Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 14, 2014 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 posted in three locations in Bridgeport, Nebraska on October 8, 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 on October 9, 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney was present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            There being no objections, the Agenda was approved as e-mailed.

 

            There being no objections, the Minutes of the August 26, 2014 meetings were approved as e-mailed, with the correction from the Hospital Administrator, which should have her saying “the hospital is going to sign a contract with Macro Helix, because we finally have our pharmacist on board.”

 

Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

American Family Insurance, Insurance, $487.52;  Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,895.16; AS Central Services, Teletype, $448.00; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $257.79; Bomgaars Supply Store, Supplies, $9.78; Kathy Brandt, Mileage, $291.20; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, Subscription & Supplies, $579.98; Bridgeport 66 Service, Oil, $73.80; CBE Group Inc, Garnishment, $87.80;  Capital Business Systems Inc, Data Processing Costs, $143.59; Ismael Cardenas, Co Sheriff, Court Costs, $58.84; Charter Communications, Service, $169.98; City of Bridgeport, Service, $2,332.36; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $23.50; Eva Draper, Supplies, $22.54; Election Systems & Software Inc, Data Processing Costs, $740.76; Robert A. Erdman, Meals, Mileage & Phone, $365.11; ESRI Inc, GIS, $400.00; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Federal Licensing Inc, Registration, $110.00; Galls LLC, Uniforms, $264.86; Holiday Inn-Kearney, Lodging, $399.75; Steve Hutchinson, Contract Labor, $470.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Laundry-Prisoners, $83.86; John Deere Financial, Misc, $75.98; Jolliffe Funeral Home, Burial, $1,300.00; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs, $131.90; Lancaster Co Sheriff’s Office, Court Costs, $7.77; LexisNexis, Subscription, $66.24; Greg Lussetto d/b/a Lussetto Machine, Repairs, $290.92; MailFinance, Lease, $1,905.00; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Maximus Inc, Consulting, $2,100.00; Loretta C. McCoy-Co Treas, Misc, $2.50; Microfilm Imaging Systems, Equip Lease, $150.00; Larry L Miller, Atty at Law, Public Defender, $1,384.37; MIPS Inc, Data Processing Costs, $2,694.07; Mobius Communications Co, Service, $58.50; Morrill County Community Hospital, Board of Prisoners, $1,183.50; Morrill County Community Hospital-Clinic, Medical-Prisoners, $53.00; Morrill County Court, Court Costs, $221.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $1,760.41; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $328.22; Morrill County Weed Control, Spraying, $1,580.75; Brian Moss, Data Processing, $3,000.00; NE Child Support, Child Support, $123.24; $126.93; NE Dept of Rev-Property Tax Assess, Registration, $900.00; NE Total Office, Equip, $35.00; Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $95.92; Rose Nelson, Mileage, $338.80; NESCA, Registration, $205.00; NSA & POAN Conference Fund, Registration, $120.00; Off Broadway Business Products, Supplies, $560.75; Jerald L. Ostdiek, Mental Health Board, $100.00; Panhandle Collections, Garnishment, $54.05; Panhandle Coop, Fuel & Repairs, $90.30; Tom Perkins, Mental Health Board, $100.00; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts,  $2,065.50;  Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $9,496.89; Region 21 Emergency Management, Civil Defense, $13,470.69; Respond First Aid Systems, Misc, $103.46; Jared Reynolds, Mileage, $365.12; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, $697.28; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00; Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Dept, Law Enforcement Costs, $126.88; Carol Sinner, Mental Health Board, $100.00; Sonny’s Super Foods, Supplies, Board of Prisoners & Medical-Prisoners, $120.41; SourceGas, Service, $105.09; State Treasury Management Division, Refund Air Carrier, $792.63; Tim’s Jack & Jill, Supplies, $75.19; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $343.97; U S Bank, Meals, Lodging, Equip, Supplies & Meals, $1,449.11; Verizon Wireless, Service, $64.79; West Payment Center, Law Library, $79.77; Wex Bank, Fuel, $127.93; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $82.30;  General Employees, Salaries, $42,467.41.

 

 

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

             American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.86; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,388.15; Brian Peters d/b/a B & S Body Shop, Repairs, $1,400.00; Bar-Nine Prospects LLC, Gravel, $498.00; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Repairs, Supplies & Fuel, $503.72; Bomgaars Supply Inc, Repairs & Supplies, $210.97; California Contractors Supplies Inc, Supplies, $478.46; Century Link, Service, $69.23; Charter Communications, Service, $59.99; City of Bayard, Service, $97.22; City of Bridgeport, Service, $365.68; Filter Care of NE, Repairs, $150.30; Heigel’s Field Service, Repairs, $22,875.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $77.77; Jon’s Body Shop, Repairs, $508.85; Doug Kizzire, Gravel, $984.00; Lee’s Service, Oil, $359.00; George Liakos, Gravel, $3,340.00; Menards-Scottsbluff, Tools, $644.94; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $912.98; NE Dept of Rev-Motor Fuels Div, Fuel Tax, $800.00;  NE Total Office, Supplies, $39.95; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $207.95; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, Supplies & Repairs, $17,711.42; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $762.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,507.32; Powerplan, Repairs, $6,993.48; SourceGas, Service, $287.02; Transcipt Gate LLC, Publishing, $11.88; U S Bank, Supplies, $11.16; Village of Broadwater, Service, $81.08; 21st Century Equip Inc, Repairs, $78.36; Road Employees, Salaries, $21,311.98.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

 Matt Branon, Service, $40.00; Garland Crouse, Service, $125.50;  Drew Leisy, Service, $210.00; Jim Ostdiek, Service, $858.00; Adam Ouderkirk, Service, $80.00.

 

E911 FUND

 

            Century Link, Service, $289.20.

 

COURTHOUSE BUILDING FUND

 

            Todd Harless Electric, Repairs, $433.59.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $389.13; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $60.75; Charter Communications, Service,, $54.99; City of Bridgeport, Service, $173.12; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $120.03; NE Child Support, Child Support, $64.38;  Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $707.02; SourceGas, Service, $54.33; Westco, Repairs, $36.57; Weed Employees, Salaries, $3,458.82.

 

911 FUND

 

            Century Link, Service, $239.63.

 

            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 Quarterly reports from the Road, Handyman and Handi-Bus were received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

A letter from Naomi Loomis was received resigning from the Fair Board effective November  10, 2014.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to accept the resignation from Naomi Loomis.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, presented the Uncollected Distress Warrants.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve and sign the Uncollected Distress Warrants.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  McCoy, presented the October 2014 Report of County Tax Certificates to be Foreclosed Upon.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the document.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  McCoy also presented the October 2014 Report of Taxes not Sold for Want of Bidders.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to approve the Report.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None. Motion carried.  McCoy also presented a resolution to issue Tax Sale Certificates.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve and adopt the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #2014-32

 

WHEREAS, the Revised statutes of Nebraska, Sec 77-1809 and 77-1918 provide that upon the direction of the County Board of Commissioners, for the County Treasurer to issue Tax Sale Certificates in the name of the County and

 

WHEREAS, The Morrill County Board of Commissioners have received from the Morrill County Treasurer a report listing all parcels of real estate in the County on which any taxes are delinquent and which have been offered for sale at a Public Sale, and have remained unsold for want of bidders,

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED; that the Morrill County Board directs the Treasurer of Morrill County to place County Tax Sale Certificates on all delinquent real estate taxes and special assessments for 2012 and prior years, to maintain such Certificates in her custody, and to purchase all subsequent taxes thereon as the same may become delinquent.

 

Approved and adopted this 14th day of October, 2014.

 

/s/Steve Erdman                                  

County Commissioner

 

/s/Gary Oltmann                                 

County Commissioner                                                                                     (S E A L)

 

/s/Jeff Metz                                         

County Commissioner

 

                                                                        ATTEST:    /s/Kathleen L. Brandt                                                                                                                                County Clerk

 

Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman. Nays: None.  Motion carried.  The Board discussed the option of putting the names of the people on the list of delinquent taxes that is listed in the paper. 

 

            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, met with the Board.  Hoerler had an agreement with Farmers Irrigation District for the damages to the roads when their ditch flooded.  He said that when he signs it, they will pay Morrill County $46,832.22 for damages.  The Board encouraged Hoerler to sign it.  Hoerler presented the revised “Culvert and Access Road Policy”.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to approve the Policy.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Erdman advised Hoerler to visit with Adams regarding the problem on Road 112, between 81 & 83 and if it could be fixed.

 

            Katherine Morgenstern, Petroleum Landman, with Elk Petroleum, met with the Board regarding the CO2 Pipeline.  She said they are still working on the route.  She said she would like to thank the Board and Bryan Hoerler for encouraging Banner County to review this pipeline.  She named many fine citizens in Morrill and Banner County that are helping her to get these easements for the pipeline and supporting Elk Petroleum.  Morgenstern said the best route would still be in the right-of-way of Highway 88, but the State is not willing at this time to allow this.  She is still working with the State to see if this can be an option. She showed maps of the various routes along county roads where the landowners are agreeable to easements.  She said the private roads through the Alexander ranch would be best, but at this time, they are not agreeable.  She said they are looking for the easiest and cheapest ways to complete this project.  The County Board told Morgenstern that Elk Petroleum has Morrill County’s full support in this endeavor and will work to help get the easements they need.

 

            Steve Erdman, Chairman of the Board, said he would like to discuss the matter with the County Clerk about hiring someone for six months to train, versus their recommended three months. Erdman said that he thought everyone agreed to this at budget time. He said it was totally unacceptable and Metz agreed.  He chastised Brandt and issued an ultimatum that she either has Pam Edens, who is retiring in March, retire in January or only hire the new person for three months or that next year at budget time, her budget would take serious cuts.  Brandt said that they do not realize that she has to train her employee for three separate jobs, not one, and again invited them into to see what the training entails. Brandt said that she cannot force any employee to retire early.  The Board said it did not matter and they wanted it rectified.  Brandt said they always say they have no control over the individual offices.  They said they do not, but they do have control over the budget.

 

            Travis Rodak, County Attorney, told the Board that after attending the NIRMA Safety Conference, he learned that County Hospitals can be a detriment to the county and certain things have to be handled differently.  He said the County Board is to appoint the Hospital Board and let them operate separately, so that the hospital does not become a financial burden for the County, if something were to happen down the road.

 

            Chairperson Erdman, adjourned the meeting at 10:44 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

 

 

 

                       

           

                                                                                         /s/Steve Erdman                  ,Chairperson

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt   ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:14 A.M., Tuesday, October 14, 2014 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 posted in three locations in Bridgeport, Nebraska on October 8, 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 on October 9, 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None.  Rose Nelson, County Assessor and Travis Rodak, County Attorney were 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 #2014-20.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve and sign the above correction.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Discussion was held regarding the Bridgeport Ethanol Plant and the TERC hearing.

 

            Kathy Brandt, County Clerk, presented the levies and resolution for Morrill County.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the levies for Morrill County and it’s subdivisions and to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2014-31

 

WHEREAS, Nebraska Revised Statute #13-508 requires all political subdivisions within Morrill County to file and certify to the Morrill County Board of Equalization a copy of the adopted budget and a copy of the adopted statement with the amount of real property tax required to fund their adopted budget; and

 

WHEREAS, the Morrill County Board of Equalization has received copies of the adopted statements of real and personal property tax requirements from all political subdivisions whose certified valuation in Morrill County is greater than certified valuation in other counties; and

 

WHEREAS, Ne. Revised Statute #77-1602 requires that the Morrill County Board of Equalization levy the necessary taxes for political subdivisions on or before October 15th of each year,

 

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

            That the levies of local political subdivisions for fiscal year 2014-2015

            be established based on the attached document (Levy Sheet Attachment)

            which is incorporated into and is considered a part of this resolution.

 

The final levies for other political subdivisions with certified valuation in Morrill County less than certified valuation in other counties must be set by the Board of Equalization in the County with the greatest certified valuation.

 

Adopted this 14th day of October, 2014.

 

                                                                                    Morrill County Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Morrill County Board of Equalization

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                              

                                                                                    Chairperson

 

                                                                                    /s/Gary Oltmann                                             

                                                                                    Board Member

(S E A L)                                                                                

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                                     

                                                                                    Board Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                                      

County Clerk

 

 

MORRILL COUNTY LEVIES

2014 – 2015

 

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS                 GENERAL              SPECIAL                                BOND           CAPITAL                          TOTAL

                                                                                                BLDG                                            IMPROVE

 

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

21 – BAYARD                                         0.997681                 0.051163                 0.078894                                                 1.127738

63 – BRIDGEPORT                                 0.979737                                                 0.113791                                                 1.093528

 

CEMETERY DISTRICTS                       GENERAL

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

 

FIRE DISTRICTS                                   GENERAL              BOND                     SINKING

#1 (BRIDGEPORT)                                 0.011808                 0.002348                 0.005493                                                 0.019649

#3 (BAYARD)                                         0.030669                                                                                                                 0.030669

#4 (BROADWATER)                                               0.027563                                                                                                                 0.027563

 

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                                    0.035554                                                                                                                 0.355554

                                                                                                                    

We, the Morrill County Board of Commissioners acting as a Board of Equalization, do hereby certify the above levies for Morrill County, to be true and correct to the best of our knowledge.

 

Dated this 14th day of October, 2014.

 

                                                                                                                Morrill County Board of Commissioners

 

                                                                                                                /s/Steve Erdman                                                      

 

                                                                                                                /s/Gary Oltmann                                                     

(S E A L)                

                                                                                                                /s/Jeff Metz                                                             

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                               , County Clerk

                                                                                   

Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried. Western Nebraska Community College levy was discussed.

 

            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to return to regular session at 8:36 A.M.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk