August 5, 2014

BANNER COUNTY
BOE

The Banner County Board of Equalization met in regular session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on August 5, 2014. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the July 15, 2014 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 e-mailed to each board member on August 1, 2014.  The agenda was not amended less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

The chairman called the meeting to order at the hour of 8:34 a.m.  Present on roll call: Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Vice Chairman John-Robert Faden; Member Robert Post; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times:  Dick McGowan, Weed Superintendent; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Toney, Krajewski, Assistant Highway Superintendent, and 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 Faden moved to approve as presented. Second by Post.  Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

The minutes of the previous meetings had been supplied to each board member. Faden moved to approve the minutes for July 15, 2014 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Gifford.  Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, abstain.

CORRESPONDENCE - None

ITEMS OF BUSINESS

Item #1 – Tax List Correction – Sharon Sandberg, Assessor presented a tax list correction which was needed due to an accelerated tax on a mobile home that was sold. Post made a motion to accept the tax list correction. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #2 – Receive Assessor’s Three Year Plan – Sharon presented the Assessor’s Three Year Plan for review.

Faden made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 8:45 a.m.  Second by Post. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on August 19, 2014 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


August 5, 2014

BANNER COUNTY 
COMMISSIONERS  PROCEEDINGS

The Banner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on August 5, 2014.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the July 15, 2014 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 e-mailed to each board member on August 1, 2014.  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; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Toney Krajewski, Assistant Highway Superintendent; Dick McGowan, Weed Superintendent; Monty Stoddard, Treasurer, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Genie Evans and Stan McKnight, Sheriff.

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; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Faden moved to approve the minutes for July 15, 2014 and that the actions therein be ratified:  Second by Gifford.  Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, abstain.

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #1 – Groundskeeper evaluation – Gifford made a motion to go into executive session in order to prevent needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes. At 8:48 a.m. executive session was called. Present for the executive session: Robert J. Gifford; John-Robert Faden; Robert Post, and Genie Evans.

Post made a motion to come out of executive session which was called in order to prevent needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

No action was taken.

9:06 a.m. – Meeting resumed.

Item #2 – Consider and adopt resolution determining final allocation of levy authority – Post made a motion a motion to adopt the resolution determining the final allocation of levy authority for Pleasant Hill Cemetery; Kirk Cemetery; Banner Rural Fire District General, and Banner Rural Fire District Sinking. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #3 – Discussion and possible approval of inventories – Gifford made a motion to approve the inventories as presented for the offices of the Clerk; Treasurer; Attorney; Assessor; Weed Superintendent;  Sheriff; County Court, and Real Estate. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

Item #4 – Discussion and possible action on date for budget workshop – Post made a motion to set the date for the budget workshop for August 18th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

Item #5 – Mower – opening and reading of sealed bids and possible action - Three sealed bids were received. The chairman opened the bids: 21st Century equipment, LLC - $48,900; NMC - $45,456.78, and Horizons West - $40,120. After discussion, Post made a motion to accept the bid from HorizonWest, Inc. of $40,120 for a new FLX-1510 Flex Arm and Mount and a new XH-1000 Cutter. Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes: Faden, yes.

Item #6 – Discussion on a contract with Orion – There was discussion on the possibility of entering into a contract with Orion renewable Energy Group, LLC.

Item #7 – Discussion on a hydraulic study on CR 14 – After discussion, Post made a motion to proceed with a hydraulic study on CR 14 and CR 18. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

REPORTS

SHERIFF REPORT

Stan McKnight, Sheriff presented his quarterly report and indicated that there were no distress warrants to report.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT REPORT

Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent reported that the white 1994 pickup needs to be replaced. He stated that Rob is continuing to mow, and he would like to make him a permanent, full-time employee.

WEED DEPARTMENT

Dick McGowan, Weed Superintendent stated that there continues to be a huge problem with bindweed. He reported that on the east end of Buffalo Creek, there is a large amount of Scotch Thistle. He said it is not considered a noxious weed in Scotts Bluff County, so it makes it very difficult to control it in Banner County. He said he would like to see it added to the State’s Noxious Weed List.

TREASURER REPORT

Monty Stoddard, Treasurer presented the pledged collateral report. He stated that the county had received $81,000 in Inheritance taxes last month. He also discussed the possibility of sharing a fiber optic line with the bank.

CLERK REPORT

Lori Hostetler, Clerk presented the Clerk and the Clerk of the District Court fee reports for June. She stated that she is beginning preparations for the General Election. She also reported that she had received notice from the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center that there will be an increase in the daily per diem rate for housing detainees beginning August 1st, 2014.

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from the State of Nebraska – Dept. of Agriculture promoting the dairy industry.

Letter from the Secretary of State’s office regarding the county receiving a reimbursement to defray the cost of using the Auto Mark for the Primary Election.

Letter from Banner County School stating that Frenchman Valley COOP’s bid was accepted to supply LP gas to the school district and the other inter-local agencies for the period of September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015.

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: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

GENERAL FUND

Lisa Cross, wages...................................................................1483.50 
Genie Evans, salary....................................................................50.00 
Robert Gifford, salary..............................................................666.66 
John-Robert Faden, salary.....................................................666.66 
Margaret Hopkins, salary........................................................440.00 
Lori Hostetler, salary..............................................................3006.75 
Donna McGowan, wages.......................................................1840.00 
McGowan, Richard, wages...................................................2258.33 
Stanley McKnight, salary.......................................................3228.62 
Kathy Natale, wages.................................................................1817.00 
Robert Post, salary....................................................................666.66 
Sharon Sandberg, salary.......................................................3006.75 
Monty Stoddard, salary..........................................................3006.75 
James Zimmerman, salary......................................................1061.20 
AFLAC, insurance.......................................................................325.71      
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., retirement.........................2613.37 
Ameritas Vision, insurance......................................................215.20 
Banner County Bank, withholding.......................................5180.65 
LegalShield.................................................................................232.20 
Nebraska Dept. of Revenue, withholding...........................592.67

* All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages.

Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. hlth ins.................................773.04 
Banner Capital Bank cars....................................................3,475.00 
Centurylink phone.....................................................................503.31 
City Of Scottsbluff cd admin exp........................................1050.00 
CoOportunity Health health ins.......................................13,695.94 
CST Mechanical bldg repair...................................................204.18 
Frenchman Valley Coop propane........................................319.20 
Kimball County Treasurer expenses................................4,189.26 
Marshall & Swift supplies.......................................................569.20 
MCI phone....................................................................................49.53 
Stan McKnight Reimburse hlth...............................................107.18 
Menards bldg repair...................................................................72.91 
NACO dues................................................................................100.00 
Nebraska Total Office supplies.................................................3.98 
North Platte NRD water............................................................69.60 
Panhandle Assessors dues.....................................................75.00 
Panhandle Coop Association fuel........................................873.63 
Region I Mental Hlth reg 1..................................................2,494.00 
Region I OHD reg ohd.........................................................1,095.00 
Scotts Bluff Co Detention Center prisoner board............755.45 
Scotts Bluff County Sheriff dues.............................................75.00 
Staples Credit Plan supplies....................................................27.27 
US Bank mileage.......................................................................137.72 
USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services state contract.............1,800.92 
James Zimmerman Reimburse- hlth...............................2,250.00

ROAD FUND

Jay D. Dove, wages...............................................2116.00 
Timothy Grubbs, wages......................................2392.00 
Anthony Krajewski....................................................50.00 
Rob Leaf, wages...................................................2024.00 
Kathy Natale, wages..............................................299.00 
Tom Neal, wages...................................................2716.50 
Jerry Soule, wages...............................................2438.00 
Brian Streeks, wages.............................................2116.00 
Laryl Taggart, wages.............................................2124.63 
AFLAC, insurance....................................................208.26 
Ameritas Life Insurance, Corp, retirement.......1825.44 
Ameritas Vision, Insurance......................................53.64 
Banner County Bank, withholding.....................3701.98 
LegalShield..................................................................57.80 
Nebraska Dept. of Revenue, withholding.........403.66

* All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages. 

Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. hlth ins...............561.64 
Banner Capital Bank motor graders................2,513.74 
Centurylink phone...................................................154.62 
CoOportunity Health health ins........................5,613.38 
Fastenal Company  shop supplies........................98.34 
Frenchman Valley Coop heating fuel................307.80 
General Fund weed spraying...........................2,652.00 
High West Energy lights.........................................198.50 
Home Depot Credit Services road signs..........387.36 
Ideal Linen Supply shop supplies..........................22.76 
Inland Truck Parts & Service repair parts........2,719.10 
Kimball Auto Parts, LLC shop supplies...............717.05 
MCI phone......................................................................7.88 
North Platte NRD water............................................36.48 
Powerplan machine repair.................................2,257.85 
Sandberg Implement, Inc. repair parts..................55.16 
US Autoforce tires.....................................................133.72

No other reports.

Post made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 10:52 a.m.  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote:  Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes. The next meeting will be held in special session on August 18, 2014 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