The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 16th.
Official’s Receipts were filed as submitted: $1,060.21 - County Clerk; $32,896.91 – Register of Deeds; $14,376.05 – Clerk of District Court and $1,280.00 – Surveyor.
Treasurer’s Receipts were approved as presented in the amount of $856,522.76.
The commissioners approved a resolution to allow Security First Bank, Cozad of $05,000.00 of collateral.
Total Claims were approved as submitted in the amount of $767,985.18.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that work at the fairgrounds was going good. “Concrete has been poured and the water and sewer lines will be going in this week,” Hagan said. Hagan also noted that the landfill was hauling dirt for their expansion.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the April crime reports. There were 865 total services provided in April compared to over 1,000 during March. Reiber was pleased with this number. There were 1,718 calls for service.
The Dawson County Jail booked 180 inmates during April with an average of 96 housed per day in the facility. Of these, 63 were contract inmates, with the average daily population of contracts rising during April and Dawson County’s going down.
Revenue received was approximately $123,000 during April with a total of $1.6 million so far in 2018.
Sheriff Reiber noted that drug offenses were up, mostly due to drugs being found during traffic stops.
The commissioners authorized Sheriff Reiber to sign the annual tower lease contract from Dawson County Public Power District. Dawson County Public Power District will now need to sign the contract.
Brenden Young, Cozad Country Club appeared to request that he be recognized as the Liquor License Manager for the club. Young’s application was accepted.
Young also requested Special Designated Liquor Licenses for the Cozad County Club for hard liquor to be sold from 7:00 a.m. to noon on the following dates of golf tournaments held at the club: June 3rd, July 15th, August 5th and August 26th. All dates were approved.
Melanie Gomez, Parent Child Center Director appeared with an agency update and requested $10,000 in funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This is the same amount as they requested last year.
Gomez reported 274 clients had been served by her agency last year. The shelter was used 357 days during the year, with 25 adults and 22 children staying in the facililty. There are currently three families in the shelter.
Over 88 percent of those served are from Dawson County with the majority being from Lexington.
Gomez highlighted several of the awareness activities for the agency throughout the year including the ‘Walk In Our Shoes/Denim Days’ in April.
She and her staff provided 50 presentations during the year, including 12 to 196 adults.
Gomez explained that her agency’s major funding comes from the Nebraska Crime Commission and that they receive reimbursement late. She just received the reimbursement for January claims.
County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky will be getting her a claim for funding the annual garage sale scheduled for May 25th. Profits from this sale go for financial aid and gas vouchers for those served by the agency.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Friday, June 1st at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.