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Sarpy County
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.

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March 15, 2018

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. Other highlights 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


(Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism)


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 sarpylepc@sarpy.com 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 55WG.PA@us.af.mil.

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


    • 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


    • Improve traffic safety
    • Provide for system linkage
    • Travel time reduction
    • Support future development

    Platteview Road Project

    Platteview Road Corridor Study

    April 01, 2016


    To inspire healthy living and strengthen community through a state-of-the-art, championship athletic park accessible to all.


    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