Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, September 9, 2014



            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 9, 2014 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 Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript on September 3, 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 on September 5, 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairperson, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney was present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.


            There being no objections, the Agenda was approved as e-mailed, with the deletion of Board of Equalization.


            There being no objections, the Minutes of the August 26, 2014 meetings were approved as e-mailed.


Correspondence was received and read. 


            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:




Alliance Times-Herald, Subscription, $102.00; Amera-Chem Inc, Subscription, $81.95; American Family Insurance, Insurance,  $487.52;  Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,611.44; AS Central Services, Teletype, $448.00; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $150.35; Benzel Pest Control Inc, Supplies, $85.00; Bluff’s Sanitary Supply Inc, Supplies, $63.06; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, Subscription & Supplies, $294.37; Bridgeport 66 Service, Repairs & Oil, $294.37; CBE Group Inc, Garnishment, $87.80;  Capital Business Systems Inc, Data Processing Costs, $135.42; Ismael Cardenas, Co Sheriff, Court Costs, $77.50; Charter Communications, Service, $169.98; City of Bridgeport, Service, $576.80; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $23.50; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Holiday Inn-Kearney, Lodging, $479.70; Steve Hutchinson, Contract Labor, $700.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Laundry-Prisoners, $76.18; LexisNexis, Subscription, $132.48; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00;  Midwest Connect, Supplies, $265.00; Larry L Miller, Atty at Law, Public Defender, $1,384.37; MIPS Inc, Data Processing Costs, $2,694.07; Morrill County Court, Court Costs, $236.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $1,760.41; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $422.00; Morrill County Weed Control, Spraying, $2,033.42; Brian Moss, Contract & Equip, $1,877.00; NE Assoc of Prof Veterans Advocates, Membership, $100.00; NE Child Support, Child Support, $123.24; $126.93; NE Total Office, Equip & Supplies, $50.12; Perry Nelson, Repairs, $172.25; Off Broadway Business Products, Supplies & Furniture, $1,009.69; Panhandle Collections, Garnishment, $54.05; Panhandle Coop, Fuel & Repairs, $131.93; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts,  $2,065.50;  Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $8,790.65; Riverside Lumber LLC, Supplies, $12.25; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, $398.46; Travis Rodak, Rent, $425.00;  Sonny’s Super Foods, Supplies, Board of Prisoners & Medical-Prisoners, $219.60; SourceGas, Service, $69.65; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $347.16; Transcript Gate LLC, Subscription & Publishing, $156.75; U S Bank, Meals, Lodging, Equip & Postage, $1,372.38; West Payment Center, Law Library, $159.54; Wex Bank, Fuel, $35.15; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $325.83;  General Employees, Salaries, $39,909.57.




             American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.86; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,262.59; Baker & Associates Inc, Consulting, $34.57; Bomgaars Supply Inc, Supplies, Pipes & Bolts $43.66; City of Bayard, Service, $95.97; City of Bridgeport, Service, $378.20; Filter Care of NE, Repairs, $147.00; Heilbrun’s, Repairs, $31.57; Hireright Solutions, Testing Fees, $109.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $77.80; Lee’s Service, Oil, $79.00; Morrill County Community Hospital, Testing Fees, $79.50; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $912.98;  NE Total Office, Supplies, $42.90; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $207.95; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $762.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,184.58; Rowekamp Assoc Inc, Data Processing Costs, $333.00; SourceGas, Service, $191.21; Thompson Glass Inc, Repairs, $81.23; U S Bank, Data Processing Costs, $85.19; Village of Broadwater, Service, $81.08;  Road Employees, Salaries, $20,191.91.







 Garland Crouse, Service, $247.00;  Drew Leisy, Service, $90.00; Jim Ostdiek, Service, $758.00; Adam Ouderkirk, Service, $64.00.




            Century Link, Service, $149.13.




Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $320.10; City of Bridgeport, Service, $197.09; Morrill County Health Plan, Emp Share, $120.03;  Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $561.86; SourceGas, Service, $39.24;  Weed Employees, Salaries, $2,845.27.


911 FUND


            Century Link, Service, $122.71; Stancil Solutions, 911 Equip, $1,067.00 .


            Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, 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, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.


Board of Equalization


No Agenda items for Board of Equalization.


Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented the Two Year Contract for Pritchard & Abbott, Inc.  Nelson said that the cost had increased by $150.00 per year.  She said that they put the value on the oil wells, the personal property and the mineral interest.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to renew the contract with Pritchard & Abbott for $3,450 per year for 2 years.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Erdman asked if the Department of Revenue was changing the way they use outside sales and medians.  Nelson said they have not made any changes.


Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, presented a letter to the Board from the Hospital Board, recommending that George Hall be re-appointed to serve a 6 Year term on the Hospital Board.  The letter stated that Hall wanted to see the outpatient clinic expansion project through.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the re-appointment of George Hall to the Hospital Board for a term of six years.   Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.


Brian Moss, IT Specialist, met with the Board regarding the computer problems the county has had the past two weeks.  He said that a power surge on August 10th caused the battery to fail and on Labor Day weekend another destroyed the drives in the server.  He said for the backup that MIPS uses, the drives are corrupted and cannot backup the data after August 15th.  He said that it is time to go to the Cloud for our backup and get rid of the servers.  He said he is looking into Evault and IBM where the info from all departments would be pushed to the Cloud.  He said the MIPS system is using old ways of doing things and don’t show any signs of upgrading and that’s a concern.  The Board told him to proceed with what is best for the county.


Chairperson Erdman opened the Public Hearing for the 2014-2015 Budget at 9:02 A.M.  Present were all of the Elected officials and some appointed officials.  Hearing no comment on the budget, Chairperson Erdman closed the Public Hearing at 9:10 A.M.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the 2014-2015 Budget, and to increase the 2014-2015 restricted funds revenue by an additional 1%, to set the Morrill County Levy at 0.355554 (County Levy of 0.334654 and Hospital Bond Levy of 0.020900), which is different from the 2013-2014 Levy of 0.361237, and to approve  the publication notice and to adopt the following resolution:






WHEREAS, A proposed County Budget for the Fiscal Year of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, prepared by the Budget Making Authority, was transmitted to the County Board on or about the 1st day of August, 2014;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Morrill County, Nebraska as follows:


SECTION 1.  That the budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, as categorically evidenced by the Budget Document be and the same hereby is adopted as the Budget for Morrill County for said fiscal year.

SECTION 2.  That the offices, departments, activities and institutions herein named are hereby authorized to expend the amounts herein appropriated to them during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015.


SECTION 3.  That the income necessary to finance the appropriations made and expenditures authorized shall be provided out of the unencumbered cash balance in each fund, revenues other than taxation to be collected during the fiscal year in each fund, and tax levy requirements for each fund.




                                                                                    MORRILL COUNTY NEBRASKA

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS


                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                                              



                                                                                    /s/Gary Oltmann                                             

(S E A L)                                                                     Board Member


                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                                                     

                                                                                    Board Member



/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

Morrill County Clerk


Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  A complete set of budget documents is on file at the Morrill County Clerk’s office.


            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, met with the Board to discuss the damage from Farmer’s Irrigation ditch flooding.  He said they are trying to get it fixed and are making progress.  He said there was an insurance adjuster out yesterday to assess the damage.  Hoerler said the Fog sealing is half done.  Erdman said the Red Willow road is choppy and asked what the problem might be.  He also said that he has received compliments on the road work.


            Regina Rhodes, from the Fair Board, was not present for the meeting.


            Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 9:35 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 24, 2014.








                                                                                         /s/Steve Erdman                  ,Chairperson



/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk