Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 23, 2015 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 June 17, 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, June 19, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None. Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, that the Agenda, and the Minutes of the June 9, 2015 meeting be approved as e-mailed.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman. Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Action Communications Inc, Repairs, $237.15; Allo Communicatons, Service, $382.59; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $541.40; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $5,081.17; AS Central Services, Teletype & Data Processing Costs, $512.60; Peggy Backer, Consulting & Mileage, $1,119.01; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $92.40; Bluff’s Sanitary Supply Inc, Supplies, $292.10; Bomgaars Supply Inc, Supplies, $119.39; Kathy Brandt, Meals, Supplies & Mileage, $262.01; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing & Supplies, $1,396.30; Bridgeport 66 Service & Towing, Repairs, $642.50;  Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $670.46; Century Link, Service, $80.76; City of Bridgeport, Service, $1,976.54; Pamela S. Cook RPR CCR, Court Reporter, $338.25; Copier Connection Inc, Service, $212.00; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $126.97; CVSOAN, Dues, $50.00; Mandy M. Dalimata, Bus Washes, $240.00; Eva Draper, Supplies, $31.25; Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home, County Burial, $225.00; Robert A. Erdman, Phone, Meals, Supplies & Fuel, $779.95; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Gering Memorial Chapel, County Burial, $879.53; GIS Workshop, GIS, $9,425.00; Tom Holman, Mileage, $90.85; Steve Hutchinson, Contract Labor, $720.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Laundry-Prisoners, $175.72; Inman Services, Repairs, $2,230.00; Jack’s Uniforms & Equip, Uniforms, $1,520.59; John Deere Financial, Repairs, $53.40; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs, $12.04; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,093.75; Lussetto Machine, Repairs, $59.90; MailFinance, Equip Rental, $1,905.00; Marie’s Embroidery Inc, Law Enforcement Costs, $185.00; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Lori McCoy, Mileage, $1,670.28; Morrill County Community Hospital, Medical-Prisoners & Board of Prisoners, $880.89; Morrill County Community Hospital Clinic, Medical-Prisoners, $53.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,888.32;  Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $27,731.62; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel & Phone Service, $97.67;  Brian Moss, Misc, $350.00; NACEB, Dues, $50.00; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $126.93; NE Dept of Labor, Inspections, $140.00; NE Supreme Court, Law Library, $365.00; NE Total Office, Equip & Supplies, $516.97; Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners & Misc, $22.38; Rose Nelson, Registration, Mileage & Supplies, $130.43; Off Broadway Business Producsts, Supplies, $754.73; Panhandle Assoc of Co Assessors, Dues, $75.00; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel & Repairs, $130.31; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,630.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $9,641.96; Quality Inn & Suites-North Platte, Lodging, $281.85; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $13,960.49; Repco Marketing Inc, Supplies, $42.75; Jared Reynolds, Mileage, $90.70; Jean Rhodes, Public Defender, $1,931.25; Safe n Secure, Equip, $1,974.50; Julie Schildt, Mileage, $266.80; Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Dept, Court Costs, $113.22; Sonny’s Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $31.90; Sonny’s Super Foods, Board of Prisoners, Supplies & Medical-Prisoners, $137.91; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $1,845.26; Leonard G. Tabor PC, Court Appointed Counsel, $620.00; Tim’s Jack & Jill, Supplies, $55.92; TotalFunds by Hasler, Postage, $5,054.90; Trail City Supply, Repairs & Supplies, $61.28; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $1,359.76; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $107.58; UNL Print & Copy Service, Supplies, $97.65; US Bank, Data Processing Costs, Meals, Lodging, Fuel, Equip & Supplies, $2,156.08; Verizon Wireless, Service, $27.21; Veterans Service Center, Transportation, $500.00; West Payment Center, Subscription, $331.05; Wex Bank, Fuel, $138.20; Wingate-Kearney, Lodging, $379.80;  General Employees, Salaries, $43,917.74.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Action Communications Inc, Equip & Repairs, $1,386.52; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.86; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,479.40; Myron Batt, Gravel, $235.00; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $58.43; Century Link, Service, $139.42; Charter Communications, Service, $64.99; Ted Chikos, Repairs, $364.16; Ray Cranmore, Gravel, $90.00; Deluxe Radiator, Repairs, $140.00; Bob Hecht, Gravel, $35.00; Heigel’s Field Service, Supplies & Repairs, $185.00; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $80.16; John Deere Financial, Repairs, $18.73; Jon’s Body Shop, Repairs, $1,000.00; Koozer Construction Inc, Disaster Costs, $44,500.00; Mike Linch, Gravel, $1,687.00; Mark T. Livingston, Gravel, $330.00; Lussetto Machine, Repairs, $25.30; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $893.72; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $14,350.91; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $53.71; Newman Traffic Signs, Signs, $745.74; NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs & Supplies, $1,267.63; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $11,572.34; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $800.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,882.68;  Red Barn Shop LLC, Repairs & Supplies, $310.00; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $7,083.31; Riverside Lumber LLC, Repairs & Flags, $54.67; Rowekamp Assoc Inc, Equip, $400.00; Simon Contractors Co, Asphalt, $5,521.40; Staples Contract & Commercial, Supplies, $169.09; US Bank, Tools, $169.09; WY Child Support Enforcement, Child Support, $253.84; 21st Century Equip Inc, Repairs, $37.23; Road Employees, Salaries, $22,946.15.

 

VISITORS’ PROMOTION FUND

 

Hale Multimedia, Advertising, $30.00.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

Morrill County Highway Dept, Fax & Phone, $34.00.

 

W911 FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $262.97.

 

COUNTY BUILDING FUND

 

Hullinger Glass & Locks Inc, Repairs, $173.00; John Deere Financial, Repairs, $258.03; Thompson Alliance, Repairs, $43.89.

 

WEED CONTROL FUND

 

City of Bridgeport, Service, $121.62.

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $311.75.

 

Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, that the above claims, after having been examined by the Commissioners, be approved, except for the claim for Ted Chikos and checks drawn on the various funds, delinquent personal property taxes deducted where owing.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Later in the meeting, Bryan Hoerler, Road Superintendent, explained the claim for Ted Chikos.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the claim for Ted Chikos.  Yeas:  Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Board of Equalization

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

            The following 2015 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: May – Ismael Cardenas, County Sheriff, Julie Schildt, Clerk of District Court, Kathleen Brandt, County Clerk, and Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer.

 

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

 

            The Commissioners reported on meetings they had attended.  Batterman and Erdman reported on the County Board workshop held in Kearney.  Metz reported on the Hospital meeting he had attended.

 

            Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, could not attend the meeting, but sent the May Financials for the Commissioners’ review.

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

 

RESOLUTION #2015-18

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 $50,000.00 into the Road Fund.

 

            PASSED AND APPROVED this 23rd day of May, 2015.

 

                                                                                    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.

 

            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, met with the Board regarding Road 128.  Hoerler and Metz had looked at the road and reported that Smith Lake is getting larger and cutting off the road.  Options of moving the road were discussed.  Hoerler and Erdman will meet with the landowner to discuss the possibilities of moving the road.  The bid from Topkote, Inc. was opened at 9:00 A.M.  The bid for armor coating was $366,360.  The Board discussed holding off on this project until the damage from the storms was taken care of.  Hoerler said this project won’t start until the 6th of July and they are hoping to have all of the roads taken care of before then.  He said the armor coating project will take one guy from each crew and be completed in 10 days.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to accept the bid for armor coating from Topkote Inc.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.   The Board also advised Hoerler if this machine does not work, like last year, the county will not pay.

 

            Nancy Eichthaler, Handyman/Handi-bus Director, presented to the Board the revised Title VI Policy that was adopted in April.  Eichthaler said that the State wanted her to add an interpreter that would be sent from Lincoln.  The State allowed her to revise the policy to use local interpreters.   Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to approve the revised Title VI Policy.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Travis Rodak, County Attorney, presented a resolution amending the Salary Resolution that was adopted in 2013 setting the salaries for elected officials.  Rodak said that the Sheriff’s salary needs to be adjusted to reflect the extra duties he will have after taking over the City of Bridgeport Police Department.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to adjust the Sheriff’s salary and to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2015-19

RESOLUTION TO AMEND SALARY RESOLUTION #2013-36

 

WHEREAS, the Morrill County Board of Commissioners set the elected officials salaries for the 2015-2018 budget years on November 26, 2013 and adopted Resolution #2013-36;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners voted on May 26, 2015, to add duties to the job of the County Sheriff, by consolidation of the Sheriff’s Department and the City of Bridgeport Police Department for the next 3 ½ years, beginning July 1, 2015.  Additional funds will come from the City of Bridgeport.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the County Sheriff’s salary will reflect and additional $1,500 per month beginning on July 1, 2015 which will be $9,000 for the year and an additional $18,000 per year for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

PASSED AND APPROVED this 23rd day of June, 2015.

 

                                                                        MORRILL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                        /s/Steve Erdman                                                          

                                                           

 

                                                                        /s/Jeff Metz                                                                 

(S E A L)

 

                                                                        /s/Susanna Batterman                                                  

                                               

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk

 

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

 

            Matt Anderson, USDA Wildlife Specialist, met with the Board to renew the contract for Animal Damage Control.  He said there is an increase of 5% for the year.  Anderson gave a report on animals he has destroyed.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the contract for $7,010 for the year.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  The Board asked Anderson to find out if there is any way the landowner could share in the cost.  Anderson will check it out and report to Erdman.

 

            Michelle Beeney, from Air Med Care, met with the Board to renew the contract for the County.  The cost for the county is $50.00 per person.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to renew the contract for the year.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Eva Draper, Head Custodian, asked about getting a compressor for blowing out the sprinklers at the end of the season.  Metz said he had one she could borrow and it wasn’t necessary to purchase one.  Draper also asked the Commissioners to look at the chairs in County Court, to see if they needed to be replaced.  The Commissioners looked at them and determined they were ok.  Draper also reported on the refrigerator and that it might need to be replaced.

 

            Jane Schaneman, Samantha Stoltenberg and Steve Jobman, from Regional Care Insurance, met with the Board to discuss the renewal.  Stoltenberg presented the year’s statistics for review.  Schaneman and Stoltenberg said it would benefit the County if they would eliminate the A and B coverage which are low deductibles.  Stoltenberg said she would work on getting the rates negotiated down before the next meeting.  Jobman presented the costs for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which was considerably higher than the Self-Funded.

 

            The Board meeting moved to the Courthouse steps for the sale of the advertised county owned property.  Present to bid were Phil Anderson and Amador Vergil.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney, conducted the sale.  The first property was the 18+ acres near Broadwater.  Phil Anderson bid $100.00 plus the closing costs, doc stamp and recording fees.  For the second property in Northport, Amador Vergil bid $100.00 plus the closing costs, doc stamp and recording fees.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to accept both bids for the sale.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            There being no further discussion, Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 11:07 A.M.  Next meeting will be the Board of Equalization Protest Hearings on Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, 2015.  Next regular meeting will be Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 

           

 

           

                                       /s/Steve Erdman                    ,Chairperson

 

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt   ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:15 A.M., Tuesday, June 23, 2015 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 June 17, 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, June 19, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None. Rose Nelson, County Assessor was also present. Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to enter into Board of Equalization, according to Ne. Statute #77-1233.04(6) at 8:07 A.M.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented the Missing and Omitted Property for approval.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the Missing and Omitted Property.  Yeas:  Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Nelsonpresented Tax List Correction #2015-29.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to approve and sign the above correction.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Nelson presented the Over and Under Valuations.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the Over and Under Valuations.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                        Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to return to regular session at 8:35 A.M.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                                               

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk