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 30, 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. O’Connor 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 Crofton Journal 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 9, 2019, meeting minutes as read with the addition that Supr. Mackeprang seconded the motion to rescind the motion 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, and moved to purchase a Bonnell 312 Road maintainer from Midwest Service Sales, in the amount of $15,000.00.

Correspondence reviewed was: 1. Thank-you note from the Niobrara Public Library; 2. Copy of letter from Knox County Clerk Joann M. Fischer, informing the members of SID #2 and others about the election process change for electing members to the SID #2 Board of Trustees; 3. Economic Development Director’s report, agenda for the Development Agency meeting on May 20, 2019, and the minutes of the Development Agency meeting held on April 29, 2019; 4. Results of State Homeland Security Grant/Emergency Management Performance Grant Monitoring Visit.

All claims except Claim #19050230, payable to the Verdigre Improvement Club, were allowed subject to delinquent personal taxes.

Claim #19050230, payable to the Verdigre Improvement Club, in the amount of $1,000, payable from the Visitors’ Promo Fund was allowed subject to delinquent personal taxes. By roll call vote. Ayes Districts #1, #2, #3, #5, #6 and #7.  Nays none. Abstain District #4. Motion carried.

Claims totaling $261,957.37 are listed at the end of these proceedings.

Chairman Sokol, Jr. moves the Board recess at 10:00 a.m. for Board of Equalization.

The Knox County Board of Supervisors reconvened at 10:36 a.m. with all members present.

The advertised bid opening was held for electrical work to the flood-damaged County sheds in Niobrara and Verdigre. Bids accepted were from Flenniken Electric, Neligh NE for electrical work to the flood-damaged County sheds in Niobrara and Verdigre as follows: Niobrara County Shed – rewiring all of the flood damaged electrical, bringing everything up to NEC codes, replace panel box, new wire trenched in, replace meter socket, a terminal box added, all electrical boxes and covers below water level in the building will be replaced, $3,820; Verdigre County Shed - electrical work to be done in west end of shed, new lights, protected duplex plugs, welder plug, wiring to garage door openers, install ground bar in existing panel box, and new pipe and wire installed, $3,900.

Hwy. Supt. Barta met with the Board on the following: 1. A quote was accepted from Brian Swanson dba Swanson Spray Foam Insulation of Niobrara, in the amount of $3,345 to spray foam insulation into the flood-damaged office area of the Niobrara County Shed; 2. A quote was accepted from Wick’s Sterling Trucks Inc. of Omaha, for the purchase of a Western Stark 4700 Truck with automatic transmission, electronic controls, stainless steel box, sander, snow plow, and warranties, for $212,221, noting that the NIRMA insurance reimbursement payment received for the flood-damaged truck will be $32,000, to be used toward the purchase of the replacement truck; 3. The Board went into executive session at 11:03 a.m., so as to protect the reputation of an individual when discussing personnel. Chairman Sokol, Jr. reiterated that the executive session will be held so as to protect the reputation of an individual when discussing personnel. The Board came out of executive session at 11:17 a.m.; 4. The Board closed at 11:17 a.m. the executive session held on personnel.

Resolution #2019 – 05 was adopted imploring the Nebraska Department of Transportation to incorporate into the project to raise or rebuild Highway 12 west of Niobrara the issue of continuing sedimentation of the Ponca Creek and the Missouri River by Verdel so the Ponca Creek will flow into the Missouri River without threatening Highway 12 and its bridges, plus other roads, bridges, homes, the Nebraska Game and Parks boat landing for the Niobrara State Park and many farms and fields. A full copy of Resolution #2019 – 05 is on file in the Knox County Clerk’s Office.

Hwy. Supt. Barta continued with the following: 5. Discussion was held on the condition of a township gravel road west of Verdigre that is also a mail route road, noting there is no gravel on the road. County Attorney Thomas advised the postmaster be contacted. Also the Board discussed that the County haul the gravel on the one-mile portion of road that needs gravel and the cost be deducted from that township’s designated allocation from the County/Township Allocation funds. Budgets of a number of townships will be low due to the repairs needed after the flooding in March. The township board members will be contacted.  Supr. Liska said that the “Goat Road” leading to the Lazy River Acres area also needs gravel; 6. FEMA RFPs for engineering of the Walton and Prishman bridges were sent; 7. Many landslides on County roads are now happening due to the flooding and continued rain; 8. Cleaning of the Niobrara and Verdigre sheds is taking place; 9. Weight limits are being placed again due to the wet conditions and additional truck traffic on a number of County oiled roads.

Zoning Administrator Doerr met with the Board on the following: 1. The April 9, 2019, Planning Commission meeting minutes were placed on file; 2. Approved was Administrative Plat #P0136, Delores Teadtke, on a 5.02 acre tract in the SE1/4SW1/4 of Section 19, T29N, R4W of the 6th P.M., Knox County, Nebraska.

The Board approved to pay gWorks for the WebGIS Tab Subscriptions, in the amount of $2,575 for the Planning/Zoning, and $5,190 for the Assessor, with a total of $7,765 to be paid from the Knox County KENO Account.

Audit Service Proposals for Fiscal Year 2019 were opened at 11:50 a.m. The proposal accepted was the Audit Service Proposal Option 1 from the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts for audit of Knox County financial statements only for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.  

Chairman Sokol, Jr. moves the Board recess for lunch at 11:58 a.m.

The Knox County Board of Supervisors reconvened at 12:48 p.m.

Economic Development Director Hanefeldt met with the Board on the following: 1. Certificates of Appreciation for Gayle Neuhaus and Beth Rudloff were signed, thanking them for their past service on the Knox County Visitor’s Committee; 2. An agenda item for the next meeting will be a letter to the Nebraska Department of Revenue, requesting a list of all active lodging tax permit holders in Knox County; 3. A copy of a map showing recreation sites open for the summer and the routes was reviewed.

Comments on non-agenda items was given by Emergency Manager Hintz on the following: 1. A meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. regarding the need for avenues for assisting with mental health issues due to the flooding and what is offered by Region IV; 2. EPA contractors worked over Memorial Day weekend picking up thirty tanks and containers left after the flooding; 3. Update on the FEMA and SBA individual and business applications; 4. The mountain snowpack increased recently and melting waters will continue later into this year; 5. Discussed request for sandbags in the Lazy River Acres area. Supr. Liska will check into getting bags and sand to fill the bags brought into the area. A request was also received that several Board members and Hwy. Supt. Barta come to the area west of Niobrara to see what can be done about the high water.

A Special Designation Liquor License Application for Z’s Lindy Country Club for an outdoor band/wedding dance on August 10, 2019, was approved.

Check #18120164, payable to Pitzer Digital in the amount of $12.75, written from the General Fund was canceled.

Receipts totaling $314,948.97 were accepted and placed on file.

Discussion was held on setting the 2020 salaries for employees except elected officials, deputies to elected officials, employees receiving a deputy wage and the Emergency Manager. The Board approved a 2.5% for all employees except the elected officials, and deputies to elected officials, as those salaries were already set in 2017 by Resolution #2017-35, and further excepting those employees receiving a deputy wage and the Emergency Manager noting that the 2020 salary for the Emergency Manager, will be set at another meeting. By roll call vote. Ayes Districts #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7. Nayes District #6. Motion carried.

There was no public comment given on agenda items.

There was no further public comment given on non-agenda items.

GENERAL FUND. Bazile Creek Power Sports, ex, 38.97; Bloomfield Auto Parts, ex, 83.58; Bomgaars, ex, 66.40; Center Garage, ex, 25.00; CenturyLink, ut, 132.64; Classic Rentals, ex, 42.00; Creighton News, ex, 171.00; Creighton 59 LLC, ex, 32.00; Creston Fertilizer Co., ex, 2,139.56; Crofton Journal/Niobrara Tribune, ex, 170.50; DAS State Accounting-Central Finance, ex, 121.88; Dean Wilken, ex, 47.62; Dollar General, ex, 166.20; Doug DeShazer, ex, 56.90; Dugan Printing & Promotions, ex, 763.36; Eakes Office Solutions, ex, 249.78; First National Bank Omaha, ex, 2,014.77; GIS Workshop LLC, ex, 8,200.00; Greg Kuhlman, ex, 52.84; Independent Pest Management, ex, 275.00; Jim Kotrous, ex, 43.56; John Thomas, ex, 255.00; Justice Data Solutions Inc., ex, 2,300.00; Keith Nielsen, ex, 40.66; Knox County Sheriff, ex, 18.00; Landmark Surveying, ex, 400.00; NACO, ex, 2,058.97; Northeast Nebraska County Assessor Association, ex, 25.00; Netcom Inc., ex, 968.00; Pitzer Digital, ex, 28.00; Postmaster, ex, 110.00; Quill Corporation, office ex, 412.01; Reserve Account, ex, 5,000.00; Rhonda Surface, ex, 29.33; SD/NE PLS Committee, ex, 500.00; Security Shredding, ex, 52.50; Thomson Reuters –West, ex, 373.00; Tri-State Turf & Irrigation, ex, 89.19; Verdigre Eagle, ex, 139.50; Wholesale Supply Company Inc., ex, 387.60.

ROAD FUND. B’s Enterprises Inc., ex, 18,814.60; Barco Municipal Products Inc., ex, 306.45; Bauer Built Tire, ex, 271.17; Black Hills Energy, ut, 195.01; Bloomfield Auto Parts, ex, 636.44; Bohemian One Stop, ex, 781.36; Bomgaars, ex, 2,907.66; Broadway Mercantile, ex, 57.78; Burns Lumber Co. LLC, ex, 36.64; Cedar Knox PPD, ut, 122.16; C-Mart LLC, ex, 201.02; Creighton News, ex, 12.00; Creighton 59 LLC, ex, 107.18; Crofton Journal/Niobrara Tribune, ex, 2.75; Farmer’s Pride, ex, 11,396.29; Freeman Oil Company LLC, ex, 1,360.80; Grossenburg Implement Inc., ex, 3,660.69; Hefner Hardware, ex, 27.98; Herbert Feed & Grain Co., ex, 3,542.68; Jebro Inc., ex, 3,372.18; Jedlicka’s Hardware Hank, ex, 254.74; Midwest Service & Sales Co., ex, 15,000.00; Murphy Tractor Equipment Co. Inc., ex, 65,300.00; Nebraska Public Power District, ut, 158.65; NMC Exchange LLC, ex, 3,090.92; Omaha Slings Inc., ex, 793.27; R&K Motor Parts, ex, 1,197.14; Russ Crosley, ex, 46.00; Truck Center Companies, ex, 2,213.74; Verdigre Eagle, ex, 16.40; Verdigre Farm Service, ex, 7,442.71; Willow Creek Sand & Gravel, ex, 29,125.35; Yankton Fire & Safety Co. Inc., ex, 54.25.

FLOWAGE EASEMENT FUND. B’s Enterprises Inc., ex, 1,577.50; Gerhold Concrete Company Inc., ex, 3,299.85; Husker Steel, ex, 27,449.00; Motacek & Sons LLC, ex, 191.74; Northern Materials LLC, ex, 10,246.50.

CHILD SUPPORT FUND. CenturyLink, ut, 8.29; Hometown Leasing, ex, 125.93; Microfilm Imaging Systems Inc., ex, 81.00; Postmaster, ex, 264.60.

VISITOR’S PROMO FUND. Bloomfield Community Club, ex, 1,000.00; Center Improvement Club, ex, 500.00; Creighton Chamber of Commerce, ex, 1,000.00; Crofton Community Club, ex, 1,000.00; Friends of the Missouri River, ex, 125.00; Harm & Tulleys Event Center, ex, 1,000.00; Knox County Ag Society, ex, 1,500.00; Lewis & Clark SRA, ex, 1,000.00; Miles Partnership, ex, 2,000.00; Niobrara Promoters, ex, 1,000.00; Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, ex, 500.00; Shannon Trail Promoters, ex, 300.00; Verdigre Improvement Club, ex, 1,000.00; Wausa Community Club, ex, 500.00; Wausa Smorgasbord, ex, 500.00; Winnetoon, ex, 500.00; Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, ex, 275.00

VISITOR’S IMPROVEMENT FUND. First National Bank Omaha, ex, 217.30.

C&C DEVELOPMENT FUND. CenturyLink, ut, 8.29; Creighton News, ex, 12.80; Crofton Journal, ex, 22.58; First National Bank Omaha, ex, 845.51; Megan Hanefeldt, ex, 208.80; Quill Corporation, ex, 211.23.

INHERITANCE FUND. Doerr & Klein P.C., ex, 1,871.76.

911 EMERGENCY FUND. CenturyLink, ut, 79.93; First National Bank Omaha, ex, 386.28; Three River Telco, ut, 42.07.

911 WIRELSS SERVICE FUND. CenturyLink, ut, 340.74; Three River Telco, ut, 179.34.

Chairman Sokol, Jr. adjourned the Knox County Board of Supervisors at 2:05 p.m. on May 30, 2019, until Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., for a regular meeting.

Joann M. Fischer,

Knox County Clerk

Publish June 5, 2019.