The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $1,052,000.23 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims submitted totaling $974,211.04.
A resolution was approved for Pinnacle Bank to recall $13,723,069.80 in collateral. This amount was for excess during tax time.
Under Committee Reports Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that he and members of the Ag Society would be meeting with an architect to verify compliances for grant monies.
Commissioner Bill Stewart, a member of the courthouse committee, reported that the old jail was completely torn down and needs ideas and direction for the area to be turned into a parking lot or some other purpose.
Commissioner Chairman PJ Jacobson reported that Region II was hit hard with budget cuts this year and would be presenting an update during the meeting.
Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen reported that the County Weed Department has begun mosquito trapping.
Chairman Jacobson was granted authorization to sign easement agreements between Dawson County and LCL Corporation: Ross Williams and Dawson County and Douglas J. Stamm.
The bid from Van Kirk Bros. Contracting, Inc., Sutton, Nebraska in the amount of $202,073.26 was approved for the Stamm-Williams Bridge Replacement. According to Randy Deans, Miller & Associates, this bid was 13 per cent lower than the engineer’s estimate.
All of the commissioners expressed relief that this bridge will finally be replaced. “This has been a goal of mine for over 30 years dating back to when I was highway superintendent,” commented Hagan.
Approval was also given to approve the Cozad Southwest Project with Chairman Jacobson signing the NEPA Service Agreement between Dawson County and Alfred Benesch & Company.
Deans also opened and presented the lone bid for the Cozad North Pavement Rehabilitation Project. Coughlin Co., St. George, Utah presented the lone bid in the amount of $1,570,562.50 for the 12.27 mile project. Engineer’s estimate for this bid that would utilize river rock was $1,444,340.
“At this cost I would rather see two to three miles done to ascertain the durability of the completed pavement,” noted Deans.
The commissioners agreed to reject the bid.
County Veterans’ Officer Steve Zerr appeared with a recommendation to appoint Shane Area, Overton, Nebraska to the Veteran’s Service Committee. Area is an Army veteran, 1986 – 1989 and a self-employed electrician. Tom Brennan of Overton deciding not to seek re-election to the committee after serving for 20 years created the vacancy. Area’s appointment was approved.
Dawson County Weed Control Superintendent Marty Craig appeared to present the annual contract between Two Rivers Public Health Department and Dawson County for trapping mosquitoes. Craig has already trapped mosquitoes once and sent them to Lincoln who will be testing them for the West Nile virus and sending back a report.
Pamela Mann and Vickie Prillaman presented an update of the services provided by their Region II Developmental Disabilities Services agency. Region II covers 17 counties including Dawson County. 175 clients receive services with 49 served in the Cozad facility.
“Governor Ricketts approved a 2.2 percent reduction for providers effective May 1, 2017 and there are two new waivers causing uncertainty in funding,” Mann explained.
Commissioner Jacobson is a member of the governing board and spoke highly of the agency, especially how they keep their clients involved in their respective communities.
The board members visited the Dawson County Jail after the conclusion of their meeting.
The Board of Equalization met prior to the Commissioner’s meeting. A tax correction was approved for Richard L. Beans.
The next regular meeting for the Boards of Equalization and Commissioners is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.