BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MINUTES
January 27, 2015
A meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Cuming, in the State of Nebraska was convened in open and public session at 9:00 a.m. on January 27, 2015, at West Point, Nebraska with all members present.
Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the West Point News, legal newspaper for Cuming County, one of the County’s designated methods for giving notice, a copy of the agenda being attached to these minutes. Notice of this meeting was given in advance to the members of the Board of Supervisors and a copy of their acknowledgment of receipt of notice and the agenda are attached to these minutes. Availability of the agenda was communicated in the advance notice and in the notice to the County Board of Supervisors of this meeting. The Chairman of the Board publicly stated to all in attendance that a current copy of the “Nebraska Open Meetings Act” was posted in the entrance to the meeting room and the pamphlet form of the act is available upon request. All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the attendance of the public.
The following correspondence was received by the Board; county extension activity reports from December 16th to January 15th, list of bank securities, letter from Nebraska Emergency Management Agency regarding the County Local Emergency Operations Plan, letter from the Department of Agriculture regarding the Livestock Friendly Program, annual report from Cuming County Extension, annual report from the Cuming County Weed Department and the six month fund balance accumulated report. All documents are available for public inspection at the County Clerk’s Office.
A motion was made by Ott and seconded by Mutzenberger to approve the minutes of the last meeting as read. All present voted yea in favor of said motion.
After reviewing revenue reports from the County Sheriff ($1,242.74), Clerk of Dist. Court ($769.31), Zoning Adm. ($50.00), Roads ($3,007.72) and County Clerk ($10,063.28), a motion was made by Meister and seconded by Sill to accept the reports and place on file. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Mutzenberger, Ott, Ross, Wiechman, Meister, Sill and Tichota, yeas; nays none; motion carried.
A motion was made by Ross and seconded by Wiechman to approve $626,711.26 of miscellaneous Treasurer’s receipts and place on file. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Ott, Ross, Mutzenberger, Wiechman, Meister, Sill and Tichota, yeas; nays none; motion carried.
A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Mutzenberger to adjourn sine die. All present voted yea.
Chairman Tichota asked for nominations from the floor for a Temporary Chairman. A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Mutzenberger to elect Steve Meister as temporary chairman by vote of acclamation. All voted yea by the same sign; motion carried.
Temporary Chairman Meister, opened the floor for nominations for Board Chairman. Supervisor Sill with a second by Supervisor Mutzenberger made a motion to nominate Supervisor Tichota as Chairman and to cease nominations and elect Tichota by vote of acclamation. All present voted yea; motion carried. Clarence Tichota was named Chairman for 2015.
Chairman Tichota opened the floor for nominations for Vice-Chairman. Supervisor Wiechman with a second by Supervisor Sill made a motion to elect Supervisor Meister as Vice-Chairman by vote of acclamation. All present voted yea; motion carried. Supervisor Meister was named Vice-Chairman for 2015.
A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Mutzenberger to approve the following committees:
Buildings & Grounds Mutzenberger, Meister, Wiechman
Co.Weeds, Roads & Bridges Ross, Ott, Wiechman
Budget & Long Term Planning Sill, Mutzenberger, Wiechman
Goldenrod Hills Joint Housing Sill, alternate – Tichota
NENCAP Tichota, alternate – Sill
Nebr. Area on Aging Ott, alternate – Meister
Northstar Services-Region IV, Inc Tichota, alternate – Mutzenberger
Region IV Mental Health Serv. Ross, alternate – Mutzenberger
E911 Mutzenberger alternate – Sill
NENEED Mutzenberger, alternate – Sill
Juvenile Jail Ott, alternate – Tichota
Louis & Abby Faye Dinklage Tichota, alternate – Sill
RC & D Ross, alternate – Wiechman
District Bd of Health Tichota, Erin Ridder – alternate Sill
Technology Committee Sill, Mutzenberger, Wiechman
County Economic Development Sill, alternate – Mutzenberger
Personnel Mutzenberger, Wiechman, Sill
Planning & Zoning Sill, Mutzenberger, Ross
JAG, Diversion-TeamMates Ott, Bracht
Grievance Meister, Sill
All present voted yea; motion carried.
A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Mutzenberger to appoint the Wisner News Chronicle as the legal newspaper for 2015 and that the proceedings be published in the West Point News as well for the set fee of $20.00 per month with the legal paper to publish the proceedings the week following the meeting and the West Point News within a month from the meeting. Notices, minutes and agendas will also be posted on the County Website (www.cumingco.com). Notices for special and emergency meetings, if time does not allow posting in the newspaper, will be posted in one bank in each community and in the courthouse and on the County Web Site. All present voted yea; motion carried.
A motion was made by Meister and seconded by Ott to appoint Dr. Scott Green as the County Physician. All present voted yea; motion carried.
A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Wiechman to adopt the following resolution;
BE IT RESOLVED that the County Treasurer be authorized to deposit funds in excess of the capital and surplus in any depository designated for county funds, provided such depository furnish the proper securities as provided by law, and that the Treasurer be, and she hereby is, authorized to invest surplus funds, if there be any, in United States Treasury bills or certificates of deposit in the following financial institutions; First Community Bank, Beemer and Bancroft, First Bank of Bancroft, Wells Fargo, West Point Branch, Pinnacle Bank, Wisner Branch, Citizens State Bank of Wisner and West Point, F&M Bank, NA of West Point, CharterWest National Bank of West Point, Midwest Bank of Wisner and Npait. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Wiechman, Ross, Mutzenberger, Ott, Sill and Tichota, yeas; nays none; motion carried.
- VSO/EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORT
Bernie Hunke was present to give a verbal report on the activities of his office. Hunke has been working with a family to bring the remains of a World War II veteran home for burial. He informed the Board that this is moving forward but will take some time yet. He also reported a change to LB1087 which is a bill regarding homestead exemptions for veterans. With the change, 18 veterans will receive the benefit. Under the old rules seven were eligible. He also worked on three appeals for widows of veterans and the appeals resulted in $165,000 in payback. He informed the Board that he is working on the Local Emergency Operations Plan due in 2015, and that in 2015 he will be working with the fire departments on training. One particular training will involve evacuation of nursing homes and elderly housing facilities. No formal action was taken.
- DIVERSION/TEAMMATES REPORT
Addisen Beck was present to report on the activities of her office. Addisen started as the new coordinator for Diversion and TeamMates on January 1, 2015. She has been busy familiarizing herself with the two programs and all the supporting boards and agencies. She is currently working on the interlocal agreement with Burt County to provide Diversion services. She also shared her goals for the program. No formal action was taken.
A motion was made by Wiechman and seconded by Sill to recess as a Board of Supervisors and convene as a Board of Equalization. All present voted yea in favor of said motion.
At 11:20 a.m. the Board reconvened as a Board of Supervisors to discuss the housing goals and strategies identified in the County Comprehensive Plan. Those goals and strategies include improving overall housing quality, increasing the number of quality market rate rentals, promoting the development of sites and lots that have urban services in place, increasing the appeal of rehabilitating housing in communities countywide, forming a lending consortium, creating a housing trust fund and developing city partnerships related to housing. Supervisor Ott spoke in opposition of spending county funds on the housing strategies identified in the plan. The Board asked the Cuming County Economic Development Board to come back with more detail about the use of county funds to promote the strategic goals. No formal action was taken.
- BANK SECURITIES
A bank security CUSIP 557353HT9 was presented from F&M Bank for $895,000 to secure county funds deposited in their institution. A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Mutzenberger to approve the security as presented. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Wiechman, Ross, Mutzenberger, Ott, Sill and Tichota, yeas; nays none; motion carried.
- NEW BANK ACCOUNT
Discussion was held regarding opening a new county bank account to help with the administration of the new county health insurance program. This account is necessary to separate the funds designated for health insurance claims from other county funds. A motion was made by Mutzenberger and seconded by Sill to authorize the County Clerk to open a Cuming County Clerk Insurance Account and to authorize the Chairman and the County Clerk as signers for the account.
Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Wiechman, Ross, Mutzenberger, Ott, Sill and Tichota, yeas; nays none; motion carried.
- HEALTH INSURANCE
Discussion was held regarding the new health insurance and the unexpected problems that evolved resulting in making the effective date February 1st. They also were presented with a document that included options for employee screenings. No formal action was taken.
At 12:15 the Board agreed to recess and reconvene the following morning at 9:00 a.m.
January 28, 2015
The Board met pursuant to the previous day’s business with Meister, Mutzenberger, Ross, Sill, Ott and Tichota present; Wiechman absent. The Chairman restated that a current copy of the “Nebraska Open Meetings Act” is posted at the entrance and a pamphlet form of the act is available upon request. The Board began their meeting by receiving the Road Department and Zoning Department monthly action reports.
- CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT #292
At 9:30 a.m. Chairman Tichota asked for a motion to reopen a public hearing tabled on December 30th, to consider a request from Lorain Will to separate an existing farmstead in Section 29 T22N R7E. Supervisor Mutzenberger with a second by Supervisor Sill moved to reopen the public hearing. All present voted yea in favor of said motion. There was no one present to object to the permit which was recommended for approval by the planning commission and zoning administrator. Lynn Stofferahn was present to represent Mrs. Will. After discussion, a motion was made by Mutzenberger and seconded by Sill to approve conditional use permit #292. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Sill, Mutzenberger, Ott, Ross, and Tichota, yeas; Wiechman, absent; nays none; motion carried.
- REVIEW INFORMATION FOR COUNTY ONE & SIX YEAR ROAD PLAN
Chris Howser was present to review the projects he will be submitting in the County One & Six Year Road Plan at the public hearing on February 25th at 10:45 a.m. The proposed plan will be uploaded in advance to the County Web Site for review by the public. No formal action was taken.
- WEED SUPERINTENDENT REPORT
Daniel Niemeyer, Weed Superintendent, was present to give an update on his activities and present his annual report. No formal action was taken.
- TOWNSHIP BONDS
The following township official bonds were presented for approval; Allan Franzluebbers, Terry Hunke, William McNamara, Elwood Minds, Artwin Fullner, Byron Osten, Byron Keller, Robert Evert, Doug Breitkreutz Jr, Paul Lehmkuhl, Fred Reppert, Kenneth Metzger, Gene Wieneke, Travis Hallsted, Larry Zobel, Lorrin Toelle, Lary Moeller, Dudley Persson, Roy Ritter. A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Mutzenberger to approve the bonds as presented. All present voted yea in favor of said motion.
- DISTRESS WARRANT REPORT
The Board was presented with the final list of distress warrants. Of the $21,543.94 of uncollected funds, the County Sheriff collected $21,508.79 including interest. A motion was made by Ott and seconded by Mutzenberger to accept the list and to strike #18 from the list. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Sill, Mutzenberger, Ott, Ross, and Tichota, yeas; Wiechman, absent; nays none; motion carried.
- SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE
The Board reviewed quotes for Life and Disability Insurance to replace the coverage that was lost through the NACO Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan. No formal action was taken.
- TRANSFER FUNDS
A motion was made by Sill and seconded by Meister to transfer $25,000 from the Inheritance Fund to the E911 Fund. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Sill, Mutzenberger, Ott, Ross, and Tichota, yeas; Wiechman, absent; nays none; motion carried.
- COUNTY GOVERNMENT DAY
On behalf of the American Legion, Supervisor Tichota asked the Board for a motion to fund $1000 of the expenses for County Government Day. A motion was made by Meister and seconded by Ott to allow the $1000 expenditure. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Sill, Mutzenberger, Ott, Ross, and Tichota, yeas; Wiechman, absent; nays none; motion carried.
- APPROVE CLAIMS
A motion was made by Ott and seconded by Mutzenberger to approve the following claims; General Payroll and reimbursements $107,241.18; Road Payroll $33,391.43; ROD Fund $318.00; Economic Development Payroll $7,898.69; E911 Payroll & reimbursements $14,929.13; Lincoln Financial 973.12 co share vision & dental ins, Ameritas Life Ins. 7432.18 co share retire, F&M Bank 8011.58 co share soc sec, 1244.13 employee deductible reimb, Antelope Co. Court 25.85 supplies, Appeara 59.10 supplies, Barone Security Systems 192.00 repairs, Black Hills Energy 1436.49 utilities, Daniel Bracht 4852.05 reimb, Cardmember Serv. 163.79 supplies, CenturyLink 1340.05 serv, City of West Point 4946.50 solid waste, City of Wisner 2387.58 solid waste, Clerk of Dist Ct 227.00 court costs, Cuming Co. Sheriff 12.00 court costs, Cuming County Court 166.00 court costs, Cuming Co. 4-H Council 245.00 pop machine revenue, Cuming Co. Sheriff 3.94 postage, Dave’s Dry Cleaning 24.00 supplies, Dell Marketing 239.98 supplies, Delmont Sign Co. 200.00 lettering, Digital Ally 160.00 supplies, Robert Dinslage 35.48 repairs, Douglas Co. Treas 250.00 autopsy costs, Elite Computers 398.00 supplies, Engelhardt TV 4241.70 parts & labor, First Concord 37.50 adm. fee, Franciscan Care Services 692.00 blood tests, GreatAmerica Financial Serv 163.00 equip lease, Nebr. HHS 93.00 institutional care, Larry Howard 43.70 reimb, Infogressive Inc 414.60 router, Russell Kreikemeier 1143.30 ct apnt atny, Lancaster Co. Court 8.50 copies, Mary Jo Lueckenhoff 30.00 fuel, Madison Co. Sheriff 3078.29 inmate bd, DMG-Maximus 1848.18 adm fee, Microfilm Imaging 59.00 equip lease, Stuart Mills 150.00 ct apnt atny, Minnick Funeral Services 375.00 transportation, MIPS 3164.08 computer support, NE Dist. Ct Clerk’s Assn 25.00 dues, NE Assn Co. Treas 75.00 dues, Nebr. Dept. of Revenue 67.20 sales tax, Nebr. Public Health Envir Lab 105.00 blood tests, Nebr. State Bar Assn 35.00 dues, NE Nebr Assn Co. Assessors 25.00 dues, Office Systems 272.52 equip maint, Rita Olberding 191.15 court costs, William Ouren 75.00 autopsy costs, Peterson Body & Paint 500.00 repairs, PetroMart 1471.97 fuel, Physicians Lab 900.00 autopsy costs, Platte Co. Detention 50.00 inmate bd, Quality Printing 906.87 supplies, Region IV 4973.75 mental health serv, S&W Welding 8.00 repairs, Debra Schroeder 272.25 supplies, Secretary of State 20.00 reg fee, Skywave Wireless 159.91 supplies, Smidt’s Garbage 45.00 serv, Alvin Sorensen 17.25 mileage, Teeco 111.85 supplies, Thurston Co. Sheriff 3950.00 inmate bd, Time Clock Deals 40.68 adm fee, UNL 3356.84 youth educator reimb, UNL Marketplace 12.00 supplies, US Postage 3000.00 postage meter, Verizon Wireless 265.34 serv, Village of Bancroft 363.46 solid waste, Village of Beemer 677.56 solid waste, Glen Vollmer 18.40 mileage, Wagner Tire 350.60 repairs, Ina Welding 57.70 prior serv, West Point Home Center 1.55 supplies, West Point Light & Water 1939.95 utilities, West Point News 103.45 publ, Wisner News 643.18 publ & supplies, Western Office 152.15 supplies, Yosten True Value 206.89 supplies, Total General Fund $76,207.26; Lincoln Financial 273.69 co share vision & dental ins., Ameritas Life Ins. 2253.92 co share retire, F&M Bank 2482.52 co share soc sec, employee deductible reimb 2000.00, Auto Value 949.84 repairs & supplies, Black Hills Energy 1205.72 utilities, Bomgaars 151.64 repairs & supplies, Cardmember Serv 18.18 subs, Central Valley Ag 916.32 fuel, CenturyLink 92.70 serv, City of Wisner 690.79 utilities, Constellation New Energy 342.24 utilities, Conway’s Corner 35.00 fuel, CCPPD 387.91 utilities, Engelhardt TV 775.00 equip, Farmers Pride 1820.10 fuel, Floor Maintenance 98.77 supplies, Great Plains 158.48 serv, JR tools 1134.08 tools, Kimball Midwest 311.06 supplies, Medical Enterprises 31.00 CDL testing, Midwest Service & Sales 588.25 signs, Nebr. Dept of Revenue 262.39 sales tax, Dan Niemeyer 105.50 reg fee, North American Truck & Trailers 493.20 parts, S&W Welding 54.90 parts, Sapp Bros 238.68 fuel, Seals & Service 118.89 parts & labor, Skywave Wireless 43.95 serv, Smidt’s Garbage 50.00 serv, Stalp Gravel 13948.33 gravel, Stan Ortmeier 71.02 repairs, Dept. of Labor 1742.00 unemployment, Stigge Machine 215.41 supplies, Tim’s Sinclair 1960.49 fuel, Time Clock Deals 12.95 adm fee, Verizon Wireless 230.60 serv, Wagner Tire 1876.37 fuel & tires, West Point Light 522.72 utilities, Wisner West 341.17 fuel, Total Road Fund $39,005.71; CCED 17670.26 grant, GACC 4000.00 scholarship grant, Harold Jordan Memorial Library 2250.00 grant, Howells-Dodge Public School 4000.00 scholarship grant, Pender Public School 1000.00 scholarship grant, Total Special Projects $28920.26; CCED 1200.00 contract labor, Nielsen Community Center 1000.00 grants, Westside Publ. Co. 1700.00 adv, Total Lodging Tax Fund $3900.00; MIPS 269.90 computer support, Office Systems Co. 30.00 maint fee, Total Reg of Deeds Fund $299.90; Ed Roehr Safety Products 3411.96 equip, Total STOP Fund $3,411.96; Lincoln Financial 60.82 co share vision & dental ins, Ameritas Life Ins. 533.16 co share retire, F&M Bank 601.97 co share soc sec, Cardmember Serv 285.04 adv, CenturyLink 39.85 serv, Quality Printing 39.75 printing, Total Economic Development Fund $1,560.59; RDg Planning & Design 1218.50 consulting fee, Total Inheritance Tax Fund $1,218.50; Lincoln Financial 121.64 co share vision & dental ins., Ameritas Life Ins. 1679.54 co share retire, F&M Bank 1134.43 co share soc sec, employee deductible reimb 251.24, AS Central Finance 448.00 teletype serv, Cardmember Service 425.61 software, CenturyLink 819.88 serv, City of Wisner 282.10 pagers, Engelhardt TV 2664.31 tower rent, Great Plains Comm 160.62 serv, Time Clock Deals 11.10 adm fee, West Point News 42.50 subs, Total E911 $7,326.64. Upon a roll call the vote resulted as follows; Meister, Sill, Mutzenberger, Ross, Ott and Tichota, yeas; Wiechman absent; nays none; motion carried.
The Board agreed to adjourn and reconvene February 24 & 25, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The agenda kept current in the office of the county clerk and on the website (www.cumingco.com).
Cuming County Clerk