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04-25-2022 Minutes

April 25, 2022

North Platte, Nebraska

 

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

 

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 Wuehler, seconded by Woodruff to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting held on April 18, 2022.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

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

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Wuehler to receive and order filed the fee report submitted by the Register of Deeds for $28,038.20.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, 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 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 along with Deputy County Treasurer, Sheri Newton.

 

Motion by Weems, seconded by Wuehler to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Equalization meeting held on April 18, 2022. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

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

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Hewgley to approve the motor vehicle tax exemption application as submitted by American Red Cross and recommended for approval by the County Treasurer.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Weems, seconded by Wuehler to approve the motor vehicle tax exemption application as submitted by American Red Cross and recommended for approval by the County Treasurer.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

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

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Woodruff to deny the tax exemption application on real property submitted by Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on real property as the property is vacant.

 

Commissioner Bruns asked the County Assessor what the process is for reviewing tax exemption status on real property.

 

County Assessor, Julie Stenger, responded they must file a long application every four years and that is more intensive.

 

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

 

The Lincoln County Board of Equalization adjourned at 9:30 A.M. and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners reconvened.

 

Lisa Citta from the Lincoln County Ag Society and Lynn Johnson of Chief Construction gave the County Board an update on the Linco Ag & Education Center Building project.

 

The building will be 90,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $11,200,000.  They hope to have it completed by the fall of 2023.

 

The Ag Society is going to raise as much money as possible with donations and grants.  They are hoping to raise $6,000,000 of the total.  They are looking to the county for the $6,000,000.

 

Commissioner Hewgley stated that fundraising has always been an issue.  He questioned why the estimated cost had went from 4 million to almost 12 million on this project.

 

Citta and Johnson replied that it was mostly due to inflation.

 

Commissioner Bruns told them there was funding that was just approved in the legislature and they might look at this to see if they would qualify.

 

Commissioner Wuehler asked if it was difficult to find grant writers.

 

Citta responded that is was difficult to find one with experience and connections.

 

The special designated liquor permit submitted by Bid Red Liquor for a fundraiser to be held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds on May 21, 2022 was pulled at the applicant’s request.

 

Mike Boden of NACO Benefit Services gave a brief presentation on employee benefit services software through TBX Employee Benefits LLC.  There would be no cost to the county to participate.  The program is funded by three new voluntary programs that will be part of the system for employees if they wish to sign up.  There will be six pilot counties for this project.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Weems to approve Lincoln County being a pilot county for the TBX Benefit Services software.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Weems, seconded by Wuehler to authorize the Chairman to sign the client services agreement and scope of services document with TBX Benefit Services.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Mike Boden of NACO Benefit Services also gave an update on Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance renewal and rates for the upcoming fiscal year.  The health insurance rates for Lincoln County will increase by 17.14%.

 

Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Woodruff to authorize the Chairman to sign the State Grant Award, Sub-Awards and Special Conditions for the Community Based Juvenile Services Aid Grant   (23-CB-0518 for Community Connections).  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Brandon Myers. Executive Director of Region 51 Emergency Management gave his quarterly report for the quarter ending on March 31, 2022.

 

Discussion was held concerning updating the Lincoln County Seal.

 

Chairman Bruns stated he would just like to see the county seal refreshed with no major changes.  Hershey Public School students are working on a wooden seal for the Commissioners Room.  He would like to see a vector image that would clean up the lines on President Lincoln and add 1866 to the seal when the county was formed.

 

Motion by Weems, seconded by Woodruff to clean up and enhance the existing county seal as adopted by resolution and to add the year of origin of the county, which is 1866. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Wuehler to close the Lincoln County Courthouse to the public on June 22, 2022 for the 100 Year Celebration in preparation for the event.

 

Further discussion was held following the motion.

 

Commissioner Weems questioned why the courthouse could not be open to the public in the morning of that day.

 

Commissioner Bruns stated there would be ample advance notice to the public that the courthouse would be closed that day.

 

Commissioner Hewgley requested the 100 Year Committee to discuss the logistics of setting up for the event and prepare a schedule.

 

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

 

The 100 Year Celebration committee updated the County Board on the activities planned and estimated costs for the Lincoln County Courthouse 100 Year Celebration.

 

The two streets adjacent to the courthouse (Dewey and 3rd Street) will be closed that morning and this event will require volunteers to run all the activities as well as assist in setting up and tearing down.

 

Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Hewgley to authorize the Chairman to sign various vendor contracts for the Lincoln County Courthouse 100 Year Celebration.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.

 

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

 

Meet with elected officials and department heads at noon.

 

Approved the following claims as presented for payment:

General:

AT&T                                                  cont                      469.61

Ace Hrdwr                                         su                           17.09

Amxn Cptal Srvc                              su                           52.41

Amrcn Lgn Pst                                  rt                             75.00

Brrckmn & Bzt                                   se                       1406.10

Bdt Wstrn Pls                                    rt                           100.00

Bg Rd Twng & Rcvry                       se                         212.00

Brlltt Dgn Trshynsk                          se                       2180.83

Clvry Bptst Chrch                            rt                             75.00

Cptl Bsnss Systm                             rt                           188.49

Csh Wa Dstrbtng                              se                         344.00

Chvs Shw                                          se                       9739.93

Chrsty Byr                                         reb                          10.57

Cty NP Snttn                                     se                           28.08

Clk Dist Crt                                        se                         534.00

Cst To Cst Cmptr                             su                           62.00

Chgn Trnsfr & Strg                           se                         205.49

Clfr Wd Lyn&Wd                              se                       7272.99

Cmmrcl Invsrmnt Srvs                     rt                             62.07

Cllgn                                                   se                           50.95

Das St Accntng                                contr                    813.06

Das st Accntng                                 rt                         3727.08

Dndy Cnty Trsr                                  se                       1395.84

Eakes                                                 su                         762.61

ECCA Cntrl                                       se                           50.00

ES & S                                               se                       8126.38

Elltts Atmtiv Srvs                              se                         495.88

Fdrl spply USA                                 su                       1145.04

Frst Bptst chrch                                rt                             75.00

GvCnnctn Inc                                   se                       2542.00

Grce Cmmnty Chrch                       rt                             75.00

Grt Plns Cmmunctn                        se                         659.68

Hrbr Lghts                                         rt                           100.00

HHS                                                   se                         180.00

Htchcok Cnty Trsr                            se                       1395.69

J Cissell                                             reb                            8.13

Macgill Dscnt Mdcal                        se                         660.08

Mdsn Ntnal Lf                                   ins                        376.22

Mnrds                                                 su                         344.94

Mntzr Oil                                            su                         165.90

Mssh Lthrn chrch                             rt                           150.00

Mthdst Chrch                                    rt                           125.00

Untd Mthst chrch                             rt                             75.00

Md-Plns Cmmunty Cllge                 se                         425.00

Mi6 Pzz                                              su                           35.94

Mrlnd Ent LLC                                  se                         827.50

MLW                                                   se                         454.84

NACO                                                reg                        400.00

NE Instut Frnsc Scnc                      se                       2000.00

Nrflk Rgnl Ctr                                    se                         465.00

NP Plc Dept                                      contr                21000.00

NWE                                                   se                         295.45

Odn Clnl Chpl                                  se                       1050.00

Ptny Bws Rsv acc                            se                     15000.00

Prprty Assmnt Dvsn                        se                         615.00

Rdwd Txclgy Lab                             se                         327.38

Slvtn Army                                         rt                             75.00

Sndhlls RC&D                                  dues                     100.00

Shwn Wllms Co                                su                         200.26

ShI Intntnal Crp                                su                         819.80

Snells                                                 re                          180.00

Stpl Cdt Pn                                        se                       1764.76

Smmt Fd Srvc                                   cntr                  11099.71

T Fox                                                  se                         194.60

Trnst Wrks                                         se                         390.00

Vlly Chrstn Chrch                            rt                             75.00

Vrzn Wrlss                                         cntr                       447.40

Vro Wrlss                                           se                         184.26

Vllg Brdy                                            rt                           100.00

Wllc Anrcn Lgn Pst                          rt                             75.00

Whtl Scrn Prnt                                  grnt                      723.00

Wnspply                                             su                           28.55

 

County Rd:

AT&T                                                  se                           98.35

Lvl LLC                                              su                       7043.20

Mdsn Natl Lf                                     ins                           68.94

Mrnds                                                 su                           89.70

Ttn Mchnry                                        se                         752.25

 

Lodging:

Mdson Natl Lf                                   ins                             9.00

 

Juvenile Fac:

Brulltt Dgn Trshynski Bllw              se                           20.00

 

Self-Funded Ins:

Frst Cncrd Bnfts grp                        ins                      9610.04

 

Building Fund:

Schmmr                                             se                       1900.00

 

The meeting was adjourned at 12:37 P.M.

 

Advance notice and the agenda for the April 25, 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 April 22, 2022; and was also emailed to the media on April 22, 2022.

 

The agenda for the meetings to be held on Monday, May 2, 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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