Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Vice-Chairperson Metz 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 January 4, 2017.  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 January 6, 2017.  On roll call Commissioners Jeff Metz, Susanna Batterman and Greg Sterkel were present. Absent: None.  Some of the elected officials were present. John Erickson from the News-Blade 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, with the deletion of the Transfer of Funds and to approve the minutes of the December 27, 2016 meetings.  Yeas:  Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 Alliance Times-Herald, Supplies, $16.20; Allo Communications, Service, $994.89; American Family Life, Life Insurance, $301.16; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $6,917.03; Amsterdam Printing, Supplies, $79.11; Clint Bates, Phone, $40.00; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $18.98; Bluff’s Sanitary Supply Inc, Supplies, $251.13; Kathy Brandt, Phone, $40.00; Bridgeport 66, Repairs, $121.88; Capital Business Systems, Inc, Data Processing Costs, $151.54; Ismael Cardenas, Phone, $40.00; Ismael Cardenas, Co Sheriff, Court Costs, $329.00; Mike Cerney, Phone, $40.00; Charter Communications, Service, $275.61; City of Bridgeport, Service, $2,915.01; Colonial Life & Accident Insurance, Insurance, $529.59; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $25.50; DAS State Accounting-Central Finance, Teletype, $448.00;  Audrey M. Elliott, Public Defender, $2,500.00;  FIA Card Services N.A., Garnishment, $135.15; Cheree Fisher, Phone, $40.00; Daniel Flores, Phone, $40.00; Galls LLC, Uniforms, $260.78; Todd E. Harless, Repairs, $52.00; Holiday Inn-Kearney-Lodging, $1,599.20; Bret Hutchison, Phone, $40.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Laundry-Prisoners, $119.61; David Kleensang, Phone, $40.00; MailFinance, Equip Rental, $1,905.00; Loretta C. McCoy-Co Treas, RE Taxes, $123.16;  Lori McCoy, Phone, $40.00; Taylor Menke, Phone, $40.00; Jeff Metz, Phone, $40.00; Microfilm Imaging Systems, Equip Rental, $86.00; MIPS Inc, Data Processing Costs & Supplies, $2,767.71; Mobius Communications Co, Service, $58.50; Moneywise Office Supply, Supplies, $276.36; Morrill County Court, Court Costs, $371.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $1,936.53; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $225.36;  NE Child Support, Child Support, $138.47;  NE Clerk Dist Court Assoc, Dues, $50.00; NE Total Office, Supplies & Service, $434.05; Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $50.85; Rose Nelson, Phone, Postage & Mileage, $85.40; Off Broadway Business Products, Supplies, $133.56;  Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $91.46;  Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,533.75; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $14,081.43; Platte Valley Vac & Sew, Supplies & Repairs, $138.09; Region 21 Emergency Mngmt, Civil Defense, $8,963.37; Renkoski Property Development LLC, Contracted Weed Supt, $3,750.00; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, Phone & Utilities, $829.69; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00; Scotts Bluff Co Sheriff’s Dept, Court Costs, $29.28; Clay Sheldon, Snow Removal, $600.00; Sonny’s Super Foods, Board of Prisoners, Medical-Prisoners & Supplies, $150.96; Susan D. Sparks, Supplies, $32.57; Travis Sparks, Repairs, $245.00; Lyle Staudenmaier, Phone, $40.00; Felicia Talley, Witness Fees, $375.00; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $1,077.54; Wex Bank, Fuel, $675.17; Jon Worthman, Public Defender, $2,500.00; General Employees, Salaries, $58,821.46.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $252.07; Allo Communications, Service, $106.29; American Family Life Insurance, Life Insurance, $135.81; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,794.41; Black Hills Energy, Service, $1,081.50; Bluff’s Sanitary Supply Inc, Supplies, $105.28; City of Bayard, Service, $628.30; City of Bridgeport, Service, $457.68; Colonial Life & Accident, Insurance, $144.44; Cross-Dillon Tires, Tires, $72.00; Heilbrun’s Repairs, $305.38; Holiday Inn-Kearney, Lodging, $299.85; KBK Trucking LLC, Gravel, $733.11; Lussetto Machine, Repairs, $10.93; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $916.74; NE Child Support, Child Support, $300.01; NE Dept of Rev/Motor Fuels Div, Fuel Tax, $477.00;  Michael Todd & Co Inc, Supplies, $275.77; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $815.41; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $5,428.35; Road Employees, Salaries, $24,931.20.

 

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

Garland Crouse, Service, $100.00;  Kathy Ewert, Service, $90.00;  Drew Leisy, Service, $600.00; Pamela S. Loomis, Service, $360.00; Marvin Kirk Nussbaum, Service, $30.00.

 

911 FUND

           

            Century Link, Service, $295.95.

 

COURTHOUSE BUILDING FUND

 

            Todd E. Harless, Repairs, $181.94; Thompson Glass Inc, Repairs, $315.25.

 

W911 FUND

 

 Century Link, Service, $242.13.

 

              Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, that the above claims be approved and checks drawn on the various funds, delinquent personal property taxes deducted where owing.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None. Motion carried.

 

Board of Equalization

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

REORGANIZATION FOR 2017

 

            The Board proceeded to organize according to Section 23-153, 1943 Revised Statutes of Nebraska.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to nominate Jeff Metz to serve as Chairperson of said Board for the year 2017.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Metz, to nominate Susanna Batterman to serve as First Vice Chairperson of said Board for 2017.  Yeas: Sterkel, Metz and Batterman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to nominate Greg Sterkel to serve as Second Vice Chairperson of said Board for 2017.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Sterkel.   Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, that the following Commissioners serves as representatives from Morrill County on the following Boards for the year 2017 and the other commissioners  will serve as alternates:

 

            Sterkel, Region 21 Emergency Management, Aging Office of Western NE, and Morrill/Scotts Bluff County Extension Board.

 

            Metz,  CAPWN, Morrill County Fair Board and Morrill County Community Hospital Liaison.

 

            Batterman, Region I Office of Human Development, Panhandle Disabilities Service Inc., Panhandle Health District and Panhandle Mental Health District.

 

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

 

            Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, that the vote of the Morrill County Commissioner representative, to any of the boards outlined above, is made with full power and authority as if made by the County Board as a unit.  Yeas: Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to re-appoint Judy Oltmann, as the principal Morrill County Representative to the Aging Office of Western Nebraska Advisory Council for the year 2017.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, that Bryan Hoerler be re-appointed as County Highway Superintendent for the year 2017.  Yeas: Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, that Nancy Eichthaler be re-appointed as Handyman/Handi-Bus Director for the year 2017.  Yeas: Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel that Cody Renkoski be re-appointed as Contracted Weed Superintendent for Morrill County for the year 2017.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, that Bill Dean be re-appointed as Zoning Administrator for Morrill County for the year 2017.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to appoint the following to serve as members of the Morrill County Safety Committee for the year 2017:  Dan Abel, Susanna Batterman, Dana Cadwallader, Milo Cardenas, Eva Draper, Bryan Hoerler, Doug McCloud, Loretta McCoy, Rose Nelson, Mary Ann Randall and Travis Rodak.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to adopt the following holidays for the year 2017:

 

                        New Year’s Day – January 2, 2017 (Monday)

                        Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 16, 2017 (3rd Monday)

                        President’s Day – February 20, 2017 (3rd Monday)

                        Good Friday (1/2 Day) – April 14, 2017 (Friday)

                        Arbor Day – April 28, 2017 (Last Friday)

                        Memorial Day – May 29, 2017 (Last Monday)

                        Independence Day – July 4, 2017 (Tuesday)

                        Labor Day – September 4, 2017 (1st Monday)

                        Columbus Day – October 9, 2017 (2nd Monday)

                        Veterans’ Day – November 10, 2017 (Holiday on Saturday, Friday observed)

                        Thanksgiving Day – November 23, 2017 (Thursday)

                        Day after Thanksgiving – November 24, 2017 (Friday)

                        Christmas Day – December 25, 2017 (Monday)

 

If such holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a holiday.  If such holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be a holiday.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Letters of intent to be depositories for Morrill County were received from the five banks in Morrill County and NPAIT.  Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2017-01

 

            WHEREAS, there are five banks in Morrill County, Nebraska, to wit:

Bank of the West, Farmers State Bank, Platte Valley Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, Nebraska, NA all in Bridgeport, Nebraska and Western States Bank in Bayard, Nebraska and NPAIT in Lincoln, Nebraska and:

 

            WHEREAS, it is necessary that the County Treasurer deposit in each bank a sum in excess of the capital stock and surplus in each of said banks,

 

            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD of Morrill County, Nebraska, that the County Treasurer of Morrill County, Nebraska, be and hereby is authorized to deposit in Bank of the West, Farmers State Bank, Platte Valley Bank and Wells Fargo Bank Nebraska, NA, all in Bridgeport, Nebraska, or in Western States Bank in Bayard, Nebraska, and NPAIT in Lincoln, Nebraska or each of said banks a sum in excess of the capital stock and surplus of each bank provided each of said banks secures the deposit by pledge of the assets of the Bank as provided in Section 77-2318.01 R.R.S., 1943.  The Morrill County Treasurer shall receive a timely report as required by statute as to the market values and positions of each security that is pledged.

 

            Said Resolution was passed and adopted this 10th day of January, 2017.

 

                                                            MORRILL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                            /s/Jeff Metz                                                                 

                                                            Chairperson

 

                                                            /s/Susanna Batterman                                                  

                                                            Board Member

 

(S E A L)                                              /s/Greg Sterkel                                                             

                                                            Board Member

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                           

Morrill County Clerk

 

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

 

            Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, designating the Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript as the official newspapers for Morrill County for the year 2017 and they are to publish the official proceedings and the statutory rate for such publication shall be in accordance with statutes of Nebraska and said rate shall be divided between the official newspapers as follows: the Bridgeport News-Blade, a ½ share and the Bayard Transcript a ½ share.  Also, the County’s Website shall post the meeting notice and minutes.  Yeas: Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to set the per diem limit for meals at $30.00, and receipts must accompany the claim.  If the meal allowance is for a day meeting, and not an overnight trip, the employee’s/official’s W-2 will reflect these meals as a benefit.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Mileage rates will be the same as the IRS rates.  If you are using a county-owned vehicle, you will be able to charge fuel.  If you are taking your personal vehicle to a county meeting, you may charge mileage.

 

 

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

 

            A request was received asking the county to proclaim January 22-28, 2017 as School Choice Week.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to issue the following proclamation:

 

PROCLAMATION

COMMEMORATING MORRILL COUNTY SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK

 

WHEREAS all children in Morrill County should have access to the highest-quality education possible; and

 

WHEREAS Morrill County recognizes the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all students in Morrill County to be successful adults; and

 

WHEREAS quality education is critically important to the economic vitality of Morrill County; and

 

WHEREAS Morrill County is home to a multitude of excellent education options from which parents can choose for their children

 

WHEREAS, educational variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the vibrancy of our community; and,

 

WHEREAS our area has many high-quality teaching professionals who are committed to educating our children; and,

 

WHEREAS, School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options:

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeff Metz do hereby recognize January 22-28, 2017 as Morrill County SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.

 

/s/Jeff Metz                                         

Chairman, Morrill County Board of Commissioners

 

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

 

            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, met with the Board.  He informed the Board that we had been selected for the Bridge Program for two bridges, one by 4-P Ranch and one by Hill #44 School.  He said the cost to the county will be 25% of the total and these bridges will not have to be inspected any more.  Hoerler said they are still working with NDOR regarding the railroad crossing near Phil Corman’s. The Board advised Hoerler to get the building in Broadwater torn down.

 

            Chairperson Metz opened the Public Hearing for the possible vacating of streets in Northport at 9:00 A.M.  Phil and Linda Barnhardt were present.  Barnhardt said he has a survey for this property.  Hearing no more comments, Chairperson Metz closed the Public Hearing at 9:06 A.M.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to vacate these streets and have a resolution drawn up for the next meeting to sign.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.   Phil Barnhardt asked about the other portion that he wants vacated.  The Board advised him to get a survey and that access still has to be left for the adjacent landowners.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney, said that the county has nothing to do with the dispute of the adjacent landowners and that would be a civil matter for Barnhardt, not a county decision.

 

            Nancy Eichthaler, Handyman/Handi-Bus Director, met with the Board to set a hearing date for changing the name of Morrill County Handi-Bus to the Morrill County Public Transit.  She said she would be reimbursed for changing the signage.  She said her funding depends on the name change.  The Board agreed to set the public hearing for February 14, 2017.  Eichthaler also asked about using that same date for a Public Hearing for purchasing a small minivan to replace the 2002 vehicle.  She said it would cost the county $3,600.00 and if she can sell the only minivan, it would cover the cost. The Board asked her to get the value of the old one.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to set the Public Hearing date for February 14, 2017 for the name change and the purchase of a minivan.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Andy Forney, Public Finance Banker for D. A. Davidson, presented to the Board the Lease-Purchase package for the new Explorer for the Sheriff’s Department.  Milo Cardenas, County Sheriff, said that the cost for the payment was in his budget and it is using a portion of the amount we receive from the City.  Forney said that Platte Valley Bank will be the financing bank. Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the Lease Agreement and to adopt the following resolution:

 

THE COUNTY OF MORRILL

RESOLUTION No. 2017-02

 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING, ADOPTING, RATIFYING AND AFFIRMING THE EXECUTION AND PERFORMANCE OF A LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH NACO LEASING CORPORATION FOR ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY.

 

            BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of The County of Morrill, Nebraska (the “County”), that this Board hereby approves and authorizes the acquisition of a sheriff’s vehicle and related equipment by the Count through a Lease-Purchase Agreement with NACO Leasing Corporation.  The Lease-Purchase Agreement shall include the following terms, with such changes as are deemed reasonable or necessary by the Chair of the Board of Commissioners.

 

1.       Principal Amount:  $39,162.25

2.       Interest Rate:  2.050%

3.       Payment Amount:  $6,899.99 in 2017 and $11,305.58 for years 2018-2020.

4.       Term:  January 26, 2016 through June 15, 2020

5.       Payment Frequency:  annually on June 15, beginning June 15, 2017

 

Settlement and closing of the Lease-Purchase Agreement shall be on or about January 26, 2017.  NACO Leasing Corporation shall send payment to the equipment vendor or owner for acquisition of the property on the date on which NACO Leasing Corporation received the signed Lease-Purchase Agreement and accompanying documents from the County.

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chair or Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners and the County Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to sign the Lease-Purchase Agreement and accompanying documents; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Tax-Exempt Financing Compliance Procedure presented to the Board is hereby adopted and approved.

 

            This Resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and all resolutions or orders, or parts thereof, in conflict with the provisions of this Resolution, are to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed.  This Resolution may be executed by electronic transmission and shall be regarded as an original.

 

            PASSED:  January 10, 2017, at Bridgeport, Morrill County, Nebraska.

 

                                                                        THE COUNTY OF MORRILL, NEBRASKA

 

                                                                        /s/Jeff Metz                                                     

                                                                        Chairperson

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                                       

County Clerk

 

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

 

            Cody Renkoski, Contracted Weed Superintendent, presented the Annual Weed Report.

Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to approve and sign the Annual Report.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Renkoski asked about a renewal of his contract.  Rodak said he had reviewed the contract and since he has been re-appointed and there are no changes, a new contract is not necessary.  Metz commented that he thinks Renkoski is doing a good job.

 

            The Commissioners reported on meetings they had attended.

 

            Eva Draper, Head Custodian asked about some windows that are under warranty and need the glass replaced.  Julie Schildt, Clerk of the District Court, asked about a new lock for the judge’s chambers and Rose Nelson, County Assessor, asked about changing the locks on the vault door, so that they open from the inside. 

 

            Schildt, Rodak and Cardenas commented on the cost of the trial that was just held.

 

            County Government Day was discussed.

                                               

There being no further discussion, Chairperson Metz adjourned the meeting at 10:39 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

 

 

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                  , Chairperson

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                , County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:10 A.M., Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Vic-Chairperson Metz 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 January 4, 2017.  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 January 6, 2017.  On roll call Commissioners Jeff Metz, Susanna Batterman and Greg Sterkel were present. Absent: None.  Rose Nelson, County Assessor, was present. Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to enter into Board of Equalization, according to Ne. Statute #77-1233.04(6) at 8:10 A.M.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Corrections #2017-1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.  Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the above corrections.  Yeas: Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to return to regular session at 8:17 A.M.   Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                                                           

                                                                        /s/Jeff Metz                              ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                ,County Clerk