February 6, 2019

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 5, 2019. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the January 15, 2019 meeting and notice published in the Scottsbluff Star Herald and posting notices in Harrisburg, NE at the Post Office, the Banner County School, 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 January 31, 2019.  The agenda was not amended less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

The chairman called the meeting to order at the hour of 8:30 a.m. Present on roll call were: Chairman Robert Post; Vice Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Member Sharon Sandberg; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Monty Stoddard, Treasurer.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Sandberg moved to approve the minutes for January 15, 2019 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Post; yes; Gifford, yes.

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD - None

CORRESPONDENCE – None

Gifford made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 8:40 a.m.  Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on February 19, 2019 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 5, 2019.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the January 15, 2019 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 January 31, 2019.  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 Post; Vice Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Member Sharon Sandberg; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Monty Stoddard, Treasurer, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk.  Also present at various times: Caleb Johnson and Stan McKnight, Sheriff.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Sandberg moved to approve the minutes for January 15, 2019 (with a spelling correction noted) and that the actions therein be ratified:  Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Sandberg, yes.  

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from Tri State Paving

Letter from NIRMA regarding the grant received for the AED.

CLAIMS

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

                                                             GENERAL FUND

Lisa Cross, wages - 1,759.50

Robert Gifford, salary - 680.00

John-Robert Faden, salary - 680.00

Carl Gilbert, salary - 83.33

Margaret Hopkins, salary - 440.00

Lori Hostetler, salary - 3,350.00

Bernice Huffman, wages - 3,350.00

Stanley McKnight, salary - 4,243.33

Kathy Natale, wages - 1,855.00

Robert Post, salary - 680.00

Sharon Sandberg, salary - 680.00

Monty Stoddard, salary - 3,350.00

James Zimmerman, salary - 1,800.00

AFLAC, insurance - 583.66

Ameritas Life Ins. Co., retirement - 2,374.57

Ameritas Vision, insurance - 158.00

Banner Capital Bank, Hlth. Savings - 2,931.52

Banner Capital Bank, withholding - 4,390.10

Legalshield, insurance - 101.65

NE Dept. Of Revenue, withholding -578.13

**All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages

Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins - 16,773.02; Carrot-Top Industries Inc, bldg repair - 90.23; CenturyLink, phone - 633.27; Culligan, water - 24.00; Bernice Huffman, Mileage - 89.84; Kimball County Treasurer, extension expense - 357.95; Mailfinance, Postage - 149.97; Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, LLC, supplies - 364.95; MCI, phone - 147.30; MIPS Inc, data processing - 1,457.83; NE District Court Clerk's Assoc, dues - 50.00; NE Weed Control Association, dues - 125.00; Nebraska Assoc Of County Treasurers, Dues - 50.00; North Platte NRD, water - 32.80; Panhandle Assoc Of County Assessors, Dues - 75.00; Panhandle District Association, dues - 350.00; Panhandle Treasurers Association, dues - 10.00; The Peetz Farmers Coop Co., propane - 544.32; William C Peters, ct appt counsel - 152.00; Poster Compliance Center, supplies - 69.95; Postmaster, postage - 56.00; Scotts Bluff Co Detention Center, prisoner board - 1,045.00; Scotts Bluff County, Emergency Mgmt. ,cd adm exp. - 1,050.00; Staples Credit Plan, supplies - 961.72; Monty A. Stoddard, mileage - 476.76; US Bank, supplies - 304.25; Verizon Wireless, Phone - 76.69

                                                                   ROAD FUND

Phillip Blanco, wages - 2208.00

Jay Dove, wages - 2,300.00

Timothy Grubbs, wages - 2,668.00

Robert Leaf, wages - 2,275.00

Terry Morris, wages - 2,300.00

Kathy Natale, wages - 583.00

Tom Neal, salary -3,130.00

George Streeks, wages - 2,300.00

Laryl Taggart, wages - 2,300.00

AFLAC, insurance -710.77

Ameritas Life Ins. Co., retirement - 2,008.81

Ameritas Vision, insurance - 70.75

Banner Capital Bank, Hlth. Savings - 1,333.32

Banner Capital Bank, withholding - 4,149.52

Legalshield, insurance - 57.80

NE Dept. Of Revenue, withholding - 492.29

**All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages

AJK Services, LLC, labor - 200.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins - 9,423.42; CenturyLink, phone - 176.30; Fastenal Company, repairs - 152.33; Inheritance Tax Fund, motorgrader pymt. - 11,250.00; John Deere Financial, repair parts - 21.69; Kimball Auto Parts, LLC, shop supplies - 647.15; NACO, registration - 140.00; North Platte NRD, water 44.30; The Peetz Farmers Coop Co., heating fuel - 1,103.87; Shur-Tite, signs - 412.50; Verizon Wireless, phone - 22.09; Western Pathology Consultant Inc., drug test - 67.50

                                           PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION

MIPS Inc, misc. - 86.70

                                                              INHERITANCE

Tentative Inheritance Tax, transfer - 280.87

                                 

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #1 – Accept weed report – Gifford made a motion to accept the weed report and to authorize the vice chairman to sign. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #2 – Possible action on Memorandum of Understanding with Scotts Bluff County Detention Center – Sandberg made a motion to approve the Memorandum of Understanding and to authorize the chairman to sign. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #3 – Consider and adopt resolution appointing David Domina as special attorney for the county to investigate the intent of the 1864 Enabling Act of the U.S. Congress – The item was tabled.

Item #5 – Review of revised Weed Superintendent Contract – After review, Gifford made a motion to approve the Weed Superintendent Contract. Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Sandberg, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #6 – Discussion on letter to High Plains Weed Association – Tabled

Item #4 – Discussion on budget preparation – Caleb Johnson – Budget Consultant – 9:30 a.m. – Caleb Johnson provided information on his qualifications and his desire to prepare county budgets.

Item #7 – Action on Road Department wages – After discussion, Sandberg made a motion to give the road employees a $.40 an hour raise. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Sandberg, yes.

Gifford made a motion to raise the highway superintendent salary to $38,400.00 per year. Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Sandberg, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #8 - Discussion and possible action on courthouse hours – After discussion, Gifford made a motion to change the courthouse hours as of March 4th to:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Sandberg, yes.

Item #9 – Discussion and possible action on details of the Banner County NACO Wellness Program – There was discussion on possible participation in the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Plan in conjunction with the NACO Wellness Plan. The item was tabled.

Item #10 – Discussion on NACO/MIPS budget preparation pilot project – There was discussion of the possibility of being part of a pilot project involving a NACO/MIPS budget preparation program.

Item #11 – Approval of application for snow removal and/or surface grading – Application was approved.

REPORTS

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Gifford said there was a Public Health District strategic planning meeting.

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT

Monty Stoddard, Treasurer delivered a report on road department activities. It was also reported that Phil Blanco is now a permanent employee.

ATTORNEY

Jim Zimmerman, Attorney reported that the county had received some money, as well as a pickup as a result of a drug bust.

TREASURER

Monty Stoddard, Treasurer reported that he is sending the delinquent tax list to the state, and it will be advertised for the next three weeks. He said he will be going to Lincoln to the New Treasurers’ Workshop and will also be testifying on the Treasurers’ Tax Deed Bill.

CLERK

Lori Hostetler, Clerk reported that she has mailed out the W-2s and 1099s. She also said she has mailed out the billings to the subdivisions for the General Election.

No other reports.

Gifford made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 11:34 a.m.  Second by Sandberg.  Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on February 19, 2019 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