The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 21st.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen reported that he had attended a Two Rivers meeting and that they have two job openings.
Commissioner But Hagan reported that the Landfill Committee had received two bids for expansion, one for $800,000 plus and the other for $600,000 plus. The executive board approved the lesser bid with work to commence in April 2018 and have a projected completion date of mid-summer 2018.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the crime reports for the month of May. There were 1,729 LEC dispatch calls for service and 935 total services provided. 193 inmates were booked in May.
“There has been a rise in bookings in the past few months, mostly coming from contract inmates,” Reiber reported. “This is good for the county,” Reiber added.
YTD income is $1,437,816.29 with $73,944.57 coming in during the month of May.
The commissioners approved the annual special designated liquor license for Nebraskaland.
County Judge Jeffrey Wightman swore in Shane Area, Overton, Nebraska to the Veteran’s Service Committee. Area was recently appointed and approved to join the Veterans Service Office’s Board of Directors.
Ann Johnson, representing the Dawson County Fairgrounds appeared to request keno funds for the Dawson County Fairgrounds renovations. Renovations include installing new restrooms that will be ADA (American Disabilities Act) accessible and double as storm shelters.
The Ag Society has received $350,000 in grant funding and is required to provide $110,000 in matching funds.
According to Commissioner Butch Hagan, a strong supporter of the Ag Society and Fair Board, if these improvements aren’t made with grant funding now they will need to be made with all county funding down the road.
The commissioners approved $20,000.00 in lottery money towards the project. Johnson will continue to seek matching funds from other organizations and entities.
A contract renewal was approved with Luke Peebles, USDA wildlife specialist who traps small animals.
Peebles was hired by the county last year and reported that he had made 522 calls in Dawson County last year including concerning coyotes and badgers. The renewal contract for 2017-2018 is $15,487.95.
Dawson County Emergency Manager Brian Woldt submitted a funding request of $55,899 for his department for the 2017-2018 year. This is an increase of $14,899 from last year mostly due to increased state requirements. Woldt was granted authorization to submit the 2017 EMP grant application.
Commissioners approved a resolution allowing Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky to transfer $141,676.10 from the county’s general fund to the County Court.
Approval for the E911 interlocal agreement #1 was granted. The Dawson County Commissioners, with a proposal from the Advisory Board, shall appoint or designate a new or existing employee as Director of the Communications Facility.
Prior to the Dawson County Commissioners meeting, the Dawson County Board of Equalization met. A public hearing took place involving a tax protest exemption on political subdivision property for use for public service from The Crossing Fellowship of Gothenburg.
Pastor Eric Most, representing The Crossing Fellowship appeared to explain that church members had met several times in the former Walker’s Steakhouse building that they had purchased, but decided it would be prudent to continue to rent space in the Gothenburg Senior Center while Axxent remodels the building. Pastor Most is hoping that the renovations are completed by the end of the summer.
Dawson County Assessor John Moore reported that a tax exemption had been filed in 2016 but that it had been too late to remove the property from the tax rolls.
Commissioner Dean Kugler felt it was a ‘timing situation’ and made a motion to grant a tax exemption that was seconded by Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen. Motion carried.
A request for a tax correction by Mitch Ourada on a parcel of land that is grass instead of irrigated land was also approved.
The next regular meeting for both boards is scheduled for Monday, July 3, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.