The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE.
Chairman Bill Stewart called the meeting to order. At 8:01 a.m. the commissioners entered into an executive session by the request of Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood. Discussion was held regarding a past due survey invoice that is pending litigation. No action was taken.
The Official’s Receipts and Treasurer’s Receipts were filed as submitted.
Resolution #2014-23 was approved, which allowed First Bank & Trust Company, Cozad, Nebraska, to pledge an additional $40,000.00 of collateral.
There were no citizens’ comments.
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported on behalf of the Agricultural Society meeting that the Dawson County Fair went over well. The Ag Society is investigating various entertainment options for next year’s grandstand shows with hopes of improved attendance.
He also reported that the asphalt project for Road 422 near the Cozad Country Club might be started soon.
Commissioner Stewart reported that he has been working on the minor construction needed at the CED building. He hopes to have the final numbers to go out for bids next month.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the June and July monthly crime reports.
The number of contract inmates has held fairly steady during the summer months. In June, the average number of inmates was 79, with eight of these coming from Scottsbluff County and two from Cheyenne County.
There are presently 85 inmates in the Dawson County Jail, with revenue up during the month of July. 18,295 calls for service were made during the July, 2013–June, 2014 fiscal year.
Chairman Stewart was authorized to sign the amended contract between Dawson County and the Nebraska Department of Corrections for housing inmates.
Chairman Stewart was also authorized to sign the Addendum to the SCALES (South Central Area Law Enforcement Systems) contract, adding Merrick County.
The new Addendum made to Existing Easement for the Johnson Lake Bike and Hike Trail was approved for Chairman Stewart to sign. It had previously been perused and approved by committee members and Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood.
Seth Tausen, USDA Wildlife Services appeared with his report for the past fiscal year. He requested a 2% increase to his contract, which was approved by the commissioners with a new agreement signed with the USDA by Chairman Stewart.
Roger Teeters, representing the Overton Golf Club, approached the commissioners requesting a special designated liquor license for Saturday, September 13th, 2014. The Husker Football Team plays Fresno State that evening, beginning at 9:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, and the club is requesting a one-time 2 a.m. closing time. Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber had already endorsed the request and the commissioners approved it.
The final agenda item accepted the transmittal of the county’s inventories. Dawson County Treasurer Sharon Wood reported that $61,599 had been deleted and $365,000 added during the fiscal year from July 1st, 2013 – June 30th, 2014. Current inventory balance is $23,264,-165.39.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 29th, 2014, in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.