Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Chairperson Erdman announced that the Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall of the Commissioners’ room.  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 January 21, 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, January 23, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None.  Travis Rodak, County Attorney, was also 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 addition of a Transfer of Funds to the Road Department.

 

            There being no objections, the Minutes of the January 15, 2015 meeting were approved as e-mailed.

 

            Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Adams County Sheriff’s Dept, Court Costs, $65.00; Allo Communicatons, Service, $126.97; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $594.98; American Legion Emblem Sales, Supplies, $193.40; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $5,066.93; AS Central Services, Data Processing Costs, $64.60; Peggy Backer, Consulting & Mileage, $1,110.26; Clint Bates, Supplies, $23.72;  Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $21.63; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $7.92; CBE Group Inc, Garnishment, $87.80; Ismael Cardenas, Furniture, $100.00; Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $601.08; Centec Cast Metal Products, Grave Markers, $3,445.97; Century Link, Service, $80.76; Clerk District Court, Court Costs, $240.00; Consolidated Management Co, Meals, $27.50; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $138.70; Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $2,489.57; R. R. Donnelly, Supplies, $130.87; Eva Draper, Supplies, $50.58;  Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Daniel Florex, Meals, $35.57; Tom Holman, Mileage, $110.60; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,093.75; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Loretta McCoy-Co Treas, Taxes, $218.12; Larry L. Miller, Atty, Public Defender, $1,384.37; Morrill County Community Hospital-Clinic, Medical-Prisoners, $53.00; Morrill County Fair Board, Fair Expense, $35,540.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,992.08;  Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $29,325.08; Morrill County Highway Dept, Service, $40.00; NE Assoc Co Clk, ROD, Elec Comm, Dues, $50.00; NE Assoc of Co Treas, Dues, $75.00; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $126.93; NE Clerk of Dist Court Assoc, Dues, $75.00; NE Total Office, Equip & Supplies, $74.68;  Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,790.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $9,676.27;  Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $14,019.79;  Riverside Lumber LLC, Furniture, $1,300.00; Clay Sheldon, Snow Removal, $225.00; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies, $169.99; Thompson Reuters-West, Law Library, $92.50; TotalFunds by Hasler, Postage, $5,010.00; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $253.83; USDA Aphis, Pest Control, $1,924.09; Verizon Wireless, Service, $65.17;  General Employees, Salaries, $44,492.54.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $217.13; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $140.59; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,280.73; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Supplies & Repairs, $433.34; Brunner Trucking Co, Gravel, $6,218.67; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $1,320.82;  Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $86.11; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $832.61; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $13,844.94; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $63.92; NMC Exchange LLC, Grader Blades & Repairs, $4,892.08; Northern Plains Supply Inc, Repairs, $3,900.00;  Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $800.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,223.61; PowerPlan, Repairs, $565.41; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $6,312.10; Tim’s Jack & Jill, Supplies, $3.92; 21st Century Equip Inc, Repairs, $60.69; Road Employees, Salaries, $20,388.64.

 

 

 

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $128.81; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $61.88; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $12.92; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fax & Phone, $25.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $104.70; Handyman Employee, Salary, $550.00.

 

W911 FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $121.54.

 

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

            Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $152.53; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $59.50; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $81.27; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $273.08; Verizon Wireless, Service, $42.30; Agnes Walker, Contract Labor, $697.75; Weed Employee, Salary, $1,355.82.

 

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $215.45.

 

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

 

Board of Equalization

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

            The Commissioners reported on various meetings they had attended.  Metz reported on the Hospital Board Meeting, Batterman reported on the new Commissioner training in North Platte and Erdman reported on the Extension meeting.

 

            The following 2014 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: Dec – I Cardenas, Co Sheriff, J Schildt, Clk of Dist Ct, K Brandt, Co Clk and L McCoy, Co Treas.  The Morrill County Sheriff’s Distress Warrants report was also received, reviewed and placed on file.

           

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

 

            The Quarterly reports for the Road, Handyman and Handi-bus were received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

            The Board discussed the minutes reflecting the fact that they are recorded.  Batterman said she felt it would show a sense of accountability and that they would be more aware of what they are saying.  Erdman said he had talked to the County Attorney and it was not necessary.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to publish in the minutes that the minutes are being recorded.  Yeas: Batterman.  Nays: Metz and Erdman.  Motion failed.

 

            Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, presented to the Commissioners the December Financial Statements.  She reported that the Hospital had been approved by Platte Valley Bank for the construction project.  She presented the plans for the addition.  She reported on the ambulance service which is doing well.  Stuart also said that Doug Hadden, PA has been offered a contract effective April 1st.  She said there is another doctor that they are hoping will come to Bridgeport.

 

            The Board discussed the recycling of used oil.  Owen Walker, Weed Superintendent, said that he has been using the first Wednesday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for collection of used oil.  He said it averages 600-800 gallons per year.  He said because of the price of oil, we are only receiving $.20 per gallon.  The Board discussed having the Road Department collect the oil.  Metz said he thought we should just scrap the project.   Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Erdman, to discontinue the used oil collection program.  Yeas:  Metz.  Nays: Erdman and Batterman.  Motion failed.  The used oil collection will continue and the Road Department will handle it.

 

            Owen Walker, Weed Superintendent, presented the Annual Weed report for the State.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve and sign the report.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  The Board discussed the Weed Department inventory and what could be transferred to the Road Department.  Cody Renkoski, Interim Weed Superintendent, said he could use some of the chemical and could help with the disposal of the chemicals that could not be used.  The Board discussed using the bays in the Weed Department for housing the Handi-buses and the Ford Expedition.  They said the yard could also be used for the impound lot.  It was decided to change the locks and keep the utilities on in the building.  Erdman said there will be a consignment auction in March that some of the items could be sold at.

 

            Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, presented the Notice of Delinquent Property Tax Sale report and the Semi Annual Statement for publication.  The Board questioned why names are not printed on the Delinquent Tax report.  McCoy said that she is checking into this to see how many counties print it with names.  She said she has to publish this for three weeks, so the cost becomes higher if names are added.  The Board said they would like to see it with names on it for at least one week.  Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to approve the Semi Annual Statement and the Notice Delinquent Property Tax Sale for publication.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  McCoy presented a resolution to transfer money to the Road Fund.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Batterman, to approve the transfer and to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2015-03

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 27th day of January, 2015.

 

                                                                                                BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                                                                /s/Steve Erdman                                  

                                                                                                Chairperson

(S E A L)

                                                                                                /s/Jeff Metz                                         

                                                                                                Board Member

 

                                                                                                /s/Susanna Batterman                          

ATTEST:                                                                                 Board Member

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

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

 

            Eva Draper, Head Custodian, asked about some of the items in storage and if they could be disposed of or sold. The Board said they could be sold or disposed of.  Allen Erdman, Veterans’ Service Officer, asked about purchasing some of the computer equipment.  The Board told him he could purchase the items if they are not needed, to check with Brian Moss.

 

            Chairperson Erdman said he had talked to Steve Shaw, Anderson-Shaw Construction, after the last meeting and told him he felt that there was a misunderstanding and felt the workmanship on the school was very good and that the design was maybe what was questioned.  Erdman said he felt that things that were said before a meeting should not be repeated and could be misconstrued as this had been.

 

            Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:05 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

 

           

           

 

           

                                         /s/Steve Erdman                  .Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt   ,County Clerk

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:14 A.M., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the Commissioners’ room at the Courthouse. Chairperson Erdman announced that the Open Meetings Law was posted on the wall of the Commissioners’ room.  Notice of such meeting having been published in the Bridgeport News-Blade and the Bayard Transcript on January 21, 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, January 23, 2015.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Jeff Metz and Susanna Batterman were present. Absent: None. Rose Nelson, County Assessor was also 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 8:14 A.M.  Yeas: Metz, Batterman and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Correction #2015-17.  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 discussed Homestead Exemptions.  Erdman reported that he had sent a letter to Governor Affairs Committee asking that Ruth Sorenson not be re-appointed as the Property Tax Administrator.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Metz, to return to regular session at 8:25 A.M.  Yeas: Batterman, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                                               

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk