Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 24, 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 March 18, 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, March 20, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: Jeff Metz.  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 Erdman, that the Agenda, with the deletion of Transfer of Funds and the Minutes of the March 10, 2015 meeting be approved as e-mailed.  Yeas: Batterman and Erdman. Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Allo Communicatons, Service, $124.13; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $581.71; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $5,684.22; AS Central Services, Data Processing Costs, $64.60; Peggy Backer, Consulting, $1,062.66; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $28.87; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $1,072.12; Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $639.70; Century Link, Service, $80.76; City of Bridgeport, Service, $2,370.45; Ray Cranmore, Repairs, $130.00; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $126.97; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $94.62; Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $3,138.10; Docu-Shred, Service, $90.00; R R Donnelley, Supplies, $67.66; Joanie Dudden, Lodging & Mileage, $148.36; Ed Roehr Safety Productions Co, Uniforms, Law Enforcement Costs & Supplies, $1,097.40; Robert A. Erdman, Mileage & Phone $82.55; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Tom Holman, Mileage, $45.42; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,093.75; Loretta McCoy-Co Treas, Supplies, $127.80; MailFinance, Equip Rental, $1,905.00; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Midwest Special Services Inc, Transportation & Board of Prisoners, $494.70; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,962.45;  Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $27,342.94; Morrill County Highway Dept, Service & Fuel, $213.95; Morrill County Community Hospital, Medical-Prisoners, $156.30; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $126.93; NE Total Office, Equip, $37.50;  Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $62.73; Off Broadway Business Products, Supplies, $12.78; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,630.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $12,143.74;  Region 21 Emergency Mngmt, Civil Defense, $16,884.32; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $14,458.20; Scotts Bluff County Detention Center, Boarding Contract, $180.00; Sonny’s Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $23.20; SourceGas, Service, $672.07; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $64.99; Lenard G. Tabor PC, Court Appointed Counsel, $1,890.78; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $97.87; US Bank, Equip, Fuel, Registration, Uniforms, Supplies & Lodging, $3,384.06; Verizon Wireless, Service, $19.38; Viaero Wireless, Service, $173.58; Western Cartographers, Supplies & Subscription, $78.30; WFB(World Foremost Bank), Registration, Testing & Supplies, $729.00; General Employees, Salaries, $50,109.34.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Action Communications Inc, Repairs, $125.00; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.89; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,211.81; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Supplies & Repairs, $488.14; Brunner Trucking Co, Gravel, $23,315.93; California Contractors Supplies Inc, Supplies, $173.70; Century Link, Service, $142.57; Charter Communications, Service, $59.99; Deluxe Radiator, Repairs, $75.00; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $888.72; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Lawson Products Inc, Supplies, $194.28; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $882.61; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $14,350.91; Nationwide Management Services, Inc, Garnishment, $217.13; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $63.67; NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs, $1,613.37; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $8,349.37; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $800.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,027.28; PowerPlan, Repairs, $512.25; R & C Welding & Fabrication, Repairs, $1,622.50; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $7,364.54; The Rock Pile, Gravel, $256.57; Thompson Glass Inc, Repairs, $312.76; U S Welding Inc, Supplies, $28.52; US Bank, Lodging, $259.80; Village of Broadwater, Service, $81.08; Westfall GMC Truck Inc, Repairs, $395.62; WY Child Support Enforcement, Child Support, $253.84; WY Machinery Co, Repairs, $1,410.25; Road Employees, Salaries, $19,744.52.

 

 

HEALTH INSURANCE FUND

 

            Morrill County Health Fund, Claims, $200,000.00.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $128.81; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $61.88; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $12.92; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fax & Phone, $20.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $104.70; US Bank, Supplies, $202.30; Handyman Employee, Salary, $550.00.

 

W911 FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $262.72.

 

COURTHOUSE BUILDING FUND

 

SonicWall Services, Repairs, $149.10.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

            City of Bridgeport, Service, $137.29; Steve Hutchinson, Labor, $75.00; Matthew Landrum, Labor, $75.00; Loretta McCoy-Co Treas, Misc, $370.32; Scott Melvin, Labor, $37.50; Heather Peterson, Labor, $37.50; Renkoski Property Development LLC, Contract Labor, $3,000.00; Trail City Supply, Supplies, $43.81.

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $311.47.

 

Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Erdman, 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: Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Board of Equalization

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

            The Commissioners reported on various meetings they had attended. Erdman reported on the Extension meeting he had attended that discussed fracking.  He said he learned that no damage results from fracking.  Batterman reported on the meeting she had attended for Region I Office of Human Development and the Panhandle Public Health meeting.  She said that Panhandle Public Health Board had written a letter in opposition to the Wastewater being brought to Sioux County.  She also reported that she had looked at the breakup in the concrete around the building with Eva.  Jeff Metz is testifying at a U S Ag Committee hearing in Washington D.C. regarding “Waters of the U.S.”

 

            The following 2015 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: Feb – I Cardenas, Co Sheriff, J Schildt, Clk of Dist Ct, K Brandt, Co Clk and L McCoy, Co Treas.  The Morrill County Sheriff’s Distress Warrants report was also received, reviewed and placed on file.

           

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

 

            The March minutes of the Safety Committee were received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

            Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, presented the February Financial reports to the Board.  She said the Hospital Board had adopted a resolution to finance the building project with Platte Valley Bank.  She said they are advertising for contractors.

 

            Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, was not present, but had left the list of Delinquent Real Estate and Assessments in Morrill County that were sold at a Public Tax Sale.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Erdman, to accept and sign the above Certification.  Yeas:  Batterman and Erdman.   Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Travis Rodak, County Attorney, asked the Board about possibly selling the County’s deeded property in Northport.  He said he had been approached by an adjacent owner about purchasing it.  He said the Board would have to decide to proceed, then they would have to have a resolution and hearing and advertise for bids on the property.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Erdman, to have Rodak to begin the procedure for possibly selling the property.  Yeas: Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Ismael Cardenas, County Sheriff, informed the Board that he had met with the Bridgeport City Council, regarding consolidation of the Sheriff’s Department and the City Policy Department.  He said the City is having trouble finding officers and having to spend time and money in sending them to training and then losing them.  Cardenas said that Dawes and Keith County do this and it is working well for them.  He said the City would compensate the County and that the contract could be terminated at any time and if there are vehicles involved, they would be returned to the City.  Erdman asked if this was an option for Bayard.  Cardenas said that it could be.  Cardenas reported that the county is approved for the grant for the generator.  He said the County would have to pay up front and then be reimbursed at 75% of the cost.

 

            Andrew Leisy, Leisy K-Lawn owner, met with the Board to renew the contract for lawn fertilizing and spraying.  Leisy said the cost is the same as last year for a 4 app treatment, which one app could be for grub control if necessary.  The price is $1,998.28.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Erdman, to approve the contract.  Yeas: Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Tom Wiens from Modern Arboriculture met with the Board to have them consider spraying the Ash trees and possibly some other trees.  The Board asked him to put together a plan for what needs to be done and a cost for the next meeting.

 

            Steve Hutchinson and Eva Draper, Head Custodian, met with the Board to renew the lawn mowing contract.  Hutchinson said he had increased his cost by $20.00 per month.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Erdman, to approve and sign the contract.  Yeas: Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Kevin Sylvester, CPA from Dana F. Cole & Co. LLP, presented the completed audit for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, to the Board.  Sylvester explained the audit to the Board.

 

            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, and Larry Burbach, NMC Exchange, met with the Board regarding the bids for a backhoe.  Hoerler said that he had looked at the one that NMC had and the one that Murphy Tractor had was in Omaha and it was higher in price and had more hours.  Hoerler recommended that the Board go with the bid from NMC Exchange.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Erdman, to accept the bid for the 2011 CAT 421 EIT at $55,000.00.  Yeas: Batterman and Erdman.   Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Hoerler also reported on the auction items.  He said that the Road Department sold $25,875.00 worth of equipment and the Weed Department sold $6,800.00 worth.

 

            Eva Draper, Head Custodian, asked about hiring someone to paint the outside portions around the windows and paint the doors.  She said she had someone who will do it for $17.00 an hour.  The Board told her to go ahead and hire someone.  Rose Nelson, County Assessor, said that the at their Safety meeting they had talked about numbering the separate entrances so if there was a fire, the Fire Department would know which door to enter.

 

            There being no further discussion, Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:12 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

 

                       

 

           

                                        /s/Steve Erdman                   ,Chairperson

 

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:17 A.M., Tuesday, March 24, 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 March 18, 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, March 20, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: Jeff Metz. 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 Erdman, to enter into Board of Equalization, according to Ne. Statute #77-1233.04(6) at 8:17 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Correction #2015-23, 24 & 25.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Erdman, to approve and sign the above corrections.  Yeas: Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried

 

            The Board asked Nelson about the new valuations.  Nelson said that Ag land came in at 72%.  Erdman said “Thank-you.”  Nelson said Market Area 2 was 73%, Market Area 3 was 72% and Market Area 4 was 61%.  She said that the Rural Residential is at 92%, which if they protest and prove they are using those acres for farming, it can be reduced.  Nelson said that the State report will show the 92%, but the percentage for ag use will be 75%.   She reported on the Residential for Bayard, Bridgeport and Broadwater.  The Board said they are pleased with the percentages.

 

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

 

                                               

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk