CUMING COUNTY HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT

Chris Howser
200 S Lincoln Rm 202 West Point, NE
OFFICE: (402)372-6008 | MOBILE: (402)380-2582 | FAX: (402)372-6013
chowser@cumingcounty.ne.gov

WEED SUPERINTENDENT

Daniel Niemeyer
200 S Lincoln Rm 202 West Point, NE
(402)372-2900
weeds@cumingcounty.ne.gov

Highway Superintendent

The Highway Superintendent is responsible for:

  • Maintenance and improvement of County highways and bridge system,
  • Advising County Supervisors on road issues,
  • Maintaining current knowledge of State road and bridge laws, and
  • Managing employees and activities of the department.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Managing the activities of the department; planning projects and setting priorities; assessing available resources; letting projects for bid and performing liaison duties with contractors and construction companies; assigning special projects as required.
  • Controlling day-to-day activities through supervision, approves hires and disciplinary actions, evaluates both written and orally performances of employees and department activities.
  • Prepares budget, 1 & 6 year road plan, annual budget reports. Tracks equipment, manages workers hours (vacation, sick)
  • Advises Supervisors on road and bridge building projects; authorizes expenditures of funds over a specified amount, oversees execution and completion of projects, answers questions, makes suggestions and provides information as requested.
  • Acts as official representative by receiving and responding to inquires, complaints and suggestions from officials and general public; holds public hearings on proposed projects, issues press releases to the news media.
  • Administratively reports to the County Board. Executes related responsibilities as assigned or required.
  • Obtaining and holding Class A or B Highway Superintendent license.

Weed Superintendent

The Weed Superintendent is responsible for:

  • Being certified, in writing, by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as a commercial applicator.
  • Examining all lands under the jurisdiction of the control authority to determine if the Noxious Weed Control Act and the rules and regulations are being complied with.
  • Compiling infestation data and other reports as the Director of Agriculture or control authority may require.
  • Supervising and carrying out the coordinated control program within the county.
  • Completing 20 hours of continuing education, annually.
  • Ascertaining and tabulating the approximate amount and location of land infested with noxious weeds in the county, annually.
  • Ascertaining and preparing information required by the county board for preparation of the county budget.

Notice to Bidders
Wisner Shop
Posted 1-14-2022
Public Notice

NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Sealed bids will be received by the Cuming County Board of Supervisors until Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. and opened at 10:45 a.m. The bid will be awarded by the Cuming County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 1:15 p.m. for the construction drawings and construction of an 80ft x 120ft x 18ft eave height, metal shop building with 4 bays and an office / restroom facility. The project is located at 701 Hwy 275 in City of Wisner, Cuming County, Nebraska.

The project is referred to as “Wisner Shop” and shall include the design and construction drawings for an 80ft x 120ft x 18ft eave metal shop building with 4 bays and an office/restroom facility and the furnishing of all labor, materials, equipment, tools, transportation, and other related incidental work necessary to construct the building.

Copies of the Bid Documents and Specifications are open to public inspection at the office of the Cuming County Clerk, 200 South Lincoln Street, Room 100, West Point, NE 68788. A set of documents may be obtained from the Cuming County Clerk, 200 South Lincoln Street, Room 100, West Point, NE 68788. All Bid Proposals must be submitted on the forms furnished with the Bid Documents.

The sealed bids may be mailed or delivered to the County Clerk of Cuming County, County Courthouse, 200 South Lincoln Street, Room 100, West Point, NE 68788, and should be plainly marked as, “Construction Bid Proposal – Wisner Shop”

Along with the Bid Proposal, each bidder shall submit an unconditional Bid Bond or Certified Check made payable to the County Treasurer of Cuming County, Nebraska in an amount equal to five (5) percent of the Bid Proposal. Also, each bidder is to include an estimated time of beginning and completion for the project with its Bid Proposal. The desired completion date of the project is January 31, 2023.

Within ten (10) days following the award of the Contract, the successful bidder shall furnish a surety bond or bonds in an amount equal to or greater than the full amount of the contract. The surety and form of the bonds are subject to the acceptance by the Cuming County Board of Supervisors.

The Cuming County Board of Supervisors reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to waive any irregularities in bids received. Award of the Contract will be in accordance with the County Purchasing Act’s competitive bidding considerations as set forth in Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 23-3110 to 23-3114, and the Cuming County Board of Supervisors will, at its discretion, award the contract on the basis of the lowest responsible bid received. Cuming County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Questions regarding the project may be directed to Chris Howser, County Road Superintendent 402-372-6008 office or 402-380-2582 mobile.

Chris Howser
Cuming County Highway Superintendent

Mowing Ditches
Public Notice

The Cuming County Board of Supervisors reminds all landowners that it is the duty of the landowners to mow weeds on all public roads running along their lands at least twice each year, which should be sometime in July for the first time and sometime in September for the second time.  Trees and brush, including plum brush, also need to be removed. Particular care must be given to intersections. If the landowner does not mow the weeds and remove trees, bushes and brush, the County Board can file with the County Clerk the cost and such expense can be assessed to the landowner. On township roads, through the Township Boards, the same procedure can be followed. State Statute 39-1811.

Encroaching on Road Right-of-Way
Public Notice

The Board of Supervisors and your Township Board want to bring to your attention that property owners need to be following State Statute 39-301, “Any person who injures or obstructs a public road by felling a tree or trees in, upon, or across the same, by placing or leaving any other obstruction thereon, by encroaching upon the same with any fence, crop planting, by plowing or digging any ditch or other opening thereon” is a Class V misdemeanor. “Any officer in charge of road work, after having given reasonable notice to the owners of the obstruction or person so obstructing or plowing or digging ditches upon such road, may remove any such fence or other obstruction, fill up any such ditch or excavation, and recover the necessary cost of such removal from such owner or other person obstructing such road, to be collected by such officer in an action in county court.”  This also includes planting of high crops that will obstruct vision at intersections.

Use of the road right-of-way is restricted to the township and county for maintenance only. The County or your township is attempting to clean and maintain the ditches that they are responsible for, and obstructions that you place in that right-of-way will be covered by the above-mentioned statute. Normal right-of-way extends 33’ from the center of the road.

Cuming County Permit to Perform Work on Public Right-Of-Way

Motor Grader Application (submit in person or Scan & email it to: zoning@cumingcounty.ne.gov)

Nebraska Weed Control Association

Noxious Weeds: Distinctive Characteristics

Noxious weed complaint form