Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 13, 2016 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 September 7, 2016.  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 August 5, 2016.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None. Some of the elected officials were present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

                       

            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the Agenda, with the deletion of Transfer of Funds and the addition of approval of a Special Designated Liquor License, and to approve the minutes of the August 23, 2016 meetings.  Yeas:  Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Aging Office of Western NE, Aging Costs, $2,562.00; Alliance Childrens & Allied Health, Medical-Prisoners, $281.00; Alliance Times-Herald, Subscription, $102.00; Allo Communications, Service, $1,005.39; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $259.78; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $6,406.19; Brian Peters d/b/a B & S Body Shop, Repairs, $124.00; Clint Bates, Phone, $40.00; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Repairs, $10.38; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $98.82; Kathy Brandt, Phone, $40.00; Bridgeport News-Blade, Supplies, Subscription & Publishing, $242.93; Bridgeport 66, Repairs, $49.05; Capital Business Systems Inc, Data Processing Costs, $137.02; Ismael Cardenas, Phone, $40.00;  Ismael Cardenas, Co Sheriff, Court Costs, $134.32; Mike Cerney, Phone, $40.00; Charter Communications, Service, $275.61; City of Bridgeport, Service, $2,873.79; Colonial Life, Insurance, $667.83; Consolidated Management Co, Meals, $186.23; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $25.50; DAS State Accounting-Central Finance, Teletype, $448.00; Docu-Shred LLC, Service, $90.00; Eva Draper, Supplies, $45.87; Audrey M Elliott, Public Defender, $2,500.00;  Robert A. Erdman, Phone, $40.00;  Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; FIA Card Services NA, Garnishment, $135.15;  Cheree Fischer, Phone, $40.00; Daniel Flores, Phone, $40.00; Galls LLC, Uniforms, $126.41; Holiday Inn-Kearney, Lodging, $254.85;  Steve Hutchinson, Contract Labor, $720.00; Bret Hutchison, Phone, $40.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Laundry-Prisoners, $90.05;  David Kleensang, Phone, $40.00; Lori McCoy, Phone, $40.00;  Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Mediation West, Misc, $50.00; Taylor Menke, Phone, $40.00; Jeff Metz, Phone, $40.00; Microfilm Imaging Systems, Equip Rental, $161.00; Mid-American Research Chemical Corp, Supplies, $332.26; MIPS Inc, Data Processing Costs, $2,730.61; Moneywise Office Supply, Supplies, $346.47; Morrill County Community Hospital, Board of Prisoners, $1,653.00; Morrill County Court, Court Costs, $204.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Share, $1,866.25; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $238.37; Brian Moss, Data Processing Costs, $1,500.00;  NE Child Support, Child Support, $138.47;  NE Total Office, Equip, Repairs &  Equip Mntce,  $754.10; Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $12.38; Rose Nelson, Phone, Meals & Mileage, $178.17; NSA & POAN Conference, Registration, $125.00; Off Broadway Business Products, Supplies, $155.20;  Panhandle Co-op, Fuel & Repairs, $169.38; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,866.25;  Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $12,395.75;  Renkoski Property Development LLC, Weed Contract, $3,750.00; Jean Rhodes, Public Defender, $1,931.25; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, Phone & Misc, $505.82; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00;  Sonny’s Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $40.00; Sonny’s Super Foods, Board of Prisoners, Medical-Prisoners & Supplies, $185.77; SourceGas, Service, $177.56; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $73.97; Lyle Staudenmaier, Phone, $40.00; Felicia Talley, Witness Fees, $360.00; Tim’s Jack & Jill, Supplies, $131.84; Totalfunds by Hasler, Supplies, $129.29; Trail City Supply, Supplies, Equip & Repairs, $756.95; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing & Subscription, $585.98; Wex Bank, Fuel, $458.71; Jon Worthman, Public Defender, $2,500.00; WY Dept of Rev, Training-Assessor, $350.00; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $628.45; General Employees, Salaries, $54,529.81.

 

 

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Allo Communications, Service, $104.99; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $149.07;  Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,733.45; Bomgaars Supply Inc, Supplies, $9.58; Brown Nelson Electric Motor Service, Repairs, $112.18; Century Link, Service, $71.57; City of Bayard, Service, $189.39; City of Bridgeport, Service, $398.69; Colonial Life Insurance, Insurance, $139.54; Filter Care Of NE, Repairs, $100.60; GIS Workshop, Data Processing Costs, $400.00; Heigel’s Field Service, Repairs, $1,355.00; Heilbrun’s Repairs, $114.06; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $85.02; Inland Truck Parts & Service, Repairs, $48.31; KBK Trucking LLC, Gravel, $1,676.12;  Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums,  $969.27; NE Child Support, Child Support, $300.01; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $46.25; NE Total Office, Supplies, $11.97;  NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs, Supplies & Grader Blades, $10,933.55; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $236.48; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $587.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $5,299.80; PowerPlan, Repairs, $90.65; SourceGas, Service, $294.54; Westco, Supplies, $96.40;  21st Century Equip Inc, Repairs, $233.50; Road Employees, Salaries, $24,385.33.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

Garland Crouse, Service, $178.00; Kathy Ewert, Service, $72.00;  Drew Leisy, Service, $480.00; Pamela S. Loomis, Service, $285.75; Marvin Kirk Nussbaum, Service, $120.00; Adam Ouderkirk, Service, $340.00; Alan Ouderkirk, Service, $250.00; Bryan Schluterbusch, Service, $917.50.

 

911 FUND

           

            Century Link, Service, $289.85.

 

W911 FUND

 

 Century Link, Service, $242.45.

 

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

 

Board of Equalization

 

See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

The Board received a letter from Jackie Guzman, Extension Agent, stating that Peggy Backer is retiring and that she would like to hire a full-time person to replace her.  The Board said they would like to meet at the next meeting with Guzman and see a job description of the position.

 

Susanna Batterman, Commissioner, asked all of the officials about having a “Pay Schedule” for employees.   Longevity pay was also discussed.  Batterman stated that she felt everyone should be thankful for their jobs and benefits and that she did not want to receive any more phone calls regarding pay.

 

Chairperson Erdman opened the Public Hearing for the 2016-2017 Budget at 9:02 A.M.  Discussion was held regarding the Road Budget, the Buildings & Grounds budget and the pay raises.  The Board discussed a Pay Schedule.  Erdman said he did not feel it was the Commissioners job to give wage increases in the various offices.  He said it is up to the elected and appointed officials to base compensation on work performed and if they meet the requirements of the job.   There being no public comment, Chairperson Erdman closed the hearing at 9:34 A.M.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to adopt the 2016-2017 Budget and to increase the restricted funds by an additional 1% and to set the Morrill County Levy at 0.338421, which is different from the 2015-2016 levy of 0.344917 and to adopt the following resolutions:

 

RESOLUTION 2016-30

ALLOWABLE INCREAS OF RESTRICTED FUNDS

 

WHEREAS Nebraska Revised Statue 13-519 provides that no governmental unit shall adopt a budget containing a total of budgeted restricted funds more than last prior year’s total of budgeted restricted funds plus allowable growth and plus the basic allowable growth percentage of the base limitation; and

 

WHEREAS the base limitation established under section 77-3446 is two and one-half percent; and

 

WHEREAS a governmental unit may exceed the limit provided for a fiscal year, by up to an additional one percent, based on the affirmative vote of at least seventy-five percent of the governing body.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, the Morrill County Board of Commissioners, by a majority affirmative vote exceeding 75 percent, resolves to approve an additional one percent increase to the base amount for restricted funds authority; for a total increase of three and one-half percent in the restricted funds authority for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

 

On a roll call vote,   All Ayes and None Nays

 

Dated this 13th day of September, 2016.

 

                                                                                    MORRILL COUNTY, NEBRASKA

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                  

                                                                                    Chairman

                                                                                               

                                                                                    /s/Susanna Batterman                          

                                                                                    Member

(S E A L)

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                         

                                                                                    Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                           

Morrill County Clerk

 

 

RESOLUTION 2016-31

MORRILL COUNTY BUDGET DOCUMENT

RESOLUTION OF ADOPTION AND APPROPRIATIONS

 

WHEREAS, A proposed County Budget for the Fiscal year of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, prepared by the Budget Making Authority, was transmitted to the Morrill County Board of Commissioners on or about the 1st day of August, 2016;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Morrill County, Nebraska as follows:

 

SECTION 1.  That the budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, as categorically evidenced by the Budget Document be, and the same hereby is adopted as the Budget for Morrill County for said fiscal year.

 

SECTION 2.  That the offices, departments, activities and institutions herein named are hereby authorized to expend the amounts herein appropriated to them during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017.

 

SECTION 3.  That the income necessary to finance the appropriations made and expenditures authorized shall be provided out of the unencumbered cash balance in each fund, revenues other than taxation to be collected during the fiscal year in each fund, and tax levy requirements for each fund.

 

Dated this 13th day of September, 2016.

 

                                                                                    MORRILL COUNTY, NEBRASKA

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                  

                                                                                    Chairman

                                                                                               

                                                                                    /s/Susanna Batterman                          

                                                                                    Member

 

(S E A L)

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                         

                                                                                    Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                           

Morrill County Clerk

 

 

 

RESOLUTION 2016-32

PROPERTY TAX REQUEST 2016-2017

 

WHEREAS, Nebraska Revised statute 77-1601.02 provides that the property tax request for the prior year shall be the property tax request of the current year for purposes of the levy set by the County Board of Equalization unless the Governing body passes by a majority vote a resolution setting the property tax request at a different amount; and

 

WHEREAS, this action can only be taken after a special public hearing required to hear and consider comments concerning the property tax, and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of Morrill County that the property tax request for the current year be a different amount than the property tax request for the prior year.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the property tax request be set as follows for each Morrill County Fund which directly receives property taxes as all or a portion of its revenue.

 

1.        The 2016-2017 tax rate be set at .338421 which is different than the 2015-2016 tax rate of .344917.

2.       The 2016-2017 property tax request for the General Fund be set at $3,447,230.00 which is different than the 2015-2016 Property Tax asking of $3,332,350.00.

3.       The 2016-2017 property tax request for the Building Fund be set at $32,780.00 which is different from the 2015-2016 Property Tax asking of $0.00.

4.       The 2016-2017 property tax request for the Hospital Bond Fund be set at $136,150.00 which is different than the 2015-2016 Property Tax asking of $208,100.00.

 

Dated this 13th day of September, 2016.

 

 

MORRILL COUNTY, NEBRASKA

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                  

                                                                                    Chairman

                                                                                               

                                                                                    /s/Susanna Batterman                          

                                                                                    Member

(S E A L)

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                         

                                                                                    Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                           

Morrill County Clerk

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION 2016-33

AUTHORIZATION/REAUTHORIZATION OF PETTY CASH FUNDS

 

WHEREAS:  Neb. Rev. Stat. § 23-106(2) (Reissue 2007) authorizes the Morrill County Board of Commissioners to establish Petty Cash Funds, and

 

WHEREAS:  That statute requires that the Morrill County Board of Commissioners set the amount of money to be carried in such petty cash funds, and

 

WHEREAS:  That statute also requires that the Morrill County Board of Commissioners also set the dollar limit of an expenditure from petty cash funds.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT

 

1:  The Morrill County Board authorizes/reauthorizes the following Petty Cash Funds and lists the amount to be carried in each fund and the dollar limit of an expenditure from each fund as follows:

 

Petty Cash Fund                     Amount to carry in Fund                          Dollar Limit of Expenditure from Fund

Clerk                                                                      $      100.00                                                          $             100.00

Clerk of Dist Court                                             $    1,000.00                                                         $           1,000.00

Visitors Promotion                                              $    1,000.00                                                         $           1,000.00

Veteran’s Aid                                                       $    2,250.00                                                         $           2,250.00

Health Insurance                                                 $100,000.00                                                         $       100,000.00

County Court Magistrate                                   $         75.00                                                         $                75.00

 

 

Dated this 13th day of September, 2016.

 

 

MORRILL COUNTY, NEBRASKA

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                  

                                                                                    Chairman

                                                                                               

                                                                                    /s/Susanna Batterman                          

                                                                                    Member

(S E A L)

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                         

                                                                                    Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                           

Morrill County Clerk

 

Yeas:  Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Metz asked that it be noted than the mill levy is still lower than last year even with the increase in the asking amount which is from the insurance benefit cost going up $200,000 and the raises.

 

            An agreement with Baker & Associates was presented for the bid package that was prepared for Koozer Construction.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the agreement.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Lori Faessler, Manager of Court House & Jail Rock Golf Club, met with the Board to request a Special Designated Liquor License for September 24, 2016 for an event at Erin Neely’s.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the license.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.

 

            The Board reported on meetings they had attended.  Metz reported on the CAPWN meeting.

 

            The Board discussed the Custodian’s salary, and if they were giving her a raise.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney, said there is a way of keeping her from getting overtime, by setting her time at 40 hours per week and anything over that for the pay period will make her work less hours in the following week of the pay period.  They agreed to the raise for the Road Superintendent at an additional $3,400.00 for the year.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, informed the Board that she has filed an appeal to TERC over a property that she disagreed with their ruling on during Property Tax Valuation protests.  Rodak said that the Board will have to hire an attorney to represent the Board and that Nelson will also have to hire an attorney to represent her.  The Board said that they thought she had agreed with their decision on this house.

 

There being no further discussion, Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:22 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

 

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman           , Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                , County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Board of Equalization

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

 

            The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:20 A.M., Tuesday, September 13, 2016 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. Notice of such meeting have been published in the Bayard Transcript and the Bridgeport News-Blade on September 7, 2016.  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 September 9, 2016.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, 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 Batterman, seconded by Metz, to enter into Board of Equalization, according to Ne Statute #77-1233.04(6) at 8:20 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz  and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax accelerations that were a pivot that didn’t go with the Ferguson property and a trailer belonging to Crowe. Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the accelerations.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman, and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried. 

           

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to return to regular session at 8:28 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

 

                                                                          /s/Steve Erdman                     ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                , County Clerk