Gatewood To Vacate Dawson County Deputy Attorney Post

Dawson County Deputy Attorney Kate Gatewood announced her resignation at the September 14, 2016 Dawson County Commissioners meeting. Gatewood has accepted a job with the Department of Banking and Finance for the State of Nebraska. She and her husband will be relocating to Lincoln. The commissioners expressed their appreciation to Gatewood for her services and expertise the past three years.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the proposed construction project at the landfill has been canceled because it was not properly advertised. He is working on a Community Block Grant for restrooms at the Dawson County Fairgrounds.
Commissioners Hagan and Bill Stewart, Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky and Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood met with representatives from the Dawson County Visitors Committee, including chamber directors and Dawson Area Development personnel. Discussion continued on the policies and responsibilities of dispersing tourism dollars generated by lodging taxes in the county.
Efforts are being made to streamline the claims process and make the chambers aware that the county has the authority to make decisions regarding the tourism funds.
A resolution was approved for First Bank & Trust Company, Cozad, to recall $25,000 of collateral and replace it with $45,000 of collateral.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the August 2016 crime reports.
Total services were up from last month with 1,135 services rendered. 189 inmates were booked and 1,898 LEC Dispatch Calls for Service were answered.
Dawson County Treasurer Sharon Wood to verify the sheriff’s distress warrant report. Uncollected distress warrants total $40,906.03.
Wood also presented properties that were three years or older to issue County tax sales and to begin the foreclosure process. 
The commissioners based on Wood’s recommendation approved a resolution to strike delinquent personal property taxes.
A public hearing for the purpose of hearing support, opposition, criticism, or suggestions relating to the propped 2016/2017 County Budget began at 8:30 a.m.
Rural Cozad resident Alan Rickertsen appeared to express concerns regarding the budget. Rickertsen noted that he appreciated the county for holding the property taxes level that he is still paying more each year due to increased valuation of his farm/ranch property. 
After discussion, a resolution was passed to adopt the 2016/2017 county budget. The total 2016/2017 proposed property tax request is $10,174,669.07 with a proposed tax rate of 0.306403. The tax rate is identical to the 2015/2016 rate with the tax request for the 2015/2016 fiscal year having been $10,174,668.66.
Highway Superintendent Randy Deans opened the two bids for asphalt for multiple segments of county roads near Gothenburg and in the City of Gothenburg. 88 per cent of the price tag is to be reimbursed through county funding and 12 per cent by the City of Gothenburg. The project has a completion date set for October 27, 2017.
Werner Construction of Hastings presented a bid of $3,343,599.77. Paulsen Inc. of Cozad’s bid was 43,018,716.30. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $3,010,834.91.
Deans will check out to make sure that specifications are met in each bid and present them at the next city council meeting in Gothenburg before asking the commissioners to award the project to either bidder at the September 30, 2016 meeting.
The interlocal agreement between Dawson County and Central NE Public Power District was approved.
Dawson County Assessor John Moore reported that no bids have been received regarding the vehicle for the Assessor’s Office.
Two dormant funds were closed following the approval of the commissioners: County Relief and Veteran’s Aid Relief.
Highway Superintendent Randy Deans was given the green light to study the use for vacating Rd 410 between mile marker 754 and 755 near Farnam. There are no power lines or buildings along the road and signed petitions have been submitted to keep people off of the road for hunting and trash disposal.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners approved the request for tax correction for personal property owned by Douglas Stamm.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE.

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