The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday. Commissioners Butch Hagan, Bill Stewart and Chairman Dean Kugler were present. Commissioners PJ Jacobson and Dennis Rickertsen were absent.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $235,289.07 were approved, as were Claims in the amount of $1,271,034.04.
A resolution was approved for Pinnacle Bank, Lexington to recall $16,000,000 worth of collateral.
A resolution was also approved to modify Petty Cash-Insurance Fund and pay the emergency claim of $100,000 as per request of County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Hagan reported that the restrooms at the fairgrounds were almost done and will hopefully be ready in time for the Plum Creek Rodeo.
Commissioner Stewart reported that he had attended a CED Board meeting and that a meeting will be held on June 14th at the Opportunity Center in Lexington regarding the importance of Ag exports in our county, region and state.
Road Superintendent Mark Christiansen opened the lone bid for the Road Department’s highway painting. The commissioners accepted the bid of $32,540.00 from Straight-Line Striping in Grand Island.
Superintendent Christiansen was also authorized to begin the bid letting process on two county bridges, including the bridge bid Overton that has been closed since October.
Dawson County Weed Superintendent Marty Craig appeared to ask that the Dawson/Gosper Noxious Weed contract be renewed. “This is a good deal for both counties,” Craig said. The commissioners approved the contract renewal.
In other business, the commissioners approved the reappointment of Barry McDiarmid to the Dawson County Visitor Committee.
USDA Wildllife Specialist Luke Peebles appeared to present an agency update and request contract renewal for the next fiscal year.
“We have been very busy in Dawson County since last July, having logged 560 hours,” Peebles noted.
Chairman Kugler was authorized to sign the USDA contract for $16,264.42 for the next fiscal year.
The commissioners approved ‘In God We Trust’ signs be placed in the courthouse. Commissioner Stewart will bring recommendations as to where the signs should be placed at the next meeting.
At 8:37 a.m. Chairman Kugler opened the public hearing regarding the Class C Liquor License for LakeShore Marina & Grille.
LakeShore Marina Bar & Grille Co-Owner Kristyl Hanchera appeared to explain the request. The liquor license request was approved after the public hearing.
A Special Designated Liquor License for Rotary After Dark for July 3 – 5 in conjunction with the 4th of July Rodeo Beer Garden in Gothenburg was also approved.
Anne Power, Midwest NE Problem Court Coordinator, appeared to update the commissioners on the interlocal agreement between Dawson County and the Midwest NE Adult Drug Court.
Power, who has been with the agency since August of 2017 reported that they had 58 participants last year with 26 being from Dawson County. The graduation rate for the program is 60 percent, with drug court participants being tracked for three years following graduation.
Chairman Kugler was authorized to sign the interlocal agreement between the two entities for another year.
No action was necessary in reference to the Texting to 911 in a written letter from Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber. Texting to 911 is scheduled to be implemented in Dawson and Gosper counties on June 15th. This program is designed for deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired citizens. In addition, if a person needs to contact 911 and by making a voice call their life might be endangered, texting would be their best option.
Zoning Administrator Pam Holbrook appeared to forward a recommendation from the Planning Commission in regards to a Special Use Permit application made by Country Partners Cooperative for a temporary grain storage facility east of Gothenburg.
County Clerk Zlatkovsky set the public hearing regarding a special use permit application made by Country Partners, Gothenburg for June 21st.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Board of Commissioners.
At 8:01 a.m. a motion was made and seconded to go into executive session by request of Deputy County Attorney Jared Dean for discussion regarding the TERC settlement for Dana L. Peterson and for the purpose of protecting public interest.
A motion was made and seconded to go out of executive session at 8:05 a.m. The commissioners granted authority to Deputy County Attorney Dean to settle the TERC case with Dana L. Peterson. Motion carried.
Tax corrections were voided for parcels owned by Kenneth Hanks, Alan Smith, and Roy A. Clark.
A tax correction was approved for Robert A. Lauer.
The commissioners also approved the Real and Personal Property Exemption Application from Asambleas De Dios Filadelfia.
The next regular meetings for the Dawson County Boards of Equalization and Commissioners are scheduled for Thursday, June 21st beginning at 8 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, NE.