Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 25, 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 August 19, 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, August 21, 2015. On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None. Travis Rodak, County Attorney was also present. Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.
Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, that the Agenda, with the deletion of Board of Equalization, and that the Minutes of the August 11 & 17, 2015 meetings be approved as e-mailed. Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman. Nays: None. Motion carried.
Correspondence was received and read.
The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:
Action Communications Inc, Repairs, $465.00; Debra Alber, Mileage, $36.80; Allo Communicatons, Service, $125.71; Almost Free Towing, Towing, $242.82; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $541.48; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $5,441.63; AS Central Services, Data Processing Costs, $103.60; Peggy Backer, Consulting, $1,062.66; Banner County Schools, Refund, $965.77; Kathy Brandt, Mileage, $120.75; Bridgeport News-Blade, Supplies & Publishing, $195.77; Bridgeport Public Schools, Refund, $6,264.44; Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $1,119.86; Century Link, Service, $80.76; City of Bridgeport, Service, $3,455.38; Pamela S. Cook RPR CCR, Law Enforcement Costs, $22.50; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $126.97; Dept. of Revenue, State Income Tax, $2,563.88; Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept, Law Enforcement Costs, $6.60; Robert A. Erdman, Phone, $40.00; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Galls LLC, Uniforms, $901.14; Steve Hutchinson, Contract Labor, $720.00; Jack’s Uniforms & Equip, Uniforms, $944.07; Kone Inc, Service, $191.40; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,093.75; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Midwest Special Services Inc, Transportation & Board of Prisoners, $539.25; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $2,009.30; Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $28,237.59; Morrill County Highway Dept, Phone Service, $40.00; NACO, Registrations, $90.00; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $138.47; NE Total Office, Equip & Supplies, $278.43; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,634.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $10,593.05; Print Works LLC, Supplies, $28.40; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $18,494.75; Renkoski Property Development LLC, Weed Contract, $2,000.00; Betty Reuter, Alterations, $30.00; Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Dept, Law Enforcement Costs, $19.21; Secretary of State, Registration, $50.00; Serda-Fide Glass, Repairs, $318.00; Susan D. Sparks, Postage, $6.74; Sarah Strawn, Training, $45.00; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $352.20; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $235.27; US Bank, Data Processing Costs, Meals, Fuel, Data Processing Costs & Supplies, $884.03; USDA Aphis, Contractual Pest Control, $1,872.23; Verizon Wireless, Service, $27.21; Western Pathology Consultants PC, Autopsy, $1,000.00; General Employees, Salaries, $47,303.25.
American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.89; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,225.33; B & C Steel Corp, Repairs, $190.31; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Supplies & Repairs, $742.84; Century Link, Service, $140.84; Charter Communications, $64.99; Dept. of Revenue, State Income Tax, $1,055.52; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $128.61; Inland Truck Parts & Service, Repairs, $1,162.69; Jet Plain LLC, Lease, $7,500.00; Kimball-Midwest, Tools, $102.12; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs & Supplies, $303.27; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $893.72; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $14,350.91; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $52.20; NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs, $11,811.62; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $217.13; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $20,336.65; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $625.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,461.04; Red Barn Shop LLC, Repairs, $356.85; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $9,244.55; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing & Subscription, $139.38; US Bank, Repairs, $58.84; WY Child Support Enforcement, Child Support, $253.84; Wyoming Machinery Co, Repairs, $2,782.28; Road Employees, Salaries, $21,510.28.
American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $128.81; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $61.88; Matt Brannon, Service, $60.00; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $12.92; Morrill County Highway Dept, Phone, $25.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $104.70; Handyman Employee, Salary, $550.00.
Century Link, Service, $119.70.
911 EMERGENCY FUND
Action Communications Inc, Phone, $1,217.75; Century Link, Service, $195.47.
Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, 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: Metz, Batterman and Erdman. Nays: None. Motion carried.
Board of Equalization
No Agenda items for Board of Equalization.
The following 2015 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: July – Ismael Cardenas, County Sheriff, Julie Schildt, Clerk of District Court, Kathleen Brandt, County Clerk, and Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer.
The July 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 reported on the Mental Health Board and OHD meetings. Erdman reported on the Aging Office of Western Nebraska meeting. Metz reported on the Fair Board meeting and that he attended the forums with Ben Sasse and Deb Fisher and that he was going to meet with the Governor regarding property taxes.
Kathy Brandt, County Clerk, presented the 2014-2015 Inventories for all of the offices. Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to approve and sign the Inventories. Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman. Nays: None. Motion carried.
Peggy Backer, Extension Consultant, presented the Quarterly report to the Board. Metz asked about Fair premiums, certified judges and the 4-H Council. Backer said that the only certified judges that are used for fair are the horse judges. She said the 4-H Council receives no county funds and the Extension does not pay any premiums for the fair.
Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, presented a resolution to close the Weed fund and transfer the monies into the General fund. Motion was made by Metz, seconded by to approve the transfer and to adopt the following resolution:
TRANSFER OF FUNDS
WHEREAS, Morrill County has a WEED CONTROL Fund and
WHEREAS, Morrill County has determined there is no longer a need to have a separate WEED CONTROL Fund, because the Weed Superintendent is now contract labor,
THEREFORE, the Weed Fund will be closed as of August 25, 2015. The County Treasurer is directed to transfer all money remaining in the WEED Fund on August 25, 2015 into the GENERAL Fund, $25,863.50. The County Treasurer is further directed to automatically transfer any future collections to the WEED Fund directly into the GENERAL Fund.
Passed and approved this 25th day of August, 2015
Morrill County Board of Commissioners
(S E A L)
ATTEST: Board Member
/s/Kathleen L. Brandt
Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman. Nays: None. Motion carried.
Naomi Loomis and Nicole Dean, representing the Fair Board, met with the Commissioners to give an update on the County Fair. Loomis said she doesn’t know how to entice the local people to attend the fair. She said people will drive to Scotts Bluff County for their fair, but not to ours. She said they talked to the Farm & Ranch Board about having a demolition derby, but they do not want the arena torn up. Loomis said she is going to send out a survey to ask people what would make them attend. Metz said the Fair Board worked hard as a group and did a good job with the fair.
Cody Renkoski, Contracted Weed Superintendent, met with the Board to give an update on spraying and on problems he is having. He said that he is having a hard time collecting from the Games & Parks for the spraying and the railroad isn’t getting their spraying done. He said all of the County right-of-ways are done. Renkoski said that the State Inspector listed 13 landowners that need to have spraying done. He said that so far three have taken care of the problem. He asked if the County would be responsible for collecting from Games & Parks. Erdman said that as an independent contractor, it is his responsibility to collect, not the County’s. Metz said Renkoski is complying with the statute regarding spraying. Rodak said complying is sending notices and possibly issuing citations when they don’t spray. Renkoski talked about the Salt Cedar and Phragmites and possibly having a helicopter spray the river. Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to enter into Executive Session, according to Ne. Statute #84-1410(d), to prevent needless injury to the reputation of individuals, at 10:18 A.M. Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman. Nays: None. Motion carried. Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to return to regular session at 10:52 A.M. Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman. Nays: None. Motion carried. The Board will address the Weed spraying at the September 22, 2015 meeting.
There being no further discussion, Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:55 A.M. Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
/s/Steve Erdman ,Chairperson
/s/Kathleen L. Brandt ,County Clerk