July 18, 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 July 18, 2019. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the July 2, 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 July 12, 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 10:05 a.m. Present on roll call were: Chairman Robert Post; Vice Chairman Robert J. Gifford; Member Sharon Sandberg; Bernice Huffman, Assessor; Jerry Morris, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk.

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:  Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Sandberg, yes.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Gifford moved to approve the minutes for July 2, 2019 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes.

CORRESPONDENCE – None

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #2 – 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 – Bernice Huffman, Assessor certified 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.

Item #3 – Protest Hearing – 10:00 a.m.

The chairman called the hearing to order at 10:07 a.m.

19-1 – Jerry D. Morris

Jerry Morris presented evidence and testimony to substantiate his valuation protest.

The chairman closed the hearing at 10:28 a.m.

Item #1 – 3 Year Plan of Assessment – Bernice Huffman, Assessor presented her 3 Year Plan of Assessment for review. Gifford made a motion to accept the 3 Year Plan of Assessment. Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Sandberg, yes.

Item #4 – Discussion and possible decision on protest hearing –

19-1 – Jerry D. Morris

Assessor’s recommendation: To add an additional 10% functional depreciation on the house and the new 60’ x 80’ storage building.

After discussion, Sandberg made a motion to accept the assessor’s recommendation and to set the value of the house at $146,674; the new building at $19,991, and to leave the other buildings and houses the same, for a total valuation of $222,065. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

Sandberg made a motion to adjourn the Banner County Board of Equalization meeting at 10:50 a.m. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Sandberg, yes; Gifford, yes. The next meeting will be held in special session on July 23, 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 July 18, 2019.  This is in accordance with the adjournment of the July 2, 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 July 12, 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; Bernice Huffman, Assessor; Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent; Buck Hottell, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk.

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; Gifford, yes; Post, yes.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been supplied to each board member. Gifford moved to approve the minutes for July 2, 2019 and that the actions therein be ratified. Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Sandberg, yes.  

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from Western Nebraska Intelligence & Narcotics Group (WING) requesting financial support

Letter from Banner County Public School Foundation requesting sponsorship for the Birthday Calendar

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: Gifford, yes; Sandberg, yes; Post, yes.

                                                       

                                                                      GENERAL FUND

Banner County Court, cc costs - 68.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins. - 16,913.96; CenturyLink, phone - 654.18; Victor E Covalt III, misc. - 250.00; DAS Accounting, data processing - 96.84; First Concord Benefits Group, LLC, health ins trust - 2,568.64; Frenchman Valley COOP, fuel - 200.15; High West Energy, lights - 533.00; Bernice Huffman, dues - 452.65; MIPS Inc., data processing - 1,392.78; NACo, registration - 495.00; NE Safety and Fire, Equipment Inc., bldg repair - 89.00; Nebraska Sheriff's Association, dues - 100.00; Nebraska State Treasurer, misc. - 1.18; North Platte NRD, water - 32.80; Nossaman Petitt Law Firm, ct appt counsel - 240.50; William C Peters, ct appt counsel - 1,265.78; Postmaster, misc. - 64.00; Star-Herald, publishing - 256.54; United States Treasury, misc. - 40.63; USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services, state contract - 1,986.77; Verizon Wireless, phone - 76.61; Wildcat Surveying, misc. -2,400.00


                                                                  ROAD FUND

Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins. - 9,502.60; Centurylink, phone - 188.20; First Concord Benefits Group, LLC, health ins trust - 771.50; Frank Parts Company,  repair parts - 82.01; Frenchman Valley Coop, equip fuel - 7,082.21; High West Energy,  Lights - 226.00; Inland Truck Parts & Service, repair parts - 160.12; Motor Fuels Division, misc - 332.00; NE Safety And Fire Equipment Inc., shop supplies - 376.85; Networkfleet, Inc., shop supplies-283.70;NMC Exchange LLC,repair parts - 484.32; North Platte NRD, water -32.80; Personnel Concepts, printing - 20.90; Powerplan, shop supplies - 11,813.94; Respond First Aid Systems, med & safety - 117.47; Sandberg Implement, Inc., shop supplies - 25.98; Verizon Wireless, phone - 22.09; Westco, machinery repair - 587.63; Wyoming Bearing and Supply, repairs - 17.65


                                          PRESERVATION AND MODERNIZATION

MIPS, INC., misc. – 91.70

PUBLIC COMMENTS - None

ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD

Item #2 – Receive wildlife specialist annual activity summary – After review, the report was accepted.

Item #1 – Dave Streeks – regarding damage done to millet crop by road dept. – Tabled.

REPORTS

WEED SUPERINTENDENT

Buck Hottell, Weed Superintendent reported that about 90% of the roads have been done. He said he has been contacting landowners regarding weed problems that need to be addressed, and there was discussion on areas of concern.

COMMITTEE

Gifford and Post attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference in Las Vegas. Post has been appointed Chairman of the Rural Action Caucus which will be focusing on improving broadband coverage in rural areas, as well as the opioid crisis. Sandberg reported that the Aging Office has had a Workmen’s Compensation lawsuit filed against them.

HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT

Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent reported that they have replaced 2 tubes on Road 7 and 13 and have cleared some culverts. He discussed that the road department has caused some damage when they crossed an area of a field of hay grazer. He also reported an accident in which a county gravel truck struck a calf. After discussion, it was agreed that the county will pay for the damages. He said he had a meeting with the Air Force and is going to inspect the roads they have used. He reported that they have been spraying weeds on auto gates. He also said he has a new hire, and he has started mowing. He said Kathy is working on a Scrap Tire Grant, and there is a possibility that the Federal Highway Administration will fix a bad, narrow road in the county. He reported he has completed the road study on the requested road vacation and will complete the paperwork in order to proceed.

TREASURER

The pledged collateral report was received.

CLERK

Lori Hostetler, Clerk presented the clerk and the clerk of the district court fee reports. She reminded that inventories are due by the end of August. She said that the state had finished installing a fiber optic line in the courthouse, and Evelynn Browne has made a digital copy of the Comprehensive Plan for the county. She also reported that she has been working on the budget, and she and Monty had a conference call with Candace.

No other reports.

Gifford made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 10:00 a.m.  Second by Sandberg. Roll call vote: Sandberg, yes; Post, yes; Gifford, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on August 6, 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