Board of Commissioners Conduct Statutory Meeting

 The Dawson County Commissioners conducted a statutory meeting on Friday, January 13, 2017. 
Official’s Receipts were approved as submitted: $9,717.19 Clerk; $23,804.84 Register of Deeds; $16,895.67 Clerk of District Court and $1,512.50 Surveyor. Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $560,762.45 and Total Claims in the amount of $319,339.16 were also approved to be filed.
Commissioner PJ Jacobson was elected as Chairman for 2017 and Dean Kugler as Vice-Chairman.
County Appointments were as follows:
ADA Coordinator – Brian Woldt; 
Cooperative Lottery Representatives – Dean Kugler and Yvonne Rickertsen
County Highway Superintendent Randy Deans; Miller and Associates – Engineer
 County Highway Administrator – Pat Nichols
Courthouse Building Coordinator – Brian Woldt
Dawson Area Development Board – Dave Stenberg
 Dawson County Weed Superintendent – Marty Craig
Emergency Management Director – Brian Woldt
Spring Creek Chairman – PJ Jacobson
Veteran’s Service Administrator – Steve Zerr
Zoning Administrator – Pam Holbrook. 
--Board members approved all reappointments.
Commissioner appointments for the upcoming year included:
--Commissioner Jacobson will serve on Catastrophic Leave, Finance Committee, Law Enforcement, Region II Human Services, Region II Development and Disability Services and West Central Area on Aging.
--Commissioner Butch Hagan will serve on Dawson County Ag Society, Lexington Area Solid Waste Board, Road Committee, RTSD Board, and the Tower Incorporated. 
--Commissioner Bruce Rickertsen will serve on the Dawson County Extension Board, RTSD Board, Two Rivers Public Health Board and the Dawson County Weed Board. 
--Commissioner Bill Stewart will serve on Catastrophic Leave, Community Economic Development Board, Courthouse Building Committee, Dawson Area Development as an alternate; Finance Committee, Law Enforcement, RTSD board and the West Central Nebraska Development District as the alternate. 
--Commissioner Dean Kugler will serve on the Dawson Area Development Board (DAD), Dawson County Veteran’s Service Officer and the Road Committee. All appointments were approved.
Resolutions approving the Lexington Clipper-Herald and the County Website, dawson countyne.org for publishing legal notices and the Tri-City Tribune and Gothenburg Times for publishing the commissioners’ proceedings were approved. 
Also adopted was a resolution regarding the depositories for public funds.
Official Holidays were approved as presented.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Hagan is still waiting to hear on the grant for the Ag Society. He found out that Dawson County does not qualify to receive any money from the state for bridge repairs.
Commissioner Kugler reported that he had attended the Veterans Service Board meeting on Thursday evening and that the interlocal agreement between Dawson and Frontier counties continues to be working out well.
Commissioner Stewart encouraged Deputy County Attorney Jocelyn Brasher to begin work on some zoning issues.
Commissioner Jacobson inquired how progress on removing the items from the ‘old’ jail was coming. Brian Woldt reported that a lot of items were removed on November 16 – 18. Jacobson would like to bids put out for demolition of the old jail building as soon as possible.
Two bids were received and opened for motor graders by County Roads Department Shop Foreman Tim Speak. Nebraska Machinery (NMC) bid was for three Caterpillar motor graders for $798,750 less trade-in of three old motor graders at $207,275 for a total of $591.475. Murphy Tractor & Equipment submitted a bid for three John Deere motor graders for $779,850 less trade-in of three old motor graders at $250,000 each for a total of $529,850. After Speaks and Hagan looked over and discussed the bids they returned and recommended that the bid from Murphy Tractor & Equipment be accepted. The commissioners approved.
 Dawson County Gary Reiber presented the December 2016 crime reports. Reiber reported that there were 898 total services provided during the month with 1,547 LEC dispatch calls for service made.  
Reiber noted that once again contract inmate numbers were down. “LB 605 in reality puts more people on probation and less people in county jails,” Reiber noted.
“On a positive note, our income for the first half of the fiscal year is up from last year’s $813,259.16 to $903,157.87 this year,” Reiber reported. 
Dawson County Assessor John Moore presented information concerning the GIS ‘clean-up’. He estimates the cost will come to about $20,000.
The 2015-2016 audit was accepted as presented.
The commissioners entered executive session at 8:53 a.m. to discuss personnel issues and reconvened at 9:12 a.m. No action was taken.
The Board of Equalization met prior to the Commissioner’s meeting. Approval was granted for a vehicle tax exemption for Camp Comeca for a 2003 Honda Accord. Also approved were tax corrections for Pramberg Livestock Inc., David R. Wolfe, Zachary T. Olmstead and Richard V. Beran.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.

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