Wednesday, Jan. 19


County chooses retirement plan representative and gets an abbreviated rundown on last week's weather-related workout by emergency workers    Send a link to a friend

[JAN. 19, 2005]  The board chose a representative to manage the optional county employees' retirement plan on Thursday. Their plan has been and remains through Manulife/John Hancock. K. Bridget Schneider set up the plan while she was employed with A.G. Edwards. Schneider has moved to PFC Management. Both companies have Lincoln offices.

Schneider came to the board last week and requested to remain their representative for the plan that she set up. Representatives from A.G. Edwards also expressed an interest and desire to maintain the fund. Tom Kissel said that he and Matt Broach could take it over and would share servicing the plan.

Finance committee chairman Chuck Ruben asked Kissel if they have knowledge of 457 retirement plans like the county has. Kissel said yes, they have looked over the plan and are reading the material now.

A payroll clerk from the treasurer's office, Emma Knauer, gave testimony supporting Schneider's work. She said Schneider has been wonderful to work with and has always been there to answer employees' questions.

After the board members addressed questions and got answers from each party, Schneider appeared to demonstrate that she already possesses the greater knowledge and skills to manage that particular program.

Paul Gleason was absent. The board voted to keep Schneider as representative for the plan. Dick Logan was the only opposing vote.

Assistant ESDA director Terry Storer gave a rapid rundown, hitting just the high points of some of the many incidents that ESDA personnel and volunteers responded to in the last week. The weather played a major factor in most of the events.

It began with a flood watch on last Tuesday, Jan. 11. Wednesday brought flash flood warnings and Thursday we were under a winter weather warning, Storer recounted.

The warnings and watches on each of those days resulted in numerous related actions taken by ESDA.

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On Thursday several children were rescued from a school bus stranded in water on 100th Avenue. They also performed a rescue from a residence surrounded by water. Storer didn't mention the propane tank they rescued that had started to float in floodwater.

To add to already extensive flooding concerns, the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant issued a flood watch on Thursday afternoon. The main dam could release water. If that happened, the water would enter already-flooded Salt Creek, which would increase flooding at Chestnut and then Lincoln Lakes.

Saturday morning it was expected that current flooding would peak, with Salt Creek cresting at Greenview, and there would be some relief.

However, while most floodwaters are receding, Salt Creek remains flooded at this time, and Lincoln Lakes is still being watched.

Storer said they also had an airplane incident at Logan County Airport and a house fire where the family lost their home. There were no injuries with the airplane, but the propeller and engine will need replacing. The Red Cross was called in to aid the family.

[Note of caution: It was brought up at the coinciding Lincoln City Council meeting across the street that Lincoln Lakes residents have called city representatives, saying that it is dangerous traveling in that area. There are no ice or flood warning signs posted. Cars could easily slide off the roadway into the creek or lake in some areas.

Lincoln Lakes is under private property ownership and as such not under city jurisdiction for the city to be able to post warning signs.]

[Jan Youngquist]

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