Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 25, 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 April 19, 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 April 21, 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 Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, that the Agenda, with the deletion of Transfer of Funds and the minutes of the April 11, 2017 meeting be approved as e-mailed.  Yeas:   Batterman, Sterkel and Metz. Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Correspondence was received and read.

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $135.15; $135.15; Chelsea Altena, Mileage, $53.39; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $301.16; $301.18; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $6,446.83; $6,624.17; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $80.61;  Black Hills Energy, Service, $401.71; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $24.44; Bridgeport 66, Repairs, $69.05;  Charles Browne, Mileage, $238.19; Cenex Fleet Card, Fuel, $1,394.47;  Century Link, Service, $80.76; Clerk of District Court, Court Costs, $435.00; Colonial Life & Accident Ins Co, Insurance, $490.35; $490.35; Credit Management Services Inc, Garnishment, $233.60; DAS State Accounting, Data Processing Costs, $69.88; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $3,223.66; Nancy Eichthaler, Mileage, $37.45; Devin Heumesser, Mileage & Phone, $518.29; Jack’s Uniforms & Equip, Uniforms, $464.77; Samantha Jackson, Mileage, $46.65; MailFinance, Supplies, $94.20;  Midwest Special Services Inc, Transportation, $619.00; Morrill County Clerk, Deed Recording, $10.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,999.03; $1,999.03; Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $30,622.44; Morrill County Highway Dept, Service & Phone, $100.00; Brian Moss, Data Processing Costs, $1,500.00; NE Assoc of Co Clk, ROD & Elec, Registration, $100.00; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $138.47; $138.47; NE Health & Human Services, Service, $93.00; NE Total Office, Service & Supplies, $243.43; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,646.25; $1,646.25; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $12,678.10; $13,332.28; Platte Valley Vac & Sew, Supplies, $25.95; Print Works LLC, Supplies, $121.65; Redfield & Co Inc, Supplies, $286.32; Regional Care, Inc, Health Insurance, $21,492.15; Jean Rhodes, Public Defender, $1,931.25; Rick Stuart CAE, CDEI, Workshop, $344.44; Travis Rodak, Office Expense, $430.74; Travis Rodak, Rent, $600.00; Caroline Sanchez, Meals & Mileage, $481.19; Sonny’s Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $19.95; Staples Credit Plan, Data Processing Equip & Supplies, $1,015.14; Trail City Supply, Supplies, $20.96;  Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $226.96;  Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $224.86; US Bank, Meals, Lodging, Registration, Equip, Witness Fees & Supplies, $5,478.73; USDA Aphis, Contractual Pest Control, $2,078.02; Verizon Wireless, Service, $64.44; Vision Factoring LLC, Law Enforcement Supplies, $271.56; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $541.23; General Employees, Salaries, $54,666.86; $56,615.62.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $252.07; $252.07; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $135.81; $135,84; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,799.88; $2,794.41; B & C Steel Corp, Supplies, $76.38; Baker & Assoc Inc, Engineering, $115.00; Bayard Automotive LLC, Repairs & Supplies, $408.73; Century Link, Service, $75.36; Charter Communications, Service, $84.99; Colonial Life & Accident Ins Co, Insurance, $144.44; $144.44; Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $1,314.17; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00;  Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $113.10; KBK Trucking LLC, Gravel, $7,118.12; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Supplies & Repairs, $266.64; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $916.74; $916.74; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $15,321.11;  NE Child Support, Child Support, $300.01; $300.01; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $57.64; NMC Exchange LLC, Repairs, $862.07;  Panhandle Co-op, Fuel, $12,764.44; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $730.00; $730.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $5,491.51;  $5,467.12; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $10,470.47;  Renkoski Vegetation Service LLC, Spraying, $4,017.63; Trail City Supply, Supplies, $137.58; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $18.40; U S Welding Inc, Supplies, $19.57; U S Bank, Lodging, Meals & Supplies, $388.61;  Road Employees, Salaries, $24,979.84 $24,931.20.

 

 

STOP FUND

 

Watchguard Video, Equip, $5,020.00.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

 American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $104.78; Ameritas Life Insurance, Retirement, $67.50;  Dept of Revenue, State Income Tax, $14.93; Morrill County Highway Dept, Phone, $20.00; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $122.61; Handyman Employee, Salary, $600.00.

 

W911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $124.12; GeoComm Inc, Equip, $3,852.20.

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $207.04; GeoComm Inc, Equip, $3,151.80.

 

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: March-I Cardenas, Co Sheriff, J Schildt, Clk of Dist Ct, K Brandt, Co Clk and L McCoy, Co Treas.

 

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

 

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

           

                Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, submitted the March Financials to the Board.  Stuart said they are hoping to get an Orthopedic Surgeon that could do knee and shoulder surgeries.  Metz asked when the hospital meets with their auditors.  Stuart said it would be in late July.  Metz asked if it would be possible to meet with the auditors and the Hospital Board regarding them paying down the bond debt when they have excess funds.  Stuart said Metz could schedule a meeting with them.

 

                Nancy Eichthaler, Handyman/Handi-Bus Director, met with the Board for Bryan Hoerler, Road Superintendent, to present an agreement and resolution with Beerline Irrigation District for cost sharing of a culvert.  Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, to approve the agreement and adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2017-11

COOPERATION AGREEMENT AND RESOLUTION BETWEEN

BEERLINE IRRIGATION DISTRICT AND MORRILL COUNTY

 

This agreement entered into this 19th day of April, 2017, upon execution hereto by and between the County of Morrill, a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, hereinafter referred to as “County” and Beerline Irrigation District, hereinafter referred to as “Ditch Company”.

 

WHEREAS, Neb. Rev. Stat. 39-805 sets forth that the County Board and the Ditch Company shall “negotiate and agree for the building and maintenance of bridges and approaches thereto on such terms as shall be equitable”; and,

 

WHEREAS, Beerline Irrigation District and Morrill County wish to replace a culvert on a county road located the West line of the Southwest quarter of Section 26, T18N, R48W in Morrill County; and

 

WHEREAS, said improvements include removal and disposal of existing culvert, purchase and installation of new culvert; and,

 

WHEREAS, County and Ditch Company agree that each party pay option amounts chosen for the removal and disposal of the old structure, the purchase and installation of the new structure, and any other related costs estimated to total $750.00 for Ditch Company and $562.50 for County, which cost will be divided as per chosen option;

 

Option #3 – The Ditch Company purchases the culvert.  The County installs the culvert.

 

WHEREAS, said County and said Ditch Company agree that the County will schedule the construction and perform construction inspection; and,

 

WHEREAS, sufficient funds of Morrill County and Beerline Irrigation District are now, or will be, available and are hereby pledged at the required time for the purpose of paying for said project; and,

 

WHEREAS, each party to this contract agrees to indemnify and hold harmless, protect and defend the other as well as its elected and appointed officials, employees and representatives against any and all claims, demands, suits, actions, payments, and judgements, including any and all costs and expenses connected therewith, for the damages asserted, claimed or recovered against the other or its insurers, because of personal injury, including bodily injury or death, or on account of property damage, in any way connected with or resulting from the work associated with this agreement; and,

 

WHEREAS, each party shall maintain general liability insurance coverage of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 annual aggregate covering personal injury, including bodily injury and property damage involved with this agreement.  Each party will carry automobile liability limits of not less than $1,000,000 single limit.  Each party will maintain responsibility for providing its workers with workers’ compensation coverage and for any claims associated with its employees.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Morrill County and Beerline Irrigation District hereby enter into agreement to replace a culvert located on the west line of the southwest quarter of Section 26, T18N, R48W in Morrill County, Nebraska, in accordance with the terms listed above.

 

Adopted this 25th day of April, 2017, at Bridgeport, Nebraska..

 

                                                                                                Morrill County Board of Commissioners

                               

                                                                                                /s/Jeff Metz                                       ,Chairperson

 

                                               

ATTEST:                                            

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                  ,County Clerk

 

Yeas:  Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Eichthaler said that Hoerler requested to take bids for armor coating.  Motion was made by Sterkel, seconded by Batterman, to allow bids to be taken for armor coating and to open said bids at 9:00 A.M. on May 23, 2017.  Yeas: Sterkel, Batterman and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Nancy said that Hoerler also wanted to have a public hearing on May 23, 2017 for the One-and Six-Year Road Program.  The Board agreed to that date.  Eichthaler reported on the funding for her Handyman budget.  She said because of the Aging Office’s cuts she will be $5,000 short in her budget.  The Board said they will do a transfer at the next meeting. 

               

            The Board reported on meetings they had attended.  Batterman reported on the Region I Mental Health Board meeting, the Aging Office of Western NE meeting and the Panhandle Health meeting. Sterkel said he has a quarterly meeting for Region 21 Emergency Management next week and Metz reported on the Hospital meeting.

 

            Milo Cardenas, County Sheriff, said he will have a bill for approximately $10,000 for a juvenile being sent to Omaha. 

 

            There being no further discussion, Chairperson Metz adjourned the meeting at 9:17 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

 

                                               

 

/s/Jeff Metz                              ,Chairperson

                       

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

 

 

            The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:07 A.M., Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in the Commissioners’ 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 April 19, 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 April 21, 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. Kathleen L. Brandt, County Clerk, recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to enter in Board of Equalization, according to Ne. Statute #77-1233.04(6), at 8:07 A.M.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented Tax List Corrections #2017-13, 14, 15, 16 & 17.  Motion was med by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to approve and sign the above corrections.  Yeas: Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Nelson reported that her No Show Cause has been accepted by the State.  She said that she will be using Stanard Appraisal for Commercial properties.  

 

            The Board agreed to set the Property Tax Protest for Thursday, July 6, 2017.

 

            Motion was made by Batterman, seconded by Sterkel, to return to regular session at 8:19 A.M.  Yeas:  Batterman, Sterkel and Metz.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

 

 

                                                                                    /s/Jeff Metz                              ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                ,County Clerk