April 19, 2016

 

BANNER COUNTY
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION PROCEEDINGS

The Banner County Board of Equalization met in regular session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on April 19, 2016. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the April 5, 2016 meeting and notice published in the Scottsbluff Star Herald and posting notices in Harrisburg, NE at the Post Office, the Banner County School, and at the clerk’s office and on the front window of the Banner County Courthouse.  Proof of publication is on file in the office of the County Clerk and is made a part of the proceedings by reference.

The agenda for the meeting was kept current and was available during the regular business hours at the office of the County Clerk.  A copy was emailed to each board member on April 15, 2016.  The agenda was not amended less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

The chairman called the meeting to order at the hour of 8:39 a.m. Present on roll call were: Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Vice Chairman John-Robert Faden; Member Robert Post; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Tim Newman, Emergency Manager; Vicki Greathouse-Stoneand Lisa Cross.

The chairman stated that the open meetings law is posted on the meeting room wall and that paper copies are available on the table by the door.

The agenda was examined, and Faden moved to approve as presented. Second by Post.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Post moved to approve the minutes for April 5, 2016 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

CORRESPONDENCE – None

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD – None

Sharon Sandberg, Assessor stated that the Tax Equalization and Review Committee did not call her to show cause regarding the values of the CRP and residences. She also said that the Property Tax Administrator has posted a list that shows the increases in values. This shows a significant increase in residential properties, but she explained that this is due to the fact that the ag land of small acreages that are classified as rural residential was previously listed under ag land values but has now been moved to the residential side. Therefore, it appears that residential values went up more than they actually did. She said that the only increases in residential values are from additions or improvements.

Faden made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 8:45 a.m. Second by Post.  Roll call vote:  Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on May 3, 2016 or at the call of the clerk.  A full agenda of the matters to be considered at such date and time is kept continually current and is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Banner County Clerk in the Courthouse in Harrisburg.


      BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
      BANNER COUNTY, NEBRASKA


BANNER COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS PROCEEDINGS

The Banner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on April 19, 2016.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the April 5, 2016 meeting and notice published in the Scottsbluff Star Herald and posting notices in Harrisburg, NE at the Post Office, the Banner County School, the clerk’s office, and on the front window of the Banner County Courthouse.  Proof of publication is on file in the office of the County Clerk and is made a part of the proceedings by reference.

The agenda for the meeting was kept current and was available during the regular business hours at the office of the County Clerk. The agenda was not amended less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

The chairman called the meeting to order at the hour of 8:45 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance to the flag.  Present on roll call were: Chairman Robert J Gifford; Vice Chairman John-Robert Faden; Member Robert Post; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Tim Newman, Emergency Manager; Vicki Greathouse-Stone; Jeff Garmon, and Lisa Cross. Also present at various times: Monty Stoddard, Treasurer.

The chairman stated that the open meetings law is posted on the meeting room wall and that paper copies are available on the table by the door.

The agenda was examined and Post moved to approve. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Faden moved to approve the minutes for April 5, 2016 and that the actions therein be ratified:  Second by Post.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.  

CORRESPONDENCE

Invoice from USDA for Predatory Animal Control
 
Letter from NIRMA regarding Safety Committee meetings

Letter from Baker & Associates regarding the analysis of Stegall Road pavement condition

Email from Ameritas regarding renewal rates for the dental plan

CLAIMS

The following claims were audited, and Gifford moved that the claims be approved, and warrants ordered drawn on the respective funds. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

                                                             GENERAL FUND

AS Central Services – OCIO, data processing - 117.80; Banner County Court, cc costs - 17.00; Carrot-Top Industries Inc., bldg repair - 93.58; Centurylink, phone - 523.65; Culligan, water - 22.00; GIS Workshop, GIS - 1,123.75; High West Energy, lights - 412.00; Ideal Linen Supply, janitorial - 46.14; Madelung Law Office, ct appt counsel - 127.50;
Midwest Connect, postage - 195.00; Mips Inc., data processing - 1,391.01; Money Wise Inc., office supplies - 35.00; Kathy Natale, lodging - 8.55; Nebraska County Assessors Assoc., dues - 50.00; Off Broadway Office Supply, supplies - 29.56; Panhandle Coop Association, fuel - 144.89; Print Express, supplies - 68.60; Star-Herald, publishing - 1,408.37; Verizon Wireless, phone - 62.88; Zimmerman Law Firm PC, LLO, rent - 4,641.84

                                                          ROAD FUND

   B & C Steel Corporation, steel - 281.14; Centurylink, phone - 160.48; Heilbrun's, repair parts - 1,254.72; High West Energy, lights - 131.00; Karyn K Holt-Olsen, gravel - 2,212.50; Ideal Linen Supply, shop supplies - 22.90; Inland Truck Parts & Service, repair parts - 476.67; Johnson Cashway, shop supplies - 73.42; Kimball Auto Parts, LLC,
shop supplies - 3,806.56; Koski & Nitz - C/O Lynne Koski, gravel & hardpan - 7.50; Roger Lee McGowan II, gravel & hardpan - 75.00; Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. Inc., Repairs - 79.32; Nebraska Assoc. County Engineers, dues – 155.00; Networkfleet, Inc. shop supplies - 143.80; NMC Exchange LLC, repair parts - 10,453.53; Panhandle Coop Association, grease & oil - 10,062.72; The Peetz Farmers Coop Co., heating fuel - 419.66; Star-Herald, printing - 320.89; Verizon Wireless, phone - 52.88; Wyrulec Co., lights - 26.36

                                                 PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION

MIPS, Inc., misc. – 66.82


ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #1 – Void check #1604054 – Post made a motion to void check #1604054. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #2 – Vicki Greathouse-Stone – Discussion and possible action on using the county’s lawnmower for the museum – Vicki Greathouse Stone, President of the Banner County Historical Society requested that the museum could use the county lawnmower as they have in the last few years. For the use of the mower, the museum will pay for all gas used for the mowing ofthe museum and courthouse grounds. Faden made a motion to allow the museum to use the county lawnmower under the same agreement as last year. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

There was discussion that there might have to be some changes made in how museum expenses are paid because of money that was received from insurance for last year’s hail storm.

Item #3 – Tim Newman and Chad Haun – Presentation of Banner County Storm Ready plaque – Tim Newman, Emergency Manager and Jeff Garwin, Meteorologist in Charge from the Cheyenne office presented a plaque recognizing Banner County as a StormReady County for 2015-2018. Gifford thanked Tim and Jeff for the job they do.

Item #6 – Review and signing of Siren Grant agreement and related documents – Tim Newman, Emergency Manager stated that all papers have been signed and turned in. There was discussion of getting quotes for different types of sirens, and Tim said that there are several companies that offer them.

Item #4 – Discussion and possible action on road department’s hours - There was discussion on the pros and cons of working a 4 day work week. Post made a motion to go back to a 5 day work week on May 1st. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, no; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #5 – Set date for annual evaluation of highway and weed superintendent – After discussion, Post made a motion to set the date for annual evaluation of highway and weed superintendent for September 6th. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

REPORTS

ATTORNEY REPORT
Jim Zimmerman, Attorney reported that there will be a jury trial on Thursday, the 21st.

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT
Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent stated that he had received a book with changes to road standards. He reported that he has received 3 applications for the position that was advertised. He would like to interview one of the applicants. He stated that he has received the remainder of the delineators for culverts.


TREASURER
Monty Stoddard, Treasurer reported that he has been collecting taxes and also presented the pledged collateral report.

COUNTY CLERK
Lisa Cross presented the clerk and the clerk of the district court fee reports and confirmed that she is prepared for the jury trial on Thursday.

Items discussed not on the agenda: Tim Newman discussed the different meetings and workshops he has attended this month.

Faden made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 10:09 a.m.  Second by Gifford.  Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on May 3, 2016 or at the call of the clerk.  A full agenda of the matters to be considered at such date and time is kept continually current and is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Banner County Clerk in the Courthouse in Harrisburg.


     BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
     BANNER COUNTY, NEBRASKA