood recovery and helping people return to their homes as quickly and safely as possible.
 
The Sarpy County Public Works Department has already repaired and reopened a number of roads across the county, and crews continue to make repairs as more areas become accessible. Several roadways, including Fairview Road and 252nd Street, suffered critical failures. Engineering work is already underway to repair these roads.
 
Teams from the Sarpy County Planning and Building Team are working 7 days a week to provide follow-up pre-connect electrical inspections for homes that sustained flood damage. As more areas become accessible, they continue to do initial assessments as well.

ACCESS IN AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
Any resident with a driver’s license or identification that shows a Betty, Chris or Hanson Lakes address can access those communities 24 hours a day. All other access will be limited to the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
The floodwaters across Sarpy County are likely to be contaminated with sewage and other hazardous materials. Avoid direct contact with the floodwater and use caution when handling items that have come in contact with floodwater. Flooding can create conditions favorable for tetanus, and uncommon but very serious disease. Contact your healthcare provider to inquire about the status of your tetanus vaccine. It is recommended that adults receive a booster for tetanus every 10 years.
 
As floodwaters recede, mold is a major health concern.
 
Homeowners and volunteers cleaning structures affected by flooding should be prepared to protect themselves by utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment, including long pants, long sleeve shirts or jackets, sturdy boots, work gloves and N-95 respirators.
 
For more information on health concerns related to flooding, visit the Sarpy/Cass Health Department website: SarpyCassHealthDepartment.org.
 
DEBRIS AND DISPOSAL
Through March 26, 432.9 tons of debris have been removed from flood-affected areas.
 
Household hazardous waste should be taken to Under the Sink at 4001 S. 120th Street in Omaha. This includes cleaning products, paint, paint remover, antifreeze, automotive batteries, automotive fluids, caulk, aerosol cans, adhesives, garden chemicals, pool chemicals.  For a complete list of what they accept, visit underthesink.org.
 
For information about how to dispose of chemicals safely, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/chemicals.html.

FEMA ASSISTANCE
Anyone whose home, business or property was damaged by the flooding can apply for federal disaster assistance. Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Anyone with questions can call the FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362.

FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Bellevue at 3802 Raynor Parkway, Suite 201. Recovery specialists from the FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications at the center. The center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand: Social Security number, address of the damaged primary residence, description of the damage, information about insurance coverage, a current contact telephone number, an address to receive mail and a bank account and routing number so funds can be directly deposited.

AVOID SCAMS
A number of unsolicited contractors have requested access to restricted communities in Sarpy County. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is not allowing contractors into these communities unless a home/property owner contacted that specific contractor.
 
Use caution when hiring firms to help with cleanup, demolition or construction. Never sign anything without reading it first. Only do business with companies and individuals you trust. If you have concerns, contact the Better Business Bureau before signing any contract or agreement.
 
More information about avoiding scams after a disaster is available here: https://www.sarpy.com/about/county-news/avoid-flood-related-scams-2019-03-21t050000

UTILITIES
An electrical inspection may be required by local or state electrical authorities before service can be restored by OPPD. If you have access to your property, you can submit an application for an electrical permit online or by calling 402-593-1555 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS AVAILABLE
Team Rubicon, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to disaster relief, is on hand and ready to provide assistance to those who need help cleaning homes and properties. To request assistance, call 833-556-2476.
 
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, a network of state-based volunteer teams, has volunteers available to help clean or offer emotional support. To request assistance, call 501-954-0495.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RECOVERY CENTER
The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding. The center is at Bellevue University’s John Muller Administrative Services Building, 812 Bruin Boulevard in Bellevue. It is open from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
 
“SBA customer service representatives will meet with each business owner to explain how an SBA disaster loan can help finance their recovery. They will answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each business owner complete their electronic loan application,” said SBA Director Tanya N. Garfield.
 
TAX RELIEF
Sarpy residents and business owners affected by flooding may qualify for tax relief. Learn more by contacting the IRS office in Omaha at 844-545-5640.
 
AGRICULTURE RELIEF RESOURCES
The Department of Agriculture has provided a list of disaster relief resources for farmers and ranchers in Nebraska: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/resources/
 
USDA Farm Service Agency office in Omaha can provide assistance to ag producers. They can also provide assistance with the Livestock Indemnity Program and reporting lost machinery. To contact the Omaha Service Center, call 402-896-0121.
 
NATIONAL GUARD ASSISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT
Nebraska National Guard members are assisting deputies at several entry points across the county. We ask everyone to remember that Guard members are citizens who have stepped away from their jobs to help Sarpy County and its residents, and to be patient as there could be waits at the entry points.
 
RESOURCES FOR FLOOD VICTIMS
• Salvation Army Distribution Center
Those affected by flooding can get supplies at the distribution center at 8425 W. Center Road (former Canfield’s store) in Omaha. Items available (while supplies last): bottled water, mops, buckets, shovels, rakes, bleach, work gloves and household cleaning supplies. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
 
• Dial 211 or 211.org
Those affected by flooding can call 211 or visit 211.org for a resource directory. Callers will be connected to an operator who will assist them in finding resources and services available in the community
 
SarpyFlood.org
This website is hosted by local churches and organizations in cooperation with the Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency to provide information for flood victims and volunteer opportunities.
 
Nebraska.gov/nebraska-strong
The state’s website connects people to flood-related resources and assistance.
 
PETS AND LIVESTOCK
Residents concerned about pets or livestock should contact the Nebraska Humane Society at 402-444-7800 ext. 1.

EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND EVACUATION DATES
Some insurance agencies are asking residents for documentation of the evacuation notices. This Sarpy County Emergency Management document provides the dates various neighborhoods and communities were asked to voluntarily evacuate:  2019 Flood Declaration and Evacuation Dates.pdf

INFORMATION SOURCES
• Sarpy County, www.sarpy.com      
402-593-2100                                                                  
Facebook.com/SarpyCounty                                             
Twitter: @SarpyCountyGov                                            
 
• Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 402-593-4111
Facebook.com/SarpyCountySheriff
Twitter: @SarpySheriff
 
• Sarpy County Emergency Management
 www.Sarpy.com/ema
Facebook.com/SarpyEMA
Twitter: @SarpyEMA

March 27, 2019

Some insurance agencies are asking residents for documentation of the evacuation notices.

This Sarpy County Emergency Management document provides the dates various neighborhoods and communities were asked to voluntarily evacuate:  2019 Flood Declaration and Evacuation Dates.pdf

March 24, 2019

If your property has been assessed and does not have power, you will need an Electrical Pre-Connect Permit. 

You can fill out and submit the application online: 2019 Flood Event Electrical Pre-Connect Permit Application

March 23, 2019

From Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Kelly:
"As home and property owners across Sarpy County return to their homes to assess the flood damage, we are beginning to get this question: 'Am I going to be allowed to rebuild?'

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. At this time, we're still in the assessment phase, with Sarpy County teams spread out across the county.

But I can assure you that we will do everything we can to help you rebuild.

Every property will need to be evaluated on an individual basis, and the Sarpy County Planning and Building Department wants to meet with you to discuss your situation and plans.

The Board of Commissioners and all Sarpy County employees are committed to helping in any way we can."

To schedule a meeting with a member of the Sarpy County Planning and Building Department, please call 402-593-1555 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

March 21, 2019

While many people pull together during times of crisis, there is also an increased risk for scams and fraud. To avoid scams, you need to ask questions – lots of them. Questions will help you determine if something is too good to be true. If the person trying to sell you a product or service can’t or won’t answer your questions or if the paperwork does not match the promises made to you, these are red flags and you might want to look for someone else.
 
Recognizing the tricks that scammers use, and the effects they have on us, can help you spot scams easier. Asking questions puts you back in control and puts any crooks on the spot.

Don’t necessarily trust titles that can be faked
Con artists may pose as government employees, insurance adjusters, law enforcement officials, bank employees or whoever it takes to get to your money. Titles are easy to fake. Always ask for identification and call the organization to confirm if the person works there. Never give personal information to anyone you don’t know. Also, remember that government employees will never ask you for financial information such as your bank account number.

One common scam is fake charities. These scams use names that are similar to organizations you may be familiar with to get you to make a “donation,” but your money ends up in the scammer’s pocket. Never make donations when you are contacted over the phone. Make sure you get the organization’s name and contact information and review written materials closely.

Don’t fall for “limited time only” offers
Scarcity is common in disasters, but don’t let it get the better of you. Be suspicious of contractors or others offering to move you to the front of the line. Also, beware of people offering “opportunities” that try to force you to make a snap decision. You should never make a decision under pressure. Take your time. Never sign anything without fully reading and understanding it first. If you are still unsure, ask a trusted relative, friend, or attorney for a second opinion before acting.

Be careful of mortgage scams
Most lenders will work with homeowners after a natural disaster and offer forbearance or some other form of loss mitigation assistance. Scammers often approach homeowners offering assistance to negotiate postponement of payments after a natural disaster. Consumers should contact their mortgage servicer for payment assistance and never pay anyone to negotiate with their servicer on their behalf.
 
Consult rating agencies and the IRS
Several websites and tools exist to help you recognize and prevent falling victim to charitable scams. Rating agencies such as BBB Wise Giving AllianceCharity Navigator and CharityWatch evaluate groups based on a number of factors, including effectiveness, financial health, transparency, accountability, and complaints. The Better Business Bureau can also be a source of information about nonprofit organizations. GuideStar is another credible source of information about nonprofits. The IRS also provides an online tool called the Tax Exempt Organization Search to streamline the research process. It may not include some religious organizations, though.
 
Avoid unknown organizations
Consider donating to well-known and time-tested organizations such as the American Red CrossUnited Way and The Salvation Army. Established disaster relief agencies are more trustworthy and likely more efficient than new or unknown charities. New organizations aren’t always operated by scammers. However, they might be inexperienced at dealing with major disaster relief efforts, and you want to ensure your money gets to the right place in a timely manner.
 
Steer clear of unknown individuals
It’s natural to want to help people adversely affected by natural disasters. If you know the individual, you might have better insight into how they use the funds. However, donations you make directly to an individual are not tax deductible. Conversely, if you give to someone you don’t know, you run the risk of falling victim to charitable scams. That person might toy with your emotions by telling a good story that makes them appear adversely affected by the disaster. In reality, the whole story is a lie. In those cases, your money is gone forever, and you probably have no recourse. In addition, beware of people who claim they are associated with charities, particularly if they solicit your donations via email or social networking sites. Pressure tactics can suggest they are fraudsters trying to take your cash.

Report charitable scams to the Federal and Local Government
Because charitable scams related to natural disasters occur regularly, the U.S. Department of Justice created the National Center for Disaster Fraud to investigate, prosecute and deter fraud. If you believe you were scammed – or suspect an organization is falsely collecting donations – you can call (866) 720-5721 to report it. The department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also email [email protected] or fax your information to (225) 334-4707. Finally, you can report scams to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office at 402-593-2288.

More information and tips
Many generous people, like you, want to help others after natural disasters. You must make sure your money helps those who truly need it. For more information, see the Department of Justice’s Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes.

March 04, 2019

Sarpy County wins Site Selection honor
Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly joined officials from across the metro to help Gov. Pete Ricketts accept the Governor's Cup award from Site Selection Magazine. Nebraska earned the top spot for the third year in a row by having the most new projects per capita.

The Omaha metropolitan area, which includes Sarpy County, also earned the top spot for the fourth time in five years for metros with a population of 200,000 to 1 million. Growth and economic development in Sarpy County was a major factor in the award.

Read Site Selection Magazine's March 2019 issue, which includes all of their annual awards.

March 01, 2019

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that William E. Conley is joining Sarpy County as the new Chief Financial Officer.

In his role, Conley will lead the Fiscal & Budget Department and oversee the county’s annual budget. He will begin his new position in April, replacing Brian Hanson, who is retiring after more than 33 years with Sarpy County.

“Sound financial stewardship is incredibly important in county government, especially one that’s growing as quickly as Sarpy County. Under Brian Hanson’s watch, we’ve earned the highest possible bond rating and maintained a healthy cash reserve, all while operating under a balanced budget. But he’s leaving the county in very capable hands. Bill Conley’s experience makes him the ideal candidate to lead our fiscal efforts through the challenges ahead of us, from financing a new jail to developing partnerships to improve mental health care across the region,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly.

Conley brings more than 35 years of financial leadership to his new position, most recently as the Director of Finance & Infrastructure at the Northstar Foundation and Omaha Outward Bound School. He spent nine years as Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he oversaw a campus-wide budget of more than $350 million and more than $500 million in capital projects.

“My family and I moved to Sarpy County 10 years ago, and I love the area and the people, so I’m excited to join the Sarpy County team. As the fastest growing county in the state, development is happening everywhere, and I want to work to put the county government on even stronger financial footings.” Conley said. “I’m committed to ensuring Sarpy County is fiscally responsible and strategic when planning for the future.”

Conley earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his master’s degree from UNO. He has held numerous community leadership roles, including with the Offutt Advisory Council, Westside Community Schools Foundation Board, Strategic Air & Space Museum Board of Directors, Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and Mid-America Council of Boy Scouts of America.

February 22, 2019
Sarpy County Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Center concept

Sarpy County Emergency Crisis Stabilization Center
Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is an Emergency Crisis Stabilization Center?
A stabilization center is a medical facility where people experiencing mental health crises receive short-term care and treatment before being transferred to a longer-term program. Those options include residential treatment facilities and outpatient programs. If a person is facing a serious criminal charge, they may be transferred to a correctional facility.
 
What type of services are offered at this type of facility?
Services may consist of assessment, diagnosis, abbreviated treatment planning, observation, case management, individual and group counseling, skills training, prescribing and monitoring of psychotropic medication, referrals and linkage. Service delivery is offered on a 24-hour basis to address the person’s immediate safety needs, develop resilience and create a plan to address the cyclical nature of behavioral health challenges and future behavioral health crises.

Why is this type of facility needed in Sarpy County?
Currently there is no mental health facility of this type in Sarpy County. As a result, people experiencing mental health crises often end up in the county jail, which is neither designed nor equipped to treat them. Hospital emergency rooms also deal with people in crisis, but the wait to see a mental health practitioner can be hours, allowing the person’s condition to further deteriorate.
 
Who will use the facility?
The facility will be available to all law enforcement agencies in the Region 6 Behavioral Health area. In addition to Sarpy County, this includes Cass, Douglas, Dodge and Washington counties. If space and staffing levels allow, it may be opened to other agencies.
 
Will the stabilization center take walk-ins? Can family members bring people there?
The primary use for the facility will be for those who come in contact with law enforcement. However, we are very early in the process of developing the operational plan for the facility and don’t want to rule out any possibilities at this time. As we build partnerships with various organizations and service providers, more options may become available. We don’t want to rule out any good idea this early in the process.
 
Will you treat adults and children?
The initial plan for the facility will be to treat adults. However, as we build partnerships with various organizations and service providers, more options may become available in the future. We want to remain open to good ideas.
 
What happens when a person is stabilized? Will they just be released?
A term we often hear is “treat and street.” First, we don’t like that term. Second, that is not our intention with this facility. The stabilization center will be the initial phase of care, where people dealing with crisis are stabilized, then connected with the next phase of treatment. That could be a longer-term facility, outpatient programs or other follow-up services. If the person is facing serious criminal charges, they will be transferred to a correctional facility.
 
What’s the end game? What is the ultimate goal of the facility?
Ultimately, the County hopes to improve mental health care in Sarpy County. Our jails and emergency rooms have become de facto treatment facilities. That does nothing but criminalize a medical issue and continue the cycle where people fall into crisis and find themselves dealing with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. We want to break that cycle by providing initial, stabilizing treatment and finding follow-up care and services.
 
Where does the County intend to build the stabilization center?
Sarpy County purchased 6 acres of land near Nebraska Medicine Bellevue to hold the facility. It is near 25th Street and Highway 370, though it isn’t directly at the corner. The land is approximately a quarter- to a half-mile south of the intersection.
 
Did the County look at other properties? How about vacant buildings?
Sarpy County officials looked at a number of properties across the county, including existing buildings. However, no vacant building met the space and configuration needs without extensive renovation, which can often cost as much as or more than a new building. By building our own facility, we can ensure that it meets our needs now and in the future, which is particularly important in a growing county. It also allows us to include space for other service providers and programs.
 
Why this location?
This site has a number of advantages. It is close to a major medical facility and easily accessible from Highways 370 and 75. Also, Bellevue is the largest city in the county, so it makes sense to put the facility where the population is centered. If you mapped all of the Emergency Crisis Response Team calls, this facility is centrally located within the response area.
 
What will the building look like?
The short answer is: we don’t know yet. We have a few sketches of what the facility could look like, but those are based on generic specifications. Now that we have a site and are developing the operating plan, we can design the facility to our exact specifications and needs. It will look like a medical building, not a correctional facility.
 
How much will it cost?
Based on initial estimates of space needs, the building is estimated to cost between $10-$13 million. Those costs could change as more formal plans for the location and building are finalized.
 
How will the County pay for the facility?
Sarpy County purchased the land for $1 million. Moving forward, we intend to pursue a public-private partnership model, where we engage private companies and other government agencies to help us build and operate the facility so it doesn’t fall entirely on the taxpayers. This may include partnerships with medical providers, service organizations and other government entities. User fees from outside agencies as well as Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance reimbursements will also offset some of the costs.
 
Will the building be secure? Will it be safe?
The stabilization center will be a medical facility, not a jail. However, because it’s primary purpose will be to stabilize those who come in contact with law enforcement, including those who are facing criminal charges, it will be a secure facility. Security will be a focus throughout the planning, design and implementation phases.
 
Will the building hurt neighboring property values?
This will be a stand-alone medical facility built adjacent to a hospital. Nearby residential property values should not be affected. The presence of the stabilization center could make nearby commercial properties more attractive to other medical and service providers, increasing the value of nearby vacant properties.

February 12, 2019


Early conceptional rendering of a mental health crisis stabilization center in Sarpy County. Created by DLR Group



For several years, Sarpy County has been actively working to address two major issues: jail overcrowding and the growing mental health crisis, two intertwined problems.

With very few secure treatment facilities available in the area, people experiencing a mental health crises often end up in the county jail, which isn’t designed or equipped to meet their needs. These inmates tend to spend more time in jail and return more frequently, exacerbating the overcrowding issue.

Sarpy County has already taken a number of steps to address this issue, with the goal of finding treatment for people with mental illnesses, not incarcerating them. The county’s Mental Health Diversion program diverts people to treatment instead of toward punishment. The Mental Health Case Management program, recognized as a national leader by the National Criminal Justice Association, provides intensive supervision to those in custody or awaiting trial while also offering treatment referrals and help establishing independent living skills.

But officials recognize that more progress needs to be made. To lead this effort, Sarpy County formed a Mental Health Leadership Team with representatives from the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, County Administration and Region 6 Behavioral Health.

The Leadership Team identified the need for a crisis stabilization center as a top priority. Following the team’s recommendation, on Tuesday, the County Board voted to purchase approximately six acres of land near Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue for the facility.

Sarpy County purchases 6 acres of land near 25th and Highway 370“This is the first step, but an important step, toward improving mental health care in Sarpy County,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly. “There’s a definite need in Sarpy County, really the entire state, for a facility of this type. We’re prepared to lead this effort with the help of public and private partners from across the region.”

Though still in the preliminary design phase, the facility is expected to cost $10-$13 million to build, with projected operating costs between $2-$2.5 million a year. 

“After years of recognizing the need for accessible mental health resources, I am excited Sarpy County is taking this concrete step toward establishing its own crisis stabilization center,” said Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov. “This center will allow law enforcement more time to focus on keeping our county safe, while providing citizens in crisis with a place to obtain mental health services and a connection to community resources. Moving forward with this project affirms our dedication to improving public safety and the justice system, and I am in full support of Sarpy County’s effort to address this growing need.”

The stabilization center will be available to all law enforcement agencies in the Region 6 service area.

“The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office believes psychiatric emergencies are medical, not criminal, and persons in mental health crisis should be provided the proper care and services to avoid future contacts with law enforcement. Establishing a mental health crisis stabilization center would allow persons with a mental illness to receive proper treatment and avoid incarceration, furthering Sarpy County’s goal to decriminalize mental illness,” said Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis.

Sarpy County will use cash on hand to pay the $1,050,000-purchase price for the land located southeast of 25th Street and Highway 370.

“We knew this would take considerable investment, so we’ve been saving for both a mental health facility and a new jail.” Kelly said.

Commissioners are currently evaluating final sites for a jail. A decision is expected within the next 30 to 60 days.

To learn more about the site and mental health needs in Sarpy County, view the presentation given to the Sarpy County Mental Health Leadership Team.

February 06, 2019

The Sarpy County Assessor's Office has mailed the 2019 Nebraska Homestead Exemption forms to property owners who filed for the Nebraska Homestead Exemption last year as well as those who requested forms be mailed to them for 2019. The completed forms are due June 30.

2019 Nebraska Homestead Exemption in Sarpy CountyYou can email your completed forms to the Assessor's Office at [email protected]

The Nebraska homestead exemption program is a property tax relief program for six categories of homeowners:
1. Persons over age 65.
2. Veterans totally disabled by a nonservice-connected accident or illness.
3. Qualified disabled individuals.
4. Qualified totally disabled veterans and their widow(er)s; unremarried widow(er)s of a servicemember who died on active duty.
5. Veterans whose home was substantially contributed to by the Department of Veterans Affairs and their widow(er)s.
6. Individuals who have a developmental disability.

To learn more about the Nebraska Homestead Exemption or to download the form, click here: https://www.sarpy.com/offices/assessor/homestead-exemption

February 06, 2019

Sarpy County is partnering with the City of Omaha to transform a mile-long stretch of Harrison Street from 147th to 157th Street. The two-lane road is being upgraded to a four-lane arterial street with turn lanes and medians. The project will improve safety and travel times in the area.

Preliminary work on the project began in late 2017 with tree removal and the construction of noise-reduction walls. Phase 1, which was completed in November 2018, included reconfiguring the intersection of 156th and Harrison streets.

Phase 2 is scheduled to start this spring, with the final phase complete in late 2019.

The public is invited to attend a construction kick-off meeting and open house from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18.

The meeting will be at Andersen Middle School, 15404 Adams St. The main parking lot is on the north side of the school. Additional parking may be available on the south side of the school and on Adams Street.

The meeting will include a brief presentation at 5:45 p.m. to share information and a projected timeline for the second and third phases of construction. An open house will follow until 7 p.m., during which time team members from Sarpy County, the City of Omaha and Olsson will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

More information is available on the project’s website: HarrisonStreetProject.com.

January 29, 2019

Calling the Census a county-wide priority, Sarpy County Commissioners today appointed Michelle Y. Andahl to serve as Executive Chair of the county's Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.

Local governments across the country form Complete Count Committees to plan and implement outreach efforts to publicize the importance of the Census, with particular focus on traditionally undercounted populations.

"In addition to determining how many federal and state legislative representatives we have, the Census figures play a huge role in determining how federal funds are distributed," said Commissioner Don Kelly. "Any individual not counted is a loss of potential funding for the county. As a Board, we're committed to a complete and accurate Census count, and I know that under Michelle Andahl's guidance we'll get that."

Andahl has 25 years experience leading grassroots and community marketing campaigns on the local, statewide and national level. Her role as Election Commissioner gives her a unique working knowledge of Sarpy County's population distribution and the challenges of counting every resident.

"I'm incredibly honored to lead this important countywide effort and excited to begin recruiting key community partners and business leaders to serve on Census 2020 Complete Count Committee," Andahl said.

Members of the committee will be named in the coming weeks.

January 25, 2019

The official selection committee voted 3-0 today to name Angela Burmeister as the District 3 representative on the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners.

Burmeister, Managing Partner at Berkshire & Bermeister Law Offices, is the chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Legislation and Annual Meeting committees. Since 2013, she has represented District 4 on the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission.
 
She graduated from Bellevue West High School, then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She received her law degree from Creighton School of Law.
 
Burmeister serves on the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Board of Directors and the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Guild Board. She served on the Fontenelle Forest Board of Directors from 2009-2017, including one term as President of the Board.
 
The District 3 seat became vacant when Brian Zuger resigned on Jan. 2 to assume the position of Sarpy County Treasurer. He was elected to the new position in November. Burmeister will serve the remaining two years of the term.
 
Per state statute, the Sarpy County Attorney, County Clerk and County Treasurer served as the selection committee. Fourteen applicants met the Jan. 18 deadline to apply and were considered for the position.
 

January 24, 2019

To help customers affected by the winter weather this week, the Sarpy County Transfer Station will have extended hours on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The site will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact the Transfer Station at 402-253-2371.

To learn more about what items are and aren't accepted as well as a list of rates, visit the Sarpy County Transfer Station's webpage

January 23, 2019

Fourteen Sarpy County residents applied to fill the open District 3 seat on the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners. District 3 represents the northeast corner of Sarpy County, including much of the city of Bellevue. (View District Map)

The seat became vacant when Brian Zuger resigned on Jan. 2 to assume the position of Sarpy County Treasurer. He was elected to the new position in November. 

Per state statute, County Attorney Lee Polikov, County Clerk Deb Houghtaling and County Treasurer Zuger will serve as the selection committee to choose the new Commissioner. 

The committee will interview candidates on Friday, Jan. 25, in the Sarpy County Boardroom in the Sarpy County Courthouse. The session is open to the public.

Each candidate will be given five minutes to make a statement about their qualifications and why they want to serve, followed by up to 10 minutes of questions posed by the selection committee. 

Following the interviews, the committee will meet in a closed session to discuss the candidates. They will then return to regular session to make their final votes.

The schedule for the interviews on Jan. 25 is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Angela Burmeister
  • 10:45 a.m. – Christopher Filkins
  • 11 a.m. – Charles Fredrick
  • 11:15 a.m. – CoreyAlan Hannan
  • 11:30 a.m. – John Hansen
  • 11:45 a.m. – Rick Harrison
  • Noon – Lunch break
  • 1 p.m. – Kim Hawley
  • 1:15 p.m. – Brian Horn
  • 1:30 p.m. – John Jungers
  • 1:45 p.m. – Kevin Molczyk
  • 2 p.m. – Jim Moudry
  • 2:15 p.m. Todd Santoro
  • 2:30 p.m. Joseph Michael Shafer
  • 2:45 p.m. Steve Knutson (unable to attend)
January 22, 2019

An increasing number of people have fallen victim to fake DMV websites, according to the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office.
 
These websites illegally collect personal information, credit card numbers and money while posing as a representative of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.
 
The Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office is providing these tips for people who are renewing their vehicle registration online:

  • In Nebraska, dmv.Nebraska.gov is the only website where you can renew your vehicle registration and license plates. Verify the URL before entering any personal information.
  • You will never have to enter the year, make or model of your vehicle.
  • Your renewal charge will never be $9.99 or $19.99.
  • There are no advertisements on the official Nebraska DMV website. Fake sites often include ads for insurance or gift cards.
  • When you look at your bank or credit card statement, the charge should be listed as “Nebraska.gov DMV Plate …” If the charge is listed under any other name, contact your bank or credit card company immediately.
  • The beginning of your online renewal will look like this:
    renewing your vehicle online in Sarpy County Nebraska

 
dmv.Nebraska.gov is a safe and secure way to renew your registration. However, if you don’t feel comfortable completing your registration online, there are other options. You can send your renewal payment through the mail or you can renew in person at the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office in the Sarpy County Courthouse. No matter which method you choose for your renewal, make sure you have proof of insurance available.
 
If you have questions about vehicle registration in Sarpy County, please contact the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office at 402-593-2148 or [email protected].

January 17, 2019


Sarpy County Emergency Communications Director Bill Muldoon (from left), Dispatcher Casey Wadas, Walmart representative Amy Vaccaro and Dispatcher/Outreach Coordinator Jenny Peoples pose for a photo with the Outreach Program's new 911 simulator. 

 
The Sarpy County Emergency Communications Department has an updated 911 simulator, thanks to a grant from Walmart.

Dispatchers use the simulator as part of their Outreach Program to give kids hands-on experience with 911. The update will allow the children to dial or text 911 from a provided cellphone, which is routed to an instructor who acts as if the call or text was an actual emergency.

Currently, 81% of all 911 calls to the Sarpy County Emergency Communications Center come from wireless phones. Unlike landlines, cellphones don't provide exact locations to the dispatch center, so it is important for callers to know their location. The upgraded simulator will help dispatchers teach kids the importance of that information when they visit schools and other community events across Sarpy County.

 

January 15, 2019

A new traffic signal is now operational at the intersection of Highway 370 and 192nd Street. The signal was turned on just after 10 a.m. on Jan. 15.

The new signal will improve traffic flow and safety along the highway near Gretna. 

The Nebraska Department of Transportation is responsible for the state highway system, including installing traffic signals. However, Sarpy County agreed to lead the project to speed up the installation timeline.

“I applaud the Sarpy County Engineer and the Public Works Department for stepping up and leading this important project. It will be a huge safety improvement for drivers leaving Aspen Creek, and it should take some pressure off of the roads leading to and from the nearby Gretna schools,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren.

Permanent equipment and poles will be installed in the coming months to replace the temporary poles now in operation at the intersection.

The safety of drivers along Highway 370 is a priority for the Sarpy County Board and they will continue to push the state for more safety improvements.
 

January 15, 2019

The preliminary property assessments for all residential properties in Sarpy County are now online. To view the assessment for your property or neighboring properties, visit the Sarpy County Property Search tool on our website.

To use the Property Search tool, it's easiest to enter your house number in the "Address" field, then hit "Submit." A list of properties will come up. Click on "View Details" next to the property you are looking for. The 2019 preliminary assessment will be listed under "Valuation Information."

The Sarpy County Assessor’s Office encourages all residential property owners to review their preliminary assessment. If you have questions or concerns, the Assessor’s Office encourages you to reach out to speak with them directly. They can address many issues and corrections without the need for a formal protest, saving you time and effort.
 
How to reach the Assessor’s Office

January 08, 2019
Don Kelly, Jim Warren elected Chair and Vice Chair of Sarpy County Board of Commissioners
Commissioners Don Kelly (left) and Jim Warren

Touting the need for experienced leadership, Sarpy County Commissioners today elected Don Kelly to serve a fourth consecutive term as Chair of the Sarpy County Board.

Kelly represents District 1, which covers the southeast corner of the county. He was first elected to the board in 2013. His current term expires in December 2020.

“This year is going to be critical to the future of Sarpy County, and we’re on the precipice of a number of important decisions.” Kelly said. “Our major initiatives for 2019 include financing and construction of the Southern Sarpy Wastewater System; addressing the need for a new jail; developing partnerships to provide better, more comprehensive mental health services; and investing significant resources on our arterial roads and infrastructure projects that will support continued growth and economic development.”

Commissioners also re-elected Jim Warren to serve as Vice Chair, a position he has held since 2017. Warren represents District 5 in western Sarpy County.

Other actions taken by the Board

  • Approved an agreement with E&A Consulting Group for professional services related to improvements on Giles Road from 192nd Street and Highway 6.
  • Accepted a Justice Assistance Grant for the Mental Health Case Management program, which assists mentally ill persons involved in the criminal justice system by providing services designed to help them establish independent living skills, manage their mental illness and reduce future contacts with the criminal justice system.
January 04, 2019

If your Christmas tree is starting to look a little dry and droopy, it’s time to recycle it.

Christmas Tree recycling in Sarpy County
Please remove all ornaments and decorations from the trees. If you bag the tree before bringing it to a recycling site, please remove the bag.

Papillion
Dates: Dec, 26-Jan. 18
More info
Walnut Creek parking lot
Just west of 96th Street and Schram Road

Papio Bay
814 East Halleck Street

Papillion Senior Center
1001 Limerick Road

La Vista
Dates: Dec. 26-Jan. 18
More info
La Vista Sports Complex – Soccer fields parking lot
7346 S. 66th Street
(Two blocks south of Harrison Street on 66th Street)

Kelly West parking lot
87th Street and Park View Boulevard

Bellevue
Dates: Dec. 26-Jan. 11
More info
Former Sarpy County Landfill
8902 Cedar Island Road
Papio-Missouri NRD
Dates: Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 5-6
Wehrspann Lake
South parking lot
Highway 370 between Interstate 80 and 168th Street
Omaha
Dates: Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 5-6
Tranquility Park
156th and F streets
January 03, 2019

Seven Sarpy County elected officials take oath of office, 2019
Sarpy County Assessor Dan Pittman, Commissioner Jim Warren, Commissioner David Klug, District Judge Nathan Cox, Clerk of the District Court Dori Heath, County Treasurer Brian Zuger, County Engineer Dennis Wilson and County Attorney Lee Polikov.

Family, friends and Sarpy County employees filled the Sarpy County Boardroom on Jan. 3, 2019, as seven newly elected officials took their oaths of office.

District Judge Nathan Cox presided over the ceremony and administered the oaths to:

• Clerk of the District Court Dori Heath – Heath is starting her first term in office after serving as Chief Deputy Clerk of the District Court for two years. Before joining Sarpy County, Heath was the District Court Clerk in Colfax County for 14 years. She received her bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her master's degree from Creighton.

• County Assessor Dan Pittman – Pittman is starting his sixth term as Assessor. He was first elected in 1998. Pittman earned his bachelor's degree from Grace University and his master's degree from Bellevue University. He also served in the U.S. Navy for six years.

• County Attorney Lee Polikov – Polikov has served as Sarpy County Attorney since 1999. He spent 26 years working at the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office. He received his law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

• County Engineer Dennis Wilson – Wilson was first elected in 2010 as the Sarpy County Surveyor, a role that was changed to Engineer. In this role, he oversees the Sarpy County Public Works Department.

• County Treasurer Brian Zuger – Zuger is starting his first term as Treasurer. He served as a Sarpy County Commissioner for two years representing District 3. Zuger received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Bellevue University.

• Commissioner David Klug – Klug is starting his first term representing District 2 on the County Board of Commissioners. He served for 12 years on the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District Board of Directors. He is the Director of Process for Think Whole Person Healthcare. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

• Commissioner Jim Warren – Warren, who represents District 5, is starting his third term on the Board of Commissioners. He served on the Gretna City Council for two years and was Mayor of Gretna for 12 years. Warren is a member of the Gretna Volunteer Fire Department and has served in various offices for that organization. He earned his bachelor's degree from Toccoa Falls College. 

More photos from the ceremony

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov and Dori Heath take oaths of office
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov and Clerk of the District Court Dori Heath were sworn in to office today.

Sarpy County Assessor Dan Pittman and Commissioners David Klug and Jim Warren
County Assessor Dan Pittman (standing, from lef) and Commissioners David Klug and Jim Warren took their oaths of office today in the Sarpy County Boardroom. 

District Judge Nathan Cox at the Sarpy County elected officials swearing in ceremony
District Judge Nathan Cox presided over today's ceremony, which saw seven newly elected Sarpy County officials take their oaths of office.

January 02, 2019

COUNTY BOARD VACANCY - APPLICATIONS
 
Brian Zuger, County Commissioner District 3, has resigned his seat (effective January 2, 2019) after being elected to serve as Sarpy County Treasurer.  Pursuant to Nebraska Rev. Statute 32-567, his successor is to be chosen by the County Attorney, County Clerk and County Treasurer. Such vacancy is to be filled within 45 days of the occurrence of the vacancy.

The Sarpy County Board and Board of Equalization meet most Tuesday afternoons at 3 p.m. and attend various additional meetings as required.

Minimum qualifications for the position are that the applicant:

  1. Must reside within the boundaries of Commissioner District #3: (Click for map of Commissioner Districts)
  2. Must be a citizen of the United States.
  3. Must be a registered voter within Commissioner District #3.

The appointed person will serve until December 31, 2020, and candidates wanting to be elected into the seat will have to be on the election ballot in November 2020 for January 2021. If the appointed person wishes to continue to serve on the Board, he or she would have to run for election. 

Interested individuals are asked to submit an application/release form to the Sarpy County Clerk, Attention: Board Secretary, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, NE 68046, by the close of business, 4:45 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019.

Click here to download the application/release form.

A public meeting will be convened at 9 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, for the purpose of interviewing applicants and appointing the new commissioner for District 3. 
 
For Additional Information Contact:
                        Lee Polikov, Sarpy County Attorney             593-2230
                        Deb Houghtaling, Sarpy County Clerk          593-4155
                        Brian Zuger, Sarpy County Treasurer            593-2138
 

About the Board of Commissioners

Sarpy County is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners who set the policies and tax levies for Sarpy County. The County is divided into five commissioner districts; each represented by a resident elected from that district to serve a four year term of office.  The current Board of Commissioners are as follows:
District 1 – Don Kelly, Chairman  (Vice Chair to be determined)
District 2 – David Klug
District 3 – Vacant (position to be appointed)
District 4 – Gary Mixan
District 5 – Jim Warren

Summary of Board Duties and Responsibilities
Members of the Board of Commissioners are collectively responsible for establishing policy, adopting an annual budget, and providing vision and goals to the Administrator(s).  The following outline is a brief description of the various duties of Board Members.  The description is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather it is an effort to summarize the primary responsibilities of the Board.

Establish Policy

  • Adopt goals and objectives
  • Establish priorities
  • Approve/amend the operating and capital budgets
  • Approve contracts
  • Adopt resolutions

Supervision of Administration

  • Hire the County Administrator
  • Evaluate the performance of the Administrator

Provide Public Leadership

  • Promote representative governance
  • Mediate conflicting interests while building a consensus
  • Communicate the County’s vision and goals to taxpayers
  • Represent the County’s interest at regional, county, state, and federal levels
  • Study county issues/problems and review alternatives
  • Determine best course of public policy

Board Meetings & Time Commitment
Board Meetings are scheduled every Tuesday at 3 p.m.  Meetings typically last between 1 hour and 2.25 hours.  Other time commitments may include liaison assignments, local group meetings and various executive meetings, special meetings and training events.

Compensation
Board members are compensated $26,095 annually.

Commissioner Appointment Application
 

December 27, 2018

The Sarpy County Courthouse will be closed on Jan. 1, 2019.

Emergency operations will remain open.

Most services are available on www.Sarpy.com.
 

December 14, 2018

Sarpy County is joining the Omaha Regional Interoperability Network (ORION), which operates the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system for the Omaha Public Power District and Douglas, Washington and Pottawattamie Counties, including emergency communications for the cities of Omaha and Council Bluffs. Sarpy will contribute its radio core and the two systems will be joined by implementing Dynamic System Resilience (DSR).

DSR ensures uninterrupted radio coverage in the event of a prolonged power outage, equipment failure or physical damage to a primary radio core. DSR enables the system to switch automatically to a backup core to assure radio availability, reliability and network management.

Sarpy has been in talks with ORION since March 2018 and accepted Sarpy’s membership request in November. The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and the governing boards of the ORION membership approved the agreement at their respective meetings this week. 

“Joining ORION is an important step for Sarpy County. It adds a layer of redundancy to our emergency communications systems and allows us to develop close partnerships across the region that benefit our first responders,” said Sarpy County Emergency Communications Director William Muldoon.

Currently, both ORION and Sarpy County own and operate their own radio systems, which support critical communications for each agency. The project to merge the two systems is expected to take 12 to 15 months. The new system will allow emergency dispatchers and first responders from different agencies to communicate with one another more effectively through a single radio system. The merger will also decrease costs for individual agencies, as they no longer have to support separate systems.

The system is being built with future expansion in mind.

December 13, 2018

Ahead of its move to a new space at Werner Park, the Sarpy County Tourism office is temporarily relocating to the Sarpy County Courthouse.
 
Starting Dec. 17, the Tourism office will be open on the first floor of the Courthouse’s administrative wing. The space previously housed the DMV’s Drivers Licensing office.
 
In the Spring, the Tourism office will move to its new home at Werner Park, which is currently under construction. The partnership with the Omaha Storm Chasers will give the Tourism Department more visibility, as thousands of people visit the stadium each week during the baseball season. The new offices will be larger and offer more parking than the current location.
 
Sarpy County Tourism’s temporary physical location:
1210 Golden Gate Drive
Papillion, NE 68046
Phone: 402-332-5771
 
New mailing address (starting Dec. 17, even before physical location changes)
12356 Ballpark Way
Papillion, NE 68046

Visit the Sarpy County Tourism website

December 11, 2018

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today adopted a new Road Improvement Policy that lays out how the County will plan, fund and prioritize road projects.

“Sarpy County is growing at an amazing rate, and that growth will continue to put pressure on our already limited resources. This policy gives us a path to better prioritize road projects and support economic development across the County,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly.

As part of new policy, the County Engineer will develop a three-year road program that will be implemented through the County’s annual budget. The three-year plan will help provide a clear picture of what funds will be required in future years.

The policy also incorporates the County’s existing practice of collaborating with private developers to build and improve roads.

“We don’t have an unlimited amount of money for roads, so by identifying the County’s contributions and establishing partnerships with the development community, we’ll be able to make tax dollars go farther,” Kelly said.

View the Road Improvement Policy
 
Other actions taken by the Board at the Dec. 11 meeting

  • Approved two agreements to improve the redundancy and resiliency of the County’s emergency communications network. The Board approved resolutions to join the Omaha Regional Inter-Operability Network (ORION), which operates a Land Mobile Radio System, and VIPER (Voice Over Internet Protocol for Emergency Response), a multi-node phone system.
  • Granted permission to seek bids for professional engineering services for the final design of the intersection at 108th Street and Platteview Road.
December 10, 2018
The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office and the Omaha Police Department will hold an amnesty day for guns, ammunition and fireworks on Jan. 19, 2019.

Bring your unwanted guns, ammunition or fireworks to the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No questions asked.

The Sheriff's Office and the Omaha Police Department will dispose of the items safely.

What: Amnesty Day for guns, ammo and fireworks
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Jan. 19, 2019
Where: South Parking Lot Garage of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office, 8335 Platteview Road, Papillion, NE 68046
Questions: 402-593-2288

 
 
November 30, 2018

The Sarpy County Transfer Station has shifted to a winter schedule, which changes when the station is open.

Winter hours are in effect from December 1 to April 1:

  • Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6 a.m. - noon
  • Closed Sunday

The following days will follow an alternate schedule:
Dec. 24: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dec. 29: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 5: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Transfer Station accepts most solid waste, including household trash, appliances, tires, roofing materials and more. It is located at the landfill site, 14414 S. 156th Street, Springfield.

For a full list of rates and prohibited items, check out the Sarpy County Transfer Station's webpage

November 27, 2018


Sarpy County 911 dispatcher Katie Porter (center) received a Life Saving Award from Emergency Communications Director William Muldoon (left) and Medical Director  Eric Ernest.


Sarpy County 911 dispatcher Katie Porter received a Life Saving Award at today's Sarpy County Board of Commissioners meeting.

On Oct. 10, Porter answered a 911 call from a woman asking for help for her husband, who was on the floor and not responding. She quickly dispatched crews from the Bellevue Police Department and Bellevue Fire and Rescue, then began CPR instructions for the caller. Porter counted out loud with the caller to verify the chest compressions were being performed correctly and kept the woman focused until EMS arrived.

The rescue crew transported the patient to Nebraska Medicine Bellevue, where he was successfully resuscitated, and he has since been released.

"Your role in the chain of patient care worked successfully, and together with law enforcement and EMS personnel, a life was saved," Sarpy County Emergency Communications Director William Muldoon said while presenting Porter with the award.

November 19, 2018

'Tis the season for giving! We will be collecting new toys for the Sarpy County Holiday Assistance Program at the Winter Wonderland Celebration in Papillion.

The Sarpy County Holiday Assistance Program allows families who meet low income guidelines to receive new toys to give to their children on Christmas.

If you would like to donate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to Papillion Fire Station #3 at 146 North Adams Street from 4:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 24.

If you would like to donate but cannot attend the Nov. 24 event, please contact Sarpy County Human Services at 402-593-4414  or [email protected].

November 01, 2018

The Sarpy County Election Commission is predicting a 53% voter turnout in Sarpy County for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election.

With record breaking numbers for voter registration and early voting ballot requests, numbers for the 2018 mid-term are more on par with a presidential election year. In the 2104 mid-term General Election, 12,000 voters requested Early Voting Ballots. This year, more than 25,000 Early Voting Ballots have been requested and more than 18,000 have already been returned with 5 days remaining until Election Day.  During the 2016 General Election, 31,000 voters requested Early Voting Ballots.

“We are seeing record-breaking participation in this election by Sarpy County voters. It’s always great to see citizens exercising their voting rights,” Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl said. “One exciting aspect of this election is the number of young first-time voters that have registered. We have over 1,200 voters that registered this year who are 18 and will be voting in their first election.”

Andahl added: “We encourage all voters who do not want to vote at a polling location or who just want more time to study the candidates and issues, to come to our office to request an early ballot.”

If voters want to cast an early ballot, they can visit the Sarpy County Election Office through 5 p.m. Nov. 5 to vote in person or take a ballot home with them.  The Election Office is at 501 Olson Drive in Papillion. It shares the same parking lot as Jerzes Bar and Grill.  Look for the giant inflatable Early Voting Eagle on top of the office.

Ballots can be mailed in or dropped off in the Election Office during business hours. Ballots also can be dropped off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at one of the four ballot drop boxes located around Sarpy County.

Visit the Sarpy County Election Commission's website

October 29, 2018

The Sarpy County Election Commission is pleased to announce that Sarpy County has surpassed 113,000 registered voters for the first time, with 113,132 eligible voters registered for the Nov. 6 election. 
 
“Reaching this registration milestone shows the tremendous growth our county continues to experience,” said Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl. “In just the weeks since Sept. 1, we have registered more than 1,900 new voters in Sarpy County, demonstrating that people across the metro know Sarpy is a great place to live and work.”
 
Early voting also has hit a record high for mid-term elections in Sarpy County, with 24,792 Early Voting Ballots requested by mail. An additional 3,000 voters have already cast their ballots at the election office.
 
“I want to encourage each one of our 113,132 voters to cast their ballot in this year’s general election,” said Andahl, who added that voters must return their Early Voting Ballots to the Election Office or one of four drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.
 
In 2014, 101,144 people registered to vote in the mid-term elections.
 
The statewide general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
 
Registration statistics for Sarpy County:

  • Republicans:     51,327
  • Democrats:       30,131
  • Non-Partisan:   29,918
  • Libertarian:      1,756 
October 29, 2018

Sarpy County is experiencing a crisis, and we are not alone.

Counties across the country a facing a shortage of treatment facilities, meaning people experiencing mental health crises often end up in a county jail while their cases work through the criminal justice system.

Sarpy County already has taken a number of steps to address these issues, but officials recognize that there is more progress to be made. To lead this effort, Sarpy County established a Mental Health Leadership Team with representatives from the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, County Administration, Board of Commissioners, Public Defender’s Office and Region 6 Behavioral Health.

The team is studying a number of counties across the nation whose approaches to mental health care and treatment are seen as national models. Those counties include:

  • Bexar County, Texas – Over the past 15 years, Bexar County, which is home to San Antonio, has focused on collaboration to identify and treat people with mental illnesses. The coalition brings together law enforcement, judges, government officials, community leaders and the medical community. Two key parts of the program are the San Antonio Police Department’s mental health unit and The Center for Health Care Services - The Restoration Center, a one-stop shop for people in need of treatment and social services.
  • Pima County, Arizona – Identified as a model site by the Bureau of Justice Affairs, Pima County focuses on investing in and supporting behavioral health initiatives, including court-ordered evaluation services and behavioral health services for people detained at the jail and juvenile detention center. They also built two state-of-the-art facilities, a Crisis Response Center and a Behavioral Health Pavilion. The county leases these facilities to organizations that provide crisis and behavioral health services in the County.

In addition to looking at model sites, the Leadership Team is also working to coordinate services currently available in Sarpy County. Team members and community partners from across Sarpy County took part in a Sequential Intercept Mapping exercise sponsored by Region 6. The exercise created a “map” of how people dealing with mental health crises come in contact with and flow through the criminal justice system. The map shows opportunities for intervention, where people can be redirected toward treatment.

The exercise also identified a number of gaps where additional treatment options are needed, including the need for a crisis stabilization center for use by Sarpy County law enforcement agencies.
 
More in the “Mental Health in Sarpy County” series

October 22, 2018

When a child enters the foster care system, they often feel overwhelmed, trapped in a revolving door of caseworkers, attorneys and judges. 

At Sarpy County CASA, we work to be a constant in the lives of more than 200 abused and neglected children in Sarpy County.

But we need your help! 

As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), you can help ensure that a child’s needs are being met while they reach a safe, permanent home. 

CASA volunteers are not foster parents. They are trained volunteers who get to know a child in the foster care system and advocate for their best interests. 

CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years old and commit to at least one year of advocacy.

Our next CASA volunteer training session begins in February 2019. Classes are on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out an application form, then return it to the CASA office via email, fax or in person.

If you have questions about Sarpy County CASA, please visit SarpyCASA.com, call 402-593-2259 or email [email protected].

October 22, 2018

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, The Sarpy County Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency, along with community sponsors, are hosting their annual Fall Medicine Drop on Oct, 27, 2018.
 
Bring any expired or unused medication to the HyVee parking lot in Shadow Lake (Hwy 370 & 72nd Street) between 9 a.m. and noon.
 
No needles, syringes, aerosol containers or liquids will be accepted.
 
This is part of an ongoing effort to rid homes in our community of unnecessary, unused and expired medications. Do your part to ensure these medications do not end up in the wrong hands or in our water system.
 
Everything collected is incinerated, container and all, so no personal information is compromised.

Drive up, drop off, drive away. No questions asked.

October 18, 2018

As any community grows, it is important to have a well-defined plan. This is especially true in Sarpy County, the fastest growing county in the state.

Community planners guide growth by working with elected officials and members of the public, as well as professionals from different fields such as public health, recreation and engineering. They help leverage public and private funds that lead to business growth, job creation and economically resilient communities.

In Sarpy County, the result of this work is the Sarpy County Comprehensive Plan, which incorporates the growth plans for the five cities and creates a unified vision for the build-out of the county. The plan, developed by the Sarpy County Planning Department and Sarpy County Planning Commissioner with input from key stakeholders and the public, received the Daniel Burnham Award for Outstanding Comprehensive Plan from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association.

In honor of this work, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month. (Read the Proclamation)

The proclamation coincides with National Community Planning Month, which was established in 2006 as a way to highlight the importance of community planning. This year’s theme is “Housing as Community Infrastructure,” emphasizing the important roles housing plays in creating community.

Learn more about the Sarpy County Planning Department

Learn more about the Sarpy County Planning Commission

October 15, 2018

One in five.

That’s the number of people currently living with a mental illness in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

If you apply those numbers to Sarpy County, that’s more than 36,000 people dealing with some type of mental health issue, ranging in severity from mild to serious. But there are very few secure treatment facilities available in the area. As a result, people experiencing mental health crises often end up in the county jail, which isn’t designed or equipped to meet their needs.  

Sarpy County has already taken a number of steps to address this issue, with the goal of finding treatment for people with mental illnesses, not incarcerating them.

The County is an active partner in Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, which coordinates a network of mental health and substance abuse providers; and Sarpy County’s Mental Health Diversion and Mental Health Pretrial programs work with people in the criminal justice system to help them find available treatment and resources.

Earlier this year, Sarpy County established a Mental Health Leadership Team to guide a coordinated County-wide response. The team includes representatives from the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, County Administration, County Board of Commissioners, Public Defender's Office and Region 6.

Sarpy County recently received an $81,700 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, to help fund this effort. The County will use the funds to provide a social worker to help law enforcement deal with individuals experiencing mental health crises, to help identify gaps in mental health services and to deal with opioid addiction.

In the coming weeks, we’ll provide more information about the County’s efforts to address mental health needs, how mental health issues affect the inmates at the Sarpy County jail, and the need for a mental health facility in the county.

Upcoming information in the “Mental Health in Sarpy County” series
• Sarpy County’s Mental Health Leadership team works to identify gaps
• Mental health and the Sarpy County jail, a look at the numbers
• Addressing the need for a mental health facility in Sarpy County
 

October 10, 2018

Sarpy County Human Services is again partnering with service agencies from across the county to offer the Sarpy County Holiday Assistance Program.

Through the program, families who meet low income guidelines can apply for assistance in receiving new toys from their children who are 14 years old and younger.
 
To apply for the Holiday Assistance Program, please visit one of these sign-up events.

• November 1
9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.
Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive, Bellevue

• November 5
9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.
Heartland Family Service, 302 American Parkway, Papillion

• November 7
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gretna City Hall, 204 N. McKenna Avenue, Gretna

• November 7
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 480 Main Street, Springfield

• November 10
9 a.m.-noon
Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive, Bellevue

Eligibility requirements

  • Photo ID for head of househoud (person applying)
  • Social Security cards for everyone in the household OR 2017 tax forms
  • Proof of age for children – must be 14 or younger
    •  Birth certificates OR current Medicaid Card
  • Proof of Sarpy County residency – dated within the past 30 days
    • Utility bill (preferred) OR letter from the State
  •  Proof of total household income – can include
    • Pay stubs for past 30 days
    • Disability letter
    • Unemployment letter
    • Letter of state assistance eligibility
October 08, 2018
Sarpy County's Breast Cancer Awareness Cruiser

Sarpy County Deputy Lindsay Varona’s new patrol cruiser is personal, and it’s pink.

Varona will be the first deputy to drive the department’s new Breast Cancer Awareness cruiser.

“My grandmother is an 18-year survivor,” Varona said, “so I’m really proud to be a part of this.”  

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office unveiled the new themed cruiser at a ceremony on Oct. 8. The design includes a pink hood, pink ribbons and the message "Early detection saves lives." A ring of ribbons on the back of the cruiser also pays tribute to other types of cancer.

Rep. Don Bacon and Karen Daneu, the CEO of Susan G. Komen Great Plains, served as the keynote speakers for the event.

Bacon spoke about his younger sister, Beth, who died in 2006 after a battle with breast cancer.

Daneu said she hopes the cruiser's message will help the Susan G. Komen organization meet its goal of cutting the breast cancer death rate in half by 2026.

Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, whose sister is a breast cancer survivor, emphasized that the Breast Cancer Awareness cruiser is a working vehicle that will be on routine patrol for three years.

“Hopefully, someone sees this cruiser and gets the message, because it's true that ‘early detection saves lives’,” he said.


Breast Cancer Awareness cruiser unveiling ceremony

Click on the arrows to view the gallery
Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office unveils new Breast Cancer Awareness cruiser

October 03, 2018
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office has designed a special patrol cruiser.  Deputies will drive the themed cruiser on routine patrol for the next three years as a way to raise awareness year-round.
 
The Breast Cancer Awareness patrol cruiser will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, in the north parking lot of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, 8335 Platteview Road in Papillion. 
 
Rep. Don Bacon and Karen Daneu will be the keynote speakers. Rep. Bacon’s sister lost her battle to breast cancer at the age of 39; his mother is a breast cancer survivor. Karen Daneu is the CEO of the Susan G. Komen Great Plains Affiliate. 
 
The event is open to the public and all cancer survivors are encouraged to attend.
October 02, 2018

In July, more than 500 Sarpy County taxpayers appealed their property valuations to the Sarpy County Board. During this annual review, the Board sided with approximately 50 property owners who challenged how the first acre of their agricultural land was valued by the Sarpy County Assessor’s Office.

“The first acre rule used by the County Assessor to determine valuation isn’t fair to rural property owners,” said Commissioner Jim Warren, Vice Chairman of the Sarpy County Board. “Lowering the assessed value is the right thing to do, and frankly, I wish it’s something we could do for all of rural landowners, not just the 50 or so who filed protests.”
 
The total change in valuation is approximately $1.35 million, which means the County Board reduced the overall tax base by just under $4,000.

The Assessor’s Office filed an appeal with Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission, seeking to have the reduction reversed.

County Board Chairman Don Kelly criticized the Assessor’s decision to file an appeal because it may require both sides to hire outside representation at the County’s expense.

"The Board and the Assessor are represented by the County Attorney, so to avoid a conflict of interest we may have to hire two different outside lawyers and probably spend well over the $4,000 the Assessor is challenging. This is just a colossal waste of the taxpayers’ money on the part of the Assessor’s Office, and I’d prefer that office focus its efforts on ensuring the accuracy of valuations of" all types of properties across the county,” Kelly said.

October 01, 2018


The new Sarpy County Early Ballot Drop Box at 1248 Golden Gate Drive.


Sarpy County voters have three new convenient locations for returning their ballots for the upcoming general election.

The Sarpy County Election Commission installed secure, drive-up Early Ballot Drop Boxes in Bellevue, Papillion and Gretna, said County Election Commissioner Michelle Y. Andahl.
 
“Voters have been requesting more locations where early ballots could be returned. They wanted locations closer to where they live and work; and they wanted more options that didn’t rely on the mail system. Our hope is that the new Early Ballot Drop Boxes will make returning early ballots easier for everyone in Sarpy County,” Andahl said.

The new drop boxes are at:

  • Sarpy County campus, 1248 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion
  • Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue
  • McKinney’s Food Center, 215 Enterprise Drive, Gretna

An existing drop box outside the Election Commission office, 501 Olson Drive, was moved onto an island in the office’s parking lot to make it more accessible.

Each drop box features three locking mechanisms and is secured to a cement pad, Andahl said.

The boxes will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the election cycle, and Election Commission employees will empty the boxes each day.

Visit the Sarpy County Election Commission website.

September 14, 2018

Over the past week, the Sarpy County Election Commission sent Early Voting Ballot Request applications to more than 110,000 eligible voters in Sarpy County. In addition to allowing the voter to ask for a ballot by mail, the form also provides the name and address of the voter’s polling location.
 
In April, around 30,000 voters in Sarpy County received notice that their voting place had changed ahead of the May Primary Election. Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl said her office relocated the polling sites out of kindergarten through 12th grade schools with the help of local businesses and faith-based organizations.
 
“School districts in Sarpy County have always been accommodating and gracious about hosting polling sites inside of schools,” Andahl said. “However, it also posed challenges for schools and law enforcement as they worked to balance security protocols with providing public access without impediment on Election Day.”
 
The Election Commission is asking voters, even those not requesting a ballot by mail, to keep the request applications to use as a reference for finding their correct polling locations.
 
The Election Commission will begin mailing early voting ballots on Oct. 1. All ballots must be returned to the election office by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.  Early in-person voting at the election office begins Oct. 9.
 
No early voting ballots can be returned to a polling place.

September 11, 2018

On Tuesday, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners approved a 4-year labor contract with three separate public unions. The new contracts will provide an annual 2 percent base wage adjustment.
 
The Board unanimously approved the contracts with the Sarpy County Public Employees Association and two units of the Fraternal Order of Police. The Board also approved pay schedules for managers, non-union employees, assistant public defenders and deputy county attorneys.
 
“If you look across the public sector, these are conservative, yet fair, increases,” said Vice Chairman Jim Warren. “Our primary focus is to provide the best possible service for the lowest possible cost. That’s what the Sarpy County taxpayers deserve, and staying firm at 2 percent provides that.” 
 
The three bargaining units represent the County’s dispatchers, non-sworn employees of the Sheriff’s Office and administrative workers. A similar agreement with the Nebraska Public Employees Union Local 251 is expected in the next few weeks.
 
“A four-year contract provides budget stability and lets us plan farther ahead, which is critical as Sarpy County continues to grow,” Warren said.

 

September 11, 2018

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners today approved the appointment of Tracy D. Jones as Sarpy County Veterans Service Officer.

In the role, Jones will oversee the County’s Veterans Service Office, which provides assistance to Veterans and their families when applying for federal, state and local benefits; advocates for

Veterans and Veterans’ issues; and represents Sarpy County Veterans in local communities and on Veterans organizations.

“As a County Commissioner and as a Veteran, I’m excited to welcome Tracy to our management team,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly. “His experience providing career counseling to Service members and leading customer service focused teams make him an ideal candidate to serve the Veterans in Sarpy County.”

Jones served for 28 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 100th Air Refueling Wing in Mildenhall, England. He deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Bellevue University and his Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

“I am very excited to take care of our Veterans. They put it all on the line for us, and I can’t think of a better honor than to serve them,” Jones said.

He will start his new role on Sept. 17.

September 06, 2018

The Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency on Wednesday took a major step in its mission to build a sanitary sewer system in southern Sarpy County.

The Wastewater Agency board unanimously voted to begin building the sewer system in the Zwiebel Creek watershed. The area, which stretches roughly from 84th to 60th streets south of Highway 370, will open new land for development south of Papillion and west of Bellevue. 

“This is going to be huge for Sarpy County and the cities in terms of growth,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly, who serves as the Chairman of the Wastewater Agency. “This first segment alone will add 760 acres for industrial development and 1,760 acres for residential development.”

For the first phase of the project, the Agency Board looked for a location that would contribute to job creation, facilitate orderly growth, provide a countywide benefit and create additional funding opportunities. Zwiebel Creek hits all of those targets, according to Steve Jensen of Steven Jensen Consulting, who was hired to evaluate potential locations along with engineering firm HDR.

The Agency also plans to expand an existing sewer treatment plant in Springfield, which will add additional capacity to the sewer system and open more land for industrial development along Highway 50.

The unified sewer system will be built in phases over the next 20 to 50 years, and eventually serve most of the land south of the natural ridgeline that divides the county.

Development in southern Sarpy County is estimated to generate incremental annual revenue of:

  • $15 million per year in sales tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
  • $45 million per year in sales tax revenue for the State of Nebraska
  • $19 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
  • $21 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County
  • $76 million per year in property tax revenue for local school districts
August 31, 2018

Cops and robbers will be filling the streets of La Vista on Oct. 20 — all in the name charity — as the Sarpy County Crime Stoppers 5K Run/Walk returns for a second year.

The family-friendly event kicks off at 10 a.m. at Kros Strain Brewing Company and ends with a post-race party featuring Sarpy County first responders. Participants are encouraged to come in costume, as either a cop or a robber.

The $20 registration fee includes a race bag and retro Crime Stoppers socks. Thanks to our community partners, 100% of the registration fees will go to Sarpy County Crime Stoppers, which supports law enforcement agencies across the county.

Register for the race online at http://bit.ly/2018CrimeStoppers5K

Several area businesses and organizations are serving as community partners for the race, including Nebraska Crossing Outlets, Omaha Lancers, Tobacco Education Advocacy of the Midlands, Apple Roofing and Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping.

Event Details

What: 2nd annual Sarpy County Crime Stoppers 5K Run/Walk
When: 10-noon, Oct. 20
Where: Kros Strain Brewing, 10411 Portal Road, La Vista
Cost: $20
Register: http://bit.ly/2018CrimeStoppers5K

August 28, 2018

On Aug. 28 the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that keeps the County’s levy flat for the fourth year in a row.  

The $164 million budget includes investments in infrastructure projects and other services that are essential to continuing the county’s commercial and residential growth. A new Major Prioritized Road Projects Fund will hold and accumulate money for large-scale road projects prioritized by the County Board, while additional money will be set aside in the Sinking Fund to build a new jail.

 “Our staff did an incredible job striking a balance between investing in the future and holding the line for Sarpy County taxpayers,” said Sarpy County Board chair Don Kelly. “Without raising the levy, we’re setting aside money for roads, sewers and a new jail, all of which we’ll need as the county continues to grow.”

The County’s levy will remain at 29.69 cents per $100 of valuation. Sarpy County hasn’t raised the levy since 2002.

“This is a prudent budget and a responsible budget,” Kelly added. “It provides funds for future projects and sets aside a reserve for those things we don’t expect.”

Other highlights from the approved budget:

  • Funds the dynamic system resiliency and multi-node projects, which will provide greater redundancy and reduce the possibility of outages in Emergency Communications (911).
  • Creates a Mental Health budget to support the Mental Health Leadership Team, who will be focusing on a holistic approach to mental health issues across the county, including those at the Sarpy County jail.
  • Sets aside funds for future infrastructure needs near Werner Park, an area that is quickly developing.

Budget overview presented by Fiscal Administrator Brian Hanson

August 24, 2018

We are excited to report that we received more than 35 applications for the Veterans Service Officer position.

After reviewing all of the applications, members of the Veterans Service Committee, along with Sarpy County officials, will interview several finalists. Together, we are dedicated to appointing a Veterans Service Officer that will provide outstanding service to all Sarpy County Veterans and their families.

To learn more about the Veterans Service Committee and the Sarpy County Veterans Service Department, visit http://www.sarpy.com/veterans

August 20, 2018

In May, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners awarded a bid to install traffic signals at the intersection of 192nd Street and Highway 370. The County’s goal was to have the signals installed before the start of the Gretna Public Schools’ school year.

We did not meet that goal.

An ordering issue has pushed the project’s completion date back several weeks, so we have shifted our efforts to installing temporary signals, and will work to get those in place as soon as possible.  The County Engineer's Office is responsible for installation of the temporary and permanent traffic signals.

The safety of all drivers along Highway 370 remains a priority for the Sarpy County Board, and the Board is working to implement procedures to prevent delays on future road projects.

If you have questions or concerns about current or future Sarpy County road projects, contact Sarpy County Engineer Dennis Wilson at 402-537-6900.

August 08, 2018

On Aug. 10, the first three phases (Phases 1A-1C) of the Harrison Street Project will reopen.

Harrison Street will reopen from 156th Street to just east of 154th Street, and 156th Street will reopen from Gertrude to Adams streets.

The intersection of Harrison and 156th will have temporary stops signs until the traffic signals are completed.

Work on Phase 1D of the project also will begin on Aug. 10. At that time, Harrison Street will close from 156th Street to 161st Avenue for the removal of old pavement, grading, storm sewer work and paving the new roadway. This closure does include the entire intersection of Harrison and 157th streets.

The closure for Phase 1D will last until early October, depending on weather.

Please use caution in this area and use the marked detour.

Phases 2 and 3 will begin in the spring of 2019. For updates, please visit HarrisonStreetProject.com.

Project Contractor
John Gjersvick
Vrana and Sons Construction Company
402-306-4934

Project Administrator
Bill Herr
Sarpy County Public Works
402-537-6906

 

Harrison Street Project Construction Phases

July 20, 2018

Sarpy County is collecting school supplies for children in need across county. Sarpy County CASA, Human Services and the Juvenile Justice Center will distribute the supplies to children and families they serve.

Supplies needed include:

#2 pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, dry erase markers, dry erasers, glue sticks, notebook paper, pocket folders, highlighters, pink erasers, Kleenex, scissors, composition notebooks, backpacks, 3-ring binders, pencil boxes, scientific calculators, Clorox wipes, ear buds or headphones, Ziploc bags, tape, Sharpies and hand sanitizer.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off supplies at the following locations:

Sarpy County Human Services Office
1261 Golden Gate Drive, Suite 1E
Papillion, NE 68046
Drop off weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Juvenile Justice Center
9701 Portal Road
Papillion, Nebraska 68128

Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office
8335 Platteview Road
Papillion, NE 68046

Sarpy County Courthouse
County Attorney’s Child Support Office or in Juvenile Court
Sarpy County Courthouse
1210 Golden Gate Drive
Papillion, NE 68046

PenFed Credit Union
312 Olson Drive #105
Papillion, NE 68046

Papillion Police Department
1000 E. 1st Street
Papillion, NE 68046

July 19, 2018

On July 23, crews will begin a mill-and-overlay project on Platteview Road from 87th Street to 120th Street. The work will continue through Aug. 15, depending on weather.

During the project, crews will be milling off 1 inch of the top layer of the road surface, repairing the road base and applying a new 3-inch layer of asphalt.

Platteview Road will be open to traffic during the construction process, but portions of the road will be limited to a single lane. Pilot cars will lead traffic through the restricted areas.

Drivers should expect delays and use caution through the area. We are asking drivers to use an alternative route, if possible.

See other county road closures. 

July 18, 2018

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners has approved an expanded tuition assistance program for County employees and their families.

The new program, offered in partnership with Bellevue University, features tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 for County employees and $2,500 for employees’ immediate family members. The program is available to full-time, degree-seeking students at Bellevue University. There is no cost to the County or taxpayers for the program.

“By partnering with Bellevue University, we’re able to give our employees and their families the ability to pursue new skills and further their education,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “Our goal is to recruit and retain high performing employees, and this program fits perfectly with that effort.”

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners approved the three-year partnership program at its meeting on July 17.

Also at the meeting, Commissioners:

  • Approved a resolution to partner with the City of Omaha and Douglas County on improvements to the intersection at 180th and Harrison streets. The project will cost $308,870.75, with Sarpy County paying 50% and Douglas and Omaha each paying 25%.
  • Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with OPPD, Douglas County, Washington County and Pottawattamie County, Iowa, signaling Sarpy’s intent to work collaboratively with the Omaha Regional Interoperable Network (ORION), a public safety radio network.
July 07, 2018

Highway 370 is about to get a lot smarter.

Traffic signals connected with cameras and fiber optic cables will improve traffic flow, cut drive times and increase safety, making Highway 370 in Sarpy County the smartest roadway in Nebraska.

The new technology is part of $600 million the state will spend on road projects in 2019.

“Gov. Ricketts along with state and local leaders have made funding for infrastructure a priority, and we’re putting every dollar to work in the most efficient and effective way possible to build a safe and modern transportation system,” Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis said July 5 at a press conference to announce the projects.

Improving safety on Highway 370 has been a priority for the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners, who earlier this year asked the state to defer decisions on traffic signals on the highway to Sarpy County officials in an effort to cut the time required to install a light. Commissioners also met with NDOT officials to push for more investment in Sarpy County roads.

The County currently is partnering with the state and other entities to install lights at three intersections on Highway 370, at 192nd, 150th and 66th streets.

See Sarpy County’s 1 and 6 Year Road Plan

See the NDOT’s Program Book for Fiscal Years 2019-2024

 

 

June 28, 2018

It’s almost the Fourth of July, and fireworks festivities are in full swing across Sarpy County. And so are the complaints. So Sarpy County Emergency Communications wants to offer a few reminders about when you should call 911 and when you should use the non-emergency number.

When to call 911
When someone is hurt. When someone is in immediate danger. When something is on fire. When the emergency situation is happening now.

When to call 402-593-4111
Use the non-emergency number for anything that is not an emergency. These include noise complaints, reports of past incidents, reporting someone using fireworks outside of approved hours.

Calling 911 for non-emergency reasons could delay an emergency call from getting through, so please know which number to use.

If you are calling 911 with an emergency, be prepared to answer these questions:

  • What is your current location?
  • What is your phone number
  • What is happening?

When are fireworks permitted in the cities?

  • Bellevue – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 25 to July 3; and 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
  • Gretna – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 25 to July 3 and July 5; and 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4
  • La Vista –7 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 25 to July 2; and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3-4
  • Papillion – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 25 to July 3; and 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 4.
  • Springfield – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 25 to July 3 and July 5; and 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4
June 26, 2018

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Tuesday adopted the annual 1 & 6 Year Road Program.

The program provides a blueprint for the County's road construction plans though 2024.

State statute requires the county adopt a 1 & 6 year plan annually. though the program can be amended by aproval of the County Board.

"This is a dynamic document, and we can make changes as needed," Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said. "And there will be changes." 

View the 1 & 6 Year Road Program: 2019-2024

May 29, 2018

On Wednesday, May 30th, approximately 60,000 Notices of Valuation Change will be mailed to property owners in Sarpy County. The Notice will indicate your 2017 and 2018 assessed value for your property.

Do you have concerns with your property value?

The county assessor would like to talk with you! Please visit the Sarpy County Assessor’s Web Page and contact us by e-mail, telephone, or personal visit to our office.

May 23, 2018

Sarpy County is the fastest growing county in the state, attracting new residential, commercial and industrial developments. But that expansion doesn’t come without growing pains, according to Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly.

During a presentation at the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the County event on Tuesday, Kelly specifically cited growth as a driving factor behind the County’s need for a new jail and mental health facility.

“Sarpy County is at a precipice. And it’s going to take bold actions moving forward to keep up with our growth,” he said.

Sarpy County opened the current 148-bed jail facility in 1989, when the county’s population was just over 100,000 residents. It was designed to meet the County’s needs through 2020. However, the jail reached capacity in the mid-1990s, and the County began paying to house inmates at other facilities.

When voters rejected a $15.5 million bond issue to add 160 beds to the jail in 2002, the County implemented several Alternative to Incarceration Programs, including pre-trial release, work release, house arrest and diversion services, to keep non-violent offenders out of jail.

In 2017, Sarpy County’s population topped 180,000 residents, and the jail held between 150 and 200 inmates a day, in addition to the 40 to 60 housed at other facilities. Another 250 to 300 people participate in the alternative programs.

Over the past 10 years, Sarpy County has spent almost $5 million to house inmates at other facilities, some as far away as Buffalo and Richardson counties, in addition to $1 million in transportation costs. The County’s boarding costs are expected to reach $2.9 a year by 2025, which is unsustainable, Kelly said.

In his presentation, Kelly laid out the County’s path forward. The next steps include identifying and purchasing land for the new facility; engaging an architectural firm to begin initial design; determining building and operational costs; and continuing transition to a civilian run Corrections Department.

The County has already begun the search for a site for the new jail. County staff is working with DLR Architects and HDR Engineering to evaluate potential sites. That team is looking for a site that provides the least impact possible to neighboring properties; does not inhibit future economic development opportunities; is centrally located and easily accessible for all law enforcement agencies in the county; is large enough to be appropriately buffered; and is large enough to support future County facilities.

View Commissioner Kelly's State of the County presentation

May 18, 2018

With the help of Lift Up Sarpy County, several Sarpy County programs and the residents they serve will benefit from Omaha Gives! on May 23.

The 24-hour online giving event will celebrate nonprofit organizations from across the Omaha metro. This is the first year Lift Up Sarpy has taken part in the fundraiser.

Lift Up Sarpy County works to uplift people's lives by bringing together government, nonprofit and faith-based organizations to serve people in need. The organization supports several county programs, including CASA, Mental Health Diversion, Victim Witness Unit, Public Defender's Office, Teen Court and the Sheriff's Office.

Omaha Gives! is an online giving platform organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to support philanthropy in the metro area. They host an 24-hour online giving event every May for nonprofit organizations. The event raised more than $7.8 million last year.

Donate to Lift Up Sarpy County via Omaha Gives!

Learn more about Lift Up Sarpy County: liftupsarpycounty.org

Learn more about Omaha Gives!: omahagives.org

 

 

May 15, 2018

Sarpy County voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, May 15 for Nebraska’s primary election.

Click here to see the latest Sarpy County election results

Polls closed at 8 p.m. and vote totals will be updated as ballots are counted.

If you have questions, contact the Sarpy County Election Commission at 402-593-2167.

May 11, 2018

Sarpy County hosted the Omaha Metropolitan Tourism Awards this week. The organization touts the metro area as a single, three county travel destination. This video was created to promote the area.

May 10, 2018

A lengthy construction project at the intersection of 132nd Street and Giles Road is frustrating area residents, business owners and the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners.

Tab Construction, who submitted the lowest bid for the project, closed the road on July 17, 2017. The contract specified the grading, pipe placement and paving should be completed in 75 working days. Holidays, weekends and days when the weather was not conducive to construction work are excluded from the count.

“This 75 working day project is about to cross 300 actual days,” said Sarpy County Board Vice Chair Jim Warren. “We’ve gotten a number of complaints that this seems to be a never ending project. It’s understandably upsetting for the people who live and work in the area.”

Weather and utility issues did prevent work for a number of days. However, the project crossed the 75 working day mark in early December, as calculated by the State, County and County Construction Administrator. As the contract specified, liquidated damages of $3,117 are being assessed for every working day beyond that date. As of May 5, those damages are $105,978.

Three legs of the intersection reopened on Dec. 15, however, Giles Road to the west of 132nd Street remains closed.

“This project is months behind, and I would expect to see some urgency from the contractor to get it done. But I haven’t seen any urgency from Tab. I would find it extremely difficult to approve any future contract with Tab Construction, and the other commissioners feel the same way,” Warren said.

The County Board of Commissioners must approve all bids over $20,000. The Board can consider a company’s previous performance, reputation and efficiency when awarding a bid, according state statute.

Sarpy County is responsible for 20% of the $1.95 million project, approximately $389,000. The Federal Highway Administration is paying the remaining portion.

May 03, 2018

Remembering Our Fallen

Sarpy County is proud to announce that it is hosting Remembering Our Fallen, a photographic war memorial designed to keep fallen service members’ memories alive.

The traveling exhibit honors military members from Nebraska who have died since Sept. 11, 2001. It features both military and personal photos, giving visitors a broader look into the lives of each person.

Omaha residents Bill and Evonne Williams created the project in 2010 with photos of fallen service members from Nebraska. Through their nonprofit organization, Patriotic Productions, they expanded the project by creating state-specific memorials for display in other states. A national display was unveiled in 2017 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In addition to their work with Remembering Our Fallen, the Williamses have organized 11 honor flights to take Nebraska veterans to visit the war memorials in Washington.

Remembering Our Fallen will be on display at the Sarpy County Courthouse through May 10. It is located on the second floor of the administration wing near the Sarpy County Boardroom. It is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the project, to volunteer to host the exhibit, or to add a family member to the display, visit patrioticproductions.org/rememberingourfallen.

April 25, 2018

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles has moved its driver license office in Sarpy County. 

The license office in the Sarpy County Courthouse closed April 25. The new Driver License Service Center at 4502 Maass Road in Bellevue opened April 30.

Motor vehicle titles, registration and plates will still be handled by the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office in the Sarpy County Courthouse, 1210 Golden Gate Drive in Papillion. Vehicle inspections also will be performed at the Courthouse.

If you have questions about vehicle titles, registration or plates, contact the Sarpy County Treasurer's Office at 402-593-2148 or  www.Sarpy.com/Treasurer.

If you have questions about driver’s licenses or the new location, contact the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles at 402-292-0141 or dmv.nebraska.gov.

Read the press release from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles about the move.

April 19, 2018

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, The Sarpy County Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency along with community sponsors will hold their annual Spring Medicine Drop on April 28.

Please bring any expired or unused medication to the Shadow Lake HyVee parking lot (Highway 370 and 72nd Street) between 9 a.m. and noon. No needles, syringes, aerosol containers or liquids will be accepted. 

Please help us in our ongoing effort to rid homes in our community of unnecessary, unused and expired medications. Do your part to ensure these medications do not end up in the wrong hands or in our water system. Everything collected is incinerated, including the container, so no personal information is compromised.

Drive up, drop off, drive away. No questions asked.

If you have any questions, please call: Dean Loftus with Sarpy County Mental Health Diversion at 402-537-7078

April 17, 2018

We need your input.

Sarpy County is participating in a Community Preparedness Study. It is intended to get a better idea of your concerns and preparedness activities related to natural disasters and community emergencies. 

All Sarpy County residents are invited to participate. The survey only takes about 5 minutes, and after you finish, you can enter a drawing to win a free NOAA weather radio.

Your responses to this survey are confidential – no information is collected that will connect you to your survey response.

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center will combine the responses and present its findings to the Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency.

Click here to take the Community Preparedness Study

April 12, 2018

Environmental education will come to life with youth activities, demonstrations and more at the Sarpy County Earth Day Celebration & Expo.

Green Bellevue's annual event will be from noon-4 p.m. April 29 at the Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Drive.

The celebration is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the event, visit GreenBellevue.org/EarthDay.

April 11, 2018


Sarpy County Planning Director Bruce Fountain (center) presents the Daniel Burnham Award for Outstanding Comprehensive Plan to Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Gary Mixan (from left), Don Kelly, Jim Warren and Jim Thompson.
 

Sarpy County recently received the Daniel Burnham Award for Outstanding Comprehensive Plan from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association. The annual award honors plans based on originality and innovation, engagement, implementation, effectiveness and the role of planners.

Sarpy County Planning Director and Nebraska APA President Bruce Fountain presented the award to the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

“The Comprehensive Plan is our road map for the future, and you’re never going to get to your destination without a map,” Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said. “As we continue to grow as a county, we’ll be using this plan as our guide”

The Board adopted the plan, titled “Potential Meets Opportunity,” in September 2017. It incorporates the growth plans for the five municipalities and establishes a unified vision for the build-out of Sarpy County, the fastest growing county in the state. The plan creates the tools and policies to manage this growth into the future.

JEO Consulting Group nominated Sarpy County’s Comprehensive Plan for the award, saying the plan “advances the science and art of planning” and balances “future development and the need to protect the unique environmental and agricultural resources found in the diverse county.”

County Commissioner Jim Warren commended Fountain and the Sarpy County Planning Department for their work.

“Most people don’t understand how much work goes into a Comprehensive Plan, but it’s hundreds of hours. I appreciate all of the time and effort Bruce and the entire Planning Department put into this, and I especially applaud the way they included the public in the process,” Warren said.

The award nominees were judged by members of the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association.

View Sarpy County’s Comprehensive Plan

April 10, 2018

Attention Veterans in Sarpy County!

Are you looking for a way to serve your fellow Veterans? Consider a term on the Sarpy County Veterans Service Committee.

The five-member committee supports the Sarpy County Veterans Service Office by promoting the office's work and activities, encouraging Veterans and organizations to take part in community activities, and assisting the office with providing services to Veterans and their families.

Veterans Committee members are appointed by the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners to serve a five-year term. Nominees must be recommended by a Veterans Service Organization by June 1, 2018.

If you would like to be considered, contact your Veterans Service Organization's Post Commander.

To be eligible to serve, committee members must have received an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge under Honorable Conditions and provide a copy of their Form DD214 or other service separation documentation verifying active service in one of the United States Arms Services. Committee members must reside within Sarpy County during their appointed term.

All Veterans Service Organizations in Sarpy County are asked to recommend eligible Veterans from their Post/Organization willing to serve on the committee.

The committee currently meets twice a year. Members review and recommend annual budget requests for the Office and County Veterans Aid fund; oversee expenditures; support fund audits; participate in the selection of Veterans Service Office employees; support professional certification and continuing education training for employees; review office operations, work load, information security and budget expenditures; and serve on appointed committees at the request of the Committee Chairman.

To learn more about the Veterans Service Office and the Veterans Committee, visit www.Sarpy.com/Veterans or call 402-593-2203 or 402-593-2204.

April 06, 2018

Spring is a busy time of year for road construction, and with several projects underway across the county, we want to make sure you know where to get information.

Nebraska Statute 23-1901 requires counties with a population above 150,000 have an elected County Engineer who is responsible for the following duties:

(a) Prepare all plans, specifications, and detail drawings for the use of the county in advertising and letting all contracts for the building and repair of bridges, culverts, and all public improvements upon the roads;

(b) Make estimates of the cost of all such contemplated public improvements, make estimates of all material required for such public improvements, inspect the material and have the same measured and ascertained, and report to the county board whether the same is in accordance with its requirements;

(c) Superintend the construction of all such public improvements and inspect and require that the same shall be done according to contract;

(d) Make estimates of the cost of all labor and material which shall be necessary for the construction of all bridges and improvements upon public highways, inspect all of the work and materials placed in any such public improvements, and make a report in writing to the county board with a statement in regard to whether the same comply with the plans, specifications, and detail drawings of the county board prepared for such work or improvements and under which the contract was let; and

(e) Have charge and general supervision of work or improvements authorized by the county board, inspect all materials, direct the work, and make a report of each piece of work to the county board.

If you have questions about road closures or any current or future road projects, contact Sarpy County Engineer Dennis Wilson at 402-537-6900.

You can report road issues (potholes, street sign damage, debris on road, etc.) online here: http://www.sarpy.com/offices/public-works/report-road-issue

More information is available on the Public Works website at www.Sarpy.com/Public-Works

April 05, 2018


Sarpy County CASA Director Paula Creps (from left), Gov. Pete Ricketts and Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders (Photo courtesy of Nebraska Governor's Office)

On Monday, Sarpy County CASA received Bellevue's Community Development Block Grant Achievement Award for 2018 at a ceremony in Lincoln to honor Community Development Week in Nebraska.

Sarpy County CASA Director Paula Creps accepted the award from Mayor Sanders and Governor Pete Ricketts.

Sarpy County CASA uses block grant funds from Bellevue to operate the Bellevue Family Visitation Center, a training space and family visitation space in Old Towne Bellevue. The Center offers a neutral atmosphere that is family-friendly, safe and comfortable for children spending time with their parents or siblings during what can often be a very difficult and unhappy time.

In 2017, Sarpy County CASA advocated for 273 children with 121 CASA volunteers. The volunteers are appointed by judges to speak in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Volunteers make placement recommendations after researching the child’s background. The CASA serves as a stable force in the child’s life during difficult times.

To learn more about CASA and the Bellevue Family Visitation Center, visit SarpyCASA.com.

April 05, 2018

The Omaha Storm Chasers have called Werner Park home since 2011. As the team celebrates its 50th season, we're looking back at their time in Sarpy County.

March 17, 2009

Sarpy County and the Omaha Royals sign an initial agreement

June 1, 2009

Site chosen for stadium

August 12, 2009

Groundbreaking ceremony for stadium

Sod on the field at Werner Park during construction

September 15, 2010

Sod placed on the field

November 11, 2010

Werner Park announced as name of new stadium

November 15, 2010

Team officially becomes the Storm Chasers

April 8, 2011

First baseball game played at Werner Park
Papillion-La Vista High School vs. Papillion-La Vista South High School

April 16, 2011

First Storm Chasers game played at Werner Park
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Nashville Sounds

April 5, 2018

Storm Chasers open their 50th season


Werner Park construction photos

Click on the arrows to view the gallery.

Werner Park construction, 2009-2010

March 27, 2018

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to ask the state for the ability to decide where and when traffic signals should be placed on Highway 370.

Sarpy County is the fastest growing county in Nebraska, despite being the smallest county geographically. The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau put Sarpy County’s population at more than 181,000, a 14.2% increase since 2010. That concentrated growth in residential, commercial and industrial development has created several traffic safety issues on Highway 370.

“This isn’t a control issue, this is a public safety issue,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren. “Highway 370 is built to be a signalized road, but the signals aren’t there. With our size and at the rate Sarpy County is growing, we can’t afford to wait one or two years for a light to be installed.”

The Nebraska Department of Transportation is responsible for the state highways system, including the installation of traffic signals. The Board will ask the State of Nebraska to enter into an interlocal agreement that defers those decisions on Highway 370 to the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners.

“We aren’t pointing a finger at the Nebraska Department of Transportation … they’ve been very engaged in these discussions. But this board is willing to lean as far forward as we can to improve public safety. And that may eventually lead to them ceding the whole highway to us. I’d be in favor of that. It would allow the State to focus on Platteview Road, which could be a true southern bypass. That would benefit the entire metro area,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly.

March 27, 2018

Around 30,000 voters in Sarpy County have received notice that their voting place will change ahead of the May 15 primary election. Working with local businesses and faith-based organizations over the past several months, Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl says her office has relocated all polling sites out of kindergarten through 12th grade schools.

“School districts in Sarpy County have always been accommodating and gracious about hosting polling sites inside of schools,” said Andahl. “However, it also posed challenges for schools and law enforcement as they worked to balance security protocols with providing public access without impediment on Election Day.”

Andahl said she started connecting with community members and voters soon after entering office, to identify ways in which the election office could better serve Sarpy County citizens. One common theme that arose in those discussions was that of moving polling sites out of schools.

 “The partnerships we forged during this process were critical to completing this goal. Through generous commitments by many organizations, those polling sites have now been moved to churches, hospitals, community centers and retail developments.”

Andahl added, “It is a huge challenge for county election officials to identify polling places that meet all requirements for accommodating voters on Election Day. Schools are often the only viable option. It will take ongoing community cooperation to keep polling sites out of Sarpy County schools going in the future.”

Yellow postcards have been mailed to affected voters, letting them know the address of their new polling site. In addition, they will soon receive an application, which they can complete, to receive an early ballot by mail.

“I want to thank the voters of Sarpy County. I know that change is not always easy and a new location may not be as convenient to voters, when compared to their previous one. However, moving polling places out of K-12 schools was an important task, not just for my office, but also for those who felt this was a positive step for the community.”

Click here to find your polling place.

March 22, 2018

Get ready for a night of fun and fundraising at Sarpy County CASA’s second annual CASA UnCorked.

The evening will feature wine and beer tastings, heavy appetizers, a wine pull, live music and live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the event will go toward CASA’s “Let Kids Be Kids Fund,” which assists with purchasing sporting equipment and team fees, prom attire, senior pictures, driver’s education classes, summer camps and more. These activities provide children in the CASA program with a sense of normalcy in their otherwise chaotic lives.

The April 27 event will be from 5:30-10 p.m. at SAC Federal Credit Union, 72nd and Highway 370.

Tickets are $40 if purchased before April 1, $50 from April 1-26, and $60 the day of the event. Tickets for the wine pull are $20 and can be purchased online or at the event. Click here to purchase tickets online

Sponsors for the CASA UnCorked include PenFed Credit Union, Shadow Lake HyVee, Midlands Community Foundation, Offutt Spouses Club, Metro Community College, John and Terri Connell, Black Hills Energy Ambassadors, Pinnacle Bank-Gretna, FBG Services, Shrinking Borders LLC, Dr. Gaspard and Dr. Rudersdorf of Family Dentistry of Bellevue, and Carole Hobson.

If you have questions about the event or would like to donate, contact Sarpy County CASA at 402-593-2259 or [email protected].


About CASA

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are appointed by judges to speak in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Volunteers make placement recommendations after researching the child’s background. The CASA serves as a stable force in the child’s life during difficult times. In 2017, Sarpy County CASA advocated for 273 children with 121 CASA volunteers. Learn more at SarpyCasa.com.

March 19, 2018

Activities to promote preparedness during Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 25-31) have been scheduled across the state as a way to encourage all Nebraskans to get ready for the hazardous weather conditions that can occur during the spring and summer months in Nebraska.

A proclamation by Gov. Pete Ricketts signed March 5, reminded Nebraskans that community preparedness can minimize the dangers, which the annual severe weather season presents, to the lives and property of Nebraskans.

Many communities will be participating in the annual statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 a.m. as part of the week’s activities.

“We want all Nebraskans to take some time during Severe Weather Awareness Week to prepare for spring and summer severe weather,” said NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma. “The devastating impacts of extreme events can be reduced through improved readiness. Make a safety plan, create a preparedness kit and review proper safety precautions. It’s just a good practice for those of us who live in areas affected by tornadoes, floods and severe thunderstorms.”

Resources for staying prepared are available on the NEMA Website at nema.nebraska.gov. Scroll to the bottom of the front page and select the hazard you want to learn about including: floods, thunderstorms/tornadoes and fire/drought . You can also download preparedness resources including a preparedness kit list and a family preparedness guide.

“We want to encourage everyone to listen carefully to instructions from local officials and take the recommended protective measures to safeguard life and property when a disaster or severe weather event occurs,” Tuma said. “Stay informed about approaching severe weather. Monitor weather radios, phone apps, local news outlets and the National Weather Service. Also, make sure you have a preparedness kit that includes items like a battery-powered radio, flashlight, food, water and medicine -- enough for everyone, including pets, for at least three days.”

The Wednesday drill offers a time for residents, businesses and industries to test their severe weather emergency preparedness plans. The morning drill will begin around 10 a.m., with the issuance of a mock tornado warning and activation of outdoor warning sirens about 10 to 15 minutes later. If severe weather is possible that day, the drill may be postponed or canceled.

Sarpy County has planned a variety of activities for Severe Weather Awareness Week, including:

  • March 20: the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners will proclaim the week beginning March 25 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Sarpy County. Sarpy EMA will also participate in FEMA Region 7’s microburst on Twitter at 10 a.m. and will continue to promote severe weather awareness on Twitter and NextDoor throughout the entire week.
  • March 26: will set up two exhibits that display the poster contest entries received by the County as well as other severe weather preparedness information and materials. The first exhibit will be in the atrium of the Sarpy County Administration Building. The second exhibit will be near the entry of the Sarpy County Courthouse. They will remain there all week.
  • March 28: will participate in the statewide tornado drill by sounding our outdoor warning sirens upon issuance of the mock warning (around 10:15 a.m.)
  • March 29: will host severe storm spotter training provided by the National Weather Service at the Bellevue Fire Training Center at 7:00 p.m. All weather enthusiasts are welcome to attend.
  • March 31: conducting a storm spotter deployment drill at 8:00 a.m. (SCEMA credentialed volunteers only).

Contact: Jesse Eret, program specialist, Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency [email protected].

March 15, 2018

Sarpy County Public Works will resume road repairs to 168th Street from Gertrude to Harrison streets on March 26.

Because of the nature of the repairs, 168th Street will be closed to through traffic from Harrison Street to Giles Road. 168th Street from Gertrude to Harrison streets will be closed to all traffic. The closure is expected to last 12 working days, depending on weather. A working day is a day when the temperature is above 40 degrees and rising and is suitable for the construction of this project. It does not include Sundays and holidays.

Sarpy County Public Works had to suspend work on this project late last year due to unfavorable weather conditions for asphalt construction.  

We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the closure and to find alternate routes of travel.  Local traffic will be allowed to access all properties throughout construction.

If you have questions, contact Sarpy County Construction Manager Brian Becker at 402-537-6929.

168th Street Detour Map.pdf

March 15, 2018


Fans fill the stands to watch a game at Werner Park in Sarpy County. (Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism)

Get ready to Stir Up the Storm!

The Omaha Storm Chasers are set to being their 50th season, one filled with flashbacks to honor the team's history and it's long association with the Kansas City Royals. 

The team will kick off the season at Werner Park on March 26 with an exhibition against the Royals. Opening day is April 5, when the Storm Chasers will take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at 6:35 p.m. Season highlights will include flashback games honoring past seasons, a "Star Wars" night and fireworks on Fridays.

On June 9, the team will take the field as the Omaha Runzas, wearing specialty uniforms that honor Nebraska's famous food. the opponent: The Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers.

The Storm Chasers moved to Werner Park, which is owned and maintained by Sarpy County, in 2011. In that time, more than 2.7 million fans have enjoyed games in the stadium. They expect to cross the 3 million mark this season.

For a schedule of events at Werner Park or to purchase Storm Chasers tickets, visit OmahaStormChasers.com

Click on the photo below to see a gallery of Werner Park construction.

Werner Park construction, 2009-2010

March 09, 2018

The public is invited to attend a construction kick-off meeting and open house for the Harrison Street Project from 6-7:30 p.m. on March 22.

The meeting will be at Andersen Middle School, 15404 Adams St. The main parking lot is on the north side of the school. Additional parking may be available on the south side of the school and on Adams Street.

The meeting will include a brief presentation at 6:15 p.m. to share project information and a projected timeline. An open house will follow until 7:30 p.m.

Sarpy County partnered with the City of Omaha and Douglas County to transform a mile-long stretch of Harrison Street from 147th to 157th Street. The current two-lane road will be upgraded to a four-lane arterial street with turn lanes and medians. The project will improve safety and travel times in the area.

Preliminary work on the project began in November, with tree removal and the addition of a noise-reduction wall.

The project is estimated to be completed in late 2019.

More information is available on the project’s website: HarrisonStreetProject.com

You can also get updates on the Harrison Street Project's Facebook and Twitter pages. 

March 06, 2018


From left: Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, RyAnne Elsesser, Dep. Jessica Manning, Jon Roberts, Sue Roberts, Chief Deputy Greg London, Lodge #3 FOP President Matt Barrall.


In October 2017, the Nebraska Lodge #3 of the Fraternal Order of Police partnered with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the Pink Patch Project, a national fundraiser for cancer charities.

FOP members sold specially designed pink patches and t-shirts for the project, which raised $3,500 for Leap-For-A-Cure.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office chose Omaha-based Leap-For-A-Cure as their charity in honor of three Sarpy County Deputies lost to cancer between 2011-2013: Ryan Fawcett, Rick Staack and Dave McAnulty. Both Fawcett and Staack passed away due to brain cancer.

Leap-For-A-Cure was especially meaningful to Dep. Fawcett, who served as a mentor to Heather Roberts. Roberts’ parents founded Leap-For-A-Cure in her honor. The organization partners with the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and the Methodist Hospital Foundation, and 100 percent of the funds raised stay in the Omaha area for awareness, education and treatment of brain cancer.

On March 6, officers from Lodge #3, along with Sheriff Jeff Davis and Chief Deputy Greg London, presented patches and a check for $3,500 to Leap-For-A-Cure founders Sue and Jon Roberts and Methodist Hospital Foundation representatives RyAnne Elsesser and Kristi Anthis.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office was the first Sheriff’s Office and the second agency in the state to participate in the Pink Patch Project, which began in 2015 at the Irwindale Police Department in California. For the project, Law Enforcement and Public Safety agencies design special patches, often mimicking their department patches with all pink tones, and sell and wear them in the month of October. The Pink Patch Project went nationwide in 2017, with over 130 agencies participating. 

FOP Lodge #3 thanks Sheriff Davis and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office for allowing them to participate in the project as a way to honor the memories and actions of local deputies.

March 05, 2018

Due to an issue with the signal controller, the traffic signal at 48th Street and Cornhusker Road on the east side of the bridge over the Big Papillion Creek is in blinking operation.

Traffic in both directions on Cornhusker Road will see a blinking yellow light. Southbound traffic on 48th Street will see a blinking red light.

Flashing operations are expected to last through the week, and repairs will be dependent on weather.

We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the flashing signal and to use appropriate caution at this intersection.

Questions can be directed to the Sarpy County Public Works Department at 402-537-6900.

February 28, 2018

On March 3, the outdoor warning sirens in Sarpy County will sound twice as part of a test to ensure all sirens are operational prior to the upcoming severe weather season. 

The Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency will coordinate the two tests with Sarpy County Emergency Communications, with sirens sounding at 10 and 10:30 a.m. During each test, the sirens will sound for three minutes, which is the same criteria for warnings for tornados and high wind events.

Sarpy County outdoor warning sirenPublic Safety agencies including Sarpy County Emergency Management, area fire departments and law enforcement, as well as volunteers from CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Sarpy County SKYWARN, will document the operational status of each siren. 

Beginning in April, siren tests are scheduled for 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month through October. During the monthly tests, if a resident lives near a siren and does not hear it, they should contact the Sarpy County Emergency Management office at 402-593-5785.

As the siren tests resume for the year, it is a great opportunity for families and businesses to review their severe weather emergency plans. Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 26-30, is a good time to practice these plans.

Additional information about the outdoor warning sirens can be found on the Sarpy County Emergency Management website.

If there are any questions, please contact Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency Director Lynn Marshall at 402-593-5785.

February 22, 2018

Sarpy County Emergency Management hosted a FEMA training class Feb. 17-18 in Gretna.

Thirty-three people completed the class, ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents, which covered  training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System.


Training instructor Lloyd Mueller


Instructor Pat Borer

 

 

February 16, 2018

The 911 system that we know today started on Feb. 16, 1968, when Rankin Fite, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, placed the first 911 call in Haleyville, Alabama. Congressman Tom Bevill answered the call on red phone in Haleyville’s police station.

911 operations slowly spread across the county in the next 20 years. By 1987, half of U.S. residents had access to the system. That number jumped to 98.9% by December 2017, according to the National Emergency Number Association.

In that time, technology advanced well beyond the original red phone. Enhanced 911 provided dispatchers a caller’s name, address and telephone number. Sarpy County became the first agency in Nebraska to receive Enhanced 911 in June 1987.

In 1995, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Communications Division merged with the Bellevue Police Department's Dispatch Center, creating Sarpy County Consolidated Communications, a single entity that could receive and dispatch all law enforcement, fire department and EMS calls.

In 2000, Sarpy County’s Consolidated Communications Center began using a Computer Aided Dispatch system designed by Printrak International, a Motorola Company. Douglas and Washington counties also use this system, which allows for better communication between emergency agencies in the region.

Sarpy County added Text-to-911 in 2017, allowing people to send emergency text messages to the Communications Center. The National Emergency Number Association estimates that 240 million 911 calls are made every year in the United States, 80% of which are made on cellphones.

Learn more about Sarpy County 911

 

February 07, 2018

William Muldoon to join Sarpy County as head of Emergency Communications
William J. Muldoon

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners has hired William J. Muldoon to lead the county’s Emergency Communications Department.

In the role, Muldoon will oversee Sarpy County’s Emergency Communications Center, which handles all 911 and public safety calls within the county. One of his primary tasks will be to continue efforts to increase coordination among public safety agencies throughout the region.

“We are excited to welcome Bill to our management team,” said Director of Administrative Services Stu DeLaCastro, whose duties include oversight of the emergency services departments. “Throughout the selection process, it was clear that he not only brings the professionalism, energy and expertise necessary to effectively lead the Emergency Communications/911 staff, but also the collaborative spirit needed to provide exemplary service to our public safety partners.”

Muldoon joins Sarpy County with 40 years of experience in public safety, most recently as the Director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center for the past 12 years. He was Chief of Police in Nebraska City for three years and served for 25 years in the Omaha Police Department.

Muldoon, who received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University, has held leadership roles in the Metropolitan Police Chief’s Association, the Police Chief’s Association of Nebraska, and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). He received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2015 and the Leadership Award for Strategic Planning from IADLEST in 2011.

“This is a great opportunity to join a rapidly growing county,” Muldoon said. “With all of the changes in technology and NextGen 911, there are a lot of exciting challenges ahead.”

He is tentatively scheduled to begin his new role on March 5.

February 02, 2018
Sarpy County and Sarpy cities receive economic development award
Sarpy County and the Sarpy cities received the 2018 Partner in Economic Development Award from from the Sarpy County Economic Development Corp.
Pictured from left: Commissioner Jim Thompson, Commissioner Gary Mixan, Commissioner Brian Zuger, Springfield Mayor Robert Roseland, Papillion
Mayor David Black, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Gretna Mayor Jim Timmerman, Commissioner Jim Warren, Commissioner Don Kelly, SCEDC Executive
Director Andrew Rainbolt, OPPD Economic Development Manager Tim O'Brien and Olsson Associated Director of Business Development Jered Morris.

At the annual Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation meeting and awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 1, Sarpy County received the 2018 Partner in Economic Development award.

The award honors groups or organizations whose contributions pave the way for economic growth. Sarpy County received the award for leading efforts to form the Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency.

The agency’s purpose is to build a sanitary sewer system to serve the southern portion of Sarpy County, opening the area to further development.

“The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and everyone involved in this agency are committed to a bright and prosperous future for Sarpy County,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly, who accepted the award on behalf of the County. “We will continue to partner with the development community as well as public and private organizations to build the infrastructure needed to support growth.”

Sarpy County shared the award with the five Sarpy cities: Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield.

As a joint effort between the county and the cities, the wastewater agency is a unique approach to building a utility. It will be governed by a 6-member board composed of the chair of the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and mayors of the five cities.

"The Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation wanted to recognize the collaboration and teamwork the county and each of the cities within Sarpy showed when they came together to form the sewer agency," said Andrew Rainbolt, Executive Director of the Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation. "The lack of wastewater infrastructure in south and western Sarpy County is a limiting factor to growth, and although forming the agency is just the first step, it’s a big one."  

Development in southern Sarpy County is estimated to generate incremental annual revenue of:

* $15 million per year in sales tax revenue for Sarpy County cities

* $45 million per year in sales tax revenue for the State of Nebraska

* $19 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County cities

* $21 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County

* $76 million per year in property tax revenue for local school districts

Click here to learn more about the Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency.

January 26, 2018

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners approved a bid to repair erosion damage on Pflug Road from 228th Street to 230th Street. 

The road serves as the primary access road to the Holy Family Shrine, one of Sarpy County's most visited tourist attractions. The road also serves residences and agricultural interests in the area. 

'I'm excited to see the repair work begin on Pflug Road. The closure has been an inconvenience to residents and the Holy Family Shrine," Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren said. "We received a good bid and look forward to construction beginning."

In the spring of 2017, the Sarpy County Public Works Department was moving forward with plans to repair existing erosion damage on Pflug Road when heavy rains in April and May caused massive amounts of dirt to slough off, opening large cracks in the roadway. The damage left the road unsafe for vehicles, forcing Public Works to close Pflug Road from Fishery Road to 228th Street. The new damage required a different, more extensive repair plan.

Because of streams in the area, repair plans had to be reviewed and verified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sarpy County received verification from the Corps in November and began the bidding process.

High Plains Enterprises was awarded the bid in the amount of $438,262.44. 

The repairs are expected to take 30 working days, which are defined as day when the temperature is above 40 degrees and rising and which are suitable for the construction of this project. It does not include Sundays and holidays. 

Pflug Road erosion
Extensive erosion along Pflug Road caused cracks to form in the roadway. (Sarpy County photo)

January 24, 2018

The Sarpy County Public Works Department today reopened Cornhusker Road from 192nd Street to Highway 31.

Crews closed the road in August due to an emergent condition on the bridge just west of the railroad undercrossing.

Midwest Underground completed abutment work on the bridge, finishing approximately a month ahead of schedule.

January 10, 2018

Michelle Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioners
Michelle Andahl, Election Commissioner

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has re-appointed Michelle Andahl to a four-year term as the Sarpy County Election Commissioner. Her term began Jan. 1, 2018, and runs through Dec. 31, 2021. 

Andahl was first appointed Election Commissioner in October 2017 to complete the term of Wayne Bena, who left the post to take a position with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office. By law, the Governor appoints the election commissioners for Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster counties. 

Prior to her appointment, Andahl worked for more than 20 years as an independent marketing and fundraising consultant for various nonprofit and political campaigns. She also served as a legislative aide in the Nebraska Legislature for three years.

Andahl re-appointed Deb Davis to serve as the Chief Deputy Election Commissioner, a role she has held for 8 years. Davis previously worked in the Sarpy community as a banker.

On Friday, Jan. 12, Andahl will be sworn in as the Sarpy County Election Commissioner and Deb Davis will be sworn as the Chief Deputy.

The swearing-in ceremony will be in the Sarpy County Boardroom at 3 p.m. Judge Stefanie Martinez will administer the Oaths of Office. 

January 09, 2018

Don Kelly, Jim Warren elected Chair and Vice Chair of County Board
Commissioners Don Kelly (left) and Jim Warren

Sarpy County Commissioners on Tuesday elected Don Kelly to serve a third term as Chair of the Sarpy County Board. He also held the position in 2016 and 2017. 

Kelly represents District 1 and was first elected to the board in 2013. His current term expires in December 2020.

“I am honored that my fellow Commissioners chose me to serve for the third consecutive year,” Kelly said. “Having continuity on the board positions us to have a really productive 2018.”

Commissioners also re-elected District 5 representative Jim Warren to serve as Vice Chair, a position he held in 2017 as well.

December 05, 2017

Calling their jobs “a public service,” the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to keep their salaries the same.

The vote set the Commissioners’ salaries at $26,095 for 2019-2020. The Board Chair will continue to receive an additional $1,000.

“When you look at the total compensation package, which includes benefits, we are very well compensated at our current salary,” Chairman Don Kelly said. “Other counties are raising salaries, but we’re proud not to follow their lead.”

Commissioners chose to forego raising their own salaries despite a recommendation from the Sarpy County Elected Officials Salary Review Committee that included a 15.01% increase in base salary.

The Board created the committee to review the salaries of all Sarpy County elected officials, to compare those salaries with similarly situated counties across the Midwest, and to make recommendations for appropriate salaries given the offices’ duties and the employment market in the area while keeping in mind the best-interest of Sarpy County taxpayers.

The Committee met four times and presented their final recommendations to Commissioners.

The Board on Tuesday also set the salaries for the seven other elected county officials for the next four years, again starting in 2019.

Commissioners approved a 3% increase in base salary for 2019 with the addition of a 1% increase for the final three years of the term for the County Assessor, Clerk of the District Court, County Engineer, County Treasurer, Sheriff and County Attorney. The salary committee had recommended a 3.22% increase for each of those offices.

The salary committee also recommended a 3.22% increase for the County Clerk. However, Commissioners felt the additional responsibilities that will be added when the Clerk’s Office assumes the duties of the Register of Deeds warranted an additional increase in base salary to $110,890 for 2019. The Clerk also will receive a 1% increase for the final three years of the term.

Approved Elected Officials Salaries for 2019:

  • County Assessor: $101,346
  • County Attorney: $158,386
  • County Clerk: $110,890
  • Clerk of the District Court: $97,100
  • County Engineer: $120,978
  • Sheriff: $132,651
  • County Treasurer: $100,285
  • County Commissioner: $26,095
  • Chair of the Board Commissioners: $27,095

When making their final recommendations, the salary committee used salary data from Lancaster County, Nebraska; Greene County, Missouri; Johnson County, Iowa; Linn County, Iowa; and Minnehaha County, South Dakota.

The committee was composed of six members of the public appointed by the board, two elected officials and three members of the Sarpy County Administration.

Appointed members included Angie Lauritsen, Jonathan Davidson, Michael George, Rich Severson, Rita Ramirez and Robert Anthony Sr. Sheriff Jeff Davis and County Commissioner Jim Thompson represented the elected officials as ex-officio members of the committee.

December 01, 2017

Paula Creps, director of the Sarpy County CASA Program, will become a member of the Nebraska CASA Association’s Board of Directors.

Creps was elected to the board recently after being nominated by CASA directors from Cass and Otoe counties. She will serve a three-year term and has the option to serve a second term.

Paula Creps
Paula Creps

“I am excited to be a part of this board to learn more about CASA on the state and national level, to help create and implement policies and training programs to make our state CASA programs more efficient and purposeful, and to be an active part of the annual Nebraska CASA fundraising event,” Creps said.

Creps has been with CASA in Sarpy County since 2013, when she started as Volunteer Supervisor. She has been in her current role since November 2015.

Creps has 20 years of experience in the social services field, primarily dealing with children and families.

She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Sarpy County’s CASA program began in 1986 and was the first CASA program in the state of Nebraska. Other CASA programs followed and by 1995 discussions began about forming a statewide association. In 1998, the Nebraska CASA Association incorporated as a non-profit agency with the purpose of supporting the development and growth of CASA programs.

The 14-member state board of directors includes 10 corporate and community representatives as well as four local CASA directors.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are appointed by judges to speak in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Volunteers make placement recommendations after researching the child’s background. The CASA serves as a stable force in the child’s life during difficult times.

To learn more about the Sarpy County CASA Program, to donate or volunteer, visit SarpyCASA.com.

November 17, 2017

Starting Dec. 1, the Sarpy County Transfer Station will shift to a winter schedule.

The Transfer Station will be open from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday; and closed on Sunday. Winter hours will continue through April 1.

During regular hours, the Transfer Station is open from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.

The Transfer Station is open to the public and commercial waste haulers. Accepted items include household trash, roofing materials, air conditioning units, appliances, tires, mattresses and yard waste. 

The Transfer Station is located at 14414 S. 156th Street at the Sarpy County landfill.

For information about the Transfer Station, including rates and prohibited items, call 402-253-2371 or visit www.Sarpy.com/Environmental-Services.

Sarpy County Transfer Station
The Sarpy County Transfer Facility at 14414 S. 156th Street near Springfield. (Google Maps)

November 03, 2017

Storms stretching across several states this summer created devastating floods that swamped an estimated 500,000 vehicles, according to industry experts.

Many of those vehicles will be scrapped, but some will find their way back onto the market. While selling flood-damaged cars isn’t illegal, the damage must be disclosed on the vehicle’s title. Less-than-reputable resellers have been known to leave this information off the title, leaving unsuspecting buyers with an unreliable car.

To help car shoppers in Sarpy County avoid unknowingly purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle, County Treasurer Rich James created a website with information and links to check a vehicle’s history. These searches are based on a vehicle’s VIN.  If a vehicle has never had a salvage title, you probably will not find any information. However, if it was branded in one state and not another, it should show up with the original brand.

Click here to visit the Treasurer’s VIN Fraud Verification Page here.

If you have questions about your vehicle’s title, you can call the County Treasurer’s Office at 402-593-2148, 402-593-2119 or 402-593-2108 or visit www.Sarpy.com.

November 02, 2017

The Sarpy County Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Nebraska Medicine Bellevue.

The committee is a gathering of organizations, agencies and citizens who have an interest in hazardous materials safety. As a group, the LEPC is tasked with identifying potential risks from chemicals stored in and/or transported throughout our communities. The LEPC seeks ways to help minimize the risk, prevent accidents, and assist in the development of plans to deal with a chemical emergency.

Education and community outreach is another core component of  the LEPC. Through the LEPC, the public will be able to seek out information about chemicals in their communities and learn how to safely shelter in place.

The public is encouraged to attend the meetings.

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

For more information, call the LEPC Information Coordinator at (402) 593-5785, email [email protected] or visit www.Sarpy.com/lepc.

November 01, 2017

60 racers braved the freezing temperatures on Oct. 28 for the Cops & Robbers 5K Run/Walk.

The event kicked off at 9 a.m. at Werner Park, and participants completed a course that took them around the park, parking lot and nearby neighborhood. The post-race party included visits from Sarpy County first responders, a bounce house and music at Werner Park. 

The event raised $5,000 for Sarpy County Crime Stoppers.

The Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall, Omaha Lancers, Adams & Sullivan Attorneys At Law and Werner Enterprises sponsored the event.

October 25, 2017

Cyber Security display at Sarpy County Administration Building
The Cyber Security Awareness Month display at the Sarpy County Administration building.

Cyber security has been a major concern for many after recent data breaches exposed millions of people to possible fraud and identity theft.

To help Sarpy County residents protect themselves and their personal information, we are offering resources and information about dealing with and preventing identity theft; identifying and reporting email and phone scams; cyber bullying; laptop security; online security for businesses and much more.

Information packets, flyers and booklets are available for free at the Cyber Security display just inside the entrance to the Sarpy County Administration building.

The display and resources are part of Sarpy County’s Cyber Security Awareness Month efforts, which are organized by the county’s Information Systems department.

Online cyber security resources:

October 13, 2017

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov has appointed Bonnie Moore to serve as the Chief Deputy Sarpy County Attorney.

Moore’s duties will include overseeing attorneys and staff in the Criminal, Civil, Child Support, Victim Witness and Diversion Divisions. She also will advise Sarpy County’s Board of Commissioners, elected officials and department heads on matters of legal compliance.

“Bonnie brings top-of-the-line legal skills to an important job, but beyond that, her proven record of organization and management abilities make her a perfect fit for Chief Deputy,” Polikov said. “Her leadership is a blend of good decision-making and inspiring others to do the best they can. She works hard and sets very high standards for our office where teamwork is critical to our success.”

Before assuming her new role, Moore served two years in the County Attorney’s Civil Division, then spent two years as the Sarpy County Human Resources Director. She returned to the County Attorney’s Office in January to be the Lead Attorney for the Civil Division.

“I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and continuing to serve the citizens of Sarpy County,” Moore said.

Moore received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha before attending the Creighton University School of Law. Her husband, Tyler, is a teacher with Papillion La Vista Community Schools.

October 02, 2017

Gov. Pete Ricketts today appointed Michelle Y. Andahl to be the Sarpy County Election Commissioner. 

Andahl recently worked as legislative staffmember for former State Sen. Joni Craighead. She has been independent marketing and fundraising consultant for multiple political campaigns.

Andahl served as the National Federal Legislative Chair for the Nebraska Parent Teacher Association and was a board member of the Joslyn Castle Guild and Sarpy County YMCA. She also has been involved with Child Connect, the Fontenelle Forest Guild and Boy Scouts.

She is completing a degree in Liberal Arts and Business.

By law, the governor appoints the election commissioners for Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster Counties. She will begin her new role on Oct. 4.

Andahl’s appointment fills the vacancy left after former Election Commissioner Wayne Bena accepted the position of Nebraska Deputy Secretary of State for Elections. Andahl will complete the Bena's four-year term, which ends on Dec. 31.

September 28, 2017

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is going pink for cancer awareness as part of the Pink Patch Project.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, which represents the men and women of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, will be selling pink patches for $10 each. All proceeds from the sale will go to Leap-For-A-Cure, an Omaha-based organization dedicated to improving brain cancer awareness, education and treatment. Two Sarpy County deputies, Ryan Fawcett and Rick Staack, died after battles with brain cancer in 2012 and 2013.

The public can support the cause by buying patches from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office.

Since its inception in 2008, Leap-For-A-Cure has raised more than $850,000, with all money staying in the Omaha area. To learn more about the organization, visit LeapForACure.org.

The Pink Patch Project started in 2015 at the Irwindale Police Department in California as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research. The movement spread quickly, and there are more than 130 agencies participating and supporting various cancer charities. Several local agencies, including Sarpy County 911, are taking part this year. 

September 20, 2017

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 19, approved an interlocal agreement with the cities of Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield to create the Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency.

Once approved by the five cities, the agency will oversee the construction of a wastewater system to serve the southern portion of Sarpy County, where limited sanitary sewer service is currently available.

The lack of a sewer system is an impediment to development in southern Sarpy County as well as in the cities within the county. The agency serves as a regional solution to address that issue.

“This collaborative interlocal agreement creating the Sarpy County and Sarpy Cities Wastewater Agency is an exciting first step. It will open the door to future development and become the engine of future economic growth in Sarpy County and Nebraska.” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “We now can eagerly work in conjunction with the development community and public and private organizations to develop planning processes necessary for financing and building this much needed wastewater system.”

Development in southern Sarpy County is estimated to generate incremental annual revenue of:

  • $15 million per year in sales tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
  • $45 million per year in sales tax revenue for the State of Nebraska
  • $19 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
  • $21 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County
  • $76 million per year in property tax revenue for local school districts

As a joint effort between the county and cities, the agency is a unique approach to building a utility. It will be governed by a 6-member board composed of the chair of the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and mayors of the five cities. The agency’s budget will need to be approved each year by the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners and the five city councils.

The interlocal agreement also was approved by the city councils in Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield on Sept. 19. Bellevue will take up the issue on Sept. 25.

September 19, 2017

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska – The 55th Wing has rescheduled an emergency response exercise that was scheduled to begin on the base after 5 p.m. Wednesday. The exercise is now scheduled to begin after 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

During the exercise, base personnel and members of the local community may hear loud noises or see emergency response vehicles responding to the exercise area.

This is a routine training exercise designed to test the tactics, techniques and procedures of base emergency responders and personnel.

For more information, call 55th Wing Public Affairs at (402) 294-3663 or email [email protected].

September 18, 2017

Sarpy County residents can get rid of their old tires for free on Oct. 21 at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Sarpy County will collect scrap tires at the south end of the fairgrounds at 142nd Street and Pflug Road on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until reaching 150 tons of scrap. People will be required to provide a driver’s license or OPPD bill with an address to prove they live in Sarpy County.

There is no limit to the number of tires a person can bring, but when participants check in they will need to report the number of tires they are dropping off and where the tires came from. Rims and tubes won’t be accepted, nor will drop-offs from retailers. Participants have to unload their own tires.

To avoid traffic issues on South 144th Street/Highway 50, participants should not turn onto Pflug Road from South 144th Street/Highway 50. Instead, participants should approach the fairgrounds from the east. If traveling on South 144th Street/Highway 50, turn east onto Main Street, then south onto South 1st Street and finally west onto Pflug Road.

The scrap tire collection is being funded by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

Residents with questions about the event should call Sarpy County Environmental Services at 402-253-2371 or visit Sarpy.com.

September 15, 2017

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners adopted a new Comprehensive Plan on Sept. 12, 2017.

The plan creates a unified vision for the build-out of Sarpy County and integrates the growth plans for its five municipalities. Over the past several decades, Sarpy County and its communities are among the fastest growing areas in Nebraska. The vision of this plan was to create the tools and policies to manage this growth to promote optimal build-out for the area through the long-term future.

The Comprehensive Plan unifies existing countywide planning efforts under a single umbrella document, while recognizing the important planning initiatives undertaken by Sarpy County agencies and all levels of government and community organizations.

The plan focuses on seven key topics: county facilities, land use and management, utilities and infrastructure, transportation, environmental resources and recreation, economic development and energy.

Read the 2017 Sarpy County Comprehensive Plan

View the Sarpy County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map

View the Sarpy County Comprehensive Plan Growth Management Zones Map

Visit the Sarpy County Planning Department’s website

September 13, 2017

Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Sarpy County’s bond rating to Aaa, the highest rating offered by the organization. The county previously held an Aa1 rating, the second-highest rating. Both ratings are considered extremely strong.

“This outstanding bond rating is a result of strong growth, a well-thought-out and fully funded pension plan, a thoughtful cash reserve, the investment taking place at Offutt Air Force Base and a strong and healthy financial structure,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly.

This is the first time the county has received an Aaa rating, which means Sarpy County will qualify for the lowest possible interest rates, resulting in lower costs for Sarpy County taxpayers. In assigning the rating, Moody’s cited the county’s economic ties to the growing metropolitan area, a low pension burden and stable financial operations with healthy operating reserves.

Board Vice Chair Jim Warren credits the rating to fiscally conservative elected officials and Sarpy County’s administration, specifically Fiscal Administrator Brian Hanson.

“Our rating is a direct result of Brian’s leadership,” Warren said. “He is an incredible asset to Sarpy County, the County Board and all Sarpy County taxpayers. His impact can’t be underestimated.”

Moody’s rates bonds on a scale from Aaa to C, with Aaa bonds being deemed the highest quality with the lowest credit risk.

About Sarpy County

Sarpy County, population 158,840, is just south of the City of Omaha and is home to Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield. Sarpy County is also home to Offutt Air Force Base.

September 12, 2017

 

168th Street

Between Giles Road and Harrison Street

 

Reminder, on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, Sarpy County Public Works along with Western Engineering Company will close 168th Street from Giles Road to Harrison Street thru traffic.  Bridge and roadway rehabilitation and maintence work will take place along this section of roadway.    The closure is anticipated to last approximately 8-10 weeks, weather dependent.   

Phase A will be a 30 Working Day Closure from Josephine Street south to Giles Road.  Phase B will be a 12 Working Day closure of 168th From Josephine Street north to Harrison Street.  168th Street from Giles Road to Harrison Street will be closed to thru traffic for the duration of the project.

The project is in response to an emergent condition of the bridge abutments over the BNSF Railroad that will require the closure of 168th Street.  While the roadway is closed, there will be a drainage project to address erosion to the South Papillion Creek, and a project to correct pavement failures in the asphalt paving from approximately Gertrude Street to Harrison Street. These pavement failures are best addressed at this time to minimize traffic disturbance.  Currently, roadway widening is being contemplated from HWY N370 to Harrison Street, and the goal of this project is to preserve this section of roadway up and until the widening is to commence at a future date.

Millard Park residents who live off of 168th and Josephine, please note you will detour north in Phase A and detour south in Phase B.  Cedar Ridge residents and RCI Roofing will detour to the south for the entirety of the project.  All other developments are to utilize other access points as best as possible.

Should you have any questions feel free to contact Brian Becker, Construction Manager, Sarpy County Public Works at 402-537-6924.   

 

 

August 18, 2017

Sarpy County Public Works has closed the following road due to an emergent condition:

234th Street

Between Pflug Road and US HWY 6

Effective today, 8/18/17, Sarpy County Public Works has closed 234th Street from Pflug Road to US HWY 6 to thru traffic.  The bridge north of Pflug Road has been closed due to an emergent condition.   The bridge is closed to all traffic, and the roadway closure will be in effect until further notice.

Sarpy County Contact:  Gregg Nisotis, Engineer – 402-537-6913 (Office)           

We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the closure and to find alternate routes of travel.  Local traffic will be allowed to access all properties throughout the duration of closure.

August 18, 2017

Road Closure Notice

The City of Gretna, along with Engemann Drainage Company will have the following road closed for utility construction:

Capehart Road

Between 204th Street and 192nd Street

Beginning at 10:00 am on Monday, August 21st, 2017, Engemann Drainage Company will close Capehart Road from 204th Street to 192nd Street to thru traffic. Engemann Drainage Company will be constructing a sanitary sewer crossing just east of 204th Street.  This closure is tentatively expected to last 4 days, weather dependent.

Contractor:                Justin Engemann, Project Superintendent, Engemann Drainage Company 816-244-7464 (cell)

Project Engineer:   Greg Perry, PE, Project Manager, Olmsted and Perry Consulting Engineers 402-399-8552 (office)    

We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the closure and to find alternate routes of travel.  Local traffic will be allowed to access all properties throughout construction.

August 10, 2017

Effective IMMEDIATELY,  Sarpy County Public Works has closed Cornhusker Road from HWY 31 to 192nd Street to thru traffic.  The bridge west of the railroad undercrossing has been closed due to an emergent condition.   The bridge is closed to all traffic, and the roadway closure will be in effect until further notice.

We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the closure and to find alternate routes of travel.  Local traffic will be allowed to access all properties throughout construction.

Further updates will be posted as available.

July 31, 2017

August 2nd-6th 2017 - Springfield, Nebraska   MAP

Sarpy County Fair Events Schedule

July 31, 2017

Due to weather conditions this project did NOT start on Wednesday, July 26 but rather Friday, July 28. New estimated completion date is Wednesday, August 2.  

The Sarpy County Public Works Department along with Ruff Grading will have the following road(s) closed due to construction:

Beginning Wednesday, July 26 through Friday, July 28, Ruff Grading will be closing 108th Street from Cornhusker Road to Wittmus Drive during the day from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During this time the contractor will be using large equipment to move a substantial amount of dirt from the east side of 108th to the west side. The road will be opened each day during the evening hours. It is anticipated that the closure will be for these 3 days. Weather permitting.

We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the road closures and to find alternate routes of travel. NOTE: Residents along these roadways will be allowed to access their property during this time of construction

Use Cornhusker Rd, 114th St, Hwy 370 and Wittmus Drive

July 24, 2017

Beginning Monday, July 24, 2017, Sarpy County Public Works will be closing Fairview Road from 114th Street to 120th Street. They will be removing an existing metal culvert and replacing with a larger metal culvert and re-profiling the roadway.

It is anticipated the project will be completed in two weeks, weather permitting.

We are asking the traveling public to be aware of the road closure and the appropriate detours. Residents will be allowed access to their property during construction.

July 21, 2017

The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of John M. Hubbard as Sarpy County’s new Corrections Director. Mr. Hubbard, a Papillion resident, currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Douglas County, Nebraska Department of Corrections.  He has over 36 years of experience in the field of corrections, including 22 years in senior corrections leadership, twice serving as Interim Director of Corrections in Douglas County. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and is the recipient of several honors and awards from Douglas County and the American Correctional Association. He was selected from over 30 applicants from across the nation.

Commissioner Jim Warren stated that “John is an expert in correctional facility operations and will be a strong leader in transitioning the County to a Corrections Department and addressing the issues of jail overcrowding that we are facing.”

Hubbard noted that “I’m looking forward to the challenges of building the Corrections Department in the growing community of Sarpy County. I thank the County Board of Commissioners and County Administrator Dan Hoins for their support and confidence in me.”

His appointment will be effective on September 5, 2017.

Picture of John Hubbard.

July 07, 2017

Phone service has been restored to the Courthouse.  Updated 12:20pm 7/7/2017

June 06, 2017

Sarpy County Considers Southern Ridge Wastewater Treatment

South Ridge Waste Water Plant Study Presentation

Phase 1A - Final Report
Final Report

Phase 1B - Final Reports
Treatment Alternatives
Financial Assessment
System Refinement

May 22, 2017

Notice of Valuation Change

On or before June 1, in addition to the notice of preliminary valuation published pursuant to section 77-1301, the county assessor shall notify the owner of record as of May 20 of every item of real property which has been assessed at a value different than in the previous year.  Such notice shall be given by first-class mail addressed to such owner's last-known address.  It shall identify the item of real property and state the old and new valuation, the date convening of the county board of equalization, and the dates for filing a protest.

April 03, 2017

PDF iconBeginning Monday April 3rd, 2017, 114th Street from Hwy 370 to Schram Road and Schram Road from 114th Street to 111th Street will be closed to continue with grading, storm sewer and paving of 114th Street and Schram Road.

The completion of this project is June 5, 2017, weather permitting.

Contractor: Chris Wilsey, Tab Construction (402) 331-1244

Project Inspector: Joe Oetken, Lamp Rynearson & Associates (402) 496-2498

Owner: Project Administrator: Bill Herr (402) 537-6906

We are requesting the traveling public to be aware of the road closures and to find alternate routes of travel.

NOTE: Residents along these roadways will be allowed to access their property during this time of construction

February 21, 2017

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Transit Feasibility Study - Final Report

January 02, 2017

Sarpy County is again pleased to partner with the cities in Sarpy County to offer spring and fall clean up events to residents. The County’s willingness to waive its landfill charges has been part of the program for many years and has helped the communities provide an opportunity for citizens to dispose of unwanted trash at no cost.

View Clean Up Date Schedule

May 24, 2016

Southern Ridge Wastewater Treatment Study

  • Background
  • Results
  • Next Steps

Southern Ridge Wastewater Treatment Study

May 17, 2016

ProjectPurpose

  • To analyze transportation and land use options for the corridor.
  • Determine Platteview’s function as a major east wes tcorridor given new Missouri River bridge crossing

ProjectGoals

  • Improve traffic safety
  • Provide for system linkage
  • Travel time reduction
  • Support future development

Platteview Road Project

Platteview Road Corridor Study

April 01, 2016

Vision

To inspire healthy living and strengthen community through a state-of-the-art, championship athletic park accessible to all.

Mission

We strive to facilitate healthy living and athletic excellence to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. ▪ To host local, regional and national amateur athletic events ▪ To raise the level of participation, performance and opportunity for athletes ▪ To serve Nebraskans from cradle to grave by ensuring accessibility regardless of age, ability and socioeconomic status ▪ To make a positive economic impact on Nebraska

Nebraska Multi-Sport Complex Project Information