The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, July 15, 2016.
Dawson County Treasurer Sharon Wood read her letter of resignation to the commissioners. The commissioners accepted her letter with appreciation expressed for her service to the county in the Dawson County Treasurer’s Office for the past 18 years and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office for the 18 years prior to her stint as treasurer.
“I’m ready to retire as I’ve accomplished what I’ve wanted to do in the treasurer’s office,” Wood explained.
“The office has been renovated physically and new software has been added,” she continued.
“It’s time for a new person to take over and this way I’m giving you plenty of time to find a replacement and am willing to train them and make the transition a smooth one,” Wood continued. Woods’ resignation is effective December 31, 2016.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the June crime reports.
1,019 services were provided and 1,860 LEC Dispatch Calls for Service were received during the month of June. 165 inmates were booked into the county jail.
73 warrants were issued with 46 of these being served during June.
During the fiscal year from July 2015 – June 2016 15,379 total services were rendered, 2,279 inmates were booked and 20,803 LEC Dispatch Calls for Service were received.
Dawson County Treasurer Wood reported on the unpaid property taxes as of June 30, 2016.
$3,479,067.17 is the total amount of unpaid taxes for the past fiscal year.
Overton Golf Course board members Barry Carpenter and Jeff Tappan appeared to request a little assistance with needed repairs to the course.
The board is requesting to use $19,950 in lottery funds. The commissioners will consider this request when completing next year’s budget.
The course has 105 members and since 2010 has brought in $1,008,000 in keno funds.
Dawson County Zoning Administrator recommended denial of the special use permit submitted by Duane Kuhnel to construct storage buildings at Johnson Lake. A public hearing has been set for the August 15, 2016 commissioners meeting to discuss the issue.
Crystal Werger, Dawson County Historical Society and Museum Director appeared with an agency update and budget request for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Museum board member accompanied Werger as she requested $70,000 that is the same amount as 2015-2016.
“We are looking to other sources to access the additional funds needed for the museum,” Batie reported.
The commissioners approved transferring around $4,700 extra operating money to capital for RYDE Transit. Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that both the Cozad and Gothenburg city councils had approved $1,000 in their budgets for next year to assist with operating expenses for this service.
Healing Hearts & Families Diversion Program specialist Miranda Stoll presented information on their diversion program process and benefits.
The agency is located in Broken Bow, NE and serves youth in Blaine, Custer, Dawson, Gosper, Greeley and Valley counties.
Under committee reports, Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that he had attended a joint meeting with the Dawson County and Frontier County Veterans Boards of Directors.
“Frontier County is pleased with the service provided by the Dawson County Veterans office,” noted Kugler.
“We are pleased with the amount of activity in our veterans office and Director Steve Zerr being available to our veterans, especially for medical reasons” Kugler continued.
“We are investigating the possibility of making Steve’s assistant full time rather than part time,” Kugler concluded.
Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen reported that he had attended a Two Rivers Health meeting in the county and that they are seeking a new representative from Dawson County since Kerry Teetor resigned from his position on the board.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.