The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Thursday, March 1st.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $339,095.73 were approved as submitted. Total Claims in the amount of $1,139,086.89 were also approved as presented.
Under Committee Reports, Chairman Dean Kugler reported that he had sat in on the auditor’s exit review and that it had gone very well. “Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky is taking care of the small items noted in the review, and overall it was another good audit,” Kugler commented.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Hudson open two bids for three new patrol cars for his department. Two of these are to be used to replace two canine patrol cars.
Platte Valley Auto Mart, Lexington submitted a bid for three 2018 Ford Explorers for $114,160 less a trade-in for three vehicles for $15,000 for a total bid of $99,160. Pony Express Chevrolet submitted a bid for three 2018 Chevrolet Tahoes for $116,770 less trade-ins of $8,000, $7,000 and $6,000 (total of $21,000) for a total of $95,770.
Hudson reviewed the bids and returned to the meeting with his recommendation to purchase two Ford Explorers from Platte Valley Auto Mart and one Chevrolet Tahoe from Pony Express Chevrolet.  
“I would prefer the Explorers for the two canine vehicles since they sit closer to the ground and are easier on the dog’s hips when they jump in,” Hudson explained.
A motion was made and seconded to purchase two Ford Explorers and one Chevrolet Tahoe.
The commissioners then realized that the two bidders may not be in agreement with this arrangement and a motion was made and seconded to rescind and table the         approval to modify bids until both bidders had been contacted to split the bids as proposed.
CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) Director Kellie Draper appeared to present a request for a raise for CASA Executive Director Linda Shaw.
Shaw was promoted to this position in 2012, but has remained on the pay scale for her previous CASA position as Volunteer Coordinator. 
In 2012 her hourly wage was $12.04 and she served 39 children. 
Draper’s proposal was to raise Shaw’s current wage from $15.04/hour to $17.84 per hour retroactive to February 1, 2018. A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve Draper’s proposal.
Draper also presented the Program Director’s Report from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.
The CASA Program received 79 new children referrals during 2017.  73 cases were closed with 57 of the children being reunited with their families, six being adopted and five entering a guardianship.
38 CASA volunteers, who accumulated 1,536 hours and traveled 19,671 miles to serve their assigned child/children, attend team meetings and court hearings served these 79 children.
CASA is currently serving 85 children compared to 75 children a year ago at this time. Volunteers number 38 compared to 28 a year ago.
A Special Designated Liquor License was approved for Mac’s Creek Vineyards for the Johnson Lake Trails St. Patrick’s Run & Ride at Medo’s Resort on March 17th.
A public hearing took place regarding the 1 & 6-year road plan. Road Superintendent Mark Christiansen explained that there are 11 projects on the 1-year plan and an additional nine projects on the 6-year plan. Included in the 1-year plan are seven concrete overlay projects, two box culvert projects and two bridge/box culvert projects.
Discussion took place on several items including whether or not to go with asphalt or concrete on some of the projects. “Asphalt is cheaper but concrete has a much longer lifespan,” noted Commissioner Butch Hagan.
The board advised Christiansen to request bids for both asphalt and concrete for the roads. It is hoped that work could begin on the roads by this fall.
A resolution was passed to approve the 1 & 6-year plan as presented.
A resolution concerning County Attorney Petty Cash was approved. This was a result of the annual audit and is how the state handles its petty cash, decreasing it from $800 down to $650.
The final item of business was made to write off the GIS agreement amount of $1,750.00 from December 20, 2011.
The Board of Equalization met prior to the Commissioners meeting. 
Tax Corrections were approved for personal property for Chief Ethanol Fuels, Inc., and James T. Brennan and for parcels owned by Ricky L. Love and Jeffrey M. Kennedy.
Vehicle exemptions were approved for two newly purchased 2017 Ford Cutaway owned by RYDE Transit – Community Action Partnership of Nebraska.
The next regularly scheduled meetings for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Equalization are scheduled for Thursday, March 15th beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.