The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 1st.
Under Committee Reports, Veteran’s Service Officer Steve Zerr reported that Dick Pratsch had agreed to serve another five year term and that an additional board member will need to be added when Andy Cowan relocates in June.
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the concrete for the storm shelter and restrooms at the fairgrounds had been poured and that construction at the landfill will begin the middle of this month.
Emergency Manager Brian Woldt reported that a disaster declaration has been signed by Dawson County. The county met their threshold of $89,600 by Dawson Public Power claiming $105,000 in damages for the April 13 – 15, 2018 blizzard.
Road Superintendent Mark Christiansen opened bids for two new dump trucks complete with boxes and snowplows.
RDO Truck Centers in Lincoln, Nebraska submitted a bid of $388,068 for the two Mack trucks minus two trade-in trucks at $26,000 for a total bid of $362,068.
Nebraska Truck Center in Grand Island, Nebraska submitted bids for two Western Star trucks at $191,414 each with a trade-in of $13,000 making each truck $178, 414 or $356, 828 total for both trucks.
Christiansen took the bids to check over the specs and returned to the meeting. The Western Star trucks needed a $5,125 transmission option added per vehicle making the total bid $367,078.
The commissioners awarded the bid to RDO Truck Centers for the trucks that will be in next year’s budget with a request to have them here before November.
Register of Deeds Dian Lauby appeared to request a change from Filing & Recording Fees to Document Stamps $2,039.30 and Preservation & Technology Fund $1,191.50 as per auditor’s request.
Weed Superintendent Marty Craig appeared to ask the commissioners to okay the appointment of Dean Brand to fill the vacancy on the Dawson County Weed Board caused by the death of Ervin Williams. Brand’s appointment was approved.
Barb Otto, who resides near O’Neill, Nebraska, appeared to explain the ‘In God We Trust’ patriotic campaign.
Otto, who is a 70 year old retiree, has traveled to 55 counties in Nebraska to invite and encourage elected officials to join the growing list of cities and counties across America that are displaying our national motto, ‘In God We Trust’. Otto works free gratis for the grassroots patriotic movement, ‘In God We Trust-America, Inc. that was started by Bakersfield, CA City Councilmember Jacquie Sullivan in 2002.
The movement encourages the placement of the national motto in all government buildings from courthouses to school classrooms.
According to Sullivan, “This effort is legal and there is nothing to challenge!”
Otto noted that the signs may be vinyl, wooden or metal and are paid for by donations, not county funds.
Deputy County Jared Dean asked the commissioners to table the proposal until the next meeting so that his office may look into it and the public be made aware of it with someone possibly offering to purchase the sign for the courthouse.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting.
A public hearing opened the meeting for the purpose of approving or denying tax protest exemption on political subdivision property for use for public service from Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District.
Attorney Charles Brewster and CNPPID official Jim Brown fielded questions from Deputy County Attorney Jared Dean and the commissioners concerning if the land is truly for public use or not.
Brewster presented three exhibits and Dean presented one during the hearing.
Dawson County Assessor John Moore explained that this matter is left over from a 2016-2017 TERC case.
Chairman Dean Kugler asked if the ‘in lieu of taxes’ was to be full or partial.
The hearing closed at 8:16 a.m. and the commissioners voted unanimously to deny the 2017protest exemptions presented by Brewster and Brown on behalf of CNPPID.
Board members approved tax correction requests for parcels owned by Kenneth Hanks and Alan Smith.
The next regular meetings for the Dawson County Board of Equalization and the Dawson County Board of Commissioners are scheduled for Wednesday, May 16th at 8 a.m.