The Banner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on April 5, 2016. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the March 15, 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. A copy was emailed to each board member on April 1, 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 8:48 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; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Toney Krajewski, Assistant Highway Superintendent; Monty Stoddard, Treasurer; and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Art Olsen.
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. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.
The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Post moved to approve the minutes for March 15, 2016 and that the actions therein be ratified: Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.
Letter from Lincoln Energy regarding county-owned mineral rights
Email from Emergency Manager Tim Newman informing that Banner County had been awarded
the Siren Grant.
The following claims were audited, and Post 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.
John Brehm Salary 200.00
Lisa Cross wages 1,656.00
Robert Gifford salary 680.00
John-Robert Faden salary 680.00
Carl Gilbert salary 85.00
Margaret Hopkins salary 440.00
Lori Hostetler salary 3,128.00
Donna McGowan wages 1,742.00
Stanley McKnight salary 3,367.33
Kathy Natale wages 1,690.50
Robert Post salary 680.00
Sharon Sandberg salary 3,128.00
Monty Stoddard salary 3,128.00
James Zimmerman salary 1,079.50
AFLAC insurance 286.19
Ameritas Life Ins. Co. retirement 2,450.32
Ameritas Vision insurance 215.20
Banner Capital Bank Hlth. Savings 2,509.44
Banner Capital Bank withholding 4,648.13
Legalshield insurance 217.25
NE Dept. Of Revenue withholding 552.83
**All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., health ins. - 778.52; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins. - 13,719.71; C-Weed Management LLC, contracted services – 5,933.33; Douglas, Kelly, Ostiek, ct. apt. counsel – 7.50; Election Systems & Software, - ES&S – 270.41; Kimball County Treasurer, extension expenses - 663.67; MCI, phone – 54.34; Stan McKnight, reimburse – 357.13; Monument Car Wash, misc – 7.74; NE Assoc. of County Treasurers, dues – 115.00; North Platte NRD, water - 37.40; Print Express, supplies – 68.60; Smith, Snyder, & Petit, ct. apt. counsel – 165.00; Staples, supplies – 122.82; US Bank, supplies – 343.57
Jay Dove wages 2,268.00
James Evans wages 2,265.00
Jordan Golden wages 2,242.50
Timothy Grubbs wages 2,667.00
Robert Leaf wages 2,205.00
Colin Loker wages 836.63
Kathy Natale wages 425.50
Tom Neal salary 2,779.50
Laryl Taggart wages 2,430.00
AFLAC insurance 307.45
Ameritas Life Ins. Co. reti 2,038.43
Ameritas Vision insurance 33.48
Banner Cap Bank Hlth. Sav1,800.00
Banner CapBank withholding 4,385.95
Legalshield insurance 115.60
NE Dept. Of Revenue withholding 510.95
**All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., health ins – 560.56; Baker & Assoc. ,hwy supt. Consult – 150.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins -7,311.64; Home Depot Credit Serv., shop supplies – 474.16; Anthoney Krajewski, ,hwy supt-cons - 50.00; MCI, phone – 3.75; Motor Fuels Div., misc – 416.00; North Platte NRD, water -37.40; Staples, office supplies -202.20; Laryl Taggart, reimburse – 50.00
ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD
Item #2 – Discussion on the road department’s work schedule – There was discussion on the procedure used to plow roads after a snow storm, when road employees are working a four day week. There was also discussion on the condition of the roads after such a wet snow.
Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent presented quotes for a chip seal coat on Stegal Road. He reported that the state has determined that there is another bridge in the county.
Item #1 – Discussion and possible action on claim for refund for 2015 personal property tax paid by High West Energy - Because there was a computer error on High West’s part when they filed their personal property schedule last year, they are requesting a refund. After discussion, Gifford made a motion to deny the claim for a refund of 2015 personal property taxes paid by High West Energy. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.
Jim Zimmerman, Attorney requested to go into executive session to discuss a legal matter.
Bob Post made a motion to go into executive session for discussion of a legal matter at the request of the county attorney. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.
Executive session was called to discuss a legal matter at 10:08 a.m. Those present included: Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Vice Chairman John-Robert Faden; Member Robert Post; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney and Lori Hostetler, Clerk.
Bob Post made a motion to come out of executive session which was called to discuss a legal matter. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.
No action was taken.
10:17 a.m. - Regular meeting was resumed.
Monty Stoddard, Treasurer presented the pledged collateral.
Lori Hostetler, Clerk reported that early voter ballots are ready to be mailed out, and voters can early vote in office beginning on April 11th.
Items discussed not on the agenda: The evaluation process for the highway and weed superintendents.
Gifford made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 10:52 a.m. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on April 19, 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