The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on February 1st. Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $273,554.19 were approved as submitted. Total Claims in the amount of $1,112,207.96 were approved as presented.
Road Superintendent Mark Christiansen opened the two bids that had been received for the motor graders. 
Murphy Tractor & Equipment submitted a bid for two 2018 John Deere 770G Model Motor Graders. Sale price for one was $251,471.47 with a trade-in of $64,000 for a total of $187,471.47. Sale price for the second motor grader was $251,471.47 with a trade-in of $61,000 for a total of $190,471.47.
Nebraska Machinery (NMC CAT) submitted a bid for two 2018 Caterpillar 140M3 Motor Graders. Sale price for one was $268,650.00 with a trade-in of $71,500.00 for a total of $197,150.00. Sale price for the second motor grader was $268,650.00 with a trade-in of $68,000.00 for a total of $200,650.00.
A motion was made and seconded to purchase two John Deere 770G 2018 Motor Graders for a total price of $377,943.18 from Murphy Tractor & Equipment. The new motor graders will be delivered in March 2018.
In other business, the commissioners approved installing a sign at the entrance of the new parking lot by the courthouse that says “Dawson County Courthouse Employee Only” from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Chairman Dean Kugler was authorized to sign the annual Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts audit agreement.
Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky told the Board the 2017 County Extension Annual Report prepared by Bruce Treffer had been completed and filed in the clerk’s office.
Kugler was also authorized to sign the sub grant amendment for Child Support Enforcement Services. This amendment aligns the sub grant with state standards.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the ag society was getting response on bids for the fairground renovations. He also noted that the landfill expansion project would be starting in April.
Jared Reimers, Community Liaison for Congressman Adrian Smith appeared with an update on what is happening in the U.S. Congress that concerns Nebraska and Dawson County. Congressman Smith hosted five farm related bills and continues to push for an increase in selling Nebraska crops abroad. He is in favor of a bilateral trade agreement with Japan as he feels there are a lot of opportunities available with Japan. Discussion was held on a variety of other topics as well.
Prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners the Dawson County Board of Equalization held a regular meeting.
Tax corrections were approved for parcels for Scott Aden and Carmen Stineman and personal property for Popken Steak Out, LLC and Gene Hokom.
The next regular meetings for the Boards of Equalization and County Commissioners are set for Thursday, February 15th beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.