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Meetings and agendas

Time: 9 a.m. most Tuesdays

Place: Legislative Chambers of the Omaha Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam Street

Also meeting: Board of Equalization, Board of Corrections, Board of Noxious Weeds.

Agendas: Preliminary agenda is published on Thursday. Final agenda is published Monday morning. You may search online for the agenda. Or call 402-444-6072 for more information.

To place an item on the agenda: Call the Commissioners' office at 402-444-6072. To place an item on the Preliminary Agenda it must be received before 3:00 p.m. the Wednesday before the meeting. To place an item on the Final Agenda it must be received by 9:00 a.m. the Monday before the meeting.

What happens at a Board of Commissioners meeting?

Each week the Board of Commissioners approves audited claims for payment. A number of other items appear regularly on the agenda:
– Bid awards.
– Presentations.
– Public hearings.
– Approval of contracts.

Citizens have the right to speak during the meeting regarding agenda items.

Nebraska law allows for the Board to go into executive session to discuss labor negotiations, personnel matters, or litigation issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public; however, the Board may not take any official action while it is in executive session.

If you can't attend the meetings, they are televised on local cable stations. Check your cable listing for scheduling details.

Audio tapes and CD/DVD's of Board meetings are also available for a small fee.

Maintaining official Board of County Commissioners records

The County Clerk is the official record keeper for the county. He or she acts as the secretary to them when they act as the Board of Commissioners or the Board of Equalization. Having a secretary to the board who is outside of their control is a constitutional check and balance to ensure that public meetings open records laws are followed.

The first meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners was held on December 18, 1857. At that time the Board met every day except Sundays. Original records from the first Board meeting to the present are on file in the County Clerk's Office. They present a fascinating account of the early days and development of the County and surrounding areas.

The Clerk's office has software to do full text searches of minutes of Board of Commissioners' meetings. These records are also on microfilm and are available for view by the public.

Staff is also available to help you locate Board records at any time. Please call 402-444-6764 for details.

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