Dawson County Commissioners Renew Noxious Weed Agreement

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Under Citizen’s Comments Emergency Manager Brian Woldt announced that Dawson County should expect minor to moderate flooding around the Platte River through June.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that he had attended a meeting regarding the county’s Drug Court with Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber,  Officer Mike Hudson, Cozad Police Chief Randy Adams, Dawson County Attorney Liz Waterman, Dawson County Assistant Attorney Kurt McBride, State Senator Matt Williams and Dawson County Judge James E. Doyle. “My eyes were opened and I did a 180 degree turn on how I viewed the drug court. They provide a needed service for our county,” Jacobson observed.
Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that he had attended the recent DAD meeting and that they are keeping busy with the housing grants. Moderate-priced homes are being built in Cozad, Lexington and Elwood with grant money from the Kiewit Foundation.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the April crime reports. Both calls and the average daily population in the Dawson County Jail were slightly up from March. 64.5 percent of the inmate population was contract inmates with Dawson County inmates at 35.3 percent. Butch Hagan and Sheriff Reiber to sign the agreement.
No action was taken on the PREA agreement.
A public hearing was held regarding the request for a liquor license request for Around the Block Catering. 
Jolene Block explained to the board that she is leasing the former District 22 building that was most recently Lundgren’s Catering from Jim Lundgren. This is an ongoing business that has run well in the past and the commissioners approved her request.
Marty Craig, presented the Noxious Weed renewal agreement between Dawson County and Gosper County. Dawson County has already signed the agreement.
“We are beginning our fourth year in this arrangement that has been beneficial to both counties and I just need you to approve it,” explained Craig. The board approved continuation of the agreement.
Roads Superintendent Randy Deans opened three bids for the box culvert bids to replace a 16-foot bridge five miles south of Darr. All three bids had valid five per cent bonds.
Van Kirk Bros bid from Sutton was $75,256.20. Midlands Contracting from Kearney bid $63,627.85 and Ramos Construction, Shelton bid $65,980.65.
Deans will meet with the roads committee to check all of the specifications in the bids and the bid will be awarded at the June 1, 2016 meeting.
The Agreement for Tower Lease and the Interlocal Agreement between Dawson County and Custer County establishing juvenile diversion program and services were both tabled until the June 1 meeting. 
Dan Schwartzkopf, representing the Krull Agency appeared with the quarterly health insurance update and the preliminary prices for the renewal.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting. 
Requests of waiving the real property tax-filing deadline were approved for the American Legion, Sumner; Gothenburg Evangelical Free Church Gothenburg; Christ the King Catholic Church, Cozad and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Gothenburg.
Tax Correction requests were approved for Dorothy Johnson and Mid-State Aviation, Inc.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Equalization and the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2016 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.

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