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03-01-2021 Minutes

March 1, 2021

North Platte, Nebraska

 

Meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Present were Commissioners Joe Hewgley, Bill Henry, Kent Weems, Chris Bruns, Jerry Woodruff and County Clerk, Rebecca Rossell.  Woodruff offered prayer. Weems called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

 

Chairman Weems announced the Open Meeting Act with amendments is posted for public review and the county board will comply with the open meeting requirements.

 

Motion by Henry, seconded by Bruns to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting held on February 22, 2021.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to receive and order filed the treasurer’s receipts.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners recessed at 9:15 A.M. and the Lincoln County Board of Equalization convened.

 

Chairman Weems announced the Open Meeting Act with amendments is posted for public review and the county board will comply with the open meeting requirements.

 

Deputy County Assessor, Pat Collins appeared along Betty Jo Hernandez representing the County Treasurer’s Office.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Henry to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Equalization meeting held on February 22, 2021. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

No certificates of correction or refund submitted by the County Assessor.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Henry to approve the motor vehicle tax exemption applications submitted by New Life Assembly Church and North Platte Baptist Church as recommended for approval by the County Treasurer.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Henry, seconded by Bruns to approve the motor vehicle tax exemption application submitted by North Platte Catholic Schools as recommended for approval by the County Treasurer.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to approve the motor vehicle tax exemption application submitted by Bethel Evangelical Free Church as recommended for approval by the County Treasurer.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Hewgley to approve the motor vehicle tax exemption application by Great Plains Health as recommended for approval by the County Treasurer.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Henry, seconded by Hewgley to approve the motor vehicle tax exemption application by Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska as recommended for approval by the County Treasurer.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

The Lincoln County Board of Equalization adjourned at 9:22 A.M. and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners reconvened.

 

County Attorney, Rebecca Harling and Jayne Schaaf, Executive Director for Community Connections presented the Lincoln County Comprehensive Juvenile Services Community Plan July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2025.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Bruns to approve the Lincoln County Comprehensive Juvenile Services Community Plan July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2025 as presented. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Brandon Myers, Region 51 Emergency Management Director, asked the board to consider setting a date to accept bids for a new truck for his department.  He planned to keep the current truck as a spare for other employees to drive.

 

Commissioner Hewgley commented that he would rather see the current vehicle traded in rather than keeping it as a spare.

 

Commissioner Henry asked if the current unit could be passed down to one of the other counties in the region.

 

Myers responded in the affirmative.

 

Commissioners Bruns and Woodruff both concurred that they did not want the vehicle to be kept as a spare.  Bruns suggested Region 51 look at getting on rotation of vehicles similar to the Sheriff’s Department.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to set March 22, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. to accept bids for one pickup truck for Region 51 Emergency Management.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Henry, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Carla O’Dell, Lincoln County Highway Supt., County Surveyor, Boni Edwards and Judy Clark, County Planning Administrator, appeared to discuss various issues concerning buildings constructed without permits or on county right-of-way and amending zoning regulations per NE State Statute § 23-114.  Edwards also has issues with people getting flood plain permits.  This could affect federally approved loans for the entire county.

 

Deputy County Attorney, Tyler Volkmer, reported that he had been working with the group to address their concerns and to look at enforcement options. It was decided that Commissioners Bruns and Henry will join the group and work on a plan to address the issues.

 

County Board members discussed a resolution prohibiting sitting Commissioners from having financial interests in contracts with Lincoln County.

 

Commissioner Weems stated the resolution before the board was something that he has always been concerned with. He has great confidence that all board members have the best interests of the county in mind, including the current jail project.  He finds it burdensome that the County Board cannot have the full board on the county’s side of the table.

 

Commissioner Hewgley commented that in his 35 year tenure on the County Board he had declined projects.  He has done a lot of pro gratis work for the county, but doing that became financially burdensome.  There are state statutes that are clear on conflicts of interest and this issue has been addressed by the NE Attorney General’s office.  He feels that it is wrong for this board, and for the individual, to not allow the board to act in the best interest of the county and we don’t want to restrict individuals in this county from making a living.

 

Commissioner Henry told board members that we cannot legislate integrity.  There are laws in place to regulate this.

 

Commissioner Bruns stated that for him, it is a matter of perception, not integrity. This resolution would alleviate him having to defend this board’s integrity.

 

Commissioner Hewgley asked why any of them would have to defend another board members integrity.  Have the person speak with the board member involved.

 

Commissioner Woodruff also sees it as a matter of public perception.

 

John Winchell spoke against the proposed resolution.  He asked the board to please not inhibit individuals from running for office because they might have a potential conflict of interest.

 

Greg Renner also spoke against the proposed resolution.  Low bidder is low bidder.  Everything is transparent.  If there is a conflict, the board member abstains.  That is the law.  Everyone complains, you are not going to make everyone happy.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to adopt Resolution No. 2021-09 prohibiting sitting Commissioners from having financial interests in contracts with Lincoln County.

 

Commissioner Hewgley asked to have the resolution read.

 

Upon roll call vote Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Hewgley and Henry voted “nay”.  Motion carried.

 

Hear concerns from Elected Officials, Department Heads and their representative.

 

Approved the following claims as presented for payment:

 

General:

AFC Intnl                                           eq                       1898.24

Agri Comp                                         eq                       1707.07

Amazon Cap                                     su                         215.37

A Browers                                          mi                           40.88

BLR                                                    se                           12.00

B Aufdenkamp                                 mi                           77.84

Brouillette,Dugan                             se                       5969.90

Buffalo Co Sheriff                            se                           33.82

Capital Bus                                       se                         212.00

Charter Comm                                  se                         124.97

City of NP                                          se                              7.50

Clk Dist Crt                                        se                       1140.00

Comm Invtmt                                    rt                           375.00

Conslidted Mgmt                              se                           84.93

CVSOAN                                           reg                          60.00

Dive Rescue Intl                               eq                       1513.81

Dr Debs                                             se                         100.00

Eakes                                                 su                       4502.32

E Kircher                                           mi                           15.46

FD Signworks                                   eq                       1189.86

Fellows                                              eq                         849.00

Grand Cnty Sheriff                          se                           29.72

GP Health                                         se                         773.51

K Marshall                                         mi                           53.76

K Florom                                            se                         350.00

Knobel Ref                                        se                         205.60

LC Jail PC                                         ex                           59.99

Menards                                            su                         195.89

Mentzer                                              su                           66.65

Meyer Cr                                            su                         475.65

Mid-Plains                                         se                         375.00

Midwest conn                                   se                         123.26

ML&W                                                se                       6514.45

NACO                                                reg                          70.00

NACT                                                 dues                       50.00

NE Law Enf                                      se                           75.00

NWE                                                   se                         297.00

P Cooper                                           mi                         156.80

Radiology                                          se                         971.00

Recgntn Unl                                     se                           83.30

SHI                                                     su                           88.00

Snells                                                 se                         127.50

Summit Fd                                         se                       4348.50

Supply Cache                                   su                       1482.65

T Stasser                                           mi                           27.44

T Fox                                                  se                         115.50

Twin Valley Comm                           su                           30.00

US Cell                                              cont                      856.05

Verizon                                              cont                      801.32

Walmart Comm                                su                         158.57

Woods & Aitken                               se                       1342.60

 

Roads:

B Summers Frd                                re                          544.37

Bomgaars                                          su                         175.67

Coldwell Bnkr                                   su                         120.00

DPPD                                                 se                         138.73

EQ Blades                                         eq                       1595.00

Hintons                                              su                           43.00

Kelly Supply                                      re                          316.19

MCCook PPD                                   se                         274.33

Mentzer Oil                                        su                         142.60

ML&W                                                se                         670.70

NSG                                                   su                       3477.01

NWE                                                   se                         661.88

RS Hudrlic                                        se                       1771.78

4D Repair                                          se                       2607.50

 

Lodging:

Goldn Spike                                      se                           50.00

Integrated                                          eq                       1200.00

Langemeier Htg                                re                          120.00

Midwst Conn                                    pstg                    1500.00

ML&W                                                se                         310.63

NE Hotel & ldg                                  dues                     400.00

NE Safety & Fr                                 se                           30.00

NP Telegraph                                   adv                         19.43

PrestoX                                              se                           40.00

Reliable Rfg                                      se                         125.00

Mally Mrktg                                        se                       2483.33

Watchfire Signs                                adv                       520.00

 

Juvenile Fund:

Brouillette Dugan                             se                         711.60

 

Building:

BTS                                                    eq                       3130.00

 

February Payroll  $776.271.99

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:54 A.M.

 

Advance notice and the agenda for the March 1, 2021 board meetings were sent to the county board and all others requesting the same.  Advance public notice (includes agenda) of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting and the Lincoln County Board of Equalization meeting was posted at the Lincoln County Courthouse, City Hall and the Lincoln County website on February 26, 2021; and was also emailed to the media on February 26, 2021.

 

The agenda for the meetings to be held on Monday, March 8, 2021 will be kept

continually current and open for inspection at the office of the Lincoln County Clerk.  The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will be at the Lincoln County Courthouse in the Commissioners Room at 9:00 A.M.  The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Equalization will be at the Lincoln County Courthouse in the Commissioners Room at 9:15 A.M.

 

 

Rebecca J. Rossell

Lincoln County Clerk

 

 

 

 

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