Bridgeport, Nebraska

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 

  

            The Morrill County Board of Commissioners met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 22, 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 July 16, 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, July 18, 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, with the addition of approval of a Liquor License, Approval of a Drug/Alcohol Testing manual for the Handi-Bus program and a Protest for Board of Equalization.

 

            There being no objections, the Minutes of the July 7, 8 & July 16, 2014 meetings were approved as e-mailed.

 

            Correspondence was received and read. 

 

            The Commissioners reviewed the following claims:

 

GENERAL FUND

 

Air Med Care Network, Membership, $2,500.00; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $487.52; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $4,686.74; As Central Services, Data Processing Costs, $64.60; Brian Peters d/b/a B & S Body Shop, Repairs, $136.77; Peggy Backer, Consulting & Mileage, $1,057.38; Bayard Tiger Paws, Fuel, $91.07; Bluffs Sanitary Supply Inc, Supplies, $85.23; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing & Supplies, $123.84; CBE Group Inc, Garnishment, $87.80; CCEC, Annual-Code Red, $3,820.00; Cenex Fleetcard, Fuel, $846.89; Century Link, Service, $80.76; Charter Communications, Service, $65.00; City of Bridgeport, Law Enforcement Supplies, $78.00; CMI Inc, Supplies, $35.88; Culligan of Scottsbluff, Service, $23.50; Dataspec Inc, Data Processing Costs, $399.00; Robert A. Erdman, Phone, $40.00; Family Support Registry, Child Support, $211.00; Francotyp-Postalia Inc, Postage, $60.00; Tom Holman, Mileage, $44.24; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $59.31; John Deere Financial, Supplies, $37.26; Kovarik, Ellison & Mathis PC, Public Defender, $4,093.75; McCooknet Internet Service, Service, $38.00; Mass Mutual Retirement Services, Deferred Comp, $50.00; Mediation West, Misc, $100.00; Microlfilm Imaging Systems, Equip Rental, $75.00; MIPS Inc, Data Processing Costs, $2,694.07; Morrill County Community Hospital, Board of Prisoners, $385.00; Morrill County Community Hospital-Clinic, Medical-Prisoners, $53.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premiums, $1,772.91; Morrill County Health Plan, Insurance, $28,334.01; Morrill County Weed Control, Spraying, $1,867.07; NACRC, Dues, $55.00; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $123.24; $137.50; NE Health & Human Services, Service, $420.00; NE Safety & Fire Equip Inc, Inspection, $360.00; NE Total Office, Equip & Supplies, $276.79; NE U.C. Fund, Unemployment, $170.00; Nein Pharmacy, Medical-Prisoners, $8.99; Off Broadway Business Products, Equip, $89.00; Orbitcom Inc, Service, $1,348.68; Panhandle Coop, Fuel, $140.98; Lisa Peters, Meals, $17.61; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accts, $1,965.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $8,937.71; Qualification Targets Inc, Supplies, $127.46; Quality Striping, Repairs, $264.46; Region 1 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Cntr, Mental Health Board, $14,119.00; Region I OHD, Mental Retardation Service Act, $9,855.00; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $14,425.76; Respond First Aid Systems, Supplies, $19.54; Sonny’s Super Foods, Board of Prisoners, Supplies & Medical-Prisoners, $88.89; Staples Credit Plan, Supplies & Furniture, $955.91; Tim’s Jack & Jill, Supplies, $9.37; Totalfunds by Hasler, Postage, $40.00; Transcript Gate LLC, Publishing, $230.40; Univ of NE-Panhandle Research Center, Mileage, $207.63;  Viaero Wireless, Service, $175.76; Wex Bank, Law Library, $325.99; Xerox Corp, Equip Rental, $469.94; General Employees, Salaries, $40,611.53.

 

ROAD/BRIDGE FUND

 

Accelerated Receivables Solutions, Garnishment, $207.95; American Family Life Insurance, Insurance, $133.86; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $2,579.18; Duane Buskirk d/b/a Bayard Automotive, Repairs, $23.84; Bridgeport News-Blade, Publishing, $82.19; Century Link, Service, $50.83; Charter Communications, Service, $59.99; Filter Care of NE, Repairs, $18.00; Heigel’s Field Service, Repairs, $792.50; Bryan Hoerler, Phone, $40.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Supplies, $86.17; John Deere Financial, Repairs, $31.99; Koke’s Auto Farm Truck, Repairs, $18.20; Lee’s Service Inc, Oil, $759.00; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $912.98; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $15,321.11; NE Public Power Dist, Service, $36.08; NE Total Office, Equip, $159.95; NMC Exchange LLC, Parts & Oil, $7,272.58; Orbitcom Inc, Service, $83.55; Panhandle Collections Inc, Garnishment, $133.56; Pandhandle Co-op, Fuel, $9,990.58; Platte Valley Bank, Final Pmt, $9,338.94; Platte Valley Bank, HSA Accounts, $762.50; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $4,955.07; Red Barn Shop LLC, Repairs, $405.00; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $7,458.90; Riverside Lumber LLC, Repairs, $364.99; Village of Broadwater, Service, $81.08; Road Employees, Salaries, $22,966.08.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE FUND

 

            Morrill County Health Fund, Claims, $300,000.00.

 

HANDYMAN FUND

 

Orbitcom Inc, Service, $20.00.

 

W911 FUND

 

Century Link, Service, $154.94; GeoComm Inc, Service, $2,000.90.

 

WEED CONTROL AUTHORITY FUND

 

            Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, Retirement, $39.50; Auto Zone Inc, Repairs, $13.90; Bridgeport News-Blade, Subscription, $18.00; Charter Communications, Service, $54.99; Crop Production Services, Supplies, $12,898.38; Morrill County Health Plan, Employee Premium, $157.83; Morrill County Health Plan, Health Insurance, $1,493.62; NE Child Support Payment Center, Child Support, $64.38; Orbitcom Inc, Service, $62.71; Platte Valley Bank, Federal Withholding, Social Security & Medicare, $810.77; Regional Care Inc, Health Insurance, $503.09; Simplot, Supplies, $228.84; Sonny’s Super Foods, Supplies, $12.97; Verizon Wireless, Service, $51.74; Agnes Walker, Contract Labor, $672.75; Weed Employees, Salaries, $4,088.87.  

 

911 EMERGENCY FUND

 

  Century Link, Service, $203.99; GeoComm Inc, Service, $1,637.10.

 

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(abstaining from his wife’s claim).  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: June – 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 June minutes of the Morrill/Scotts Bluff County Extension meeting were received, reviewed and placed on file.

 

            Kathy Brandt, County Clerk, presented an application for a Special Designated Liquor License from Justin Bilby for August 9, 2014 at the Rural Fire hall.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the license.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Robin Stuart, Hospital Administrator, presented the June Financial Statements.  She had a letter from the Hospital Board asking for approval of a new member.  The Board said that they need the resignation letter from LeRoy Cundall, before they can appoint a new member.  Stuart said she will bring it to the next meeting.  Stuart said that Dr. Upreti’s contract has expired and will not be renewed.

 

            Loretta McCoy, County Treasurer, presented the Semi-Annual Report and List of Unpaid Taxes.  Motion was made by, seconded by, to approve and sign the above report.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the above reports.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

           

 

            Robert Hoeppner presented a subdivision of property and resolution.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to approve the subdivision and adopt the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION #2014-24

 

RESOLUTION APPROVING INSTRUMENT EFFECTING SUBDIVISION TO REAL ESTATE

 

                BE IT RESOLVED, that the present record owners, Robert J. Hoeppner and Mary Hoeppner,  have applied for approval of an instrument effecting the subdivision of the below-described premises located in Morrill County, Nebraska.

 

                NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO Sec. 23-372 R.R.S., et seq., the Board of County

Commissioners of Morrill County, Nebraska, does hereby authorize and permit subdivision of the

following described real estate in Morrill County, Nebraska:

 

                     A Tract of land situated in the Southwest Quarter of Section 31, Township North, Range 50 West

of the 6th Principal Meridian, Morrill County, Nebraska, more particularly described as follows:

                Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Section 31; Thence, on the west line of said section, N 01º

54’ 29” E for a distance of 561.37 feet; Thence, parallel with the South line of said Section,  S 87º 48’ 39” E for a

distance of 634.36 feet; Thence, S 30º  12’ 02” E for a distance of 275.63 feet; Thence, S 17º 27’ 17” E for a distance

of 172.63 feet; Thence, S 01º 19’ 43” W to a Point of Intersection with the South line of said Section, being a distance of 166.05 feet; Thence, on said South line, N 87º 48’ 39” W for a distance of 839.78 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing an area of 10.00 Acres, more or less, of which 1.04 acres are contained in County Road Right-of-way.

               

NOTE:  Any driveway, grading or culvert to be at owner expense.

NOTE:  The Morrill County Zoning Administrator has reviewed the zoning and land use and has    

              determined its compliance with Morrill County Zoning Regulations.

                NOTE:  Publication of this document for the newspapers and filing fees at owner expense.

 

                Passed and approved this 22nd day of July, 2014.

 

                                                                                                                /s/Steve Erdman                                                 

                                                                                                                Chairman, County Board

 

                                                                                                                /s/Gary Oltmann                                                 

( S E A L )                                                                                              Board Member

 

                                                                                                                /s/Jeff Metz                                                         

                                                                                                                Board Member

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                                        

County Clerk

 

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

 

            Owen D. Walker, Weed Superintendent, presented his income for the Weed Department.  The Board asked if the budgeted amount could be lowered since the income was up.  Walker said the money might not come in.  The Board discussed a road that was supposedly sprayed by the Weed Department and a field was hit.  Walker said that they do not use roundup and they had not sprayed that road.  He said the railroad does some spraying and maybe they hit the field.

 

            Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, met with the Board.  Hoerler presented the agreements with Topkote Inc for the asphalt that had been approved at a previous meeting.  Chairperson Erdman signed the documents.  Joel Lashley and Tom Murphy, representing Murphy Tractor, were present.  They apologized for the grinder that the county had leased and made the adjustments on the bill.  The Board discussed renting a machines again next year and the cost of purchasing one.

 

            Nancy Eichthaler, Handyman/Handi-Bus Director, presented an updated Drug/alcohol testing Manual.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to approve the new manual. Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

                A resolution for a subdivision of property was received from Glenn Schmidt.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to approve the subdivision and adopt the following resolution:

 

 

RESOLUTION #2014-25

 

RESOLUTION APPROVING INSTRUMENT EFFECTING SUBDIVISION TO REAL ESTATE

 

                BE IT RESOLVED, that the present record owners, Glenn R. Schmidt  has applied for approval of an instrument effecting the subdivision of the below-described premises located in Morrill County, Nebraska.

 

                NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO Sec. 23-372 R.R.S., et seq., the Board of County

Commissioners of Morrill County, Nebraska, does hereby authorize and permit subdivision of the

following described real estate in Morrill County, Nebraska:

 

                     A TRACT OF LAND SITUATED IN THE SOUTH HALF OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 19, TOWNSHIP 20 NORTH, RANGE 51 WEST OF THE 6TH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, MORRILL COUNTY, NEBRASKA, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

                    REFERRING TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 19; THENCE, ON THE EAST LINE OF SAID QUARTER SECTION,  N 01º 33’ 30” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 650.00 FEET, SAID POINT ALSO BEING THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING;  THENCE, CONTINUING ON SAID EAST  LINE,  N 01º 33’ 30” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 339.44 FEET;  THENCE,

S 89º 13’ 45” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 214.00 FEET; THENCE, S 15º 37’ 31” W FOR A DISTANCE OF 353.54 FEET;  THENCE, N 89º 13’ 45” E FOR A DISTANCE OF 300.00 FEET TO THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING AN AREA OF 2.00 ACRES, MORE OR LESS

 

               

NOTE:  Any driveway, grading or culvert to be at owner expense.

NOTE:  The Morrill County Zoning Administrator has reviewed the zoning and land use and has    

              determined its compliance with Morrill County Zoning Regulations.

                NOTE:  Publication of this document for the newspapers and filing fees at owner expense.

 

 

                Passed and approved this 22nd day of July, 2014.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                /s/Steve Erdman                                                 

                                                                                                                Chairman, County Board

 

                                                                                                                /s/Gary Oltmann                                                 

( S E A L )                                                                                              Board Member

 

                                                                                                                /s/Jeff Metz                                                         

                                                                                                                Board Member

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt                                        

County Clerk

 

 

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

 

                Katherine Morgenstern, Petroleum Landman, met with the Board to introduce herself and to discuss the recycling of CO² from the Ethanol plant.  Morgenstern said that she is working with Elk Petroleum Corp. out of Australia, and that she met with the City of Bridgeport.  She said she is getting easements and would like to use the county road right-of-way.  She said the pipeline to transport the CO² to Singleton would stimulate the economy by creating jobs.  She said it would create around 100 temporary jobs and 12 full time jobs.  She asked for permission to work with Bryan Hoerler, County Highway Superintendent, regarding the easements.  The Board suggested that she talk to the Planning and Zoning Board to make sure it is allowed by our Zoning Regulations.  The Board asked Brandt to contact Dave Peterson to set up a Zoning Meeting.

 

                Weston Gouger, Business Development Manager for 360 Energy Engineers, out of Lawrence Kansas, met with the Board to discuss any needs the county might have for new windows, heating & cooling, etc.  He said that his company comes in and does an audit to assess the needs of the buildings, at no cost to the county.  Then if there is a need and the county signs a contract, a percentage of the audit goes in the contracted amount.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann, to have a preliminary audit of the buildings for heating & cooling, windows, etc.  Yeas: Oltmann and Erdman. Nays: Metz.  Motion carried.

 

                The Board discussed filing a petition to TERC regarding what needs to be changed for the percentages of valuation on ag land.  Metz said they are protesting values in a class and asked what would substantiate the county’s claim.  Rodak said that you have to show what you think is unfair and unequal and that would be your burden of proof.  He said that the protest has to be in by July 25th and the hearing would be August 10th.   The Board discussed the time frame for changing it for next year and asked Rose when she would have the percentages to them.  She said she has to have those into the Property Tax Administrator by March 19th.  The Board asked if she has ever shown them these percentages ahead of her deadline.  Nelson said she presents the figures to them every year.  The Board decided to not petition TERC this year.

 

                Loretta McCoy reported that the registrations are now coming from the State for motor vehicles and if the titles are not listed the same way, they come separately.  She said we have no control locally over this and if people want all vehicles titled the same way, they have to get a new title.

 

                Kathy Brandt asked if the Commissioners could have a Special meeting on August 1st to go over the budgets.  She said the budget worksheets should be out this week and Pete Peterson asked if the Board could have a preliminary workshop to go over their cuts before he receives them.  The Board agreed to meet at 7:00 A.M.  Friday, August 1, 2014.

 

 

                Chairperson Erdman adjourned the meeting at 11:42 A.M.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

 

 

 

                                         /s/Steve Erdman                  ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Equalization

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 

 

 

 

The Morrill County Board of Equalization met in an open and public regular meeting at 8:25 A.M., Tuesday, July 22, 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 June 18, 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, July 16, 2014.  On roll call Commissioners Steve Erdman, Chairman, Gary Oltmann and Jeff Metz were present. Absent: None. Rose Nelson, County Assessor, 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 8:25 A.M.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Rose Nelson, County Assessor, presented the Over & Under Valuations.  Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to approve the Over & Under Valuations.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

            Erdman had questions regarding the rural residences increasing.  He said that putting the corners on is bogus because in a lot of cases, they cannot be farmed.  Erdman accused Nelson of chasing sales.  Nelson said that they absolutely do not chase sales.  She said when they use outside sales they match the same properties as ours.  Nelson said these small acreages are because people want to be out in the country.  Erdman felt that we should revise the system and use two years of assessed values and the last year of sales averages.  Nelson said that unless legislation is changed, this cannot be done.

 

            Joe Deaver, met with the Board to protest his values on some river property that has been in his family for four generations.  He was asking for a freeze on the taxes.  The Board explained that this cannot be done.

 

            The Board reviewed the final protests.  Motion was made by Metz, seconded by Oltmann to make changes to the following: #103 & #105-KAJO Management, adjust acres; #32-Richard Green Trust, adjust acres; #1-Lyle Hart, match FSA records; #26-Laura Krantz, move from Market Area 4 to 3; #3-Paul Sauer, adjust acres; and no changes to the following: #96-George & Andrianoula Anest; #65-66 & #97-98-Frank & Lori Nerud, a title search would be required to prove acres belong to ditch company; and #1A-Joseph Deaver, equal with like properties.  Yeas: Metz, Oltmann and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

             

            Motion was made by Oltmann, seconded by Metz, to return to regular session at 9:35 A.M.  Yeas: Oltmann, Metz and Erdman.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

                       

 

                                                                        /s/Steve Erdman                                   ,Chairperson

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/Kathleen L. Brandt               ,County Clerk