Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 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 February 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, February 20, 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 and the Minutes of the January 15, 2015 meeting be approved as e-mailed.

 

            Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Debra Alber, Mileage, $42.55; Allo Communicatons, Service, $127.41; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $568.47; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,965.35; AS Central Services, Data Processing Costs, $64.60; Assist Business Center, Supplies, $175.00; Peggy Backer, Consulting & Mileage, $1,114.41; Kathy Brandt, Mileage, $80.50; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $7.20; Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $713.24; Century Link, Service, $80.76; Charter Communications, Service, $65.97; Clerk District Court, Court Costs, $160.00; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $138.70; $126.97; Dell Marketing LP, Supplies, $409.96;  Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $2,552.71; Ed Roehr Safety Productions Co, Uniforms, Law Enforcement Costs & Supplies, $1,400.47; Robert A. Erdman, Mileage, $42.55; Everything’s-A-Bloomin LLC, Plant, $32.45; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Tom Holman, Mileage, $22.71; Sam F. Jacoby DDS, Medical-Prisoners, $461.00; John Deere Financial, Supplies, $15.99; Kone Inc, Service, $191.40; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,278.52; Lexisnexis, Subscription, $132.48; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Beverly Mick, Notary, $30.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $2,037.45;  Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $28,334.01; Morrill County Highway Dept, Service, $40.00; National Presto Industries Inc, Equip, $89.99;  NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $126.93; NE Public Health Environmental Lab, Blood Tests, $105.00; NE Total Office, Repairs & Supplies, $253.48;  Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $85.23; Panhandle District Assoc, Dues, $250.00; Panhandle Treasurer’s Assoc, Dues, $10.00; Personnel Concepts, Registration, $25.90; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,630.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $9,492.88;  Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $12,795.63; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, $511.72; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00; Julie Schildt, Mileage & Misc, $285.97; Scotts Bluff County Detention Center, Boarding Contract, $360.00; Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Dept, Law Enforcement Costs, $96.36;  Staples Credit Plan, Supplies & Furniture, $807.35; Tracy Terrell, Supplies, $22.96; TotalFunds by Hasler, Postage, $300.00; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $105.00; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $70.17; Viaero Wireless, Service, $147.04; Western Pathology Consultants PC, Autopsy, $950.00;  General Employees, Salaries, $43,756.63.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $217.13; Action Communications Inc, Repairs & Equip, $667.00; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.89; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,226.17; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Supplies & Repairs, $1,191.44; Brunner Trucking Co, Gravel, $25,895.65; Century Link, Service, $138.20; Charter Communications, Service, $59.99; Cross-Dillon Tire, Tires, $1,100.00; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $888.00; Heilbrun’s Repairs, $231.65; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Inland Truck Parts & Service, Repairs, $1,535.37; John Deere Financial, Repairs, $10.48; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs & Supplies, $415.81; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $832.61; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $13,844.94; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $61.08; NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs, $2,575.13; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $7,973.00; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $800.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,075.37; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $6,802.08; Stern Oil Co Inc, Fuel, $8, 826.81; Village of Broadwater, Service, $84.08; WY Child Support Enforcement, Child Support, $253.84; Road Employees, Salaries, $19,872.13.

 

 

PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION FUND

 

            Mobile Binders, Supplies, $280.62.

 

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, $25.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $104.70; Handyman Employee, Salary, $550.00.

 

W911 FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $118.24.

 

COURTHOUSE BUILDING FUND

 

            Inman Services, Repairs, $532.32.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

            Cody Renkoski, Contract Labor & Mileage, $233.35; Renkoski Property Development LLC, Contract Labor, $3,000.00; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $14.04;  Verizon Wireless, Service, $42.56.

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $173.77.

 

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

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

            The Commissioners reported on various meetings they had attended.  Batterman reported on the meetings she had attended.  She said she will be the represent Morrill County for the suicide prevention grant.  Metz reported on the Hospital and Fair Board meetings.

 

            The following 2015 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: Jan – 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 January minutes of the Morrill/Scotts Bluff County Extension meeting were received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

            Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, was unable to attend the meeting, but delivered the Financial reports for January.  The Board reviewed the reports.

 

            Bryan Hoerler, Road Superintendent, met with the Board regarding the next project for armor coating.  He presented the prices from SunHall.  Hoerler said it should be cheaper this year, since they know what to do and would be able to rent a newer Reclaimer.  He said he had sent out bid packages for the Backhoe.  The Board reviewed the cost for the armor coating.

 

            The Board discussed the equipment from the Weed Department, that they are putting on an auction.  Metz said that some from the Road Department and the Sheriff would help load the equipment and there had been some others interested in helping.  He suggested paying the extra help $15 per hour.  He said that he would contact Agnes Walker to see if she would go through the files and organize the past three years of records that have to be retained.  She would be paid her salary for another month if she was willing to do this.  Metz said that we need to transfer money into the Weed Fund.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to transfer $40,000 into the Weed Fund and to adopt the following resolution:

 

 

 

RESOLUTION #2015-05

 

            WHEREAS, due to unforeseen circumstances, proposed expenditures exceed budget authority allocated for the Weed office function;

 

            WHEREAS, budget authority in the County Miscellaneous budget, also an office function of the General Fund Budget, is adequate to allow for a transfer to meet current fiscal year expenditures, and

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the County Board of Commissioners of Morrill County, that an additional $40,000.00 of budget authority is hereby allocated to the Weed Fund from the County Miscellaneous Budget.

 

            PASSED AND APPROVED this 24th day of February, 2015.

 

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                              

                                                                                    Chairperson

 

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                                     

(S E A L)                                                                     Board Member

 

                                                                                    /s/Susanna Batterman                                      

ATTEST:                                                                     Board Member

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

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

 

            David Goebel, Business Development Executive for AMERESCO, from Aurora, Colorado, Joel Asrael, P.E. and Jeff Berggren gave a presentation on their Energy Solutions for Morrill County.  They gave a list of projects they have completed for schools in Nebraska.  They said they would work with local contractors, do onsite training on the systems and try to help with grants.  Goebel said they are knowledgeable in Nebraska law.  The talked about cutting costs on our energy bills.  The Board asked about the grants and Goebel said there aren’t any available in Nebraska at this time.  Goebel asked that the Board sign a Memorandum of Understanding to start the project.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney, reviewed the Memorandum and said the last paragraph needs to be taken out.  He also advised the Commissioners to look it over and address it at the next meeting.  He questioned the representatives as to why there were no costs presented.  They said they had to do a complete assessment of the property before they could make recommendations.  The Board said they will address this at their next meeting.

 

            There being no further discussion, Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:19 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

 

                       

                       

 

           

                                         /s/Steve Erdman                  ,Chairperson

 

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:15 A.M., Tuesday, February 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 February 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, January 23, 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 8:15 A.M.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Correction #2015-19, 20 & 21.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the above corrections.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            The Board had received a letter showing that the Bridgeport Ethanol Plan had withdrawn from the TERC hearing. 

 

            The Board asked Nelson about the new valuations.  Nelson said she is working on Rural Residentials and they will be going up.  She said all classes will be going up.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to return to regular session at 8:29 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                                               

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairperson

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk