Resurfacing Road Near Gothenburg Discussed At Commissioners Meeting

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Monday, August 1, 2016.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that the request from the Overton Golf Course owners at the July 15th meeting to use keno funds to assist with remodeling and renovations at the golf course isn’t a viable option. Kugler had checked with the Lottery Commission and these funds are to be used for community benefit and not for private entities according to state statutes.
The Deed of Conservation easement from Central Platte NRD and R & S Farms, Inc. was referred to the Dawson County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Chairman Butch Hagan was granted authorization to sign the annual Stanard Appraisal contract.
The commissioners discussed the need for resurfacing 12 miles of old highway near Gothenburg (Banner Road) with three-inch asphalt. Recommendation was given to Road Superintendent Randy Deans to put out bids for this 2017 asphalt resurfacing project for the September 14, 2016 meeting letting.
The annual subgrant agreements for child support enforcement services for the County Attorney and the Clerk of the District Court were approved.
Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood discussed the Lutheran Family Services sublease with legal aid of Nebraska. Commissioner Bill Stewart shared a concern about signage being put up on this building owned by the county without prior approval of the Board of Commissioners, and Kate will bring this to their attention. Chairman Hagan was given authorization to sign the sublease.
Bill Troe, SRF Consulting and Charles McGraw, RYDE Transit Director appeared to inform the board about a proposed Mobility Management Update that involves a Lexington to North Platte Pilot Project.
The project came about due to requests from the Lexington area for travel to North Platte for medical, shopping and other purposes. 
One option would involve service from Lexington to North Platte by RYDE Transit twice monthly with stops in Cozad, Willow Island, Gothenburg, Brady and Maxwell. Another option would involve North Platte Transit assisting with local service.
Other options being explored include service from Lexington to North Platte by RYDE Transit with North Platte Transit providing local service and RYDE Transit turning around to provide a second run to and from Gothenburg each of the two days.
The fourth option involves shared responsibility between RYDE Transit and North Platte Transit with Brady as a transfer point. RYDE Transit would be responsible for Lexington to/from Brady and North Platte Transit would be responsible for North Platte to/from Brady with multiple runs on the service days.
The final item on Monday’s agenda was discussion on the revised employee handbook led by Deputy County Attorney Kate Gatewood.
The first amendment involved the definition of ‘immediate family’ in the definitions section of the employee handbook from a ‘child residing in an individual’s household’ to ‘a child’. 
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber brought up the question on what happens to PTO and catastrophic leave for employees who transfer from one department to another in the county or for those who quit their job and then want to return.
The commissioners agreed that transfers from one department of the county to another would not affect PTO or catastrophic leave. The sentence added to the PTO policy was: If an employee transfers from one county department or office to another, PTO and catastrophic illness leave benefits remain the same and continue at the same accrual amount with the same balances remaining.
After lengthy debate and discussion, the commissioners voted to grant a 30-day ‘grace period’ to employees who voluntarily leave their job and then want to return without losing these benefits. However, if their job has already been filled or their supervisor/department head does not want to hire them back they will not be rehired.
The motion to add the sentence ‘If an employee voluntarily leaves employment and returns, the employee starts all benefits over as a new employee, and catastrophic leave balances are forfeited’ was defeated by a vote of three nays to two ayes.
The motion to add the sentence to the PTO policy to: If an employee voluntarily leaves employment with the county and is rehired within 30 days from the date of separation, the employee’s PTO benefits and catastrophic leave will be reinstated as if there was no absence’ carried by a vote of four ayes to one nay.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE.

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