Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public special meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Chairperson Erdman announced that the Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall in the Commissioners’ room. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Notice of such meeting having been published in the Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript on August 13, 2014. Copies of the Agenda, kept continuously current were available from the County Clerk’s office and were e-mailed to each of the Commissioners, August 15, 2014. On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None. All of the elected and appointed officials were also present. Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.
The Agenda was approved as e-mailed.
The Board met with Pete Petersen to finalize budget numbers. Discussion was held regarding insurance funds, road projects, keeping the levy the same as last year or lower. More cuts were made to various budgets. The valuation was in at $109,618,900 more than last year. The projects for the Road Department were discussed. Pete recommended that they stay levy neutral. Metz and Oltmann agreed to that, but Erdman wanted it lowered. Discussion was held regarding transferring monies from Inheritance Tax if needed or from the Health Fund. It was decided to leave the Health Fund monies alone. Pete reminded the Board of lowering the levy by too much and getting into trouble for the next budget year. The amount to be put into reserve was discussed and Erdman said he does not see the need for money to take care of something that history shows has never happened. The Board asked Pete to make the necessary changes to lower the levy from last year. Pete will make the necessary adjustments and send the changes to the Board.
Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 11:28 A.M. Next meeting will be Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
/s/Steve Erdman ,Chairperson
/s/Kathleen L. Brandt ,County Clerk