Dennis Wilson said he is currently overseeing about 130 different projects as director of the Sarpy County Public Works Department and would like four more years to see them through.
Wilson, a Republican, was elected in 2010 and has filed for re-election to a second term. He said a leading task during the past four years has been shepherding the Platteview Road study.
The study will develop proposals for rebuilding Platteview Road in response to increased traffic expected to arrive after a new bridge over the Missouri River opens this fall.
In addition, Wilson said, the county’s roads program includes many smaller tasks.
“We took care of a lot of smaller projects over the past three years that were languishing,” he said. “We replaced a bridge at 132nd (Street) and Capehart (Road) that allowed us to pave an entire section through there.”
He added extending Raynor Drive to 48th Street as another small project that had languished but was completed, as well as the upcoming paving of Capehart Road from 48th Street to 60th Street.
Wilson said he has placed new emphasis on securing state grants that stretch the county’s tax dollars, a prime example being a grant from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission that will make it possible to extend the Marv Holubar Trail under Highway 370.
“Sarpy County has been an exciting place to work over the past several years due to the amount of growth we have going on,” he said. “It seems to me there’s something every day that needs to be addressed.”
Wilson is in his 33rd year as an engineer. He previously worked as an engineering consultant, a design engineer for the City of Omaha and as the director of economic development for the City of Omaha under Mayor Hal Daub.
He recently earned a doctorate in the field of family consumer science.