February 16, 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 February 16, 2016. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the February 2, 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 February 12, 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 8:34 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, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Toney Krajewski, AssistantHighway Superintendent, and Cris Burks, Weed Superintendent.

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 Gifford.  Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Post moved to approve the minutes for February 2, 2016 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

CORRESPONDENCE – None

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #1 – Hearing for permissive exemptions – 8:30 a.m – The chairman opened the hearing at 8:35 a.m. with the following in attendance at various times: Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Vice Chairman John-Robert Faden; Member Robert Post, Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Toney Krajewski, AssistantHighway Superintendent; Cris Burks, Weed Superintendent, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk.
 
Sharon Sandberg, Assessor stated that the notice of hearing was published on February 4th . She then presented 3 applications for review. Comments and discussion followed from those in attendance.

The chairman closed the hearing at 8:43 a.m.

Item #2 – Approval of permissive exemptions – Post made a motion to approve the applications for permissive exemptions and to authorize the chairman to sign. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Faden made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 8:46 a.m. Second by Post.  Roll call vote:  Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on March 1, 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 February 16, 2016.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the February 2, 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 February 12, 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 8:46 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; Toney Krajewski, AssistantHighway Superintendent; Monty Stoddard, Treasurer; Cris Burks, Weed Superintendent, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk.

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 February 2, 2016 and that the actions therein be ratified:  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.  

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from Nebraska Tourism Commission with information on an Improvement Fund Grant
Letter from NIRMA regarding upcoming Law Enforcement and Correction Seminars
Annual report from Panhandle Public Health District
Information from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding the 2016 Government Units Survey

CLAIMS

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.

  

GENERAL FUND

 AS Central Services – OCIO, data processing - 117.80; Baker & Associates, Labor - 530.00; Banner County Court, cc costs - 85.00; Centurylink, phone - 55.96; Culligan, Water - 27.50; High West Energy, lights - 422.00; Margaret Hopkins, janitorial - 22.88; Ideal Linen Supply, janitorial - 86.94; Dianne Lana, misc - 36.00; MCI, phone - 48.18; MIPS Inc,
data processing - 1343.57; NE Assoc Of Co Clerks, Reg Of Deed, dues - 50.00; Neopost USA Inc., postage - 132.17; Panhandle Coop Association, fuel - 153.63; The Peetz Farmers Coop Co., heating fuel - 1194.75; Star-Herald, publishing - 644.30; Verizon Wireless, phone - 62.88

                         
 ROAD FUND
 Baker & Associates, asst hwy supt - 100.00; Centurylink, phone - 160.54; Dale's Tire & Retreading Inc, tires & tire repair - 1204.58; Groskopf Manufacturing, culverts - 451.44; Heilbrun's, shop supplies - 123.84; High West Energy, lights - 303.00; Home Depot Credit Services, shop supplies - 540.10; Ideal Linen Supply, shop supplies - 100.71; Inland Truck Parts & Service, repair parts - 50.04; NE Safety And Fire Equipment Inc., shop supplies - 305.00; Networkfleet, Inc., shop supplies - 143.80; NMC Exchange LLC, repair parts - 3368.77; Northwest Pipe Fittings Inc, shop supplies - 92.91; Panhandle Coop Association, lf fuel & diesel - 27367.43; The Peetz Farmers Coop Co., heating fuel - 496.86; Powerplan, machinery rep - 83.99; Pt Hose And Bearing, shop supplies - 215.47; Sandberg Implement, Inc., shop supplies - 250.00; Thompson Glass, Inc., repair parts - 57.79; Verizon Wireless, phone - 52.88; Western Pathology Consultant Inc., drug testing - 81.00; Wyrulec Co, lights -
26.59
                                       

PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION

Mips Inc, NE deeds online - 66.82

 

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #1 – Discussion and possible renewal of contract with C-Weed Management, LLC for weed superintendent position – Cris Burks with C-Weed Management, LLC requested a 3% increase or $1032.00. After discussion, Gifford made a motion to renew the contract with C-Weed Management for $35,000 and to authorize the chairman to sign. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

Item #4 – Hearing for One and Six Year Road Improvement Program – 9:30 a.m. - The chairman called the hearing to order at 9:32 a.m. with the following in attendance: Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Vice Chairman John-Robert Faden; Member Robert Post; Monty Stoddard, Treasurer; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Toney Krajewski, Assistant Highway Superintendent, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk.

Tom Neal, the Banner County Highway Superintendent presented the proposed road construction that is listed on the one year plan and the six year plan.  There was discussion and comments. Gifford closed the hearing at 9:51 a.m.

Item #5 – Approval of One and Six Year Road Improvement Plan – Faden made a motion to adopt the resolution approving the One and Six Year Road Improvement Plan. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

Item #2 – Discussion and action on renewal of county health insurance policy – After discussion, Gifford made a motion to stay with the current plan – Blue Pride Option 204 HSA with the mandatory changes. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #3 – Discussion and possible action on county contributions to employees’ Health Savings Accounts and the funding back of health insurance deductibles – After discussion, Gifford made a motion to increase the yearly county contribution to $3000 a year per employee to their HSA and $3000 a year to the HRA of those employees not eligible for an HSA. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

REPORTS

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Gifford reported that Panhandle Public Health voted to take over the program which handles children’s immunizations and rural health clinic duties in Chadron.

Post reported that Panhandle Public Health accepted the resignation of their director and currently has two interim directors.

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT
Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent reported that they have been plowing a lot of snow and have also finished installing a culvert on Road 18. He then discussed the possibility of raises for the road employees.

TREASURER
Monty Stoddard, Treasurer reported that he is preparing for the county tax sale.

COUNTY CLERK
Lori Hostetler, Clerk presented the clerk and the clerk of the district court fee reports. She informed that identity protection will now be offered as part of our health insurance at no additional cost. There was also discussion on a bill that was received for some repairs on the courthouse furnace.

Post made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 11:08 a.m.  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on March 1, 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