Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 26, 2014 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 August 20, 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 22 , 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz 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.

 

            There being no objections, the Minutes of the August 12 & 19, 2014 meetings were approved as e-mailed.

 

            Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Debra Alber, Mileage, $35.28; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $487.59; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,706.00; As Central Services, Data Processing Costs, $64.60; Peggy Backer, Consulting, Supplies & Mileage, $1,280.81; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $163.18; Benzel Pest Control Inc, Spraying, $130.00; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $6.84; CBE Group Inc, Garnishment, $87.80; Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $911.52; Century Link, Service, $80.76; City of Bridgeport, Service, $2,726.34; Mandy M. Dalimata, Service, $30.00; Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $2,290.23; Docu-Shred LLC, Service, $90.00; Robert A. Erdman, Phone, $40.00; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Becky A. Fields, Misc, $112.50; Tom Holman, Mileage, $22.12; Jack’s Uniforms & Equip, Uniforms, $304.24; Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Court Costs, $20.36; Kone Inc, Inspection, $185.37; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,093.75; McCooknet Internet Service, Service, $38.00; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,760.41; Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $28,334.01; Morrill County Weed Control, Spraying, $2,014.72; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $123.24; $126.93; NE Crime Commission, Subscription, $7.50;  NE Total Office, Equip & Supplies, $650.86;  Orbitcom Inc, Service, $1,243.70; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $2,065.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $9,113.35; Mary Ann Randall, Mileage, $101.36; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $14,376.57; Jean Rhodes, Public Defender, $1,931.25; Kelley Rice, Panhandle Research & Ext Cntr, Mileage, $33.60; Smith, Snyder & Petitt, Court Appointed Counsel, $538.60; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $175.20; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $199.24;  Verizon Wireless, Service, $63.48; Veterans Information Service, Subscription, $55.00; Viaero Wireless, Service, $171.49; General Employees, Salaries, $41,083.52.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

All States Ag Parts, Repairs, $75.00; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.89; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,258.37; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Fuel, Supplies & Repairs, $1,072.76; Bud’s Radiator Inc, Repairs, $377.00; Century Link, Service, $68.07; Charter Communications, Service, $59.99; Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $906.50; Heigel’s Field Service, Repairs, $4,397.50; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $108.33; John Deere Financial, Supplies & Repairs, $80.75; Kimball County Highway Dept, Cost Share, $25.99; Lawson Products Inc, Supplies, Pipes & Bolts, $551.50; Greg Lussetto d/b/a Lussetto Machine, Repairs, $712.50; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $912.98; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $15,321.11; Morrill County Weed Control, Spraying, $113.86; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $46.42; NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs, $642.40; Orbitcom Inc, Service, $91.24; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $207.95; Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, Supplies & Repairs, $25,788.60; Pete’s Repair, Repairs, $615.95;  Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $762.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,165.18; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $7,477.49; Steve’s Truck & Equip, Repairs, $700.00; Road Employees, Salaries, $20,154.47.

 

 

 

 

VISITORS’ PROMOTION FUND

 

            Bayard Museum, Donation, $2,000.00; Bridgeport Museum, Donation, $2,000.00; Broadwater Museum, Donation, $2,000.00; Hale Multimedia & Mobile Marketing, Advertising, $200.00; Kimball Visitors Committee, Advertising, $2,000.00; Prairie Winds Community Center, Advertising, $40.00; Sweet Connections Bakery, Advertising, $12.60; West NE Tourism Coalition, Advertising, $205.18.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

American Family Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $128.81; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Insurance, $61.88; Dept of Rev, State Income Tax, $12.42; Orbitcom Inc, Service, $23.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $103.57; Handyman Employee, Salary, $550.00.

 

W911 FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $132.48.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

            Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $485.74; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $166.91; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $120.03; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $991.07; Morrill County Highway Dept, Fuel, $1,165.99; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $64.38; Orbitcom Inc, Service, $55.02; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $878.09; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $503.09; Agnes Walker, Contract Labor, $672.75; Weed Employees, Salaries, $4,317.67.  

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $185.59.

 

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: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Board of Equalization

 

            See separate minutes for Board of Equalization.

 

            The following 2014 monthly reports were received, reviewed and placed on file: July – I Cardenas, Co Sheriff, J Schildt, Clk of Dist Ct, K Brandt, Co Clk and L McCoy, Co Treas.

           

            The July 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 placed on file.

 

            Kathy Brandt, County Clerk, presented the 2014 Inventories to the Commissioners.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to approve and sign the Inventories for each office.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                        Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, presented the July Financial Statements.  Robin said that they are meeting with  C G Architects for plans to add on to the hospital.  She said that George Hall wants to stay on the Board to see this project through and she will bring a letter to the next meeting regarding his re-appointment.  Stuart invited the Commissioners to meet with the Hospital Board on September 16th.

           

            Andy Snyder, Investment Banker for Smith Hayes met with the Board to discuss refinancing the Hospital Bonds.  Snyder said he could adjust the rate from 1.95% to .45%.  He said the County would save $4,000 per year over the life of the bonds and would lower the annual payment by $12,000.  The Board had Travis Rodak, County Attorney, look over the resolutions.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to call for the early redemption of the Hospital Bonds, and to adopt the following resolution:

 

 

 

RESOLUTION #2014-27

 

A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE EARLY REDEMPTION OF TWO MILLION FOUR HUNDRED FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,415,000) IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF THE OUTSTANDING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2010, ISSUED BY MORRILL COUNTY, NEBRASKA.

 

 

Passed and approved this 26th day of August, 2014.

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       ,Chairman

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to authorize the issuance of bonds for the Hospital Refunding Bonds and to adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2014-28

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE BY MORRILL COUNTY, NEBRASKA OF ITS GENERAL OBLIGATION HOSPITAL REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2014, IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED TWO MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,750,000); PRESCRIBING THE FORM AND DETAILS OF SUCH BONDS; DELEGATING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OR THE COUNTY CLERK TO DETERMINE THE FINAL AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT, MATURITIES, INTEREST RATES, REDEMPTION PROVISIONS AND OTHER DETAILS OF SUCH BONDS; IMPOSING AN AD VALOREUM TAX ON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE DISTRICT TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND THE INTEREST ON SUCH BONDS; PLEDGING FUNDS TO BE RECEIVED FROM THE OPERATION OF THE COUNTY’S HOSPITAL TO THE PAYMENT OF SAID BONDS AUTHORIZING THE DELIVERY OF THE BONDS TO THE PURCHASER THEREOF; DESIGNATING THE BONDS AS QUALIFIED  TAX-EXEMPT OBLIGATIONS; ADOPTING CERTAIN POST-ISSUANCE COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES RELATING TO SUCH BONDS; AND AUTHORIZING CERTAIN ACTIONS AND DOCUMENTS AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

Sections 1-19 on file at the County Clerk’s office.

 

Dated this 26th day of August, 2014

 

                                                                                    /s/Steve Erdman                       .Chairman

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                          

County Clerk

 

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

 

            Travis Lucas, representative from Benzel Pest Control, and Eva Draper, Head Custodian, met with the Board regarding the bats that have been in the building.  Lucas said that there is gap in the original building at the roof that allows them in.  The cost of having the bats removed and fixing the gap was estimated at $5,900.00.  Lucas said the bats will migrate in October, but sometimes they hibernate.  The Board said they were not willing to spend that kind of money and that after October they will have the gap sealed up.

 

            Josh Schlaepfer, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing & Heating owner, met with the Board to renew the maintenance contract on the heating and air conditioning.  He said their contract still runs through October and this contract would be from October 2014 through October 2015.  He said there is a slight increase in the cost because of filter costs. The Board said they have had 360 Energy Engineers going through the buildings to see what can be done with the heating and cooling systems and they would like to hear from them before they make a decision.

 

            Jeff Kelley, Grant Administrator for PADD and Daniel Bennett, Regional Planner for PADD, met with the Board to present information on what PADD is doing and to encourage Morrill County to re-join.  Kelley said that they get Federal and State funding for Economic Development and they have to match funds for these grants.  Kelley and Bennett both talked about solutions for problems with Economic Development and encouraging business.  They invited the Commissioners to attend their meetings on the second Thursday of the month to see what PADD is doing for the area.

 

            Bryan Hoerler, Road Superintendent, met with the Board.  The Board asked Bryan to get more gravel on RD 120.  They asked how the new mower was working.  Bryan said it is good.

 

            Allen Erdman, Veterans’ Service Officer, and Bob Smith, Board Member, met with the Board, to discuss the vehicle for the Veterans’ Service Officer.  Erdman asked if he would be able to have the car from the Sheriff’s office when Cardenas gets a new one.  The Board said that would be fine and the vehicle that was purchased for the County that the Assessor is using is available for Allen’s use also.

 

            Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 10:15 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

 

             

           

 

 

                                         /s/Steve Erdman                  ,Chairperson

 

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

 

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:08 A.M., Tuesday, August 26, 2014 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 August 20, 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 22, 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None. Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, and Travis Rodak, County Attorney, were also present.  Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to enter into Board of Equalization, according to Ne. Statute #77-1233.04(6) at 8:08 A.M.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            In Rose Nelson, County Assessor’s absence, Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, presented Tax List Correction #2014-19.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve and sign the above correction.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

             

            Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to return to regular session at  8:14  A.M.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

                       

 

                                                                        /s/Steve Erdman                                   ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk