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 May 9, 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. Miller 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.

The minutes of the April 25 and April 29, 2019, meetings were read. Chairman Sokol, Jr. approved the April 25 and April 29, 2019, meeting minutes as read.

Correspondence reviewed was: 1. Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice letter stating that an annual inspection of the Knox County Jail will take place on June 12, 2019; 2. Poster from Laurie Larsen for a flood relief fund raiser will be held on July 7, 2019, for Knox and Boyd counties for road improvement; 3. City of Crofton TIF Report.

All claims, except Claim #19050089 payable to Schreier Lumber, were allowed subject to delinquent personal taxes.

Claim #19050089 payable to Schreier Lumber in the amount of $25.48 written from the Road Fund was allowed subject to delinquent personal taxes. By roll call vote. Ayes Districts #1, #2, #4, #5, #6 and #7. Nays none. Abstain District #3. Motion carried.

Claims totaling $548,255.67 are listed at the end of these proceedings.

Chairman Sokol, Jr. moves the Board recess at 10:14 a.m. for Board of Equalization.

The Knox County Board of Supervisors reconvened at 10:25 a.m. with all members present.

Hwy. Supt. Barta met with the Board on the following: 1. A revised quote from Husker Steel was reviewed for the Fuchtman Bridge. The original quote approved at the April 25, 2019, meeting did not include H-Piling, so the additional cost will be $5,500 over the first proposal of $21,949. The Board accepted the revised quote from Husker Steel in the amount of $27,449 for steel products to repair the west abutment on County Bridge #95-27W8 in Creighton Township (“Jim Fuchtman” bridge); 2. The vote from the April 25, 2019, meeting where the Board of Supervisors approved purchasing one Roadrunner road drag from Jet Plain Company of DeWitt, Nebraska, for $25,000 with the option to purchase a second one, was rescinded, and now the Board moves the purchase of a Bonnell 312 Road maintainer from Midwest Service Sales in the amount of $15,000.00; 3. A final bill on the Lindy North road project was received from the Nebraska Department of Transportation, in the amount of $30,331.86; 4. Supr. O’Connor said that a used tractor has been rented from Kayton International in Crofton, at $55.40 per hour. The rented tractor is being used to pull a road drag. Discussion was held on a lease option where a tractor could be leased for five years, with the dealer paying the costs of any repairs. More discussion will be held; 5. The Board accepted a quote from Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. in Sioux City, IA, for a used 2015 John Deere 310K loader-backhoe tractor, in the amount of $65,300, noting that the NIRMA insurance reimbursement payment for the flood-damaged backhoe received will be $56,000, to be used toward the purchase of the replacement backhoe; 6. County/Township Allocation. Due to the conditions of roads and the weather, there is a shortage of gravel at this time and many roads still need work, so some townships will not be able to have the gravel put on the township roads before the middle of June. Discussion ensued on giving the townships an extension to use the 2018/2019 fiscal year County/Township Allocation funds until September. A letter will be sent to the townships advising them of an extension; 7. The transmission is out on the Kenworth truck. Discussion was held on possibly renting a truck for several months, purchasing a truck listed on the State bid, and trying a demo Western Star truck. More research will be made; 8. Discussed the proposed EWP project through NCRS, for mitigation to add rip rap to replace that which was taken by flood waters.  Discussed the different programs and cost sharing.

Zoning Administrator Doerr met with the Board on the following: 1. At 11:00 a.m., Chairman Sokol, Jr. opened the advertised public hearing on Conditional Use Permit #CU0015C for Toy Shed Storage LLC. Troy Behounek was present. Discussion was held on the design of the proposed building, fencing and the typography of the property. Chairman Sokol, Jr. closed the public hearing at 11:12 a.m. There was no one present in opposition to the permit. Resolution #2019-04 was adopted approving Conditional Use Permit #CU0015C to amend Conditional Use Permit #CU0015 and #CU0015B for Toy Shed Storage LLC on a tract in the N1/2N1/2NE1/4 of Section 23, T33N, R2W of the 6th P.M., Knox County, Nebraska, and permit is for the construction of an additional self-storage building. A full copy of Resolution #2019 – 04 is on file in the Knox County Clerk’s Office. 2. The April Zoning Permits Report was placed on file.

Jerad Reimers from Representative Adrian Smith’s office updated the Board on the committees and work being done in Washington D.C., including rural care, legislation, tax reform, health reform to cut red tape for rural care, the Rush Act that provides options for long care sites to have paramedics check patients before an ambulance comes or if needed, House rules, looking at tariffs to be repealed, trade and disaster tax relief. Supr. O’Connor said that he appreciated Representative Smith for contacting Daniel O’Connor after a visit to Washington D.C. and Chairman Sokol, Jr. expressed their gratitude for the personal contact after the flooding. Supr. Miller asked that his concerns of keeping the small private care centers operating.

Sheriff Henery met with the Board on the following: 1. The Interlocal Law Enforcement Agreement between the Boyd County Sheriff’s Office and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was approved; 2. The Board approved the Interlocal Agreement between the County of Knox and the Village of Verdigre for law enforcement services, noting that there is an increase from $50 per hour to $60 per hour; 3. Discussed Crofton City law enforcement. A new chief of police was sworn in there recently. Also discussed was the welfare check process and that a copy of a law enforcement interlocal agreement was sent to Mayor Lawhead for the Crofton City Council’s review.

Chairman Sokol, Jr. moves the Board recess at 12:05 p.m. for lunch.

The Knox County Board of Supervisors reconvened at 12:45 p.m. with all members present.

Zoning Administrator Doerr updated the Board on the lawsuit on the case of Pat Harts vs Knox County. The court date is August 8 at 9:00 a.m.

Emergency Manager Hintz updated the Board on FEMA issues and she expressed her appreciation for their assistance. The Board conducted the annual job evaluation of Emergency Manager Hintz.

Hwy. Supt. Barta continued with the following: 9. Update on bridge projects; 10. The condition of the Lindy/Santee road has improved. More material will be hauled from the Jessen pit; 11. Update on the Verdel gravel roads and the Center north bottom road. It has slow going due to the gravel shortage; 12. Prouty crushed the concrete at the Creighton county yard; 13. More mixture has been received to fix potholes; 14. Discussed replacing equipment in the Niobrara shed, cleaning of the shed and the need to replace the electrical panel, switches and outlets both in the Niobrara and Verdigre sheds; 15. The Board went into executive session at 1:11 p.m. so as to protect the reputation of an individual while discussing personnel. Chairman Sokol, Jr. reiterated that the executive session will be held so as to protect the reputation of an individual while discussing personnel. The Board came out of executive session at 1:30 p.m. The executive session held on personnel was closed at 1:30 p.m.

The Clerk of the District Court April Fee Report was placed on file.

Cost sharing in the amount of $500 to the SD/NE Purple Loosestrife Committee for galerucella beetles used to control purple loosestrife was approved.

The Board approved continuing the levy allocation to the Knox County rural fire districts at 4.5 cents again for the 2019/2020 fiscal year.

Receipts totaling $151,411.82 were accepted and placed on file.

There was no public comment on agenda items.

There was no public comment on non-agenda items.

Visitor’s Improvement Funds were approved, in the amount of $15,000 to the City of Crofton for improvements to the Softball/Baseball Complex and $10,000 to the City of Creighton for playground equipment in the Creighton City Park.

The following Visitor’s Promo Funds distribution for local events was approved: Bloomfield Community Club, $1,000; Harm & Tulles Event Center, $1,000; Center Improvement Club, $500; Creighton Chamber, $1,000; Crofton Community Club, $1,000; Niobrara Promoters, $1,000; Verdigre Improvement Club, $1,000; Wausa Smorgasbord, $500; Wausa Community Club, $500; Winnetoon, $300; Knox County Ag Society, $1,500; Shannon Trail Promoters, $300; Outlaw Trail Membership, $500; Yankton Chamber Membership, $275; Yankton Chamber Promotions, $500; Lewis & Clark SRA, $1,000; KCVC Media Tours, $1,000; KCVC Media Campaign, $2,000; and Friends of the Missouri River, $125.

GENERAL FUND. Salaries, 164,087.23; Amy Johnson, ex, 30.16; Applied Connective Technologies, ex, 4,267.50; Bloomfield Medical Clinic, ex, 55.00; Bob’s Candy Service Inc., ex, 250.63; Bohemian One Stop, ex, 45.00; Burns Lumber Co. LLC, ex, 29.10; Carhart Lumber Co., ex, 14.79; CenturyLink, ut, 124.81; Classic Carpet Care, ex, 42.00; Collector of Internal Revenue, ss, 12,306.28; Comfort Inn & Suites, ex, 455.00; County of Knox Employee Benefit Account HealthCare Solutions Group Inc., ins, 28,900.00; Creighton News, ex, 397.05; Crofton Journal/Niobrara Tribune, ex, 267.50; DAS State Accounting-Central Finance, ex, 448.00; Ecowater Systems, ex, 240.00; Elaine’s Tavern & Café, ex, 3,300.00; Fire Protection Services LLC, ex, 900.00; First National Bank Omaha, ex, 285.38; Folkers Bros. Garage, ex, 89.48; Great Plains Communications, ut, 2,146.59; Hach Company, ex, 91.05; Hometown Leasing, ex, 76.18; Jeannoutot Plumbing, ex, 2,185.76; Jo Ann P. Knori, ps, 20.00; Key Sanitation LLC, ut, 108.00; The Lincoln National Life Ins. Co., ins, 88.85; Liz Doerr, ex, 136.88; Manatron Inc., ex, 15,732.78; Mary Ketelsen, ex, 108.98; Microfilm Imaging Systems, ex, 40.50; MIPS, ex, 1,168.02; Moody Motor Co. Inc., ex, 44,709.07; NACO, ex, 205.00; NetCom, ex, 1,010.00; North Central Public Power District, ut, 2,103.13; Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, ex, 895.00; Northeast Nebraska News Company, ex, 134.90; Pitzer Digital LLC, ex, 93.70; Principal Life Insurance Co., ins, 1,939.50; Quill Corporation, ex, 525.60; RR Donnelley, ex, 36.01; Radiology Associates P.C., ex, 42.00; Retirement Plans Division of Ameritas, ret, 10,927.21 Telebeep, ex, 64.17; University of Nebraska, ex, 1,694.84; U.S. Cellular, ut, 158.18; U.S. Cellular, ut, 327.02; Verdigre Eagle, ex, 447.25; Vievu, ex, 125.00; Village of Center, ut, 286.50.

ROAD FUND. Salaries, 65,240.23; Ag & Industrial Equipment, ex, 102.89; B’s Enterprises Inc., ex, 1,200.00; Big Red Mini Mart, ex, 227.30; CHS Wausa, ex, 1,104.95; City of Bloomfield, ut, 21.75; City of Creighton, ut, 153.65; C-Mart LLC, ex, 681.93; Collector of Internal Revenue, ss, 4,921.46; Cornhusker International Trucks Inc., ex, 320.25; County of Knox Employee Benefit Acct. c/o Healthcare Solutions Group Inc., ins, 11,900.00; Downtown Auto Service, ex, 25.00; Freeman Oil Company LLC, ex, 21.00; Great Plains Communications, ut, 591.88; Greg’s Motor & Marine, ex, 1,084.74; Hrbek Construction, ex, 820.00; Jonathan Wagner, ex, 19.18; Kayton International, ex, 405.91; Key Sanitation, ut, 120.00; Kimball Midwest, ex, 101.87; Larry Pilar, ps, 21.00; Lincoln National Life Ins. Co., ins, 35.82; Nebraska Public Power District, ut, 78.64; North Central Public Power District, ut, 276.63; Pinnacle Training Solutions Inc., ex, 5,218.12; Powerplan, ex, 3,818.13; Principal Life Insurance Co., ins, 732.70; RDO Truck Centers, ex, 1,842.33; Retirement Plans Div. of Ameritas, ret, 4,272.08; Rohrer Welding, ex, 293.87; Schreier Lumber , ex, 25.48; State of Nebraska Motor Fuels Division, ex, 2,049.00; Sucha Repair, ex, 7.79; Tim Albrecht, ex, 16.56; U.S. Cellular, ut, 421.23; Vakoc Excavating LLC, ex, 28,544.50; Village of Center, ut, 29.00; Village of Verdigre, ut, 66.88; Willow Creek Sand & Gravel, ex, 29,428.82.

FLOWAGE EASEMENT ROAD FUND. Frevert Excavating LLC, ex, 2,650.00; Hrbek Construction, ex, 6,165.00; Mainelli Wagner & Associates Inc., ex, 4,824.81; Nebraska Dept. of Transportation, ex, 6,375.75; Slowey Construction Inc., ex, 1,939.60; Vakoc Excavating LLC, ex16,347.00.

CHILD SUPPORT FUND. CenturyLink, ut, 7.80; Great Plains Communications, ut, 52.35; Maximus Inc., ex, 992.86; Microfilm Imaging Systems Inc., ex, 81.00.

ROD PRESERVATION/MODERNIZATION FUND. Microfilm Imaging Systems Inc., ex, 55.00; MIPS, ex, 255.61.


C&C DEVELOPMENT FUND. Salaries, 4,080.56; CenturyLink, ut, 7.80; Collector of Internal Revenue, ss, 307.54; 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; Principal Life Insurance Co., ins, 43.10; Retirement Plans Div. of Ameritas, ret, 225.00; Stacy Miller, ex, 104.36; U.S. Cellular, ut, 142.64.

INHERITANCE FUND. Bloomfield Public Library, ex, 4,500.00; Creighton Public Library, ex, 4,500.00; Eastern Township Library, ex, 4,500.00; Lincoln Township Library, ex, 4,500.00; Marvin Planning Consultants Inc., ex, 1,320.00; Niobrara Public Library, ex, 4,500.00; Rodney W. Smith, ex, 2,083.33; Verdigre Public Library, ex, 4,500.00.

911 EMERGENCY FUND. CenturyLink, ut, 5.61; Great Plains Communications, ut, 213.49; Three River Telco, ut, 42.07.

911 WIRELESS SERVICE FUND. Great Plains Communications, ut, 665.81; Three River Telco, ut, 179.34.

SHERIFF COMMISSARY FUND. Bob’s Candy Service Inc., ex, 433.75.

Chairman Sokol, Jr. adjourned the Knox County Board of Supervisors at 2:04 p.m. on May 9, 2019, until Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. for a regular meeting

Joann M. Fischer, Knox County Clerk

Publish May 22, 2019.