January 5, 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 January 5, 2016. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the December 15, 2015 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 mailed to each board member on December 31, 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 8:35 a.m. Present on roll call were: Chairman Robert J Gifford; Vice Chairman John-Robert Faden; Member Robert Post; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Tom Neal, Highway 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 Post.  Roll call vote:  Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Post moved to approve the minutes for December 15, 2015 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Faden. Roll call vote:  Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

CORRESPONDENCE- none

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item # 1 - Set meeting dates for 2016 - Faden made a motion to set the meeting dates for 2016 as the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 8:30 a.m. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.
 
Item # 2 - Set method of reasonable advance notice of meetings - Post made a motion to set the method of reasonable advance notice as publishing in the county newspaper and posting in three public places: the Banner County Courthouse, Banner County School, and Banner County Post Office. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

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


 

BANNER COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS PROCEEDINGS

The Banner County Board of Commissioners met in statutory session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on January 5, 2016.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the December 15, 2015 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 mailed to each board member on December 31, 2015.  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; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Troy Hilyard; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor, 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. 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 December 15, 2015 and that the actions therein be ratified:  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote:  Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

CORRESPONDENCE

Noxious Weed Newsletter

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: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

                                                                GENERAL FUND


  John Brehm, salary ………………………………...............200.00
  Lisa Cross, wages ..............................................1587.01
  Robert Gifford, salary……………………………………......680.00
 John-Robert Faden, salary………………………………680.00
 Margaret Hopkins, salary………………………………....440.00
 Lori Hostetler, salary..........................................3128.00
 Donna McGowan, wages................................1656.00
 Stanley McKnight, salary.................................3367.33
 Kathy Natale, wages ..........................................1770.50
 Robert Post, salary................................................ 680.00
 Sharon Sandberg, salary .................................3128.00
 Monty Stoddard, salary........................................128.00
 James Zimmerman, salary ,............................1079.50
 AFLAC, insurance .....................................................286.19
 Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., retire ........2441.91
 Ameritas Vision, insurance……………………………........215.20
 Banner Capital Bank, HSA…………………………….....1505.00
 Banner Capital Bank, withholding............. 4645.79
 LegalShield………………………………………………..........................217.25
 NE Dept. of Revenue, withholding............... 561.59
                          * All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages.


General: Payroll: 25,321.99; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., health ins - 778.52; Banner County Court, cc costs - 34.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins - 18,617.01; Centurylink, phone - 519.58; Cresent Electric SupplyCO, bldg repair - 5.75; Fairfield Inn & Suites, Lodging - 199.90; Holiday Inn-Kearney, lodging - 749.63; Kimball County Treasurer, extension expenses; 561.58; MCI, phone - 52.27; Stan McKnight, reimburse - 997.61; Midwest Connect, postage - 50.00; MIPS Inc., supplies - 19.54; NACO, dues & reg - 60.00; Nebraska Sheriff's Association, dues - 100.00; North Platte NRD, water - 35.10; Nossaman Petitt Law Firm, ct appt counsel - 182.50; Off Broadway Office Supply, supplies -
41.48; Oregon Trail Plumbing, bldg repair - 492.00; William C Peters, ct appt counsel - 268.50; Scotts Bluff Co Det Center, prisoner board - 1,320.00; Scotts Bluff County Treasurer, adult probation - 479.58; Staples Credit Plan, supplies - 87.32; Leonard G Tabor, Atty., ct appt counsel - 76.00; US Bank, bldg repair - 296.10; Zeilinger Law Office, PC, child support - 1,125.00; Zimmerman Law Firm PC, LLO, expenses - 4,340.00

 

                                                                   ROAD FUND


 Raul Buanteo, Jr., wages ………………….2161.50
Jay D. Dove, wages………………………………….2535.75
James T. Evans, wages…………………………2189.54
Timothy Grubbs, wages.......................600.00
Rob Leaf, wages ……………………………………….2397.75
Kathy Natale, wages ……………………………….345.00
Tom Neal, wages ....................................2779.50
Laryl Taggart, wages ……………………………..2501.25
AFLAC, insurance. ......................................307.45
Ameritas Life Insurance, Corp, retire......1969.92
Ameritas Vision, Insurance …………………...22.28
Banner Capital Bank, HSA……………………784.00
Banner County Bank, withholding.......... 4158.97
LegalShield……………………………………………..........….115.60
NE Dept. of Revenue, withholding...484.75
* All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages.


Road: Payroll: 20,749.68; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., health ins - 627.92; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins. - 7,548.09; Centurylink, phone - 160.36; Holiday Inn-Kearney, lodging - 149.92; Home Depot Credit Services, shop supplies - 69.17; Kimball Auto Parts, LLC, shop supplies - 3,085.40; Anthoney Krajewski, hwy supt – cons. - 50.00; MCI, phone - 5.15; Menards, shop supplies - 117.24; North Platte NRD, water - 39.70; Laryl Taggart,  hlth - 81.00; US Bank, meals - 29.21


ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD
  
Item #1 – Reorganization – Post made a motion to leave the positions the same as last year. Second by Faden.   Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes. Post, yes.

Item #3 – Approve applications for snow removal or surface grading – Applications were approved.

Item #4 – Review and signing of Agreement for Extraordinary Snow Removal and Extraordinary Maintenance FE Warren Air Force Base – Faden made a motion to sign theAgreement for Extraordinary Snow Removal and Extraordinary Maintenance FE Warren Air Force Base. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes: Faden, yes.

Item #2 – Troy Hilyard with FALCO – discussion of Audit Report for Year Ended June 30, 2015 – Troy Hilyard with FALCO went over the results of the audit for fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
 
Item #5 – Appoint Officials to various offices- Gifford made a motion to appoint Tom Neal as Highway Superintendent; Toney Krajewski as Assistant Highway Superintendent, and Cris Burks as Weed Superintendent. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #6 – Appoint representatives to serve on various boards and committees - Post made a motion to appoint representatives for 2016 as follows:
County Safety Director - Tom Neal
Aging Office of Western Nebraska – Robert Post
Office of Aging Advisory Board – Sharon Sandberg
Panhandle Mental Health Board - Robert Post
Region One Office of Human Development and Panhandle Developmental Disabilities Services, Inc. - Robert Gifford
Public Health District - Robert Gifford
Emergency Management Board - Robert Gifford
Safety Committee - John-Robert Faden
NIRMA Contact Person - Lori Hostetler
Personnel Policy Committee - Robert Post; Sharon Sandberg; Tom Neal; Tim Grubbs, and Donna McGowan
Panhandle R C & D – John-Robert Faden
Grievance Board – Mark Wittler; Stan McKnight; Art Olsen; Donna McGowan, and Robert Gifford

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

Item #7 – Designate official County newspaper - Post made a motion to designate the Star Herald as the official County newspaper. Second by Gifford.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #8 –Appoint a depository bank – Gifford made a motion to adopt the resolution designating the Banner Capital Bank as the depository bank. Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

Item #9 – Set indigent burial cost limit - Gifford made a motion to set indigent burial cost limit at negotiable up to $1500. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #10 - Set interest rate on registered warrants - Faden made a motion to adopt the resolution to set the interest rate on registered warrants at .5%. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #11 - Set method of reasonable advance notice for meetings - Post made a motion to set the method of reasonable advance notice as publishing in the county newspaper and posting in three public places: the Banner County Courthouse, Banner County School, and Banner County Post Office. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #12 - Authorize Treasurer to invest county funds - Faden made a motion to adopt the resolution authorizing the treasurer to invest county funds in the Banner Capital Bank. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #13 - Set meeting dates for 2016 - Post made a motion to set the meeting dates for 2016 as the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:45 a.m. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #14 - Set holidays to be observed in 2016 – Faden made a motion to set the holidays to be observed in 2016 as:
New Year’s Day – January 1st
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 18th
Presidents’ Day – February 15th
Good Friday – March 25th without pay (optional)
Arbor Day – April 29th
Memorial Day – May 30th
Independence Day – July 4th
Labor Day – September 5th
Columbus Day – October 10th
Veterans’ Day – November 11th
Thanksgiving – November 24th & November 25th
Christmas – December 23rd& December 26th
New Year’s Day of 2017 – January 2nd

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

Item #15 – Set machine hire rates – Post made a motion to set the machine hire rates as follows:
Beams - 18 Ft.  $1,250.00 per pair
Cattle Guard Cleanout  $250.00 per gate
Caterpillar  $100.00 per hour
Skid Steer  $50.00 per hour
Motor Grader  $80.00 per hour
Big Loader  $100.00 per hour
Backhoe  $50.00 per hour
Water Truck  $75.00 per hour plus water

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

Item #16 – Set rates for gravel, hardpan/dirt, and mileage – Faden made a motion set the rates for gravel, hardpan/dirt, and mileage as follows:
Gravel - At The Pit  .50 per yard
Hardpan/Dirt  .10 per yard
Mileage *  $2.50 per mile each way
   
*If any material is needed immediately, the mileage charge will be $2.50 per mile each way.
If the request can be delayed, and the county truck is returning to the shop along or near the
same route the material is requested, then the landowner may only be charged for mileage
one way.   

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

Item #17 – Review of Road Department Employee Personnel and Procedures Manual – Tabled.

REPORTS

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Bob Post reported that Panhandle Mental Health and Region One have appointed an interim director.

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT REPORT
Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent reported that he would be attending a 3-R - Board of Classification and Standards Conference on January 14th. He informed that he had hired two new employees and would be terminating another. He also said that they had begun looking at a new fuel contract for this year. There was discussion on the plowing of private driveways, and whether residents who have signed an agreement need to call in in order to have their driveway done. The decision was made that all those residents who have signed an agreement would have their driveways cleared if the grader operator deems it is necessary and will be billed accordingly.

 

COUNTY TREASURER REPORT
Monty Stoddard, Treasurer reported that he is working on the Semi Annual Report,  and tax collections were excellent in January.

COUNTY CLERK REPORT
Lori Hostetler, County Clerk reported that the new furnaces should be installed in the next week or so. She informed that she has begun the process of preparing W-2s.

No other reports.

Faden made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 10:48 a.m.  Second by Post.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on January 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