September 15, 2015

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 September 15, 2015. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the September 1, 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 emailed to each board member on September 11, 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 8:40 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 Post moved to approve as presented. Second by Faden.  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 September 1, 2015 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes:  Post, yes.

CORRESPONDENCE – Thank you card from Toby Tyler.

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD – None

Post made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 8:45 a.m. Second by Faden.  Roll call vote:  Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on October 6, 2015 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 September 15, 2015.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the September 1, 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 emailed to each board member on September 11, 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; Jim Zimmerman, Attorney; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Monty Stoddard, Treasurer 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. 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. Post moved to approve the minutes for September 1, 2015 and that the actions therein be ratified:  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.  

CORRESPONDENCE
Information from NIRMA regarding the Annual Membership Meeting and election of
Board members

Letter from Deb Schor, candidate for NACO Board Secretary

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
 Lisa Cross, wages ........................................................1,417.50
John-Robert Faden, salary……………………………….666.66
Robert Gifford, salary……………………………………..666.66
Carl Gilbert, salary ………………………………………..100.00
Margaret Hopkins, salary………………………………....440.00
Lori Hostetler, salary ……………………………………3,066.66
Donna McGowan, wages……………………………….1,552.50
Stanley McKnight, salary………………………………. 3,300.94
Kathy Natale, wages…………………………………… 1,472.00
Gay Olsen, salary ……………………………………….. .325.00
Robert Post, salary………………………………………..666.66
Sharon Sandberg, salary…………………………….... 3,066.66
Monty Stoddard, salary…………………………………3,066.66
James Zimmerman, salary …………………………..   1,058.33
AFLAC, insurance ................................................................................  458.05
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., retirement ...................... 2,319.56
Ameritas Vision, insurance…………………………….....215.20                                                                                                      Banner Capital Bank, withholding.............................................4,415.67                                                                                             Banner Capital Bank, HSA ……………………………..1,405.00
LegalShield………………………………………………...217.25
Nebraska Dept. of Revenue, withholding .........................  .522.72
                          * All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages.

Black Hills Ammunition, law enf supplies - 199.50; C-Weed Management LLC, contract services - 5,816.66; Douglas, Kelly, Ostdiek, & Ossian, ct appt counsel - 45.00; Galls Incorporated, law enf supplies - 146.45; High West Energy, lights - 615.00; Ideal Linen Supply, janitorial - 44.18; M.C. Schaff & Associates, Inc., GIS - 60.00; Madelung Law Office, ct appt counsel - 42.50; MCI, phone - 53.31; Menards, bldg repair - 59.96; MIPS Inc, data processing - 1,323.02; Monument Car Wash, misc - 10.00; Off Broadway Office Supply, supplies - 62.34; Panhandle Coop Association, fuel - 166.92; Panhandle R C & D, Inc., RC & D dues - 300.00; Print Express, supplies - 107.49; Quality Inn & Suites, lodging - 138.00; Star-Herald, publishing - 562.66; Leonard G Tabor, Atty, ct appt counsel - 318.75; Verizon Wireless, phone - 62.82



                                                              ROAD FUND

                Jay D. Dove, wages…………………………………1,840.00
                James T. Evans, wages ……………………………..1,650.00
                Timothy Grubbs, wages ...........................................................2,223.00
                Rob Leaf, wages ……………………………………..1,840.00
                Kathy Natale, wages ………………………………….460.00
                Tom Neal, wages ..........................................................................2,779.50
                Jerry Soule, wages ......................................................................2,226.00
                Laryl Taggart, wages ………………………………..1,955.00
                AFLAC, insurance. ...........................................................................305.76
                Ameritas Life Insurance, Corp, retirement..................1,684.54
                Ameritas Vision, Insurance ……………………………22.28
               Banner Capital Bank, withholding .....................................3,433.51
               Banner Capital Bank, HSA …………………………....617.00
               LegalShield……………………………………………. 115.60
               Nebraska Dept. of Revenue, withholding ….……...369.50
                      * All salaries and wages listed above are gross wages.
                      
Casper Star-Tribune, misc - 675.00; Groskopf Manufacturing, culverts - 167.96; Heilbrun's, repair parts - 221.00; High West Energy, lights - 106.00; Ideal Linen Supply, shop supplies - 11.52; Inland Truck Parts & Service, repair parts - 76.98; Johnson Cashway, shop supplies - 96.82; Kimball Auto Parts, LLC, shop supplies - 917.42; MCI, phone - 3.47; Menards, bldg repair - 933.88; Panhandle Coop Association, grease & oil - 11,599.24; SDSU-South Dakota LTAP, regs - 85.00; Sioux City Foundry Co, grader blades - 2,539.95;  Star-Herald, printing - 400.94; The Rock Pile, shop supplies - 40.00; Thompson Glass, Inc., bldg repairs -34.48; Verizon Wireless, phone - 52.82; Western Nebraska Observer, misc - 33.25; Wyrulec Co, lights - 26.94


                                       
                                      PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION

Mips, Inc., Misc – 66.82
                              
                                   
ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD
  
Item #1 – Discussion and possible action on a request for the creation of a sick leave fund for an employee – After reviewing a request from an employee, Post made a motion to approve the creation of a sick leave fund for the employee. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #3 – Discussion and possible action concerning setting a date for flu shot vaccinations to be administered at the courthouse for county residents and employees – After discussion, Post made a motion to set the date for the flu vaccination clinic for October 21st and to authorize the chairman to sign the agreement. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

Item #4 – Review and possible approval of Networkfleet Hardware & Service Order for Verizon GPS Tracking Service - After review and discussion, Post made a motion to approve the Networkfleet Hardware & Service Order for Verizon GPS Tracking Service and to authorize the chairman to sign. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #11 – Discussion and possible action on performance bonus for groundskeeper – The commissioners stated that they are extremely pleased with the job the groundskeeper has done. However, because they have not done so in the past for other employees, no performance bonus would be given.

REPORTS

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT
Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent reported that the new employee has started. He said that the mower tractor needs major repairs, so they are leasing a tractor so they can continue mowing. He stated that the Air Force is in the process of graveling several roads in the county.

COUNTY ATTORNEY
Jim Zimmerman, Attorney stated that he had sent out a question to Members of the Nebraska County Attorneys Association in regards to the county surveyor salary and benefits. He indicated that the general consensus was that nothing needed to be done differently.

COUNTY TREASURER
Monty Stoddard, Treasurer presented information regarding the only 2013 taxes that have not been picked up at the tax sale. The commissioners said that they did not prefer to pay them.

COUNTY CLERK
Lori Hostetler, Clerk presented the clerk and the clerk of the district court fee reports. She reported that she had received the signed petitions for the Death Penalty Referendum and had verified the signatures.

Item #2 – Discussion and possible approval of contract with Pritchard and Abbott for oil and gas appraisals – Sharon Sandberg, Assessor presented the contract for review. Gifford made a motion to approve the contract with Pritchard and Abbott, Inc. and to authorize the chairman to sign. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

WEED SUPERINTENDENT REPORT
Cris Burks, Weed Superintendent reported that she is working on follow-up inspections. She also thanked the commissioners for their support of her actions regarding 10 day notices.

No other reports.

Item #5 – Budget hearing – 10:00 a.m. – The chairman called the budget hearing to order at the hour of 10:00 a.m. The budget message was presented, and the budget was discussed.

Item #6 – Hearing to set the Banner County Tax Levy at a different rate than last year – 10:00 a.m. – The chairman called this hearing to order at 10:00 a.m. to be heard concurrently with the budget hearing.

The chairman called both hearings closed at 10:17 a.m.

Item #7 – Discussion and possible adoption of Resolution for the Allowable Increase of 2015-2016 Restricted Funds by an additional 1% - Faden made a motion to adopt the Resolution for the Allowable Increase of 2015-2016 Restricted Funds by an additional 1%. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.

Item #8 – Discussion and possible adoption of Resolution Setting the Property Tax Request for 2015-2016 and setting the Banner County Tax Levy at a different rate than the 2014-2015 Levy – Post made a motion to adopt theResolution Setting the Property Tax Request for 2015-2016 and setting the Banner County Tax Levy at a different rate than the 2014-2015 Levy. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.

Item #9 – Discussion and possible adoption of Resolution of Adoption and Appropriations 2015-2016 Banner County Budget – Post made a motion to adopt the Resolution of Adoption and Appropriations 2015-2016 Banner County Budget. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Faden, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

Item #10 – Discussion and possible adoption of Resolution for the Authorization of Petty Cash Funds – Gifford made a motion to adopt the Resolution for the Authorization/Reauthorization of Petty Cash Funds. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Faden, yes; Post, yes.

Post made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 10:29 a.m.  Second by Faden.  Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on October 6, 2015 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