Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in the Commissioners’ Courtroom at the Courthouse. Chairperson Metz announced that the Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall.  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 22, 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 February 23, 2017.  On roll call Commissioners Jeff Metz, Chairman, Susanna Batterman and Greg Sterkel were present. Absent: None. Some of the Elected Officials were also present. John Erickson, Bridgeport News-Blade, was present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, that the Agenda, with the deletion of Tax Sale and Transfer of Funds and the minutes of the February 14, 2017 meeting be approved as e-mailed.  Yeas:  Sterkel, Batterman and Metz. Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Correspondence was received and read.

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

AEM Business Center, Supplies, $100.00;  Chelsea Altena, Mileage, $38.95; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $301.18; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $6,396.46; Brian Peters d/b/a B & S Body Shop, Repairs, $710.90;  Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Repairs, $240.00; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $28.66;  Black Hills Energy, Service, $1,111.16;  Bridgeport News-Blade, Supplies & Publishing, $25.26;  Cenex Fleet Card, Fuel, $1,131.26; Century Link, Service, $80.76; City of Bridgeport, Service, $2,411.46; City of Bridgeport-EMS Dept. Training, $33.00; Colonial Life & Accident Ins Co, Insurance, $481.99;  CVSOAN, Dues, $60.00; DAS State Accounting, Data Processing Costs, $82.88; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $3,121.51; FIA Card Services N.A., Garnishment, $135.15; Galls LLC, Uniforms, $518.21; MailFinance, Postage, $94.20; Marshall & Swift/BOECKH LLC, Subscription, $349.95; Midwest Connect,  Service, $35.00;  Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,974.03; Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $30,116.47; Morrill County Highway Dept, Service & Phone, $65.00; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $138.47; NE Health & Human Services, Service, $93.00; NE Total Office, Supplies, $66.49; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,596.25 Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $12,523.10; Regional Care, Inc, Health Insurance, $20,936.76;  Travis Rodak, Office Expense, $559.53; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies & Equip, $1,021.86; Star-Herald, Subscription, $156.00; Sarah Strawn, Training, $63.00;  Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $218.69; US Bank, Registration, Phone, Equip & Supplies, $1,539.85; Verizon Wireless, Service, $64.38; Wickard Heating & Plumbing Inc, Repairs, $71.50; General Employees, Salaries, $56,647.35.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $252.07; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $135.84; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $3,078.07; Black Hills Energy, Service, $3,283.73; Bomgaars Supply Inc, Repairs, $57.39; California Contractors Supplies Inc, Supplies & Tools, $1,609.60; Century Link, Service, $72.64; Colonial Life & Accident Ins Co, Insurance, $144.44;  Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $1,475.91;  KBK Trucking LLC, Gravel, $14,939.18; Matheson Tri-Gas Inc, Supplies, $217.75; Menards-Scottsbluff, Tools, $514.66; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $916.74; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $15,321.11; NE Child Support, Child Support, $300.01; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $76.20; NMC Exchange LLC, Blades & Repairs, $2,109.07;  Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $815.41; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $6,190.35;  Pro Overhead Door Inc, Repairs, $637.00; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $10,456.85;  Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $127.46; U S Welding Inc, Supplies, $190.91;  Road Employees, Salaries, $27,452.72.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE FUND

 

Morrill County Health Plan, Claims, $42,382.46.

 

 

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

 American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $104.78; Ameritas Life Insurance, Retirement, $67.50; Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $14.93; Morrill County Highway Dept, Phone, $25.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $122.61; Handyman Employee, Salary, $600.00.

 

W911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $119.28.

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $195.95.

 

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

 

Board of Equalization

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

            The following 2017 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: January-I Cardenas, Co Sheriff, J Schildt, Clk of Dist Ct, K Brandt, Co Clk and L McCoy, Co Treas.

 

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

           

            The August minutes of the Morrill County Visitors’ Committee were received, reviewed and place on file.

 

            The Annual report from the Morrill/Scotts Bluff Extension was received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

            Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, was not present, but had delivered her February Financials for the Board’s inspection.  It was reported that the Hospital would have to pay back to the Medicare program $614,845, which has a $100,000 cushion built into that figure.  It was reported that the hospital is purchasing Dr. Post’s building to house the paramedics and call staff.

 

            Rose Nelson, Chairperson of the Safety Committee, requested that Chelsea Altena replace Deb Alber on the Safety Committee and that Julie Schildt be appointed so that there was representation from the other building.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to appoint these two to the Safety Committee for the year.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Travis Rodak, County Attorney, presented a proposal for the lease of his building for the Extension Service.  Rodak said the lease expires on April 10, 2017.  Rodak had checked with other counties regarding other County Attorney’s agreements for their office space.  Rodak proposed that he raise the rent to $800.00 a month and the county pay the utilities for the entire building, which average $500 per month.  Right now the County pays half of the utilites.  He said this is just a proposal and they can discuss it without him present.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to go into Executive Session according to Ne. Statute #84-1410(a) to discuss the contract, at 8:43 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.   Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to return to regular session at 8:52 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.  Metz said that nothing was decided in Executive Session and they would like to review this proposal further and he will meet with Travis to discuss the terms and a decision will be made at the next meeting.

 

            Nancy Eicthaler, Handyman/Handi-Bus Director, presented the Detailed Plan of Operation for 2017-2018 for approval.  Eichthaler said this is for the grant that we receive and provide funds for through the Aging Office.  She said there is an increase of $1,000 which will go into the next budget.  She said that the Aging Office is talking of cutting the funding by 5%.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, with this not setting a precedent for the upcoming budget, to approve and sign the Detailed Plan of Operation.  Yeas: Batterman and Sterkel.  Nays: Metz.  Motion carried.  Eichthaler said that possibly in the new budget year, there could be a transfer from the Handi-Bus budget to the Handyman to allow for the extra $1,000.  The Board said that this could be addressed at budget time.

 

            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, met with the Board.  He said that they are moving forward on the retro reflectivity to get all of the signs replaced in the next seven years.  He said he has not started the road study on RD 100 & RD 129 because of the weather, but will start soon.

 

            Andrew Leisy, Leisy K-Lawn, met with the Board to renew his Lawn Fertilization agreement with the County for the lawn.  He said the price is still the same at $1,998.28.  Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, to renew with Leisy K-Lawn for the lawn care for 2017.  Yeas: Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Ron Leal, Region 21 Emergency Manager, presented the Interlocal Agreement for admitting Kimball County back into the Emergency Management Group, for the Chairperson’s signature.  This was approved at the last meeting and Metz signed the agreement.

 

            The Board reported on meetings they had attended.  Batterman reported on the Region I Mental Health Board meeting and Metz reported on the CAPWN meeting.

 

            Phillip Black, Liaison for Adrian Smith, introduced himself to the Board.  Black presented what Smith is working on at this time, including Obamacare, Tax Reform, Death Tax Repeal, Farm Bill, Trade agreements and regulatory reform.

 

            Jackie Guzman, Extension Agent, talked about various programs they are implementing.  She introduced Chelsea Altena who is the new office manager and 4-H Co-ordinator.

 

            There being no further discussion, Chairperson Metz adjourned the meeting at 10:05 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

 

                                               

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                              .Chairperson

                                        

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:09 A.M., Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in the District Courtroom at the Courthouse. Chairperson Metz announced that the Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall.  Notice of such meeting having been published in the Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript on February 22, 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 February 23, 2017.  On roll call Commissioners Jeff Metz, Chairman, 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 8:09 A.M.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Corrections #2017 – 9, 10 & 11.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to approve and sign the above corrections.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to return to regular session at 8:12 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

           

 

                                                                        /s/Jeff Metz                              ,Chairperson

 

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                ,County Clerk