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Current Minutes
June 6, 2017
  


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 July 6, 2017. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the June 20, 2017 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 July 3, 2017.  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 John- Robert Faden; Vice Chairman Robert J Gifford; Member Robert Post; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor, 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 Gifford moved to approve with the change of moving Item #1 under Items of Business. Second by Faden.  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 June 20, 2017 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #1 – Assessment roll corrections -  Sharon Sandberg, Assessor presented a few corrections that were missed and need to be removed from the assessment roll. Gifford made a motion to approve the assessment roll corrections. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

Post made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 8:42 a.m.  Second by Gifford.  Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes. The next meetings will be held in regular session on July 11, 2017 and July 18, 2017 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.


BANNER COUNTY
COMMISSIONERSPROCEEDINGS

The Banner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on July 6, 2017.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the June 29, 2017 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 July 3, 2017.  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 John-Robert Faden; Vice Chairman Robert J Gifford; Member Robert Post; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent, 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 Gifford 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 the end-of-year meeting held on June 29, 2017 and that the actions therein be ratified:  Second by Gifford.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

CORRESPONDENCE – None

CLAIMS

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

                                                          GENERAL FUND
John Brehm, salary - 200.00; Lisa Cross wages - 1,596.00;
Robert Gifford, salary - 666.65; John-Robert Faden, salary - 666.65;
Carl Gilbert, salary -86.70; Margaret Hopkins, salary - 440.00;
Lori Hostetler, salary - 3,190.56; Bernice Huffman, wages - 1,466.25;
Stanley McKnight, salary - 3,425.96; Kathy Natale, wages - 1,637.50;
Robert Post, salary - 666.65; Sharon Sandberg, salary -3,190.56;
Monty Stoddard, salary - 3,190.56; James Zimmerman, salary - 1,101.09;
AFLAC, insurance - 479.37; Ameritas Life Ins. Co., retirement - 2,433.54;
Ameritas Vision, insurance - 166.34; Banner Capital Bank, Hlth. Savings -3,382.01;
Banner Capital Bank, withholding - 4,632.01; Legalshield, insurance - 188.35;
NE Dept. Of Revenue, withholding - 544.60

* All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages.


C-Weed Management LLC, contract services - 5,933.33; Culligan, water - 30.00; Douglas,Kelly,Ostdiek ,And Ossian, ct appt counsel - 713.55; GIS Workshop, gis - 7,550.00; Ideal Linen Supply, janitorial - 50.59; Kimball Auto Parts, LLC, Misc - 145.99; Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Cent, lodging - 273.00; MCI, phone - 87.69; MIPS Inc, data processing - 1,383.02; North Platte NRD, water - 42.00; Quality Inn, lodging - 209.90; Staples Credit Plan, supplies - 458.63; Star-Herald, publishing - 174.08; Leonard G Tabor, Atty, ct appt counsel - 70.00; US Bank, lodging - 42.56


                                                          ROAD FUND
Jay Dove, wages - 2,148.00; James Evans, wages - 2,112.00;
Timothy Grubbs, wages - 2,471.00; Robert Leaf, wages -2,112.00;
Kathy Natale, wages - 562.50; Tom Neal, salary - 3,605.00;
Riley Smith, wages - 2,032.63; George Streeks, wages - 2,112.00;
Laryl Taggart, salary - 2,112.00; AFLAC, insurance - 370.11;
Ameritas Life Ins. Co., retirement - 2,167.56; Ameritas Vision,
insurance - 54.02; Banner Capital Bank, Hlth. Savings -1,666.65;
Banner Capital Bank, withholding - 4,516.47; Legalshield, insurance
115.60; NE Dept. Of Revenue, withholding - 518.76


* All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages.

Alliance Tractor & Implement, repairs - 12,540.92; Fastenal Company, shop supplies - 58.40; Karyn K Holt-Olsen, gravel - 1,670.00; Ideal Linen Supply, shop supplies - 25.66; Kimball Auto Parts, LLC, shop supplies - 1,043.02; Koski & Nitz - C/O Lynne Koski, gravel & hardpan - 2,346.60; Anthoney Krajewski, hwy supt-consult - 50.00; MCI, phone - 1.16; Networkfleet, Inc., shop supplies - 295.37; North Platte NRD, water - 131.08; Parsons Trucking, machine hire - 2,200.00; Powerplan, machinery rep - 980.41; Pt Hose and Bearing, repairs - 47.84; Staples Credit Plan, office supplies - 17.92


    
                                      PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION FUND

MIPS Inc, misc - 83.12

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD
  
Item #1 – Review and possible action on contract with Lancaster Youth Services – After review and discussion, Gifford made a motion to approve the contract with Lancaster Youth Services. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #2 –Discussion and action on amount contributed to employees’ HSA accounts – After discussion, Post made a motion to contribute $2500 for a single plan and $4000 for family; employee and spouse, and employee and children plans per year. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

Item #3 – Discussion and action on amount reimbursed through employee’ HRA plans – After discussion, Gifford made a motion to reimburse up to $4000 per family; employee and spouse, and employee and children plans, and up to $2500 for a single plan through HRA plans per year. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

REPORTS

 


HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT
Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent discussed using water from oil pits on the county roads. There was also discussion on different areas where the roads need attention.

ATTORNEY
Jim Zimmerman, Attorney reported that he had received a letter from Wheat Belt Public Power regarding an accident in Banner County that involved an over-sized vehicle. There was discussion that Banner County requires permits for such vehicles. He also stated his professional opinion that in order to be on the Museum or Historical Society Board, you must reside in the county.

CLERK
Lori Hostetler, Clerk reported that the courthouse window has been repaired. She said she is waiting to hear back from Pete as far as scheduling the budget workshop.

SHERIFF
Lori Hostetler, Clerk presented the Sheriff’s Quarterly Fee report.

TREASURER
Lori Hostetler, Clerk stated that the treasurer had left the pledged collateral report for review, as well as a copy of the semi-annual figures. She said that if the commissioners approve of the report, the semi-annual statement will be run in Sunday’s paper. The commissioners okayed its publication.

No other reports.

Post made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 10:04 a.m.  Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on July 18, 2017 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


July 11, 2017

BANNER COUNTY
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION PROCEEDINGS

The Banner County Board of Equalization met in special session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on July 11, 2017. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the July 6, 2017 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 July 7, 2017.  The agenda was not amended less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

The chairman called the meeting to order at the hour of 8:32 a.m. Present on roll call were: Chairman John-Robert Faden; Vice Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Member Robert Post; Sharon Sandberg, Assessor; Mark Johnson, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Greg and Susan Soule and John Rutledge with Pritchard & Abbott.

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 Gifford moved to approve as presented. Second by Post.  Roll call vote:  Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.


ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

1. Certification by the assessor that a copy of the portion of the property record file which substantiates the calculation of the protest value is maintained in the assessor's office. –Sharon Sandberg, County Assessor certified to the board that any information that is in the property record cards and any information from the hearings are maintained in the assessor’s office and copies are available.

2. Protest Hearings

The chairman called the hearings to order at 8:35 a.m.

17-2; 17-3; 17-4; 17-5 – Lover’s Leap Ranch
Greg Soule testified that he doesn’t believe that values should be based on sales. He said his opinion is that the laws need to be changed. The commissioners agreed and said that Member Post has attended several legislative meetings and presented testimony in favor of a change.

17- 8 – Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson testified that comparable values to his property are lower and stated that he believes that some of the county’s sales should be reclassified, possibly as recreational, and valued accordingly.

17-6 – Bellaire Oil Company
Protest was reviewed.

17-7 – Clearview Dairy
Protest was reviewed.

17-1 – Board of Educational Land and Funds
Protest was withdrawn.

The chairman closed the hearings at 10:07 a.m.

3. Discussion and possible decisions on protest hearings –

17-2 – Lover’s Leap Ranch, Inc.

Assessor’s recommendation – To leave values as set for 2017 at a total value of $118,294.

Post made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation and leave as set for 2017 because no evidence was shown to warrant a change. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

17-3 – Lover’s Leap Ranch, Inc.

Assessor’s recommendation - To leave as set for 2017 at $268,065.

After discussion, Post made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation and leave as set for 2017 at $268,065 because no evidence was presented to justify a change. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

17-4 – Lover’s Leap Ranch, Inc.

Assessor’s recommendation -   To leave as set for 2017 at $243,983.

Post made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation and to leave as set at $243,983 because no evidence was shown to warrant a change. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

17-5 – Lover’s Leap Ranch, Inc.

Assessor’s recommendation -   To leave as set for 2017 at $191,000.

Post made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation and to leave as set for 2017 at $191,000 because no evidence was shown to justify a change. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.


17-6 Bellaire Oil Company

Assessor’s recommendation – John Rutledge with Pritchard & Abbott represented the assessor. After reviewing additional information regarding lease operating expenses received from Bellaire Oil Company, John recommended reducing the Working Interest to $135,610 and the Royalty Interest to $75,890 for a total value of $211,500.

Gifford made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation which is based on the recommendation from John Rutledge with Pritchard & Abbott, reducing the WI to $135,610 and RI to $75,890 for a total value of $211,500. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

17-7 – Clearview Dairy

 

Assessor’s recommendation – To change irrigated to dry crop and to classify it as CREP in 2018 and to change the value to $57,881.

Gifford made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation changing the value to $57,881 based on the value of dry crop land.  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

17-1 – Board of Educational Land and Funds

Protest was withdrawn.

17-8 – Mark Johnson

Assessor’s recommendation – To stay the same as set for 2017.

Post made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation that the values stay the same as set for 2017 because no evidence was presented to justify a change. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Post made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 10:25 a.m.  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes. The next regular meeting will be held in regular session on July 18, 2017 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