The following items were discussed at the Washington County Board of Supervisors regular meeting Tuesday:
• The county will make three lawsuit settlement payments to former planning and zoning administrator Doug Cook — one this month and two in January. Chairman Jeff Quist, District 5, Blair, will sign the release on behalf of the county.
The board voted 5-1-1 to approve the payments, with supervisor Mary Alice Johnson, District 3, Blair, voting no, and supervisor Paul Cerio, District 1, Fort Calhoun, abstaining. Johnson would not comment on her vote and Cerio said he chose to abstain because he was not serving on the board when Cook was terminated.
The board settled with Cook for $55,000 in lost wages and benefits. Cook’s outstanding attorney fees will also be paid from insurance proceeds.
• The county has received $383,622 in payments so far from the Federal Emergency Disaster Agency (FEMA), including $51,710 from the snow event of 2009-10; $98,350 from the Elkhorn River flood of 2010; and $233,502 from the Missouri River flood of 2011. An additional payment of $80,000 is expected from FEMA for the 2011 flood. The payments, which will go in the road fund, will replace money spent on damages incurred from the events.