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05-16-2022 Minutes

May 16, 2022

North Platte, Nebraska


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


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 Woodruff to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting held on May 9, 2022.  Upon roll call vote Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Hewgley absent.


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


Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Weems to authorize the Chairman to sign the Blue Cross Blue Shield NACO subgroup health insurance application form effective 7-1-22.  Upon roll call vote Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Hewgley absent.


Motion by Wuehler, seconded by Weems to authorize the Chairman to sign the right-of-way application submitted by Hershey Cooperative Telephone Company on West Power Road and Sand Road. Upon roll call vote Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Hewgley absent.


Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Weems to receive and order filed the fee report submitted by the County Sheriff for $4561.40.  Upon roll call vote Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.  Hewgley absent.


Commissioner Hewgley arrived at 9:14 A.M.


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 are posted for public review and the county board will comply with the open meeting requirements.


County Assessor, Julie Stenger appeared as well as Alex Gurciullo, County Treasurer.


Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Wuehler to approve the minutes regarding the Lincoln County Board of Equalization meeting held on May 9, 2022. Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.


Motion by Woodruff, seconded by Hewgley to approve and 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, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.


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


The Lincoln County Board of Equalization adjourned at 9:21 A.M. and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners reconvened.


County Treasurer, Alex Gurciullo, requested to amend the contract with NIC Nebraska that collects electronic payment transactions for her office. NIC Nebraska charges users a flat fee rather than a percentage rate that will benefit the taxpayers.  Online real estate transactions will stay with Certified Payments.


Deputy County Attorney, Tyler Volkmer, will review the agreement.


Tanner Pettera of Hub International Insurance reviewed the summary of the quotes received for county property and casualty insurance from EMC and Travelers Insurance.  He suggested some revisions to the county’s current policy.  Topics discussed included the property loss deductible, wind/hail buy down, fleet coverage, cyber security and the county’s workers compensation module.


Commissioner Hewgley asked him what percentage of his clients are with the two carriers quoted.


Pettera replied he does more with Travelers but does work with both companies and has had good experience with both companies.


Commissioner Hewgley commented that EMC has been very good to the county over numerous years.  He suggested more discussion on pulling out workers’ comp to a stand-alone policy.


Commissioner Bruns said that longevity with a carrier can make a difference.


Commissioner Weems concurred that EMC has been a consistent carrier for the county.


The renewal date discussed with the County Clerk is August 1st.  There will be a short-term renewal from 5-23-22 to 8-1-22.


Pettera will go back to the insurance carriers with the adjustments that were discussed and bring a revised summary to the next board meeting for consideration.


Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Woodruff to approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the fee agreement with Hub International Great Plains Limited as presented.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.


Motion by Weems, seconded by Wuehler to approve the special designated liquor permit submitted by Nebraska Bar & Grill LLC of Gothenburg for a wedding reception to be held at Harbor Lights on July 11, 2022.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.


Chairman Bruns stated that the process for appointing two of the members of the Veterans Service Committee was reviewed and it appears that the process was not exactly followed per Nebraska State Statute.  To clean up the process, it has been recommended that those two members be removed and appointments be made to fill these two vacancies.


Troy Merritt was present and stated he understand the reason for removal.  He commented that he would like to continue serving on the Veterans Service Committee if selected.


Motion by Hewgley, seconded by Woodruff to approve the removal of Bradly Nelson and Troy Merritt from the Veterans Service Committee.


Commissioner Hewgley commented that the process need to be done per Nebraska State Statute.


Commissioner Bruns reported that the Veterans Service Officer as a list of candidates from the appropriate nominating organizations.


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


Motion by Weems, seconded by Woodruff to approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the Memorandum of Understanding in regard to use of Amplifund for Victim Witness grant funding reports.  Upon roll call vote Hewgley, Weems, Wuehler, Bruns and Woodruff voted “aye”.  Nays, none.


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


Approved the following claims as presented for payment:



Adv Med Img                                     se                       1000.00

Agri Comp                                         se                       2090.56

A Gurciullo                                        mi                           61.19

Al’s Lock                                            se                         110.00

Andersen & Sons                             se                           87.26

A Gurdiullo                                        mi                         213.03

Bear Comm                                       se                       1000.00

Bland & Asso                                    se                       2800.00

B Barker Co                                      su                         270.65

B Boyer                                              mi                           23.40

Brouilette                                           se                         749.33

Browns                                              ex                         127.50

Buffalo CS                                        se                           18.50

Cptl Bsns Sys                                   rt                           189.32

AS Cntrl                                             se                           54.60

Cntrl NE Crmtn                                 se                       3148.50

CntryLnk                                            se                         923.85

Charter Comm                                  se                         150.47

C Durham                                         se                       2915.03

NP Sanitation                                   se                              7.50

City of NP                                          cont                 38679.00

Clk of Dist Crt                                    se                       1186.00

Comm Invtmt                                    rt                             46.93

C Schuman                                      se                           96.00

Culligan                                             se                           37.76

Dawson CS                                       se                           36.45

Dawson Tire                                      su                         340.50

Dept Corr SVCS                              Cont                     204.30

Eakes                                                 su                       2592.86

ECCA Ctl                                           se                           50.00

Elletts                                                 re                          166.49

Entenmn-Rovin                                se                         201.25

gWorks                                               se                       3375.58

Galls                                                   su                         174.11

GP Hmcr                                            se                           14.00

Hldy Inn-Krny                                   ldg                      1409.35

Hmtwn Lsg                                        cont                        65.05

Ideal                                                   su                         217.22

Rudolph Law                                    se                       1180.00

K Florom                                            se                         166.66

K Turnbull                                         `se                      2080.00

PC Attny/Crim                                   reb                          86.45

PC Jail                                               ex                           93.50

Lndmr Law                                        reb                        200.00

L Russell                                           mi                              8.12

L Frederick                                        mi                              2.93

B Malcom                                          se                       3276.54

MASA                                                 ins                      1000.00

M Bellamy                                         se                         239.70

Menards                                            su                         112.79

Mentzer                                              se                           78.32

M Wuehler                                        mi                           59.67

Midwst Conn                                    su                         308.91

Mi6 Pizza                                           su                           29.95

D Morris                                             se                         142.50

ML&W                                                se                       6253.02

NE Cnty Attny                                   se                       3380.00

NE Safety                                          se                         300.00

NP Bulletin                                        adv                       800.00

NP Fire Eq                                        se                           24.75

NP Hardware                                    se                           10.26

NP Police                                          cont                 10441.87

NP Telegraph                                   se                       5694.53

NWE                                                   se                       5847.77

O’Reilly                                              su                              6.99

Pathology                                          se                           86.11

M Pederson                                      se                         380.00

Pitney Bowes                                    se                     15000.00

PV Comm of Krny                            eq                         435.00

Poplar St CW                                    su                           44.50

Praise Wndws                                  se                       2400.00

Prodigy Sol                                       su                     21278.08

QuickSeries                                      se                         512.04

Radiology                                          se                           36.00

R Harling                                           mi                         117.00

R Rossell                                           reb                          62.02

Recognition Unl                               su                         178.70

Region II HHS                                  se                     11642.02

Relentless                                         se                         649.00

St Louis Unv                                     se                         235.50

Cnty Shrf                                           fees                      818.51

SHI Intl                                               se                         188.80

Snells                                                 se                         179.85

Software Unl                                     se                       3801.60

Squeegee Cln                                  se                         308.00

Stericycle Inc                                    se                           99.75

Summitt Fd                                        cont                 10909.91

Home Depot                                      su                       2068.32

Su Cache                                          su                         426.57

Title Serv                                           se                         195.00

T Johnson                                         se                           22.23

Transunion                                       cont                      125.00

T Volker                                             mi                         187.20

US Bank                                            se                       7177.09

UNL                                                    mi                         199.06

UNL-Med                                           se                       1100.00

Verizon                                              su                         239.25

Wash Time                                        su                         248.00

Wtrspts                                               se                       1005.40

Wex Bnk                                            su                         472.51

911 Custom                                      eq                         505.78


County Rds:

AT&T                                                  se                           45.40

ACE                                                    se                           49.00

Blk Hls Engy                                     se                         138.08

Cont Srvs                                           su                       2170.00

Cntry Prtnrs                                       su                              9.85

Croell                                                 su                     35037.43

DPPD                                                 se                         420.60

GP Hlth                                              su                           77.00

Ideal                                                   su                         330.52

JA Traffic                                           su                         104.00

MASA                                                 ins                        512.50

McCook PPD                                    se                         116.72

Mdwst Elec                                       se                         266.48

Mdwst Petro                                      su                         145.11

NE Asso                                            dues                     270.00

NMC                                                   re                        6381.25

NP Hrdwr                                           se                           45.38

O’Reilly                                              re                          934.99

Paulsen Inc                                       su                     26895.95

RDO                                                   re                        4737.19

SAPP Bros                                        su                           14.95

Titan Mach                                        re                          473.46

Trctr Su                                              su                           64.98

V of Wallace                                     se                           25.00

WPCI                                                  su                           96.75



Affdbl Strg                                         rt                           109.00

ALLO                                                  se                         373.58

Culligan                                             su                           60.12

Eakes                                                 su                         528.21

Hollman                                             se                       3000.00

Ideal                                                   su                           42.07

Integrated                                          su                         323.50

KNTK-FM                                          se                         762.00

KS Plus                                             rt                         3500.00

Lamar                                                 se                         600.00

LC Raceway                                     se                       2500.00

LinkMedia                                         se                       1200.00

M&A Sprnklrs                                   se                         400.00

MASA                                                 ins                           62.50

Meyer Crtv                                         se                       9840.50

N Veal                                                se                         150.00

NP Pickleball                                    su                           60.29

NP Telegrph                                     adv                         34.20

NWE                                                   se                         146.25

Recgntn Unl                                     su                         514.26

Simpleview                                       se                       6875.00

Snells                                                 re                        1000.50

US Bnk                                              su                       8488.88

US Cell                                              se                         326.24

Whitetail Scrn                                   se                         170.13

Wex Bnk                                            se                           99.19



Microflm Img                                     se                       2372.45

Zones                                                 re                          499.00


Self-Funded Ins:

First Concord                                    ins                      5636.13


The meeting was adjourned at 11:13 A.M.


Advance notice and the agenda for the May 16, 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 May 13, 2022; and was also emailed to the media on May 13, 2022.


The agenda for the meetings to be held on Monday, May 23, 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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