January 13, 2004

Reorganizational meeting followed by regular meeting                                                                                                                        

The Fillmore County Board of Supervisors convened to reorganize, as required by statute, in open and public session at 9:00 a.m. on January 13, 2004, in the Courthouse Boardroom in Geneva, Nebraska.  Members present were Cerny, Yates, Mueller, Simacek, Galusha, Kimbrough, and Capek.  The County Clerk was present to record the minutes of the meeting.

 

            Notice of the meeting was given by publication and by broadcasting on radio station KAWL.  A copy of the affidavit of publication is on file in the County Clerk’s Office.  All proceedings hereinafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the public.  The reorganizational meeting adjourned at 9:22 a.m. and the regular meeting adjourned at 2:42 p.m.

 

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

 

            The County Clerk, as temporary chairman, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.  The first order of business was the election of a chairman for the year 2004. Galusha nominated Kimbrough.  Simacek moved and Cerny seconded the motion that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot cast for Kimbrough.  Carried 6-0, Kimbrough not voting.  The temporary Chairman declared Kimbrough to be the Board Chairman for the year 2004 and Kimbrough assumed the chair.

 

MUELLER ELECTED VICE-CHAIRMAN

 

            Chairman Kimbrough asked for nominations for vice-chairman. Simacek nominated Mueller.  Simacek moved and Cerny seconded that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Mueller. Motion carried 6-0, Mueller not voting.  The Chairman declared Mueller duly elected Vice-Chairman of the Board for 2004.

 

NAMING OFFICIAL BANK DEPOSITORIES

 

            The following resolution was introduced by Yates and seconded by Cerny:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2004-01

           

            BE IT RESOLVED by the Fillmore County Board of Supervisors that the First National Bank of Exeter, the Farmers State Bank of Fairmont, the Geneva State Bank of Geneva, Shickley and Grafton, the York State Bank of York and Geneva, the Cornerstone Bank of York and Geneva, and the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Milligan, are hereby designated as bank depositories and the Fillmore County Treasurer is hereby authorized to deposit funds of the County that may come into her possession into these said depositories.

 

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

                                   

Ayes: Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, and Capek

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the resolution adopted.

 

AUTHORIZED INVESTMENTS

 

The following resolution was introduced by Cerny and seconded by Capek:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2004-02

 

            BE IT RESOLVED By the Fillmore County Board of Supervisors that the County Treasurer of Fillmore County be authorized to invest the surplus funds of said county in United States Government Bonds, United States Treasury Notes, Bills or Certificates of Indebtedness maturing within two years of the date of purchase; and in Certificates of Deposit, or Money Market Savings Accounts. 

 

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

                                   

Ayes: Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, and Yates

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the resolution adopted.

 

SECURITIES COMMITTEE

 

            Galusha moved and Simacek seconded the motion to appoint the County Clerk, the County Treasurer and Supervisor Cerny to a committee to give temporary approval for securities deposited by banks for collateral on deposits of county funds, with Yates to sign if Cerny is unavailable.  Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, and Galusha

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

CLAIMS APPROVAL

 

            Yates moved by Mueller seconded the motion to require the approval of the officer in charge of each office of claims for his/her office before the allowance of any and all claims.  Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, and Kimbrough

Nays: None

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

EQUIPMENT PURCHASE

 

            Simacek moved and Cerny seconded the motion requiring all officials, elected or appointed, to notify the Board of Supervisors when purchasing any equipment regardless of price, and all supplies costing $750.00 or more, all lease agreements, maintenance contracts, and equipment rental agreements, even though the item is included in the budget. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, and Mueller

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

LEGAL NEWSPAPER

 

Capek moved and Yates seconded the motion to declare The Nebraska Signal the legal newspaper for Fillmore County. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, and Cerny

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

NO COUNTY PHYSICIAN

 

            Yates moved and Galusha seconded the motion to have no county physician for Fillmore County. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, and Simacek

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

ROAD REPORTS

Mueller moved and by Galusha seconded the motion to require the County Highway Superintendent to make detailed annual reports of all operations in regard to road, bridge, and gravel work, and that an accounting of all property bought and sold shall be shown in the annual inventory. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, and Capek

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

REPRESENTATIVE TO DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION MEETINGS

 

            Simacek moved and Mueller seconded the motion to appoint Kimbrough as the ex-officio representative of the Fillmore County Board at meetings of the Fillmore County Development Corporation for 2004. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Galusha, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, and Yates

Nays: None                  Abstaining: Kimbrough

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Cerny moved and Mueller seconded the motion to adjourn the Reorganizational meeting of the County Board of Supervisors at 9: 22 a.m.  Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates and Galusha

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________________

Attest                                                                                       Chairman

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Regular meeting                                                                                     January 13, 2004

 

            The Fillmore County Board of Supervisors convened in open and public session at 9.39 a.m. January 13, 2004, in the Courthouse Boardroom in Geneva, Nebraska with Chairman Kimbrough presiding.   Members present were Yates, Mueller, Simacek, Cerny, Galusha, and Capek. Consulting Engineer Lewis was present for the Road Department portion of the meeting. The County Clerk was present to record the minutes of the meeting. 

 

            Notice of the meeting was given by publication and by broadcasting on radio station KAWL.  A copy of the affidavit of publication is on file in the County Clerk’s Office.  All proceedings hereinafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the public.  The meeting adjourned at 2:42 p.m.

 

MINUTES APPROVED

 

            As there were no additions or corrections to the minutes of the December 23, 2003, the Chairman declared them approved as presented.

 

FEE REPORTS

 

            Yates moved and Galusha seconded the motion to approve the following fee reports:

 

            County Clerk, December fees              $ 9,171.25,                       2nd Quarter $  22,050.04

            Sheriff, December fees                                $1,521.78        

            Clerk of Dist. Court, December fees               $370.75             4th Quarter $       737.96

            Clerk of Dist. Court, Annual report of all fees, fines, etc.                                           $126,976.99

 

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, and Kimbrough

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

DRIVEWAY PERMITS

 

            Capek moved and Simacek seconded the motion to approve the following applications for driveway permits:

 

            Dale Weber, to extend an existing driveway to 40 feet, said driveway located on the north side of the NE ¼ of Sec. 30-7-1, Liberty Township, and to add a 40 foot driveway a short distance west of the extended driveway;

            Dan Aspegren, to install a new driveway on the south side of the SW ¼ of Sec. 28-7-2, Madison Township, just west of the fence line, and to widen an existing driveway on the west side of the SW ¼ SW ¼ of Sec. 28-7-2, Madison Township;

            Rich Girmus, to extend an existing driveway on the west side of the SW ¼ of Sec. 8-6-1, Glengary Township, at about the ¼ mile line.

 

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, and Mueller

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

SILT CLEANING PERMITS

 

            Galusha moved and Yates seconded the motion to approved the following application for a silt cleaning permit:

 

            Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, Inc. (Ed Trautman, owner) – to clean silt from a ditch on the east side of the SE ¼  of Sec. 17-8-4, Grafton Township

 

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, and Cerny

Nays: None

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

UTILITY AGREEMENTS

 

            After discussion, Cerny moved and Mueller seconded the motion to approve the following agreements with Perennial Public Power for moving utility lines:

 

            Culvert Project #C-30(248), located between Sec. 29 & 30-7-4, Bennett Township, estimated cost $5,658.71

            Culvert Project #C003004625, located between Sec. 21 & 28-5-1, Franklin Township, estimated cost $4,178.48

 

            Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, and Simacek

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

SIX YEAR ROAD PLAN

 

            The Highway Superintendent reviewed the proposed Six-Year Road Plan, including the addition of the Milligan North Paving project as discussed in December.

 

            Cerny moved and Capek seconded the motion to approve for the proposed Six-Year Road Plan, as presented, for public hearing on February 10, 2004.  Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, and Capek

Nays:

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

ONE YEAR ROAD PLAN

 

            The proposed One-Year Road Plan was reviewed.  After discussion, Galusha moved and Mueller seconded the motion to approve the proposed One-Year Road Plan, as presented, for public hearing on February 10, 2004. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, and Yates

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

BOX CULVERT BIDS

 

            Bids for two box culvert projects were opened at 10.00 a.m. as advertised.  Bids were received from the following firms:

 

            COMPANY                                            PROJECT  C-30(248)            PROJECT #C003004625

 

            WAW, Inc, Stromsburg                                     $  75,899.31                                  $  81,789.40

            L J Webb, Contractor, Geneva                              81,910.81                                      76,787.30

            Van Kirk Bros., Sutton                                           71,994.71                                    72,342.10

            TCW Construction, Lincoln                              83,320.55                                  100,570.32

            M. E. Collins Contractor, Wahoo                               82,917.70                                      87,503.10

 

 

UNPAID MEDICAL LEAVE

 

A request has been made for unpaid medical leave in order for an employee to take care of a member of the immediate family while recuperating from surgery.  County policy currently does not cover care for a family member.

 

            Yates moved and Cerny seconded the motion to change the county personnel policy to comply with the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, effective January 13, 2004.   Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, and Galusha

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

RECOMMENDATION ON BOX CULVERT BIDS

 

            After reviewing the bids for the box culvert projects, Consulting Engineer Lewis recommended that the Board accept the bids from Van Kirk Brothers, low bidders for both projects.

 

PROJECT NO. C-30(248)

 

            Cerny moved and Mueller seconded the motion to accept the bid from Van Kirk Brothers for Box Culvert Project No. C-30(248) in the amount of $71,994.71. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Mueller, Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, and Kimbrough

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

 

PROJECT NO. C003004625

 

            Capek moved and Yates seconded the motion to accept the bid from Van Kirk Brothers for Box Culvert Project No. C003004625 in the amount of $72,342.10. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Cerny, Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, and Mueller

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

SHOP BUILDING

 

            The two low bids on the proposed shop building, with changes requested by the Board, were discussed.  A representative from Building Technology, Inc. one of the two lowest bidders was present for this discussion to answer questions.  The final bids were as follows: Casper Construction, Beatrice - $232,966, and Building Technology, Inc., Beatrice - $ 241,769.50.

 

            Cerny moved and Yates seconded the motion to accept the bid from Casper Construction Company in the amount of $232,966.00 for a new shop building.  Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Yates, Kimbrough, Mueller, and Cerny

Nays: Simacek, Capek, and Galusha

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

BANKRUPTCY CASE

 

            Deputy County Attorney Ach advised the Board that he needed to hire an attorney with experience in bankruptcy proceedings in order to proceed to collect delinquent taxes on Mike and Brenda Motis who failed to meet the requirements of the bankruptcy plan approved by the court.  The plan provided that the real estate taxes for the years 2001 and 2002 were not to become delinquent but they are now delinquent.  A relief from stay is needed so the county can go forward with the collection process.

 

            Galusha moved and Yates seconded the motion to authorize the County Attorney’s office to hire an attorney to take the necessary steps to obtain a relief from stay of bankruptcy proceedings in case # BK01-41766.

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Cerny, and Simacek

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

BOARD SALARIES FOR TERM BEGINNING JANUARY 2005

 

            No action was taken to change the salary for Board of Supervisors for the term of office beginning in January 2005.

 

 

HOSPITAL BOARD APPOINTMENTS

 

            Yates moved and Mueller seconded the motion to reappoint Richard Nelson and Annette Marget to the Fillmore County Hospital/Family Medical Services Board of Directors for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2004.

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Simacek, and Capek

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

APPOINTMENTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH SOLUTIONS GOVERNING BOARD

 

            Fillmore County members of the Public Health Solutions governing board need to be appointed.  One person must be a County Board Member and the other from the public.  Current members are Eric Williams and Larry Cerny.

 

            Simacek moved and Galusha seconded the motion to reappoint Eric Williams to represent the public and Larry Cerny to represent the Fillmore County Board on the Public Health Solutions Governing Board. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Galusha, Kimbrough, Mueller, Simacek, Capek, and Yates

Nays: None                                          Absent: Cerny (left at noon)

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

CLAIMS

The claims were presented for payment.  The following abbreviations describe the expenditures:  Equi –

 

equipment, HDM’s – home delivered meals,  Insu – insurance, Main –maintenance, Mtgs – meetings, Mile – mileage, Misc – miscellaneous, Post – postage, Pro – proceedings, Rep – repairs, Ret – retirement, Ser – services, SS – social security, Sup – supplies, Uni – uniform allowance, Uti – utilities, Wksh – workshop expense

 

GENERAL FUND

 

 

Howard Ach, Atty

Rent, mile, misc

$     2,959.72

All Around Lawn Care

Ser

25.00

Alltel

Uti

374.55

Alltel

Cellular

281.52

Ameritas Life Insur Corp

Ret

677.63

Andrews Electric Co Inc

Ser

100.00

Aquila

Uti

1,449.44

Ian Barnett

Uni

35.00

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Insu

12,478.12

Blue Valley Mental Health Center

Ser

115.00

Bottorf & Maser

Ser

1,227.00

William L Burgess

Mile, misc

48.38

Darryl L. Callenius

Uni

35.00

Century Lumber Center

Sup

18.13

City of Geneva

Uti

104.60

DAS Div of Communications

Ser

350.00

Douglas Co Sheriff

Ser

15.00

Duckwalls-Alco

Sup, uti

174.82

Eakes Office Plus

Sup, equ, main

1,077.40

Earl’s Window Service

Ser

4.00

Fillmore Co Develop Corp

Qtrly budget alloc

12,500.00

Fillmore Co Sheriff

Fees

254.95

Fillmore Co Treasurer

Reim, transfers, dues

212,948.80

Lisa Fritz

Uni

35.00

Gambles

Sup

341.31

Geneva Jewelry

Ser

31.80

Geneva St Bank

SS

982.13

Geneva St Bank

Sup

56.91

Geneva TV & Appliance

Ser

10.00

Graham Tires

Sup

24.72

Chet A Poehling, Atty

Ser

63.37

Terry Hejny

Mile, misc

232.83

Hilty’s

Sup

421.63

Hometown Leasing

Ser

211.25

Stephen J Kraviec

Ser, post

1,575.51

Lancaster Co Sheriff

Ser

46.50

Gary G Latimer

Ser

118.25

McDermott & Miller

Ser

4,480.00

Mid-States Organized Crime Info

Dues

100.00

Richard Mueller/Tom Biegert

Rent

625.00

Nebr Assoc of County Officials

Sup

15.00

Nebr Signal

Pro, sup, ads

837.84

Nelson Petrol Co

Fuel

483.04

OMB Police Supply

Sup

216.40

Omaha Life Insur Co

Insu

183.29

Ralph’s Geneva Tire

Ser

106.68

Raney Pest Control Inc

Ser

65.00

Region V Systems

Ser

770.00

Steven G Roemmich

Uni

35.00

NE Sec of State

Sup

20.00

NE Dept of Admin Serv

Ser

37.17

Carroll L Verhage MD

Ser

617.50

Nancy Waldron, Atty

Ser

1,950.16

Regina Swartzendruber

Pt time

1,075.31

Gerald Slezak

Pt time

1,284.19

Hannele Plettner

Pt time

880.00

Lois Bernasek

Dispatching

518.42

Cindy Brill

Dispatching

881.36

Olivia Shellhase

Dispatching

1,781.88

Pamela Spurling

Dispatching

1,639.64

Sandy Bolejack

Jailer

1,856.13

Howard Mills

Jailer

2,052.47

Earl Kriley

Pt time

543.32

Kipper Lindermuth

Pt time

832.50

 

 

 

ROAD/BRIDGE OPERATING FUND

 

 

Alltel

Cellular

67.24

Ameritas Life Insur Corp

Ret

1,630.49

Aquila

Uti

673.79

Auto Value Parts Stores

Sups

351.32

Baum Hydraulics Corp

Sup

40.96

Blue Cross-Blue Shield

Insu

9,257.98

Business World Products

Ser

24.00

City of Geneva

Uti

20.85

Farmers Coop

Fuel, misc

615.58

Farm Plan

Sup

126.42

Fillmore Co Clerk

Misc

10.00

Fillmore Co Hospital

Ser

30.00

Fillmore Co Shop

Post, misc

38.00

Fillmore Co Treas

Equ, wksh

15,675.00

Filter Care of Nebr

Sup

21.45

Gambles

Sup

26.94

Geneva Impl Co

Sup

1,113.13

Geneva St Bank

SS

1,877.35

Geneva Welding & Sup

Sup

172.30

Grafton Oil Inc

Fuel

486.00

Indust Safety Co

Sup

17.66

Allisa Klasek & Farmers & Merchants Bank

ROW, misc

1,236.50

Rudolph J Lechtenberger

ROW, misc

797.00

Lichti Bros Oil Co Inc

Fuel

707.19

Marlborough

Sup

47.50

Matt Friend Truck Equip

Sup

24.10

Moses Motor Co

Ser

50.00

Rex Mussman

Misc

25.00

Nebr Assoc of Co Engineers etc

Dues

10.00

Nebr Dept of Rev

Sales tax

266.09

Nebr Dept of Roads

Ser

9,734.95

Nebr-Iowa Indust Fasteners

Sup

182.66

Nebr Machinery

Equi, sup

136,219.91

Nebr Signal

Ads

219.32

Nelson Petrol Co

Fuel, misc

1,792.15

Nichols Construction Co

Gravel

7,015.64

Nick’s Farm Store Co

Sup

371.86

Omaha Life Insur Co

Insu

122.07

Perennial Public Power

Uti

4,311.37

Platte Valley Commun

Equ, rep

651.38

Ralph’s Geneva Tire

Tires & rep

609.58

Scherbarth ACE

Sup

147.66

Bradley L & Sherrill Schweitzer & Farmers Mch

ROW & Misc

1,236.50

Speece-Lewis Eng

Ser

716.00

Superior-Deshler Inc

Fuel

35.50

Sutton Lumber

Sup

1,344.00

Texaco/Shell

Fuel

45.00

Village of Fairmont

Uti

31.17

Village of Milligan

Uti

19.58

Village of Ohiowa

Uti

20.00

Weaver Pharmacy

Misc

15.22

Werner Construction

Gravel

1,216.05

Wick’s Sterling Trucks Inc

Sup

125.83

Kevin Wolfteich

Misc

25.00

Mike Nichols

Pt time

696.00

Payroll

Salaries

25,013.33

 

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOP - TOURISM

 

 

Biegert Construction Co

Ser

624.00

 

 

 

MEDICAL/RELIEF FUND

 

 

Weaver Pharmacy

Ser

374.46

 

 

 

SENIOR SERVICES FUND

 

 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield

Insu

805.04

Judy Dondlinger

Ser

80.00

Exeter Care Center

HDM’s

829.50

Geneva Senior Center

uti, rent, misc

215.40

Nancy Kohler

Mile, misc

226.10

Jeannine Krejci

Ser

80.00

Elizabeth M Manning

Ser

159.60

Omaha Life Insur Co

Insu

5.65

Rhonda Stokebrand

Mile

82.26

Youth Rehab & Treatment Center

Rent

150.00

 

 

 

DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT DRUG

 

 

Kustom Signals Inc

Equ

1,998.00

 

 

 

COPS GRANT FUND

 

 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield

Insu

402.52

Omaha Life Insur Co

Insu

5.65

 

 

 

KENO GRANT FUND

 

 

Fairmont Aging Services

Grant

400.00

 

 

 

HOSPITAL OPERATING FUND

 

 

Fillmore Co Hospital

Dec taxes

15,945.78

 

 

 

NOXIOUS WEED FUND

 

 

Alltel

Uti

39.31

Blue Cross-Blue Shield

Insu

402.52

City of Geneva

Uti

65.11

Merlin Ehmen

Rent

210.00

Nebr Weed Control Assoc

Wksh

50.00

Omaha Life Insur Co

Insu

3.60

 

CLAIMS APPROVED

 

Mueller moved and Simacek seconded the motion to approve the claims as presented. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Kimbrough, Mueller, Simacek, Capek, and Galusha

Nays: None                                          Abstaining due to conflict of interest: Yates

 

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

APPOINTMENT TO TRAILBLAZER RC & D BOARD

 

            Galusha moved and Capek seconded the motion to reappoint Patt Lentfer as the Fillmore County representative on the Trailblazer Resource Conservation and Development Board and to reappoint Steve Yates as alternate representative. Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Mueller, Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, and Kimbrough

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the motion carried.

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM

 

Yates moved and Simacek seconded the introduction of the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2004-03

 

WHEREAS, it is the understanding of the Fillmore County Board of Supervisors (hereinafter the Board’) that there is a proposal to restructure the Mental Health Care System of Nebraska, and

 

WHEREAS, Sen. Jim Jensen, Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Nebraska Legislature, has stated that legislation will be introduced in the Second Session of the Ninety-Eighth Legislature, taking place in 2004, to address this issue, said legislation stemming from the passage of Legislative Bill 724 from the First Legislative Session of the Ninety-Eighth Legislature; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the Board’s understanding that the proposed new system will include movement from inpatient care at the Hastings and Norfolk Regional Centers to more community-based mental health services, such as out-patient clinics, day care facilities, group homes, and subsidized housing; and

 

WHEREAS, the new costs to many counties of transporting inpatient commitments to Lincoln rather than having facilities in Norfolk and Hastings will put an additional burden on the taxpayers of those counties, and could possibly have the consequence of patients not receiving the proper care necessary for their illness if the Mental Health Board is hesitant to commit them to the proper level of care because of these new costs, and

 

WHEREAS, the Board is troubled that the end result of this proposal will be the further urbanization of Nebraska, with a significant number of professional and nonprofessional employment opportunities both being lost to the urban communities in Nebraska with population bases of more than 100,000 people from the smaller, more rural communities in the state, which the Board deems is an undesirable consequence; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board is concerned that the proposal that has been put forth does not contain adequate provisions to address the loss of mental health professionals in rural areas as a result of the closing of the regional centers, and does not contain adequate provisions for the proper funding and staffing for the proposed community-based mental health facilities that are to replace the services currently being provided by the regional centers that will be closing; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board understands the need to look for new and cost-effective ways to treat mentally ill individuals in Nebraska; however, the Board believes that closing these two facilities will cause the loss of jobs, causing economic hardship within the communities and counties where these facilities exist, thereby achieving a decrease in revenues for the State of Nebraska that will not be totally offset by employment opportunities at the new out-patient clinics, thus achieving the opposite rather than the intended result;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Fillmore County Board of Supervisors that they are in opposition to the closing of the regional centers without adequate preparation for the replacement of the services currently being provided by the regional centers, without adequate preparation in planning for the necessary funding, support and staff for the community based facilities to provide the same level of care, counseling and expertise which is currently found at the regional centers, and without adequate preparation for educating and aiding those families, communities and areas that will be affected by these closings, including patients and their families, employees and their families,  and communities statewide.

 

            Dated this 13th day of January 2004.

 

Upon roll call, the vote was as follows:

 

Ayes: Simacek, Capek, Yates, Galusha, Kimbrough, and Mueller

Nays: None

           

            The Chairman declared the resolution adopted.

 

DUCKS UNLIMITED

 

            Ryan Heiniger, Regional Biologist with Ducks Unlimited reviewed the activities of the organization and how they work with governmental entities.  He also presented the County Treasurer with a check for taxes for $2,639.58 from the Wetlands America Trust, the land holding subsidiary of Ducks Unlimited.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING REGULATIONS

 

            The Planning and Zoning Administrator presented for review the following proposed wording changes in the Fillmore County Planning and Zoning Regulations Article 8.2 – Home Occupations; the Procedural Manual Appendix 8.1 – Procedures for Processing Subdivision Plats; and the Fillmore County Subdivision Regulations, Section 7 – Procedures.  The County Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes February 10th 2004.

 

ADJOURN

 

            The Chairman declared the meeting adjourned until 9:00 a.m. January 27, 2004.

 

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Attest                                                                           Chairman

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