Dawson County Commissioners Hear Johnson Lake Trail Proposals

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016. 
Deputy County Clerk Shelli Garringer chaired the meeting in the absence of County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky.
Under Committee Reports Chairman Butch Hagan reported that he had met with Highway Superintendent Randy Deans to discuss the one and six year plans.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the November crime reports. There were 913 total services during the month and 135 new inmates booked. LEC dispatch calls for service totaled 1,479.
“Our numbers are down with an average daily population of 70 inmates during the month of November,” Reiber noted. “Of these, 31.6 percent were contract inmates and 38.5 percent our own population,” he continued. According to Reiber, “LB 605 has definitely affected the number of inmates we house.” 
Total revenue income is $720,944.10 for the current year as compared to $708,128 a year ago.
Dr. Bruce Hanson, Bob Cummins, Stan Vodenal and Allan McClure representing the Johnson Lake Trails Team appeared to present three options for the proposed bike trail location and to provide an information update on the trail location.
The team had met on December 1st with 13 members present to review the status of the project and make plans for future construction. Cummins and Chuck Olsen had prepared a proposal/request complete with photos, sketches and bids on the project. The commissioners studied and discussed the three options and selected the first option that would allow five feet of separation from the paved edge, a minimum required distance. 
The request was to have Dawson County and the Trails Team enter into partnership to construct a trail between Drives 14E and 14F that involves approximately 600 feet. The county would locate, design and construct a trail bed with its own equipment and manpower in keeping with its own requirements and practices. Fill could be available from the spoil bank at the inlet that is located one mile away.
The trails team will contribute the concrete from privately donated funds via their arrangement with Paulsen Inc. @ $37.50 per running foot X 590’ for a total of $22,125.
Deputy County Attorney Jocelyn Brasher advised that due to liability issues the county should not enter into a formal partnership with the trails team.
Vice Chairman PJ Jacobson made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Bill Stewart to allow the trail to be constructed with a five foot separation between the pathway and the adjacent road and that the Trails Team take full responsibility for construction and all maintenance on the trail. Commissioners Jacobson, Dean Kugler, Dennis Rickertsen and Stewart cast affirmative votes with Chairman Hagan casting the lone negative vote. The motion carried.
Krull Agency representative Dan Schwartzkopf appeared to present an update on employee health insurance. 
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Friday, December 30, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse.

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