Dawson County Fairgrounds Grant Projects Moving Along Quite Well

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2107. 
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $953,785.00 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims submitted totaling $316,874.93 A resolution was passed approving Security First Bank in Cozad to recall $205,000 of collateral and replace it with the same amount.
Under Committee Reports Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that he had attended the NIRMA road safety meeting that included a presentation by Tim Baxter. 
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the grant at the fairgrounds is moving along and that an advisory board has been established for the purpose of paying claims from the grant. Hagan also noted that a decision needs to be made regarding the roof on the Lexington Road Shop that needs repairs to the tune of $35,000 to $40,000.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the February 2017 crime reports. Total services were down for the month but jail bookings were up for the month. 158 inmates were booked during the month of February with an average daily population of 85.4. Of these, 37.2 were contract inmates and 48.2 Dawson County inmates. Reiber pointed out that revenue for the jail was $76,241 for the month.
Engineer Randy Deans, Miller & Associates opened the lone bid from Paulsen Inc. for the Road 444 Concrete Overlay County Project. This project is south of the Overton interchange and is included on the One and Six-Year Road Plan. His estimate for the project was $272,477.55 with the Paulsen bid coming in at $73,846.03. The awarding of the bid was tabled until the March 31, 2017 meeting.
Discussion was held between the commissioners and Deans regarding his continued employment with the Roads Department now that a Roads Superintendent has been hired. It was the consensus of the commissioners that he will continue to work on the projects he has started until completion and keep working with Roads Superintendent Mark Christiansen who is employed by the county for a six-month probationary period.
Board Chairman PJ Jacobson was authorized to sign a resolution and supplemental agreement regarding the Lexington West UPRR Crossing project.
Chairman Jacobson was also authorized to sign the GIS Workshop Contract for the development of a Deeds Tab.
Dustin Handley, Emergency Response Coordinator from Two Rivers appeared to present the Emergency Response Plan for the county. Jeremy Eschliman and Laura Steele accompanied Handley. Director Eschliman explained that Two Rivers is funded through an interlocal agreement with seven counties including Dawson County. “Once of our biggest threats is the lack of immunizations,” Handley noted.
Charles McGraw, RYDE Transit and Bill Troe, SRF Consulting presented the commissioners with an update on strategies for mobility management. Discussion was held concerning the possibility of offering rides from Eustis to Gothenburg with a proposed cost of $5 for the fare. The cost would be higher than the usual $1 fare for Lexington, Cozad and Gothenburg riders since their fare is partially funded through Dawson County taxpayer funding and local funding from these three communities.
Jerad Reimers, Community Liaison for Congressman Adrian Smith appeared with an update on legislation including the repealing of the Affordable Care Act and the Emergency Management grant funding. Reimers noted that health care is one of the biggest issues facing the new administration and Congress.
“The Congress needs to take the time to get it (Affordable Care Act) right,” commented Commissioner Bill Stewart.  
“Congressman Smith is in support of presidential bilateral agreements and especially supports the proposed export agreement with Japan,” noted Reimers. 
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners okayed tax corrections presented by Dawson County Assessor John Moore for Severing Avider Moreno, Mark W. Meier, James Aden, Benjamin J. Rickets, Chris A. Denton, William C. Laird and Thomas W. Laird. 
Also approved was the request from The Church of God New Jerusalem for tax exemptions on three vehicles owned by the congregation.
The next meetings for the Board of Equalization and Board of Commissioners are scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in located in Lexington, Nebraska.

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