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11-01-2021 Minutes

November 1, 2021

North Platte, Nebraska

 

Meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Present were Commissioners Joe Hewgley, Kent Weems, Chris Bruns, Jerry Woodruff and County Clerk, Rebecca Rossell. Bruns 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 Woodruff, seconded by Bruns to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting held on October 25, 2021.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, 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, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Hewgley to authorize the Chairman to sign the Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance amendment on premiums to pay 35% of the difference between single coverage and spouse/child/family premiums for non-union full time employees.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, 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.

 

County Assessor, Julie Stenger appeared.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Equalization meeting held on October 25, 2021. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

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

 

The Lincoln County Board of Equalization adjourned at 9:16 A.M. and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners reconvened.

 

Lincoln County Planning Director, Judy Clark, stated that planning staff had no objections to any of the following applications.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Bruns to approve the application by F.L. Wahlgren Corp. for 79 Ranch Administrative Subdivision splitting 1.69A from an existing commercial site from surrounding property described as part of Gov’t Lot 9 and accretions thereto in 14-12-27          West of the 6th P.M., Lincoln County, Nebraska. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Hewgley to approve the application submitted by Charley Brown for Brown Administrative Subdivision which will create a 4.60A lot separating an existing home site             from the surrounding property described as part of Gov’t Lot 4, 4-12-20 West of the 6th P.M., Lincoln County, Nebraska.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to approve the application submitted by Gordon and Lori Coble to reconfigure an existing lot on property described as part of the E ½ of 5-15-29 West of the 6th P.M., Lincoln County, Nebraska.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Woodruff to authorize the Chairman to sign the VOCA Sub-Recipient audit acknowledgement form.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to authorize the Chairman to sign the VOCA Subgrant Award Acceptance, Special Conditions and GrantVantage Use Authorization.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Woodruff to set November 29, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. to accept bids for the Sarben Guardrail Project to include the following projects:  1) dirt work only, 2) guardrail installation only and 3) dirt work and installation of guardrail.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

The following bids were received for granite for Lincoln County Dept. of Roads:  Level LLC – $142,000 and NSG Logistics LLC – $171,400.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Woodruff to accept the bids of Level LLC in the amount of $142,000 for 8000 tons of crushed granite delivered at the price of $35.50 per ton.

 

Commissioner Weems asked if both bids met the bid specifications.

 

Commissioner Woodruff questioned if this was similar product to what we have used in the past.

 

Highway Supt., Carla O’Dell, responded in the affirmative.

 

Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

The following bids were received for State Farm Bike Trail:  T.L. Sund Constructors Inc. – Lexington, NE – $317,407; Level LLC – North Platte, NE – $259,570.60; and Myers Construction Inc. – Broken Bow, NE – $318,268.

 

No action was taken on acceptance of a bid.  County Board will consider acceptance of a bid at the next board meeting.

 

The following bids were received for one pickup truck for Region 51 Emergency Management: Janssen Dodge – $33,404 and Bill Summers Ford – $36,489.

 

Discussion was held concerning estimated delivery times of the two vehicles.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Bruns to accept the bid of Bill Summers Ford in the amount of $36,489.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Jerry Feist, USDA District Supervisor, appeared to discuss replacement of the Wildlife Specialist.  He supplied the additional information requested from the previous meeting concerning activity and numbers.

 

Feist had met with Dawson County Commissioners and was cautiously optimistic that they would put in the additional $8000 for the program.  He is requesting an additional $10,000 from Lincoln County for the current program or he can advertise for intermittent personnel.

 

Commissioner Hewgley questioned how the public would know about this program.

 

Feist replied that it is mostly repeat customers, referrals from Nebraska Game and Parks or customer referrals.

 

Commissioner Weems also felt they needed to do a better job of letting the public know about the service.

 

Commissioner Woodruff asked about the total dollar amount.

 

Feist responded with the additional money the total cost of the year would be $42,080 for Lincoln County.  The federal government cost share is no longer being funded.

 

Barry Johnson, expressed interest in the possible position.

 

Commissioner Bruns wanted to know how much time was spent on pigeon control.

 

Feist indicated about 10% of the time.

 

Commissioner Hewgley commented he was in favor of the program, but would like to see them do a better job of advertising this service.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Hewgley to up the contribution of Lincoln County in the amount of $10,000 for a total of $42,080 to replace the wildlife specialist.

 

Commissioner Hewgley asked for a quarterly report.

 

Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Bruns, seconded by Hewgley to authorize the Chairman to sign the NOHS mini grant for Nationwide Seatbelt Enforcement in November in the amount of $5000 to provide 142 hours of overtime.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

County Board Assistant, Tammy White, gave a report on the information she had compiled concerning the current mail service and information she obtained on leasing or purchasing a mail system for the county to provide this service in house.  If equipment is leased or purchased it would be housed in the PBX area and those employees would also process the mail. The County Board requested White obtain an additional informal bid from Gradient.

 

Discussed funding priorities for SLFRF funds (State/Local Fiscal Recovery Funds) as recommended by the ad hoc committee appointed by the Chairman. The following is a list of priorities recommended by the committee in no particular order:  1) travel and tourism industry, 2) new or expanded child care, 3) substance abuse/mental health services, 4) non-profit organizations and 5) infrastructure projects. If legislation is passed allowing other infrastructure projects it will be capped at 30% of the total.

 

Commissioner Woodruff asked how the funds would be given out.

 

Deputy County Attorney, Tyler Volkmer, replied that there are various ways it could be done such as request for reimbursement, multiple payments or one lump sum.

 

Commissioner Hewgley requested that legal counsel include language that the priorities stated above would not be the only projects that could be funded.

 

Region 51 Emergency Management Director, Brandon Myers, wants to see our communities thrive from these funds and not send it back to the federal government.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Woodruff to authorize the committee to continue based on the five priorities we have at this time with the one being contingent on legislation.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

Approved the following claims as presented for payment:

General:

AJ Sht Mtl                                          se                         127.50

Amazon                                             su                           18.34

A VanVelson                                    mi                         224.00

Aurelius INV                                     se                      1,217.16

B Henry                                             reb                            5.84

Brouillette,Dgn, Trshki                    se                      3,676.63

Capital Bus Sys                                se                         919.33

Capital One                                       su                           85.87

B Petersen                                        se                      1,026.36

Charter Comm                                  su                         144.97

C Korf                                                 su                           48.59

Comm Conn                                     se                      5,772.58

Dr Debs EMC                                   contr                 1,500.00

Dundy Cnty Trsr                               se                      5,072.04

Eakes Ofc Sol                                   su                           29.67

Express Arrow Stg Lns                   se                           46.80

First Concord Bnfts                         se                         177.50

Grt Plns Comm                                 se                         327.50

Hitchcock Cnty Trsr                          se                      3,384.67

Ideal Linen Sply                               su                         210.54

Rudolph Law                                    se                      1,030.00

Jeremy Hill                                        reb                            7.94

John Kaspar                                     reb                            9.05

Lindemeier Law Offc                       contr                 9,665.33

Medline Industries                           su                         287.86

Menards                                            su                         300.33

Mi6 Pizza Inc                                    su                           41.93

Municipal Lt & Wtr                            se                    12,692.15

NACO                                                reg                        150.00

Neb st fire mshl                                se                      1,500.00

North Platte Mnmt                            se                         310.00

NP Opp Cntr                                     se                           80.00

Northwestern Engy                          se                           27.24

Patrick Heng Law Ofc                     se                      3,474.70

PiP Printing                                       su                         279.74

Poplar St Car wsh                           su                           19.25

Praise Windows                               se                      2,400.00

Ryan Owens                                     reb                            7.85

Staples                                               su                           55.08

Steven Elmshaeuser                       se                         880.00

T.O. Haas tire                                   su                         567.06

Thyssenkrupp Elvtr Corp                se                         876.77

Twin Rivers Bdy Shp                       se                      3,218.07

Univ of Neb- Lincoln                       ex                           14.66

Keith Young                                      se                      2,500.00

US Cellular                                       se                         900.65

Verizon                                              se                         483.27

Wash time Car wash                       su                           58.00

Wstrn States Shrff Assoc               reg                        100.00

911 Custom                                      se                         870.00

 

Roads:

Bomgaars                                          su                         137.87

Brico Pest Control                            su                         150.00

City of North Platte                          su                    42,372.61

Consolidated                                    se                         617.19

Dawson Pub Pwr Dist                     se                           54.38

JA Traffic Products                          su                      1,456.00

Janssen Chrysler                             se                         374.00

McCook Pub Pow Dist                    se                           75.89

Mentzer Oil                                        su                      1,293.64

Midwest Petroleum                          eq                         190.00

Municipal Lt & Wtr                            se                         302.24

Nebraska Trk Cntr                           re                          925.48

Newman Signs                                 se                      1,751.81

Northwestern Energy                      se                           25.38

Rockmount                                       se                         299.90

RS Hydraulic Sltns                          se                           33.63

WPCI                                                  su                         200.00

 

Lodging:

Affordable Storage                           rt                             99.00

Amanda Connick                             reb                          22.00

American Bus Assoc                       se                         630.00

Another Roound                              su                         874.86

Bruce Richman                                se                           50.00

Buffalo Bill St Hist Park                   su                         182.00

C Jarvis Atmn Rvr Run                   grt                     2,094.38

Cornhusker Comm Clng                 su                         541.00

Dusty Trails                                       su                         500.00

Eakes ofc Plus                                 su                           64.98

Geno Delisa                                      su                           50.00

Golden Spk Twr                                se                         612.00

Ideal Linen Sply                               su                           37.87

Integrated                                          su                         162.75

KS Plus, Inc                                      rt                        3,500.00

Lamar Companies                           se                         600.00

Lincoln Co Hist Msm                        su                         256.00

Link Media Outdoor                         su                         900.00

Lisa Burke                                         reb                          30.00

Meyer Creative Prt & Dsgn            se                         271.72

Mike Carwin                                      su                           50.00

Municipal Lt & Wtr                            se                         314.77

Nanonation, Inc                                se                      1,066.40

Presto-X                                            se                           42.00

Rosenberg Ins                                  se                           21.00

Sandhills Nat Wtr                             su                         238.24

Spectrum Reach                              se                    13,985.50

Maly Marketing                                 se                      3,583.33

Univ of Neb-Lincoln                        su                         165.00

Whitetail Scrnprnt                            se                         414.00

 

Juvenile Fac:

Brouillette, Dgn, Trshki                   se                         430.00

 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:25 A.M.

 

Advance notice and the agenda for the November 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 October 29, 2021; and was also emailed to the media on October 29, 2021.

 

The agenda for the meetings to be held on Monday, November 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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