County Commissioners Approve Sheriff's Department Vehicle Purchase

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $357,789.89 were approved, as were the claims of $1,509,693.88 as presented.
Approval of Resolution #2016-18 for Pinnacle Bank, Lexington to recall $13,648,524.96 was also granted.
Roads Superintendent Randy Deans recommended that the board approve the low bid from Midlands Contractor for the box culvert project five miles north of Darr. Midlands bid is $63,627.85. The board approved the bid for the project that has a completion date of November 18, 2016.
Deans also presented a roads update for the commissioners. He recently toured the roads around Gothenburg with Commissioner Butch Hagan and Tim Wolf. Discussion was held on putting a project together for road repairs in the Gothenburg area.
One bid was received for the Sheriff’s Department passenger van. The bid was from Plum Creek Motors in Lexington for a 2017 12-passenger van for $24,919 less trade-in of an old van for $6,000 bringing the total to $18,919. Motion was made and seconded to accept the bid for $24,919 without the trade-in. Commissioner PJ Jacobson cast the lone negative vote so the purchase was approved.
Kellie Draper, CASA appeared to request that a VOCA grant application for an increase to cover an outreach person for 40 hours per week plus insurance. Chairman Hagan was given authorization to sign the application.
Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood discussed proposed revisions of the Dawson County employee handbook.
Chairman Hagan was granted authorization to sign the CNRI agreement extending radio frequency sharing as initially signed by the board in 2008 and again in 2012.
Emergency Manager Brian Woldt explained to the board that the county has been using Civic Ready the last two years and that he has not been impressed with their notification system. He requested that the county submit the two-month notice to get out of the current contract and to go with Alert Sense citizen notification system.
Woldt was also granted authorization to submit the 2016 Emergency Manager Performance Grant. The grant application will be for $50,125 that amounts to 50 per cent of the budget. Last year $35,500 was received.
Wildlife Manager Luke Peebles appeared regarding the USDA wildlife contract renewal. Chairman Hagan was granted authorization to sign the contract that has a two percent increase from last year.
Dan Schwartzkopf, representing the Krull Agency continued the discussion from the last meeting in regards to the health insurance renewal for county employees. The board voted to accept Option 2, RSLI.
Region II Director Sally Vaughn and South Central Developmental Services Director Vickie Prillaman appeared with agency updates. 
Prillaman reported that South Central employs 90 staff members and has residential setting in Cozad, Gothenburg and Lexington.
“I’m impressed with the clients I see in the Cozad facility,” noted Commissioner Jacobson. “They don’t ‘shelve’ these people; they bring them out into the community,” he continued.
Prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting the Board of Equalization met. 
A public hearing requiring tax exemption on real and personal property by qualifying organizations (Form 451) was held as presented by County Assessor John Moore. Tax exemptions were approved as presented with the exception of the Islamic Center of Lexington.
Approval was given for tax corrections for Adam White and Robert K. Warner.
The next regular meeting for the Board of Equalization and the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.

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