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01-31-2022 Minutes

January 31, 2022

North Platte, Nebraska

 

Meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Present were Commissioners Joe Hewgley, Kent Weems, Micaela Wuehler, Chris Bruns and County Clerk, Rebecca Rossell.  Hewgley offered prayer. Bruns called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Commissioner Woodruff was absent, but was an observer by phone.

 

Chairman Bruns 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 Weems, seconded by Wuehler to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting held on January 24, 2022.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, and Bruns voted “aye”.  Nays, none. Woodruff absent.

 

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

 

Motion by Weems, seconded by Hewgley to authorize the Chairman to sign a proposal from Nebraska Fire & Safety Equipment for security equipment. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler and Bruns voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Woodruff absent.

 

Motion by Wuehler, seconded by Weems to approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the special designated liquor permit submitted by Skyline Liquor, LLC for a fundraiser to be held on February 18, 2022 at Harbor Lights by North Platte Business and Professional Women.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler and Bruns voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Woodruff absent.

 

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

 

Chairman Bruns 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 Weems, seconded by Hewgley to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Equalization meeting held on January 24, 2022. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, and Bruns voted “aye”.  Nays, none. Woodruff absent.

 

Motion by Weems, seconded by Wuehler to authorize the Chairman to sign the certificates of correction or refund submitted by the County Assessor on real property.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler and Bruns voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Woodruff absent.

 

The Lincoln County Board of Equalization adjourned at 9:18 A.M. and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners reconvened.

 

Discussion was held concerning the application by Wesley and Kelly Kudera for Kudera Administrative Subdivision located at the intersection of Highway 83 and Suburban Road in a TA-1 Transitional Agricultural District.  The property is described as part of the NW ¼ of Section 15; Township 14 North; Range 30 West of the 6th P.M., Lincoln County, Nebraska.

 

Planning Director, Judy Clark, reported that planning staff had no objections to the application.

 

Commissioner Weems commented that he had concerns with the traffic turning left off of Highway 83.

 

Commissioner Bruns also expressed the same concern, but understands there is a housing shortage.

 

Clark asked them to keep in mind that this whole area is all zoned as transitional agriculture.

 

Commissioner Wuehler is also concerned about safety but realizes there are other areas in the county with the same issues.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Wuehler to approve the application by Wesley and Kelly Kudera for Kudera Administrative Subdivision located at the intersection of Highway 83 and Suburban Road in a TA-1 Transitional Agricultural District.  The property is described as part of the NW ¼ of Section 15; Township 14 North; Range 30 West of the 6th P.M., Lincoln County, Nebraska.

 

Commissioner Hewgley stated he heard the valid concerns from the other Commissioners but is glad the applicant is maintaining the existing zoning.

 

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

 

Tom Werblow, reported that he had been negotiating with Winston Michael Contracting,

Inc. for a salt shed for Lincoln County Department of Roads.  The original bid was $210,000 and was rejected.  During negotiations the contractor looked at local suppliers and they also now have a contract with the State of Nebraska in this area. The negotiated bid is now $169,515 which includes approach slabs. There would be some maintenance with a fabric structure.  The proposed structure would be 5X larger than the current storage area.  Another option for the county might be a wood structure rather than the fabric.  He also suggested the cost could be split between two budget years.

 

Commissioner Wuehler told board members that the current structure is in bad condition. The county needs to do some maintenance to the current structure or tear it down and put up a new structure.

 

Tom Werblow reminded the County Board that this is a negotiation and they can counter offer.

 

The County Board tabled this item.

 

Quarterly report for the quarter ending December 31, 2021 by Region 51 Emergency Management Director, Brandon Myers.

 

Discussion was held concerning appointment of an interim highway superintendent.

 

Commissioner Bruns reported that not many individuals have a Class A Highway Supt. license.  He suggested that the county consider entering into an interlocal agreement with the City of North Platte to use the City Supt.

 

Commissioner Hewgley asked if Brian Glos, the current construction manager at the road department, has a Class A license.

 

Deputy County Attorney, Tyler Volkmer, replied in the affirmative.  However, this would elevate him to interim Highway Supt. and that is not what he would suggest at this time.

 

Commissioner Wuehler stated she was in favor of an interlocal agreement.

 

Planning Director, Judy Clark, asked who she should contact for addresses and land use permits.

 

Commissioner Wuehler replied that the foremen will sign off on permits and furnish addresses.

 

Volkmer added that day to day operations will continue as always.

 

Motion by Weems, seconded by Wuehler to authorize the Deputy County Attorney to negotiate an interlocal agreement with the City of North Platte for statutory requirements regarding licensed Class A engineers.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler and Bruns voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Woodruff absent.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Weems to publish/post the highway superintendent position in the county’s legal publication.

 

Hewgley clarified his motion was not limited to that means of publishing and posting.

 

Volkmer informed board members that the Highway Supt. job description could be revised at this time if they choose to do so.

 

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

 

Discussed entering into an agreement with Brent & Kara Reeder for a temporary construction easement and purchase of real property.

 

Deputy County Attorney, Tyler Volkmer, stated that the easement items on the agenda are part of the Sutherland Bridge Project.  There is no fee for the temporary easement.  The land owner is requesting $9000 for the 2.8 acres for the permanent easement and is also asking to be an additional insured.

 

Commissioner Bruns asked where the county was on this project.

 

Volkmer responded that the county has one set of easements that we have not acquired.

 

Lyle Minshull, reported that he had obtained an attorney and is going for adverse possession on part of this property that is being discussed today and asked the County Board to table the matter.

 

Volkmer does not want to slow the project down and the county will need this property no matter what for the project, but this item could be tabled until this issue is addressed.  He also suggested having the County Surveyor go out and look at this area and give her opinion.

 

The County Board tabled this item.

 

Paul Grieger of D.A. Davidson & Co. was present to discuss refinancing of the 2017 series bonds.  As of today the county could save $120,000 by refinancing.  The county could do the paperwork to set the stage without any obligation.  If the bond market is still in the county’s favor they could proceed.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Weems to authorize D.A. Davidson to start the process for refinancing the 2017 series bonds and report back to the County Board.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler and Bruns voted “aye”.  Nays, none Woodruff absent.

 

The following Lincoln County Employees were recognized for their service to Lincoln County:  Neil Speer – 15 Years; Cindy Korf – 10 Years and Shelly Deppen – 5 Years.

 

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

 

Approved the following claims as presented for payment:

General:

Adv Med Img                                     se                         500.00

A Coleburn                                       se                           63.00

A VanVelson                                    se                         110.00

A Power                                             reb                          27.81

Berreckman & Bazata                     se                      3,080.00

B Davis                                              se                         686.00

Brouillette, Dgn, Trshnski               se                      7,461.98

BTS                                                    se                         100.00

Capital Bus Systems                       se                         557.86

Capital One                                       su                           64.51

Central NE Cremation                     se                      2,758.00

CenturyLink                                      se                         351.02

Cervelle Acdmc Consltg                 se                         602.23

Charter                                               su                         144.97

C Shaw                                              se                           50.30

Comm Inv Svcs                                rt                           375.00

DAS St Acctg                                    rt                        3,727.08

Dawson Co Sheriff                          se                           20.63

Dell Mktg                                            eq                      4,920.48

Dr Scrubs                                          ex                           43.19

Douglas Co Sheriff                          se                           20.13

Dundy Co Treasurer                        se                      1,437.06

Eakes                                                 su                      1,569.05

Election Systems & Software         su                         420.00

Fairfield Inn & Suites                       ldg                        288.00

First Concord Benefits                    ins                        172.50

First Natl Bank                                 se                         588.00

Hall Co Dist Ct                                  se                              6.50

Hitchcock Co Treasurer                  se                      1,407.06

Insight Pub Sector                           su                           82.48

J Rudolph                                         se                      1,365.00

J Bethell                                            reb                          65.02

Johnson Controls                            se                         337.70

Knobel Ref                                        se                         110.00

LCSO Jail Petty Cash                     su                           96.13

Logan Co Sheriff Office                  se                           18.50

MacGill Discount Med                     se                         358.80

Menards                                            se                         183.13

Meyer Creative                                 se                         238.74

Mi6 Pizza                                           su                           27.75

M L & W                                             se                    12,012.70

NACO                                                dues                       40.00

NE Inst of Forensic Science          se                      2,000.00

NE Law Enf Trng Cntr                     se                         216.00

NE Pub Hlth Enviro Lab                  se                           30.97

NP Animal Shelter                           se                           80.00

NP Telegraph                                   se                      3,342.89

Perkins Co Sheriff                           se                           24.15

Phelps Co Sheriff                            se                           18.00

Pitney Bowes                                    se                      1,031.61

Recog Unlimited                              se                         167.70

St Louis University                          se                         235.50

Scotts Bluff Co Sheriff                    se                              6.00

Staples                                               su                         147.47

Summit Food Svcs                          contr                 4,606.42

T Stasser                                           reb                          21.00

T Hetherington                                 se                      2,097.00

T Fox                                                  se                         435.75

Title Svcs of the Plains                   se                         195.00

U.S. Cellular                                     se                      1,087.64

Ultra-Chem                                       se                         288.97

Verizon Wireless                              se                      2,050.18

Viaero Wireless                                se                         183.46

York Co Sheriff                                se                           29.36

 

Building Fund:

Schemmer                                         se                         285.00

 

Roads:

AT&T                                                  se                         100.80

Bomgaars                                          su                         440.78

B Rotert                                              reb                          31.00

Consolidated                                    se                         610.23

DPPD                                                 se                         132.85

Kelly Supply                                      su                           75.33

Menards                                            su                           47.86

Mentzer Oil                                        su                         124.47

Mun L & W                                        se                         667.95

Murphy Tractor                                 eq                         395.00

Newman Signs                                 se                      1,855.97

NSG                                                   su                      1,806.87

RS Hydraulic Slyns                         se                         112.64

 

Inheritance Tax:

Snell Svcs                                         se                      7,378.66

 

Juvenile Fac:

Brouillette, Dgn, Trshnski               se                         800.58

 

Self-Funded Ins:

First Concord Benefits                    ins                     2,390.22

 

January Payroll $848,749.73

 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:22 A.M.

 

Advance notice and the agenda for the January 31, 2022 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 January 28, 2022; and was also emailed to the media on January 28, 2022.

 

The agenda for the meetings to be held on Monday, February 7, 2022 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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