Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 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 April 8, 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 on April 10, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney was present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

                       

            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the Agenda and the Minutes of the March 24, 2014 meeting.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Action Communications Inc, Equip, $1,030.00; Allo Communications, Service, $304.49; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $556.80; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,704.22; AS Central Services, Teletype, $448.00; Bank of the West, Supplies, $80.16; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $118.39; Bluff’s Sanitary Supply Inc, Supplies, $58.60; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing & Supplies, $654.38; Bridgeport 66 Service & Towing, Oil, $91.60; Capital Business Systems Inc, Data Processing Costs, $158.71 Ismael Cardenas, Co Sheriff, Court Costs, $566.20; Charter Communications, Service, $361.40; Dana F. Cole & Co LLP, Audit, $12,400.00; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $126.97; Crescent Electric Supply Co, Supplies, $56.60; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $38.60; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Galls LLC, Uniforms, $42.92; HTMC, Service, $50.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Laundry-Prisoners, $87.34; Inman Services, Mntnce Agreement, $392.00; Andrew Shannon Leisy d/b/a Leisy K-Lawn, Lawn Contract, $1,998.28; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00;  Mediation West, Misc, $100.00; Microfilm Imaging Systems, Equip Lease, $150.00; Mid-American Research Chemical Corp, Supplies, $300.33; Larry L. Miller, Atty, Public Defender, $1,384.37; MIPS Inc, Data Processing Costs, $2,711.74; Mobius Communications Co, Service, $58.50; Morrill County Community Hospital, Board of Prisoners, $1,275.00; Morrill County Court, Court Costs, $281.56; Morrill County Community Hospital Clinic, Medical-Prisoners, $53.00;  Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Share, $1,953.82; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $236.99; Brian Moss, Data Processing, $1,500.00; NACO, Registration, $250.00; NE Child Support, Child Support, $126.93; NE Total Office, Service Contract, Repairs & Supplies, $303.65; Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $29.98; Off Broadway Business Products, Supplies, $591.53; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $84.28; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,630.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $8,764.35; Renkoski Property Development LLC, Misc, $48.00; Jean Rhodes, Public Defender, $1,931.25; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, $429.98; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00; Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Dept, Court Costs & Law Enforcement Costs, $118.75; Scotts Bluff County Treasurer, Probation Costs, $3,504.64; Sonny’s Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $.64; Sonny’s Super Foods, Supplies, Board of Prisoners & Medical-Prisoners, $104.28; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $200.68; Star-Herald, Subscription, $145.60; Tim’s Jack & Jill, Supplies, $55.92; Trail City Supply, Supplies, $17.97; Viaero Wireless, Service, $175.57; Wex Bank, Fuel, $36.50; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $576.73;  General Employees, Salaries, $41,113.08.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

             Allo Communications, Service, $6.07; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.86; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,211.81; Aulick Industries, Repairs, $115.40; Bomgaars Supply Inc, Supplies & Repairs, $340.20; Bridgeport News-Blade, Supplies, $98.48; Brunner Trucking Co, Gravel, $30,092.96; Century Link, Service, $70.02; City of Bayard, Service, $382.43; City of Bridgeport, Service, $522.19; Fastenal Co, Pipes & Bolts, $89.73; Heilbrun’s, Repairs & Tools, $805.70; Hireright Solutions, Testing Fees, $4.65; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $80.16; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs & Supplies, $231.02; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs, $231.02; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Share, $882.61;  Nationwide Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $217.13; NE Motor Fuels Div, Fuel Tax, $188.00; NE Total Office, Supplies, $200.75; NMC Exchange, Backhoe, $55,500.00; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, Supplies & Repairs, $14,792.22; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $800.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,040.96; SourceGas, Service, $2,621.77; Stern Oil Co Inc, Supplies & Oil, $928.55; Trail City Supply, Misc, $17.99; United States Welding Inc, Supplies, $104.28; Village of Broadwater, Service, $81.08; Westco, Supplies, $94.00; Western Cartographers, Supplies, $53.30; Wickard Heating & Plumbing Inc, Repairs, $258.61; Wyoming Child Support Enforcement, Child Support, $253.84; WY Machinery Co, Repairs, $2,809.92; 21st Century Equip Inc, Repairs, $8.71; Road Employees, Salaries, $19,744.52.

 

PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION FUND

 

            Mobile Binders,  Supplies, $275.18.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

 Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $53.35; Garland Crouse, Service, $20.00; Kathy Ewert, Service, $104.00; Drew Leisy, Service, $364.00; Juan Ramirez, Service, $120.00.

 

E911 FUND

 

            Century Link, Service, $289.26.

 

COURTHOUSE BUILDING FUND

 

            Riverside Lumber LLC, Repairs, $272.38; Thompson Glass Inc, Repairs, $298.50.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

John Deere Financial, Misc, $14.35; Renkoski Property Development LLC, Weed Contract, $5,000.00; SourceGas, Service, $238.00; Tim’s Jack & Jill, Misc, $9.94; Waste Connections of NE Inc, Misc, $583.15.

 

911 FUND

 

            Century Link, Service, $239.87.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, 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.

 

Kevin C. Adams, Farmers Irrigation District, met with the Board, to discuss the cost sharing of a culvert.  Adams presented the total cost at $23,702.80.  He asked if the County would pay 25% of the cost. The Board said they would agree to that.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the cost share of 25%  for the County’s portion of the culvert and installation at $5,925.70.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

The Annual report of the Morrill County Extension was received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

Steve Erdman, Chairman of the Board, signed the contract with Cody Renkoski for the Weed Control for Morrill County, which had been previously approved.

 

Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, presented a resolution to transfer funds to the Road Department.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the transfer and to adopt the following resolution:

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION #2015-08

TRANSFER OF FUNDS

 

WHEREAS, the Road Fund monies were put into the General Fund at levy time, it is necessary to transfer those monies into the proper funds.  The Morrill County Board of Commissioners orders the County Treasurer to transfer the funds in the amount of $100,000.00 into the Road Fund.

 

PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day of April, 2015.

 

                                                            BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                            /s/Steve Erdman                                              

                                                            Chairperson

 

                                                            /s/Jeff Metz                                                     

                                                            Board Member

(S E A L)

                                                                        /s/Susanna Batterman                                      

                                                                        Board Member

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

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

 

            Nancy Eichthaler, Handyman/Handi-Bus Director, presented to the Board the Grant Award for the Aging Office of Western Nebraska.  She said that she needs the commissioners to accept the grant and the county will provide matching funds for it.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to accept the grant of $16,760 with the county’s share being $10,086.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Discussion was held regarding RD 100.  Metz said that he and Bryan Hoerler, Highway Superintendent, met with Northport Irrigation and Belmont last week regarding this road and the culverts that need to be replaced.  Metz said that the road has been damaged by water that is dumped into Dugout Creek.  He said that George Hall recommended that we split the cost of the culverts and Northport Irrigation will install them.  He said the cost of the 2 big culverts would be $7,500 per culvert and the smaller one would be $1,500.  Jeff said he told them tentatively that the county would agree to it because of the emergency on this road.  He said that Northport Irrigation has not budgeted for these for this year so it would be next year before they could pay for the two larger ones.  He said that Belmont does not have any projects at this time and are not interested in sharing costs. 

 

            Ismael Cardenas, County Sheriff, met with the Board to discuss what was discussed at the Bridgeport City Council meeting regarding consolidation of the Sheriff’s Department and City Police Department.  Carrie Harless, City Councilwoman, was also present.  Milo said that an agreement between the City and County would have to be drawn up and he asked that one of the commissioners meet with two City Councilmen to iron out the details of the agreement.  He said that the City would be able to back out at any time with a 6 month notice and all of their vehicles returned to them.  He said the City only has one certified officer at this time and one more in training.  Carrie said there will be a special meeting of the City Council on April 21st and that this might be able to be added to the agenda as a Public Hearing.  Milo said the cost to the City would be $308,500. per year, with a 3% increase each year.  The Commissioners asked how this would save the City money since their current budget for law enforcement is $365,000.00.  Rodak said that in the overall scope it would save money.  Batterman volunteered to be the Commissioner to sit down with the Councilmen to discuss this prior to the meeting on April 21st.

 

            Tom Wiens, Modern Arboriculture, met with the Board to discuss the trees that the Courthouse is going to lose because of insects.  He presented a proposal of $9,000 to take care of all the trees and their soil systems.  The Board asked what they could prioritize for this year.  He said he will put an estimate together and call Steve.

 

            Weston Gouger, Aaron Buys and Lee Macke, from 360 Energy Engineers, presented their design for the Heating/Cooling system for the Annex.  They said they would be putting in 6 units.  The Board convinced them that 5 would be enough.   They showed the plans of where the units would be located and removing the rooftop one.  They said they have contractors walking through the building this afternoon to look.  They said the project would take about 6 weeks.  The Board asked about financing and they said they will look into the rates at the Morrill County banks.  The Board said they could put $100,000.00 down on this project, using Inheritance Tax monies and finance the rest.  Gouger said he will work with Rodak on a contract template.  They said they will have more finalized numbers after the contractors look at the project and will be in touch with the Commissioners.

 

            Rick Willis, from Adrian Smith’s office met with the Board to tell them what Smith is working on.  The first is to increase fuel options for Ethanol, the second, to repeal a law for Critical Access Hospitals that states that a physician has to be present for blood to be drawn, and third, the waters in the U. S. and EPA’s overreach and control.

 

            There being no further discussion, Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 11:38 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

           

                                                                               /s/Steve Erdman                ,Chairperson

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 

 

            The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:08 A.M., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 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 April 8, 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 on April 10, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney, and Rose Nelson, County Assessor, were 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 8:08 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Correction #2015-26.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the above correction.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Nelson reported that the R & O is out and we are not up for a “Show Cause” hearing.  She said that TERC is checking on the Bayard Commercial properties.

 

            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to return to regular session at 8:19 A.M.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

 

                                                                        /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk