The Banner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session in the Commissioners’ room of the Banner County Courthouse on June 6, 2017. This is in accordance with the adjournment of the May 16, 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 June 2, 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 8:49 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; Carl Gilbert, Surveyor; Toney Krajewski, Assistant Highway Superintendent, and Lori Hostetler, Clerk. Also present at various times: Sharon Sandberg, Assessor; Cris Burks, Weed Superintendent, 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 Gifford moved to approve. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Gifford, yes; Post, yes; Faden, yes.
The minutes of the previous meetings had been supplied to each board member. Gifford moved to approve the minutes for the regular meeting and the special meeting held on May 16, 2017 and that the actions therein be ratified: Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.
Letter from The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program indicating that the grant for the emergency
siren was approved.
NIRMA renewal rates
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.
Payroll: 28,146.56; Action Communications, siren - 23,863.24; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., health ins - 885.24; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins - 16,074.11; C-Weed Management LLC, contract services - 5,933.33; City Of Scottsbluff, cd adm exp -1,050.00; County Treasurer Postage Account, office supplies - 50.00; Douglas,Kelly,Ostdiek,And Ossian, ct appt counsel - 644.00; First Concord Benefits Group, LLC, health ins trust - 3,166.19; Lori Hostetler, bldg repair-reimb. - 78.85; Ideal Linen Supply,janitorial - 50.59; Kimball County Treasurer, extension expenses - 1,057.93; MCI, phone - 88.75; MIPS Inc, data processing - 1,349.95; Nebraska County Assessors Assoc., dues -50.00; North Platte NRD, water - 37.40; William C Peters, ct appt counsel - 163.00; Staples Credit Plan, supplies - 375.11; Star-Herald, publishing - 273.72; US Bank, supplies - 10.54; Zimmerman Law Firm PC, LLO, travel - 378.00
Payroll: 26,514.20; Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., health ins - 610.96; Blue Cross Blue Shield, health ins - 7,654.14; Centurylink, repair - 2,204.18; First Concord Benefits Group, LLC, health ins trust - 1,162.22; Frank Parts, repair parts - 212.64; Ideal Linen Supply, shop supplies - 25.66; Kimball Auto Parts, LLC, shop supplies - 1,804.70; Koski & Nitz - C/O Lynne Koski, gravel & hardpan - 5,047.90; Anthoney Krajewski, hwy supt consult - 50.00; MCI, phone - 0.59; North Platte NRD, water - 32.80; Pack Rat Disposal; garbage - 150.00; Pt Hose And Bearing, repairs - 54.71; US Bank, meals - 74.24
PRESERVATION & MODERNIZATION FUND
MIPS Inc, misc - 78.99
MUSEUM BOARD FUND
Robin Brown, bldg repair - 156.48; High West Energy, lights - 109.20; North Platte NRD, water - 30.50; The Peetz Farmers Coop Co., heating fuel - 174.34; Star-Herald, misc - 12.60
ITEMS OF BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD
Item #1 – Void check #1705088 – Gifford made a motion to void check # 1705088. Second by Post. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes.
Item #2 –Discussion and possible action on expanding the responsibilities and job title of Tim Grubbs – No action taken.
Item #3 – Discussion and possible action on dental insurance plan – Tabled.
Item #4– Discussion and possible action on lease with CenturyLink – Tabled.
Carl Gilbert, Surveyor reported on the recent surveys he has done in the county.
Monty Stoddard, Treasurer presented the pledged collateral report. He also presented.leases for the mower tractor and Skidsteer which end this month and a road permit request from Griffiths Farms. He said he will be sending out invoices to the rural fire board and the school for their share of the cost of the emergency siren. He also stated that he will be attending the Treasurers' Workshop next week.
Cris Burks, Weed Superintendent gave the report on work she is doing in the county. She also discussed the possibility of using bio-control for Leafy Spurge. After discussion, Post made a motion to purchase insects for the control of Leafy Spurge. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Gifford, yes; Faden, yes.
Item #5 - Review of Road Personnel - Post made a motion to go into executive session to review road personnel and to prevent needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Second by Gifford. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford, yes. Those to be present: Commissioners- Faden; Gifford, and Post.
Executive session called at 9:46 a.m.
Tom Neal joined the executive session at the request of the commissioners at 10:15 a.m.
Gifford exited the executive session at 10:30 a.m.
Post made a motion to come out of executive session which was called for the purpose of reviewing road personnel and to prevent needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes; Gifford - absent.
No action was taken.
Regular meeting resumed at 10:40 a.m.
Tom Neal, Highway Superintendent reported that the 1983 motor grader which was sold on Big Iron Auction was picked up. He said he will be attending the summer meeting next week and stated that Pat Parson started hauling gravel last Monday. He also said an employee has resigned, and an employee who was hired as a temporary seasonal employee is going to full-time.
Lori Hostetler, Clerk reported that one of the courthouse windows was damaged by a rock thrown by the lawnmower. Thompson Glass has been called. She said she has begun working on the budget sheets for Pete, and she will be attending the Clerks' Summer Workshop next week.
No other reports.
Post made a motion to adjourn the meeting of the Banner County Board of Commissioners at 11:11 a.m. Second by Faden. Roll call vote: Post, yes; Faden, yes. The next meeting will be held in regular session on June 20, 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