Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Chairperson Erdman announced that the Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall of the Commissioners’ room.  The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Notice of such meeting having been published in the Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript on October 22, 2014.  Copies of the Agenda, kept continuously current were available from the County Clerk’s office and were e-mailed to each of the Commissioners, October 24, 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None.   Travis Rodak, County Attorney, was also present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            There being no objections, the Agenda was approved as e-mailed, with the deletion of Brian Moss’s presentation and the addition of the Sheriff’s Distress Warrant report.

 

            There being no objections, the Minutes of the October 14, 2014 meeting were approved as e-mailed.

 

            Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $487.59; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,814.89; Amsterdam Printing, Supplies, $106.93; As Central Services, Data Processing Costs, $64.60; Peggy Backer, Consulting, $1,214.58; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $146.02; Valerie Bendixen-Clk of Dist Ct, Law Enforcement Costs, $26.25; Bluff’s Sanitary Supply Inc, Supplies, $258.30; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing & Subscription, $31.20; Pamela S. Buddenberg, Law Enforcement Costs, $225.00; CBE Group Inc, Garnishment, $87.80; Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $810.74; Century Link, Service, $80.76; City of Bridgeport, Service, $1,774.24; Community Health At Regional West, Medical-Prisoners, $14.00; Irene Y. Cooper, Mileage, $78.40;  Docu-Shred LLC, Service, $90.00; Election Systems & Software Inc, Data Processing Costs, $7,084.02; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Holiday Inn-Kearney, Lodging, $1,033.45; Tom Holman, Mileage, $154.84; Jack’s Uniforms & Equip, Uniforms, $354.69; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,123.75; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Mediation West, Misc, $50.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,760.41; Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $28,334.01 Morrill County Highway Dept, Service, $65.00; NACCTFO Treas, Dues, $75.00; NACo, Dues, $450.00; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $123.24; $126.93; NE Total Office, Equip & Supplies, $66.97; NESCA, Training, $15.00; Orbitcom Inc, Service-Final, $801.21; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $54.05; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel & Repairs, $778.20; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $2,065.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $9,139.44; Jennifer Post, Mileage, $39.20; Ramada Inn, Lodging, $162.00; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $14,390.09; Regional West Medical Center, Autopsy, $1,703.85; Kelley Rice, Mileage, $333.76; Travis Rodak, Meals, Mileage & Lodging, $1,486.34;  Ann Rosenberry, Clk of Dist Ct, Law Enforcement Costs, $12.75; Smith, Snyder & Petitt, Court Appointed Counsel, $282.00; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $128.43; TotalFunds by Hasler, Postage, $300.00; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $659.90; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $58.17; Verizon Wireless, Service, $63.50; Viaero Wireless, Service, $172.89; Western Pathology Consultants PC, Autopsy Costs, $1,900.00; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $269.74; General Employees, Salaries, $41,542.16.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $207.95; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.89; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,401.38; Bomgaars Supply Inc, Supplies, $6.49; Century Link, Service, $67.95; Cornhusker International Trucks Inc, Repairs, $249.26; Heilbrun’s Repairs, $255.08; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Holiday Inn, Lodging, $187.90; Inland Truck Parts & Service, Repairs, $2,442.98; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs & Supplies, $531.91; Lawson Products Inc, Supplies, $372.04; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $821.87; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $14,836.01; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $43.87; NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs & Supplies, $1,861.82; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $207.95;  Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $762.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,539.78;  Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $7,116.83; Simon Contractors Co, Asphalt, $3,214.80; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $271.45; Tarnished Halo, Misc, $53.00; Michael Todd & Co Inc, Supplies, $741.44; Wickard Heating & Plumbing Inc, Repairs, $51.00; Road Employees, Salaries, $21,429.60.

 

 

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $128.81; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $61.88; Morrill County Highway Dept, Service, $40.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $105.27; Handyman Employee, Salary, $550.00.

 

W911 FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $128.73.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

            Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $233.53; Crop Production Services, Supplies, $1,349.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $120.03; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $991.07; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $350.10; NE Weed Control Assoc, Registration, $120.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $383.55; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $503.09; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $56.25; Verizon Wireless, Service, $48.43; Agnes Walker, Contract Labor, $772.75; Weed Employees, Salaries, $2,075.82.  

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $188.53.

 

Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, that the above claims, after having been examined by the Commissioners, be approved, and checks drawn on the various funds, delinquent personal property taxes deducted where owing.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Board of Equalization

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

            The following 2014 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: Sept – I Cardenas, Co Sheriff, J Schildt, Clk of Dist Ct, K Brandt, Co Clk and L McCoy, Co Treas.  The Morrill County Sheriff’s Distress Warrants report was also received, reviewed and placed on file.

           

            The September minutes of the Morrill/Scotts Bluff County Extension meeting were received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

            A resignation from Cary Leithead was received for the Fair Board.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to accept Leithead’s resignation.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to appoint Lane Kizzire to the Fair Board.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            A letter and resolution was received from NIRMA to recommit to membership for another three year period.   The recommitment will include a check from NIRMA for $3,689, which will make the total dividend for the year $9,223.00.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to recommit for membership in NIRMA for a three year period and to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION 2014-33

FOR AMENDMENT AND ADDENDUM TO

NIRMA/NIRMA II INTERGOVERNMENTAL/INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS

 

            WHEREAS, Morrill County has previously entered into Intergovernmental/Interlocal Agreements with various other Nebraska Counties and other public agencies to form and participate in the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA) and the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association II (NIRMA II) as authorized by the Intergovernmental Risk Management Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §44-4301 et seq.) and the Nebraska Interlocal Cooperation Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §13-801 et seq.); and

 

            WHEREAS, Counties and other Public Agencies as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. §44-4303 are allowed to participate in said cooperative undertakings; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Legislature has found that proper risk management requires the spreading of risk so as to minimize fluctuation in insurance needs and that benefits can be derived through the pooling of insurance purchasing by local government, and

 

            WHEREAS, NIRMA and NIRMA II have provided coverages to the County in a cost effective way which meet and exceed that provided by standard insurance carriers; and

 

            WHEREAS, NIRMA and NIRMA II provide risk management services such as loss prevention, safety, audits, claims and litigation management, and coverages tailored to address loss exposures counties and other related public entities face not economically available from other sources; and

 

            WHEREAS, these coverages and risk management services are essential for the continued effective and efficient use of county taxpayer dollars; and

 

            WHEREAS, the current Intergovernmental/Interlocal Agreements will expire on June 30, 2015, and

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Morrill County Board hereby:

 

1.      Extends its commitment to participate in NIRMA and NIRMA II for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018; and

2.      Declares that this Resolution shall serve as an amendment and addendum to the previous Intergovernmental/Interlocal Agreements entered into by the County Board, said Intergovernmental/Interlocal Agreements readopted by and incorporated herein by this reference as amended.

 

PASSED AND APPROVED this 28th day of October, 2014.

 

(S E A L)                                                                     MORRILL COUNTY BOARD

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                  

ATTEST:                                                                     Chairperson

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, presented a resolution to transfer funds to the Weed Department.   Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to approve the transfer and adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2014-34

TRANSFER OF FUNDS

 

            WHEREAS, the Weed Fund monies were put into the General Fund at levy time, it is necessary to transfer those monies into the proper funds.  The Morrill County Board of Commissioners orders the County Treasurer to transfer the funds in the amount of $10,000.00 into the Weed Fund.

 

            PASSED AND APPROVED this 28th day of October, 2014

 

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                              

                                                                                    Chairperson

 

                                                                                    /s/Gary Oltmann                                             

(S E A L)                                                                     Board Member

 

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                                     

ATTEST:                                                                     Board Member

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            Bill Wetzel, Devnet Representative, from Illinois, gave a presentation on a program they are offering to counties for the CAMA & GIS programs and the Treasurer’s tax statements and balancing.  He said the only county in Nebraska that they are working with is Sarpy County and it is not complete.  He said it takes about one year to implement the program.  It would transfer information from the Assessor to the Treasurer and back.  Nelson and McCoy were interested in how this program would work for them.  It would work for the Register of Deeds, but not for payroll, as they have no financial side.  Wetzel did not have a cost for this program.  Brandt said that when she is at the NACO Conference, they have a tour of the Sarpy County offices scheduled, so she will ask about the programs.

 

            Milo Cardenas, County Sheriff, met with the Board regarding a grant that he hopes to get for an in-car camera.  He said the grant would pay 75% and the county would pay 25% which would be $4,820 and $1,320.  He said it is budgeted for.  Cardenas also talked about the recorder for the dispatch.  He said that Brian has worked on it, but it has been over ten years since it has been replaced.  He said a new one would cost about $11,000 and it is in his budget and the 911 budget.  Milo also talked about getting figures together for a new vehicle. 

 

            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, presented the Annual report for the State.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve and sign the Annual report.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  The Board asked how the roads  were holding up with all of the beet trucks.  Hoerler said they were holding up pretty good.  Hoerler asked for permission to take bids on the old blue pickup.  The Board said that would be fine.  He also asked about having a surplus auction.  The Board said that maybe it would be better if they put them on a consignment auction instead of taking sealed bids.  Erdman said there is one coming up in March.

 

            Weston Gouger, Business Development Manager and Aaron Buys, Engineer for 360 Energy Engineers, presented their analysis of the County buildings and their recommendations for upgrades for windows, heating, cooling & lighting.  Weston explained the cost savings to the County with going with gas versus electric and the efficiency of having a system that can be controlled by zones. Aaron explained the different systems that are available and that actually our lighting was adequate.  Erdman asked about the shops.  Gouger said that they actually were better than they thought as far as heating and lighting.  He said that after evaluating the utility bills, they do feel they can save money by doing possibly the annex first with a new heating and cooling system,  and the cooling system in the original courthouse building.  The cost to do the two buildings would be between $360,000 and $420,000.  He explained financing and how they use local financial institutions and local contractors.  He said the first thing the Commissioners would have to do is pay $2,000 for a full design and that they need to think about this before committing to it.  Metz said he would feel more comfortable taking bids.  Gouger explained that they follow the guidelines set by Title 66 and the Turn Key operation.  Gouger said that he will send out a Procurement Template for the RFQ and the Board can look it over.

 

            Paula Hopkins a nurse from Bayard, visited with the Board regarding the City/County approach to make something happen in Bayard regarding a place to exercise, etc.  She said she is doing a Health Study.  The Board told her it was an admirable idea, but that it has to be a community effort, like the Community Center in Bridgeport was.

 

            Eva Draper, Head Custodian, said that there is a new repairman for Kone, and that he showed her several things about the elevator that she can do without having to call them.  She said there is a leak that needs to be fixed and that she has called Fisher Roofing.  She will also have them look at the roof where the bats were getting into the building.

 

            Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:50 A.M.  Next meeting will be Monday, November 10, 2014.

 

           

 

 

                                         /s/Steve Erdman                  ,Chairperson

 

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:14 A.M., Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Chairperson Erdman announced that the Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall of the Commissioners’ room.  Notice of such meeting having been published in the Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript on October 22, 2014.  Copies of the Agenda, kept continuously current were available from the County Clerk’s office and were e-mailed to each of the Commissioners, October 24, 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None.  Rose Nelson, County Assessor and  Travis Rodak, County Attorney, were also present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to enter into Board of Equalization, according to Ne. Statute #77-1233.04(6) at 8:14 A.M.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Correction #2014-21.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve and sign the above correction.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Kathy Brandt, County Clerk, presented the levies that have been received from other counties that share valuation with Morrill County.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the following Morrill County levies which include those shared with other counties:

 

MORRILL COUNTY LEVIES

2014 - 2015

 

 

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS

GENERAL

SPECIAL

BOND

CAPITAL

TOTAL

 

 

 

BLDG

 

IMPROV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1-BANNER

0.952710

0.010000

 

 

0.962710

 

 3-CHEYENNE

0.810554

 

 

 

0.810554

 

 6BX-BOX BUTTE

1.012412

0.047107

0.011777

0.052000

1.123296

 

 21-BAYARD

0.997681

0.051163

0.078894

 

1.127738

 

 32-SCOTTS BLUFF

1.040100

0.009890

0.057970

0.051990

1.159950

 

 35-0001 GARDEN

0.501034

0.033402

 

 

0.534436

 

 63-BRIDGEPORT

0.979737

 

0.113791

 

1.093528

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESU

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESU #13

0.015000

 

0.001632

 

0.016632

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST COMM COLLEGE

0.081523

 

 

0.019010

0.100533

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NRD

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH PLATTE NRD

0.059900

 

 

 

0.059900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEMETERY DISTRICTS

 

SINKING

 

 

 

 

   ANGORA

0.010511

 

 

 

0.010511

 

   BAYARD

0.051534

 

 

 

0.051534

 

   BRIDGEPORT

0.022501

 

 

 

0.022501

 

   BROADWATER

0.006080

 

 

 

0.006080

 

   REDINGTON

0.004404

 

 

 

0.004404

 

   EASTMOR/WEST GARD

0.002017

 

 

 

0.002017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE DISTRICTS

GENERAL

BOND

SINKING

 

 

 

   #1 (BRIDGEPORT)

0.011808

0.002348

0.005493

 

0.019649

 

   #2 (CHEYENNE CO)

0.022208

 

 

 

0.022208

 

   #3 (BAYARD)

0.030669

 

 

 

0.030669

 

   #4 (BROADWATER)

0.027563

 

 

 

0.027563

 

   #G2 (GARDEN CO)

0.017925

 

 

 

0.017925

 

   #A6 (BOX BUTTE CO)

0.033750

 

0.000200

 

0.033950

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITIES/VILLAGES

GENERAL

 

 

 

 

 

   BAYARD

0.494877

 

 

 

0.494877

 

   BRIDGEPORT

0.433223

 

 

 

0.433223

 

   BROADWATER

0.367935

 

 

 

0.367935

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY LEVY FUNDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

   GENERAL

0.334654

 

 

 

0.334654

 

   HOSPITAL BOND FUND

0.020900

 

 

 

0.020900

 

TOTAL

0.355554

 

 

 

0.355554

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We, the Morrill County Board of Commissioners, acting as a Board of Equalization, do hereby certify the

above levies for Morrill County and Counties that share valuation in Morrill County to be true and correct to

the best of our knowledge.

Dated this 28th day of October, 2014

Morrill County Board of Commissioners

Morrill County Board of Equalization

/s/Steve Erdman

(S E A L)

 

 

 

/s/Gary Oltmann

 

 

ATTEST:

 /s/Jeff Metz

 

 /s/Kathleen L. Brandt

County Clerk

 

Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to return to regular session at 8:22 A.M.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                           ,County Clerk