A regular meeting of the Knox County Board of Supervisors was held in the Boardroom at the Knox County Courthouse in Center, Nebraska on the date of June 13, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. Present were Supervisors Martin J. O’Connor District #1, Patrick J. Liska District #2, Virgil H. Miller District #3, James Sokol, Jr. District #4, Kevin D. Mackeprang District #5, Danny R. Schlote District #6 and James J. Borgmann District #7. Absent was none. Chairman Sokol, Jr. presiding.
Supr. Schlote led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairman Sokol, Jr. announced to the public that a copy of the Public Open Meeting Act was posted in the Boardroom.
Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the Creighton News newspaper, as shown by the Affidavit of Publication attached to these minutes.
Notice of this meeting was simultaneously given to all members and a copy of their acknowledgment and receipt of notice and agenda is attached to these minutes. All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was opened to the attendance of the public.
Chairman Sokol, Jr. approved the May 30, 2019, meeting minutes as read.
Correspondence reviewed was: 1. Thank you note from Shannon Trail Promoters and Laurie Larsen for continued support; 2. Letter of thanks from Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District for continued support of regional economic development efforts in Northeast Nebraska.
Claims totaling $674,989.64 were allowed subject to delinquent personal taxes.
Chairman Sokol, Jr. moves the Board recess at 10:05 a.m. for Board of Equalization.
The Knox County Board of Supervisors reconvened at 10:37 a.m. with all members present.
Katie Fritz, Hwy. Supt. Office Manager, met with the Board on the following in the absence of Hwy. Supt. Barta who was at a workshop: 1. Wendell Rohrer, Bohemia Township Board Chairman, was present and discussed with the Board the gravel situation and condition of Bohemia Township roads, landowners who are working on the roads and the problems caused when the Township is not aware of the work being done, and questioned how the Township can keep landowners from working on the roads; 2. Bridge crew update; 3. Oil crew update; 4. Supr. Liska and Supr. Miller updated the Board about the work being done on the Niobrara and Verdigre District shops due to the flooding; 5. The letter from Stratton, DeLay, Doele, Carlson & Buettner, PC, L.L.O. regarding SID #2 wanting Knox County to repair the Devils Nest Bridge and public road being taken care of by SID #2 will be discussed by County Attorney Thomas during his time on the agenda.
At 10:45 a.m., the advertised public hearing was opened on the application of Camp Missouri LLC dba CJ’s at the Lake, 54882 897 Rd., Crofton, NE, on Beer, Wine and Distilled Spirits, On & Off Sale Liquor License (C-123000) being Lot 2 of Replat of Lakeview Acres, located in the NE1/4NE1/4 of Section 21, T33N, R2W of the 6th P.M., Knox County, NE.
Katie Fritz, Hwy. Supt. Office Manager, continued with the following: 6. At 11:00 a.m., requests for proposals for professional services for engineering projects related to storm damaged structures, Walton Bridge No. C005402505P and Prischman Bridge No. C005402105P, located in Knox County, were presented from the following qualified firms: Mainelli Wagner & Associates, Inc., Lincoln, NE and Speece Lewis Engineers, Inc., Lincoln, NE. Knox County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals in whole or in part. The Board accepted the Request for Proposal for Professional Services for Roadway and Structure Design Due to the 2019 Flood Disaster from Mainelli Wagner & Associates, Inc., Lincoln, NE, for storm damaged structures, Walton Bridge No. C005402505P and Prischman Bridge C005402105P, located in Knox County; 7. Supr. O’Connor gave an update about the land slide on the Rec Road across from CJ’s at the Lake.
County Attorney, John Thomas, discussed the following with the Board: 1. Letter written June 5, 2019 to the Knox County Board of Supervisors from Stratton, DeLay, Doelle, Carlson & Buettner, PC, L.L.O., Norfolk, NE, regarding SID #2 and repair of the Devils Nest Bridge. County Attorney Thomas responded to Tom DeLay; 2. Updated the Board regarding the Devils Nest SID #2 Election of Trustees procedures and informed the Board that County Clerk Fischer would be represented by Knox County in the matter.
The Board approved lowering the NIRMA auto physical damage deductible from $2,500 to $1,000.
Zoning Administrator, Liz Doerr, met with the Board on the following: 1. Discussed the June 11, 2019, Planning Commission meeting that was held and the lack of a quorum until later in the evening. Action with Keith Marvin could not be held and Mr. Marvin will return for the July 9th meeting; 2. Placed on filed were the May 2019 Zoning Permits Report; 3. The September 19, 2018 Board of Adjustments meeting minutes were placed on file; 4. Information was given to the Board regarding a declaration that opens up funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program at a 75% federal share for entities who have fully participated in a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan.
Laura Hintz, Emergency Manager, met with the Board on the following: 1. Discussed the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and what it can be used for and the projects that have been completed with it; 2. Journalism students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University are in the area doing interviews on how the flooding has economically impacted the County and its residents; 3. Reminder that FEMA public assistance sign-up deadline for individuals is June 19 and for government agencies is June 20; 4. Thanked Supr. Liska for getting bags for sand and having them available at the Niobrara County shed; 5. FEMA representatives will be here soon to discuss projects.
After discussion with County Sheriff Henery, the Board approved the sale of a 2011 Ford Expedition to the City of Bloomfield for $6,000.00.
Resolution #2019 – 06 was adopted for allocation of the 2019-2020 Knox County 911 Wireless funding. A full copy of Resolution #2019 – 06 is on file in the Knox County Clerk’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Report on Collection of Taxes from October 30, 2018 to June 7, 2019 was placed on file.
Jim Scott was re-appointed for another 5-year term on the Knox County Veterans Committee.
Chairman Sokol, Jr. was authorized to sign the letter to Karen K. Barrett, Tax Specialist, Policy Section, Department of Revenue, Lincoln, NE, requesting a list of all active lodging tax permit holders in Knox County.
Placed on file was the Clerk of District Court’s Monthly Fee Report for May 2019 and the Knox County Treasurer’s Report of Collection of Delinquent Personal Property Taxes FY 2017 & Prior.
At 11:52 a.m., the open public hearing on the Class C-123000 Liquor License Application for Camp Missouri LLC dba CJ’s at the Lake was closed. There was no one in opposition present at the hearing. Approved was the Class C–123000 Liquor License Application for Camp Missouri LLC dba CJ’s at the Lake, 54882 897 Rd., Crofton, NE, on Beer, Wine and Distilled Spirits, On & Off Sale, being Lot 2 of Replat of Lakeview Acres, located in the NE1/4NE1/4 of Section 21, T33N, R2W of the 6th P.M., Knox County, NE.
The Board approved Special Designated Liquor License Application Forms 200 for a private party/family reunion on June 29, 2019 and for a private party/wedding anniversary on August 24, 2019 (replaces previous request for August 10, 2019 event that was approved on May 30, 2019) for Z’s Lindy Country Club.
Public comment on non-agenda items was made by Sheriff Don Henery who gave an update on the process of fixing the bridge west of Niobrara, the progress being made, and there has been no trouble with sightseers.
There was no public comment on agenda items.
Receipts totaling $307,749.56 were accepted and placed on file.
GENERAL FUND. Salaries, 172,923.43; Amy Johnson, ex, 79.91; Bob’s Candy Service Inc., ex, 170.20; Bonnie Cash, ps, 9.00; Bullseye Windshield Repair, ex, 55.00; Classic Carpet Care, ex, 38.50; Collector of Internal Revenue, ss, 12,981.99; Connie J. Janecek, ps, 15.00; County of Knox Employee Benefit Account HealthCare Solutions Group Inc., ins, 28,900.00; Creighton News, ex, 445.70; Creighton 59 LLC, ex, 64.52; Crofton Journal/Niobrara Tribune, ex, 312.40; Daniel Hendrix, ex, 50.00; DAS State Accounting, ex, 448.00; Derek Cunningham, ex, 60.90; Derrick Barr, ex, 71.40; Diane L. Eckert, ps, 36.00; Eakes Office Solutions, ex, 1,085.70; Echo Group Inc., ex, 15.56; Ecowater Systems, ex, 553.75; Elaine’s Tavern & Café, ex, 4,158.00; Farmers & Merchants State Bank, ex, 25.00; Great Plains Communications, ut, 2,209.65; Holly Wortmann, ex, 99.18; Hometown Leasing, ex, 76.18; Intuit, ex, 123.46; Jacquelyn E. Meier, ps, 21.00; James F. Janecek, ps, 21.00; Jo Ann Eisenbeiss, ps, 45.00; Jo Ann P. Knori, ps, 20.00; Jody McFarland, ex, 42.40; Kari Nilson, ex, 25.52; Kasey Wagner, ex, 82.94; Kelly Kumm, ex, 38.92; Knox County Court, ex, 336.00; Knox County Sheriff, ex, 84.96; Laura Nagengast, ex, 46.40; The Lincoln National Life Ins. Co., ins, 86.86; Liz Doerr, ex, 138.91; Lois Colwell, ps, 27.00; Mary Ketelsen, ex, 36.25; Microfilm Imaging Systems, ex, 40.50; MIPS, ex, 777.02; NACO, ex, 45.00; Nick Stout, ex, 68.50; NIRMA, ex, 66,036.00; North Central Public Power District, ut, 2,040.52; Northeast Nebraska News Company, ex, 34.94; Pitzer Digital LLC, ex, 12.75; Postmaster, ex, 7.32; Principal Life Insurance Co., ins, 1,896.40; Quill Corporation, ex, 1,204.24; Region 4 Behavioral Health System, ex, 5,917.00; Region IV Inc., ex, 2,521.50; Retirement Plans Division of Ameritas, ret, 11,582.37; Robert Ganz, ex, 37.76; Roma Walton, ps, 51.00; Ron’s Auto Glass Inc., ex, 234.30; Steve Banks, ex, 20.00; Tax Valuation Inc., ex, 4,300.00; Telebeep, ex, 64.17; University of Nebraska, ex, 1,181.97; U.S. Cellular, ut, 152.93; U.S. Cellular, ut, 335.77; Verdigre Eagle, e, 84.24; Vic’s Service LLC, ex, 479.40; Vievu, ex, 125.00; Village of Center, ut, 311.00; Virginia Buerman, ps, 27.00.
ROAD FUND. Salaries, 66,986.65; A&S Transportation LLC, ex, 9,425.00; Avera Medical Group, ex, 175.00; Bauer Built Tire, ex, 746.00; Big Red Mini Mart, ex, 102.87; Black Hills Energy, ut, 47.73; Bruce Peters, ps, 24.00; CHS Wausa, ex, 851.84; City of Bloomfield, ut, 24.20; C-Mart, ex, 976.75; Collector of Internal Revenue, ss, 5,059.22; Cornhusker International Trucks Inc., ex, 113.20; County of Knox Employee Benefit Acct. c/o Healthcare Solutions Group Inc., ins, 11,900.00; David L. Bauer, ps, 36.00; DIAC Inc., ex, 2,175.00; Doering Trenching & Plumbing LLC, ex, 1,714.20; Great Plains Communications, ut, 584.97; J&K Auto, ex, 74.00; Jedlicka’s Hardware Hank, ex, 116.37; Kayton International, ex 276.74; Larry Cross, ps, 18.00; Larry Pilar, ps, 21.00; Lincoln National Life Ins. Co., ins, 35.82; Lincoln Township, ex, 968.57; LTL Holdings Inc., ex, 77.20; Medical Enterprises Inc., ex, 105.00; Nebraska Public Power District, ex, 62.49; NIRMA, ex, 73,794.00; North Central Public Power District, ut, 249.90; Pease General Store, ex, 55.17; Powerplan, ex, 1,245.06; Principal Life Insurance Co., ins, 732.70; R & K Motor Parts, ex, 2,351.56; Retirement Plans Div. of Ameritas, ret, 4,389.99; Simons Trucking & pumping, ex, 392.00; Sinclair Sand & Gravel Inc., ex, 6,008.73; U.S. Cellular, ut, 372.93; Vakoc Excavating LLC, ex, 32,457.34; Verdigre Farm Service, ex, 8,392.56; Village of Center, ut, 29.00; Village of Verdigre, ut, 73.78; West Hodson Lumber & Concrete Co., ex, 1.99; Willow Creek Sand & Gravel, ex, 13,090.84; ZimMetal & Welding LLC, ex, 170.00.
FLOWAGE EASEMENT FUND. B’S Enterprises Inc., ex, 8,260.00; Backus Sand & Gravel, ex, 2,829.58; Creighton News, ex, 12.00; Husker Steel, ex, 44,504.00; Simons Trucking & Pumping, ex, 5,142.00; Sinclair Sand & Gravel Inc., ex, 16,319.00; Vakoc Excavating LLC, ex, 10,495.00.
CHILD SUPPORT FUND. Eakes Office Solutions, ex, 140.95; Great Plains Communications, ut, 52.35; Hometown Leasing, ex, 125.93; Microfilm Imaging Systems Inc., ex, 81.00.
VISITOR’S PROMO FUND. Flagship Publishing Inc., ex, 470.20.
ROD PRESERVATION/MODERNIZATION FUND. Microfilm Imaging Systems Inc., ex, 55.00; MIPS, ex, 255.61.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND. NENEDD, ex, 30.00.
C&C DEVELOPMENT FUND. Salaries, 4,458.82; Collector of Internal Revenue, ss, 336.48; County of Knox Employee Benefit Acct. c/o Healthcare Solutions Group Inc., ins, 850.00; Great Plains Communications, ut, 52.35; Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., ins, 1.99; Megan Hanefeldt, ex, 308.56; Principal Life Insurance Co., ins, 43.10; Retirement Plans Div. of Ameritas, ret, 225.00; Stacy Miller, ex, 93.96; U.S. Cellular, ut, 140.89.
INHERITANCE FUND. Doerr & Klein P.C., ex, 2,069.46; Marvin Planning Consultants Inc., ex, 1,320.00; Rodney W. Smith, ex, 2,083.33.
911 EMERGENCY FUND. CenturyLink, ut, 5.37; GEO Comm, ex, 251.37; Great Plains Communications, ut, 173.59.
911 WIRELESS SERVICE FUND. GEO Comm, ex, 1,071.63; Great Plains Communications, ut, 495.71.
SHERIFF’S COMMISSARY FUND. Bob’s Candy Service Inc., ex, 79.85.
Chairman Sokol, Jr. adjourned the Knox County Board of Supervisors at 12:13 p.m. on June 13, 2019 until Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. for a regular meeting.
Rhonda K. Surface,
Deputy Knox County Clerk
Publish June 26, 2019.