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BOARD OF EQUALIZATION PROCEEDINGS – January 4, 2018

(edited proceedings – Official Proceedings on file in County Clerk’s office)

 

            A meeting of the Board of Equalization of Stanton County, Nebraska was held in the open and public session on January 4, 2018 at 8:00 AM in the County Commissioner’s room in Stanton, Nebraska.

 

            Present upon roll call were:  David Gutshall, Dennis Kment and Duane Rehak, Board of Equalization.  Wanda Heermann, County Clerk was also present.

 

            Advance notice of the meeting was given by publication in the Stanton Register on December 27, 2017, a copy of the proof of publication being attached to these minutes.

 

            Notice of the meeting was given in advance to the Board members, a copy of their acknowledgement of the receipt of notice and the agenda being attached to these minutes.

 

            All proceedings hereinafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the attendance of the public.

 

            The meeting was called to order at 8:05 AM by Chairman Kment, who announced that the open meeting laws are posted on the wall in the Commissioner’s room and a copy may be obtained from the County Clerk’s office upon request.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to approve the agenda.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            The minutes of December 18, 2017 were not approved because a copy was not given to the board for review before the meeting.  The approval of such minutes tabled until the next regular meeting.

 

Re-organization meeting was held in open session by law and as per Statute.

 

            Nominations opened for Chairman of the Board of Equalization.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to nominate Dennis Kment for Chairman, that nominations cease and Dennis Kment be elected by affirmation.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Kment.  Motion Carried.

 

            Nominations opened for Vice Chairman of the Board of Equalization.

 

            Motion made by Kment, seconded by Rehak to nominate David Gutshall for Vice Chairman, that nominations cease and David Gutshall be elected by affirmation.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Kment and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Gutshall.  Motion Carried.

 

            The County Assessor advised the County Clerk that there were no corrections sheets and no listings of clerical errors needing approval.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to adjourn and set the next meeting for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

/s/ Dennis Kment, Chairman, Board of Equalization, Stanton County, Nebraska

Attest:  /s/ Wanda Heermann, County Clerk

 

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COMMISSIONER’S PROCEEDINGS – January 4, 2018

(edited proceedings – Official Proceedings on file in County Clerk’s office)

 

            A meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Stanton County, Nebraska was held in the open and public session on January 4, 2018 at 8:15 AM in the County Commissioner’s room in Stanton, Nebraska.

 

            Present upon roll call were:  David Gutshall, Dennis Kment and Duane Rehak, Board of Commissioners.  Wanda Heermann, County Clerk was also present.

 

            Advance notice of the meeting was given by publication in the Stanton Register on December 27, 2017, a copy of the proof of publication being attached to these minutes.

 

            Notice of the meeting was given in advance to the Board members, a copy of their acknowledgement of the receipt of notice and the agenda being attached to these minutes.

 

            All proceedings hereinafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the attendance of the public.

 

            The meeting was called to order at 8:15 AM by Chairman Kment, who announced that the open meeting laws are posted on the wall in the Commissioner’s room and a copy may be obtained from the County Clerk’s office upon request.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to approve the agenda.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            The minutes of December 18, 2017 were not approved because a copy was not given to the board for review before the meeting.  The approval of such minutes tabled until the next regular meeting.

 

Re-organization meeting was held in open session by law and as per Statute.

 

            Nominations opened for Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to nominate Dennis Kment for Chairman, that nominations cease and Dennis Kment be elected by affirmation.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Kment.  Motion Carried.

 

            Nominations opened for Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

 

            Motion made by Rehak, seconded by Kment to nominate David Gutshall for Vice Chairman, that nominations cease and David Gutshall be elected by affirmation.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Rehak, Kment and Gutshall.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            The following correspondence was reviewed and placed on file:  Robert Latimer, TransCanada – update Keystone XL NEPSC Decision Dec 19, 2017.

 

            The applications for County Depository Banks were reviewed.  A Statement of Disclosure was given by Dennis Kment regarding the employment of his son, David Kment, at Stanton State Bank.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to approve the following Resolution for the depositories for Stanton County funds for 2018.

 

RESOLUTION No. 2018.01 – 001:

 

            BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the written applications for the designation as County Depositories of the County funds, as filed by the following named banks for the year ending December 31, 2017, coming on for consideration; and the County Board being fully advised, hereby accepts and approves the applications and hereby authorizes the deposit of County funds in the following banks for the term beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2018:

 

Bank First, Norfolk NE

First Nebraska Bank, Stanton NE

Midwest Bank NA, Pierce, Pilger, Wisner NE

Stanton State Bank, Stanton NE

NPAIT, Lincoln NE

 

up to, but not exceeding the amount of the paid capital stock and surplus of said banks, respectively, upon the qualification by said bank, or any or all of them by furnishing of sufficient securities, and the approval of the same by the Board of Commissioners of Stanton County, Nebraska, as provided by Sec. 77-2318, of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska, Reissue 2009.

 

            AND, that the same is hereby approved.

 

            Dated this 4th day of January, 2018.

 

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Stanton County, Nebraska

                                                                                    /s/ Dennis Kment

                                                                                    /s/ David Gutshall

                                                                                    /s/ Duane Rehak

Attest:

/s/ Wanda Heermann

Stanton County Clerk  [seal]

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

Committee appointments were discussed.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Kment to approve the appointments to various positions as follows:  County Health Dept Board – Dennis Kment; County Health Dept Board – Kirk Van Pelt, county representative (non-elected); DOT regulations for Drug Free Workplace Supervisor – Duane Rehak; Emergency Planning Committee, local – Sanford Goshorn and LaLene Bates; NE Nebraska Community Action Partnership – Jerry Weatherholt, county representative (non-elected); NE Nebraska Area Agency on Aging Representative – Dennis Kment; NE Nebraska Dept Economic Development Representative – David Gutshall; NE Nebraska Dept Economic Development Representative – Chad Waldow, county representative (non-elected); NE Nebraska Juvenile Services Board – Dennis Kment, alternate – Mike Unger; Northstar Board – David Gutshall; Praireland RC&D Board Representative – David Gutshall; alternates – Dennis Kment and Duane Rehak; Region IV Mental Health Board – Duane Rehak; Safety Committee – David Gutshall; alternate – Duane Rehak.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Kment and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Kment to approve the following Resolution for appointment to the NE Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition Board of Directors – County representative:

 

RESOLUTION No. 2018.01 – 002:

 

            BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Stanton County, Nebraska that:

 

            1)  Duane Rehak is hereby appointed as the representative of the County of Stanton, Nebraska, to the Northeast Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition Board of Directors, and in the event of the absence of Duane Rehak, then Dennis Kment shall be declared as the alternate representative to the Board and shall act and vote on behalf of the County of Stanton, Nebraska.

 

            2)  That Duane Rehak shall serve as the County of Stanton’s representative to the Northeast Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition Board of Directors until his resignation from the Board of Directors or until his successor is appointed by resolution of the County Board of Commissioners, whichever shall occur first.

 

            AND, that the same is hereby approved.

 

            Dated this 4th day of January, 2018.

                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                Stanton County, Nebraska

                                                                                                /s/ Dennis Kment

                                                                                                /s/ David Gutshall

                                                                                                /s/ Duane Rehak

Attest:

/s/ Wanda Heermann

Stanton County Clerk  [seal]

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Kment and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Kment to approve the following Resolution for appointment to the NE Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition Board of Directors – Maple Creek Precinct representative:

 

RESOLUTION No. 2018.01 – 003:

 

            BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Stanton County, Nebraska that:

 

            1)  Gary Svitak is hereby appointed as the representative for Maple Creek Township, Stanton County, Nebraska, to the Northeast Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition Board of Directors.

 

            2)  That Gary Svitak shall serve at the pleasure of Stanton County Board of Commissioners, as the representative from Maple Creek Township to the Northeast Nebraska Solid Waste coalition Board of Directors until his resignation from the Board of Directors or until his successor is appointed by the resolution of the County Board of Commissioners, whichever shall occur first.

 

            AND, that the same is hereby approved.

 

            Dated this 4th day of January, 2018.

                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                Stanton County, Nebraska

                                                                                                /s/ Dennis Kment

                                                                                                /s/ David Gutshall

                                                                                                /s/ Duane Rehak

Attest:

/s/ Wanda Heermann

Stanton County Clerk  [seal]

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Kment and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Sandy Zoubek, Cheryl Wolverton and Mike Unger, County Officials and Tony McPhillips, LaLene Bates and Sanford Goshorn, Appointed Officials joined the meeting.

 

            Motion made by Kment, seconded by Gutshall to re-appoint the following appointed officials for the year 2018:  Emergency Manager – Sanford Goshorn; Highway Consultant – Mark Mainelli; Planning/Zoning Administrator – LaLene Bates; Veterans’ Service Officer – Anthony McPhillips; Weed Superintendent – Gary Carson.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Kment, Gutshall and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Discussion continued on the setting of salaries for the elected officials tabled at the December 18, 2017 meeting.  The board reviewed and discussed the NACO 2019-2022 salary recommendations for county officials and appointed officials with those present. 

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to approve the following resolution setting the salaries of elected county officials for the 2019 – 2022 term of office:

 

RESOLUTION No. 2018.01 – 004:

 

            WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 23-1114 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes, the Stanton County Board of Commissioners are required to determine and set the salaries of the various elected officers of the county prior to January 15 of the year in which a General Election will be held for the respective offices; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Stanton County Board of Commissioners, have met in order to establish the salaries for the elected officials of Stanton County, Nebraska, for the term commencing January 2019, pursuant to Nebraska law.  After reviewing the NACO salary comparison report of counties with similar population and tax valuation the board adopted the following resolution to establish new salaries for the elected officials of Stanton County, Nebraska.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the County Board of Commissioners of Stanton County, Nebraska, to hereby establish the following salaries for elected officials for the elective term beginning January 2019 as follows:  County Assessor:  The annual salary for the County Assessor shall be established at $55,000 for the calendar year 2019.  For each year thereafter an increase of $1,200 shall be added to the previous year’s salary; County Attorney:  The annual salary for the County Attorney shall be established at $56,000 for the calendar year 2019.  For each year thereafter an increase of $1,200 shall be added to the previous year’s salary; County Clerk (ex-officio Register of Deeds, Election Commissioner and Clerk of the District Court):  The annual salary for the County Clerk, ex-officio shall be established at $56,200 for the calendar year 2019.  For each year thereafter an increase of $1,200 shall be added to the previous year’s salary; County Commissioner:  The annual salary for the County Commissioners, shall be established at $25,000 for the calendar year 2019.  For each year thereafter an increase of $500 shall be added to the previous year’s salary; County Commissioner Board Chair.  The annual salary for the County Commissioner Board Chair shall be established at $26,000 for the calendar year 2019.  For each year thereafter an increase of $500 shall be added to the previous year’s salary; County Sheriff:  The annual salary for the County Sheriff shall be established at $63,250 for the calendar year 2019.  For each year thereafter an increase of $1,200 shall be added to the previous year’s salary; County Surveyor:  The annual salary for the County Surveyor shall be established at $10 per year plus per diem expenses; County Treasurer:  The annual salary for the County Treasurer shall be established at $55,000 for the calendar year 2019.  For each year thereafter an increase of $1,200 shall be added to the previous year’s salary. 

 

            IN ADDITION to the above salary, the County Sheriff shall receive an additional $360 per year as Chair of the County Board of Health; and

 

            WHEREAS, that the County entered into a contract with the City of Stanton to provide contracted law enforcement, the additional compensation was set forth in Resolution No. 2017.10 – 035 approved and adopted by the Stanton County Board of Commissioners on October 16, 2017; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Budget Making Authority for Stanton County shall be established at $1,500 for the calendar year 2019, $1,750 for year 2020, $2,000 for year 2021 and $2,000 for year 2022; and

 

            ALSO, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, in addition to the above salary, each elected official shall receive during his or her term of office the same health and medical coverage as offered to all county employees, with the exception of the County Surveyor, who is not eligible for insurance coverage or benefits.  Also, elected officials shall be enrolled in and shall receive the benefits of the County Employees Retirement System, as set forth by Nebraska Revised Statutes and receive all statutory benefits; and

 

            IN ADDITION to the above salary, an elected official shall receive during his or her term of office at the county expense an opt-out provision (aka “cash in lieu of”  provision) if they elect to opt out of the county health and medical plan.  This option will be available as permitted by Federal and State statues and rules and regulations of agencies.  Pursuant to the “cash in lieu of” program, an elected official will receive “cash in lieu” of health insurance.

 

            Dated this 4th day of January, 2018.

                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                Stanton County, Nebraska

                                                                                                /s/ Dennis Kment

                                                                                                /s/ David Gutshall

                                                                                                /s/ Duane Rehak

Attest:

/s/ Wanda Heermann

Stanton County Clerk  [seal]

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Motion made by Kment, seconded by Rehak to approve for the 2018 year the hourly rate of pay for the Planning/Zoning Administrator and Veterans’ Service Officer in the amount of $23.80; the hourly wage for the Emergency Manager in the amount of $12.00; and that the annual salary for the Weed Superintendent in the amount of $1,000 monthly ($12,000 annually).

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Kment, Rehak and Gutshall.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to approve the revised mileage rate of $.54½ cents/mile effective January 1, 2018 for all reimbursable mileage incurred by county employees; and further providing that the sheriff is permitted to charge an additional $.03 cents/mile for paper service all as per NRS §81-1176.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to approve and place on file the following Stanton County Extension Board Members for the year 2018:  Bruce Huntley, Wilma Schock, Terri Shafer, Kim Spence and Tim Stamm.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Motion made by Kment, seconded by Gutshall to approve and place on file the following Stanton County VSO Committee Members for the year 2018:  Stephen Bentz, Jim Campbell, Bill Johnson, Troy Schutt and Robert Sprieck.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Kment, Gutshall and Rehak.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Re-appointments to the Stanton County Planning Commission were reviewed.  Members needing to be re-appointed for the year 2018 are:  Robin Dolesh, Mike Kabes and Todd Zohner.  Board members not needing re-appointment are:  Gerald Podany, Russell Kumm and Doug Oertwich – year 2019; Mark Wieman, Gerald Kuhn and Judy Funk – year 2020.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to re-appoint Robin Dolesh, Mike Kabes and Todd Zohner to a three (3) year term on the Planning Commission Board.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Re-appointments to the Stanton County Board of Adjustment were reviewed.  Members needing to be re-appointed for the year 2018 were:  Robert Lueninghoener; a vacated position on the board will be filled at a later date.  Board members not needing re-appointment are:  Robert Locke and John Gall – year 2019; Mark Wieman and alternate, Dave Stepan – year 2020.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to re-appoint Robert Lueninghoener to a three (3) year term on the Stanton County Board of Adjustment.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            Discussion held on the current HRA $3,000 contribution per employee for assistance with the health insurance deductible.  Contributions are submitted on a monthly basis during the year.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to continue with the contribution of $3,000 per employee eligible for insurance coverage through the county health plan to the Health Reimbursement Arrangement plan managed by Mid-American Benefits for the year 2018, and may be reviewed during the renewal of the county health plan coverage.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            The board reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding received from the Madison County Attorney in reference to the 2018-2019 Community Based Juvenile Services Grant application.  The crime commission requires the county attorney and the chairman of the board to approve the agreement.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to approve and authorize the chairman to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the Madison County Attorney and Stanton County Attorney for the Nebraska Crime Commission’s 2018-2019 Community Based Juvenile Services Grant application.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

[copy of Memorandum of Understanding on file in County Clerk’s office]

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            Sanford Goshorn, Emergency Manager, updated the board on the purchase of his new vehicle.  Discussion held on the vehicle purchase, equipment options and associated costs.  An agreement was discussed to transfer the ownership of the old vehicle to the road department.  The cost of this trade will be accomplished by paying a portion of costs from the Road Fund.

 

            Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to authorize payment of $10,000 from the Road Fund to Jones Automotive.

 

            Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

            LaLene updated the board on an annexation and road issue.  The issue was forwarded to Mark Mainelli for more information.  No action needed.

 

Motion made by Gutshall, seconded by Rehak to adjourn and set the next meeting for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:15 AM.

 

Voting:  Ayes:  Gutshall, Rehak and Kment.  Nayes:  None.  Motion Carried.

 

/s/ Dennis Kment, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Stanton County, Nebraska

Attest:  /s/ Wanda Heermann, County Clerk