Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Chairperson Erdman announced that the new Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall of the Commissioners’ room. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Notice of such meeting have been published in the Bayard Transcript and the Bridgeport News-Blade on May 6, 2015.  Copies of the Agenda, kept continuously current were available from the County Clerk’s office and were e-mailed to each of the Commissioners on May 8, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney was present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

                       

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to approve the Agenda and the Minutes of the April 28, 2014 meeting.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Action Communications Inc, Equip, $254.50; Allo Communications, Service, $446.29; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $541.40; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,730.72; Brian Peters d/b/a B & S Body Shop, Repairs, $211.50; Kathy Brandt, Mileage, $186.30; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing & Supplies, $497.00; Bridgeport 66 Service & Towing, Oil & Repair, $532.60; Ismael Cardenas, Co Sheriff, Court Costs, $164.72; Charter Communications, Service, $169.99; Pamela S. Cook, RPR CCR, Court Costs, $146.25; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $126.97; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $23.50; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Laundry-Prisoners, $107.75; John Deere Financial, Repairs, $35.63; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs, $4.89;  Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Mediation West, Misc, $100.00; Microfilm Imaging Systems, Equip Lease, $150.00; Larry L. Miller, Atty, Public Defender, $1,384.37; MIPS Inc, Data Processing Costs, $2,711.74; Morrill County Court, Court Costs, $85.00; Morrill County Community Hospital Clinic, Medical-Prisoners, $53.00;  Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Share, $1,903.82; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $140.11; Brian Moss, Data Processing, $1,500.00; NE Child Support, Child Support, $126.93; NE Clerk of Dist Court Assoc, Registration, $75.00; NE Total Office, Service Contract & Supplies, $2,239.26; Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $20.93; Off Broadway Business Products, Supplies & Furniture, $959.65; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $93.83; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,630.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $8,933.58; Plummer Insurance Inc, Notary, $200.00; Print Works LLC, Supplies, $88.00; Riverside Lumber LLC, Supplies, $23.46; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, $363.00; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00; Julie Schildt, Juror Fees, $27.76;  Sonny’s Super Foods, Supplies & Board of Prisoners, $223.93; Star-Herald, Publishing, $447.02; Trail City Supply, Supplies & Misc, $172.89; USDA Aphis, Contractual-Pest Control, $2,173.95; Wex Bank, Fuel, $61.46; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $573.69;  General Employees, Salaries, $41,067.34.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

            Allo Communications, Service, $109.60; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.86; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,264.38; B & C Steel Corp, Steel Products, $12.80; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $108.71; Brunner Trucking Co, Gravel, $918.00; City of Bayard, Service, $327.47; City of Bridgeport, Service, $310.32; Farmer’s Irrigation, Road Mntnce, $870.00; Heigel’s Field Service, Repairs, $585.00; Bryan Hoerler, Meals, $26.83; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Supplies, Tools & Repairs, $70.27; Loretta McCoy-Co Treas/Chase NYC Bank, Bond Pmt, $865.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Share, $893.72;  Nationwide Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $217.13; NE Total Office, Supplies, $149.87;  Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $800.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,166.33; Riverside Lumber LLC, Supplies, $119.70; SourceGas, Service, $1,031.14; Stern Oil Co Inc, Oil, $740.00; Thompson Glass Inc, Repairs, $50.00; Village of Broadwater, Service, $81.08; Wyoming Child Support Enforcement, Child Support, $253.84; Road Employees, Salaries, $20,211.78

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

 Logan Conley, Service, $80.00; Garland Crouse, Service, $197.00; Kathy Ewert, Service, $104.00; Jim Ostdiek, Service, 254.00; Juan Ramirez, Service, $280.00.

 

 

COURTHOUSE BUILDING FUND

 

            Trail City Supply, Repairs, $34.35.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

Renkoski Property Development LLC, Weed Contract, $5,000.00.

 

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

 

Board of Equalization

 

No Agenda items for Board of Equalization.

 

            A contract was received from Pete Peterson for preparing the 2015-2016 budget.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the contract.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

RESOLUTION #2015-12

TRANSFER OF FUNDS

 

            WHEREAS, the Road 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 $100,000.00 into the Road Fund.

 

            PASSED AND APPROVED this 12th day of May, 2015.

 

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                  

                                                                                    Chairperson

 

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                         

                                                                                    Board Member

(S E A L)

                                                                                    /s/Susanna Batterman                          

ATTEST:                                                                     Board Member

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

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

 

            Travis Rodak, County Attorney, presented a subdivision of property for Bill Pierce.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the subdivision and to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2015-13

 

            BE IT RESOLVED, that the present record owner, W-D Land & Cattle Company, a Nebraska Partnership, have applied for approval of an instrument effecting the subdivision of the below-described premises located in Morrill County, Nebraska.

 

            WHEREAS the Morrill County Zoning Administrator has reviewed the zoning and land use and has determined it to be in compliance with the Morrill County Zoning Regulations, as evidenced by his signature below.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 23-372, the Board of County Commissioners of Morrill County, Nebraska, does hereby authorize and permit the subdivision of the following described real estate in Morrill County, Nebraska:

 

            A tract of land situated in the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 11, Township 20 North, Range 51 West of the 6th P.M., Morrill County, Nebraska, more particularly described as commencing at the East Quarter Corner of Section 11, thence westerly on the East-West Centerline of Section 11, bearing N 87º 45’ 02” W, a distance of 1072.44 feet, to the point of intersection with the centerline of an Irrigation Canal, as surveyed, said point being the Point of Beginning, thence southeasterly on said centerline, bearing S 10º 54’ 32” E, a distance of 127.11 feet, thence bearing S 09º 10’ 32” E, on said centerline, a distance of 49.05 feet, to the point of intersection with a non-tangent curve to the left, said curve having a central angel of 09º 58’ 09” a radius of 900.00 feet, a chord bearing of S 14º 14’ 54” E and a chord distance of 156.40 feet, thence southeasterly on the arc of said curve, and said centerline, a distance of 156.60 feet, thence bearing S 19º 15’ 57” E, on said centerline, a distance of 18.01 feet, to the point of intersection with the extension of a line being 1.00 foot north of and parallel with a concrete irrigation ditch, as surveyed, thence bearing S 81º 25’ 18” E, on said extension, a distance of 384.15 feet, thence bearing N 02º 22’ 12” E, a distance of 368.88 feet, thence bearing N 86º 17’ 29” W, a distance of 472.41 feet, to the Point of Beginning, said tract of land containing an area of 3.47 Acres, more or less.

AND, above described 3.47 Acre Tract of land to include a 25 foot wide Driveway Access Easement from the Northeast corner of Tract to County Road 93 Right of Way, as shown on survey.

 

            DATED THIS 12TH DAY OF MAY, 2015

 

Reviewed & approved by Morrill County Zoning Administrator

/s/William Dean          

 

                                                            MORRILL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                            /s/Steve Erdman                                                          

                                                            Chairperson

 

                                                            /s/Jeff Metz                                                                 

                                                            Board Member

(S E A L)

                                                            /s/Susanna Batterman                                                  

                                                            Board Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt              

County Clerk

 

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

 

            A proposal to renew the contract with Dana Cole & Company, LLP for the next three years for audit purposes was received.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to accept the proposal and approve Dana Cole & Company, LLP, for the audit services for 2015, 2016 & 2017.

 

            Chairperson Erdman opened the Public Hearing for the One-and Six Year Road Improvement Plan at 9:00 A.M.  Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, presented the plans and the cost of each.  Hearing no comment from the public, Chairperson Erdman closed the Public Hearing at 9:28 A.M.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the One-and Six Year Road Improvement Plan and to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION NO: 15-14

 

            WHEREAS, due and legal notice stating time, place and purpose for a hearing for the consideration of the One-and Six Year Plan under the HIGHWAY and STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM has been given by publication in the Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript, legal County newspapers, at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing, and in addition by posting a copy of the legal notice in at least three (3) public access locations in the County and,

 

            WHEREAS, after careful consideration, the Morrill County Board of Commissioners of Morrill County, Nebraska does find the same to be approved as presented.

 

            NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved by the County Board of Commissioners of Morrill County, Nebraska, in regular session duly assembled, that the One-and Six Year Program for Morrill County, Nebraska be the same hereby approved and adopted.

 

            DATED THIS 12TH DAY OF MAY, 2015.

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                  

                                                                                    Chairman-Board of Commissioners

 

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                         

                                                                                    Board Member

(S E A L)

                                                                                    /s/Susanna Batterman                          

                                                                                    Board Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Discussion was held regarding the reclaimer and the cost of renting versus buying one.  Hoerler said there is one in Denver that he could look at that was around $170,000.  Erdman said he thought we should wait until fall.  Metz and Batterman said to go ahead and look at it.  Hoerler reported on the damage to the roads from the heavy rain and snow.  He said that Farmer’s Irrigation is installing the new culverts by Faesslers’.

 

            Cody Renkoski, Contracted Weed Superintendent, met with the Board, to give them an update on the spraying.  He said there is a lot of Musk and Canadian Thistle and Phragmites.   He said he has been working with BNSF to get their spraying done.  He said there are grants out there from Nebraska Games & Parks for the river that would be helpful for the county.  He said he has been contacting landowners regarding the spraying and doing inspections.  He said he has had trouble reading the data from last year’s spraying.  He said he attended the spring training and became certified for “Weed Free Forage”.  The Board asked if there would be a problem with him taking on Box Butte County.  He said he has plenty of help and is interviewing more.

 

            Representatives from PADD and Panhandle R C & D were unable to attend the meeting.

 

            Milo Cardenas, County Sheriff, met with the Board regarding a contract for the month of May, with the City of Bridgeport for law enforcement.  The Board discussed Cardenas’ salary and Rodak said the City would pay him as contract labor.  The Board said that would work for the two months, but after that they were unsure how or if they could amend Cardenas’ salary.  Cardenas had the contract for the month of May.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to approve and sign the contract with the City of Bridgeport for the month of May.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  The Board will meet with the City Council on May 21st.  Cardenas asked about paying the officers per diem for their cell phones instead of renewing the contract for the four cell phones.  The Board was agreeable to that. 

 

            There being no further discussion, Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:03 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

 

 

           

                                                                                         /s/Steve Erdman      ,Chairperson

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt   ,County Clerk