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Proceedings — Antelope County Board of Supervisors

November 11, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Neligh, Nebraska
November 3, 2015
Chairman opened meeting.  Notice of meeting published as required by statute.
A complete record of these minutes as well as all resolutions and agreements are on file at the County Clerk’s Office and are open to the public.
Those responding to roll call: Bolling, Schindler, Williby, Kerkman, Koinzan, Henery and Schwager.
Approved Larry Bartee auctioning of Old Jail/Museum site, and tract in Frenchtown Township.
Met with members of Grant Township regarding condition of roads being maintained by Invenergy.
Approved two (2) road changes for Prairie Breeze.
Approved Road and Bridge Contracts Report to the Board of Public Roads Classifications and Standards.
Discussion of Orchard Law Enforcement Contract.
Conducted three (3) interviews for Road Boss position.
Appointed Alexandra McClanahan-Shively to NE RC & D Board.
Appointed Supervisor Schwager and Kerkman alternate for NACO Officer Election in December.
Met as Board of Equalization.
Approved Commissary Account.
Approved Sheriff October Miscellaneous fee report.
Correspondence was reviewed.  Various discussions.
BOE – approved 8 tax list corrections.  Discussed 22 distress warrants.  Discussed Delinquent Tax List/Foreclosures.  Approved County Attorney to proceed with action.
Denied request from Neligh Young Men’s Club for Improvement Grant Funds for new hearse.
Moved KARR Tuck-pointing and Grader Bids to next week meeting.
Approved 3 underground permits.
Meeting adjourned.
Antelope County Board of Supervisors
Chairman of County Board
Attest: LISA PAYNE /s/
Antelope County Clerk
PUBLISH: November 11, 2015

Proceedings — Antelope County Board of Supervisors

October 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Neligh, Nebraska
October 6, 2015
Chairman opened meeting.  Notice of meeting published as required by statute.
A complete record of these minutes as well as all resolutions and agreements are on file at the County Clerk’s Office and are open to the public.
Those responding to roll call: Schindler, Williby, Kerkman, Koinzan, Henery and Schwager.  Bolling absent.
Correspondence was reviewed.
Mailing Machine contract tabled.
Approved extermination contract from O’Neill Pest Control.
Treasurer’s Fund Balance Report and Miscellaneous Fee Report was reviewed and put on file.
Approved Minutes of September 1st, 8th, and 15th, 2015.
Tabled BC/BS Dental Resolution.
Opened cement quotes for parking lot.
Public Hearing was held on Wind Tower regulations.  Approved regulations as recommended by Planning and Zoning Board.
August Commissary Account activity report was reviewed and put on file.
Discussion held on AWD repair and maintenance.
Letter from Berggren Architect was reviewed – no action.
Reviewed resolution from Extension Office.
Reviewed road boss applications.  Interviews to be set up for November 3, 2015.
Discussed options for Drug Screening facility.
Approved Sheriff Contract for Clearwater.
Discussed options for old jail/museum site.  Possible auction.
Discussed Armor Coating and feasibility of purchasing of county owned equipment.  No action.
Made a motion to adopt Prairie Breeze Plan Approvals.
Approved purchase of a Motor Grader through CAT.
Karr Tuckpointing discussed tuck-pointing of old courthouse.
Meeting Adjourned.
Antelope County Board of Supervisors
Chairman of County Board
Attest: LISA PAYNE /s/
Antelope County Clerk
PUBLISH: October 14, 2015

Supervisors Approve Windtower Setbacks

October 8, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

From Our Friends At The Neligh News & Leader

The setback distance for homes near wind towers in Antelope County will increase for non-participating landowners following the Tuesday, Oct. 6, Board of Supervisors meeting.

The public hearing regarding wind tower regulation updates was opened at 9:30 a.m.

Four supervisors, Jerry Schwager, Neil Williby, Greg Koinzan and Charlie Henery, (Merlin Bolling, absent; LeRoy Kerkman, abstain; Ed Schindler, no) voted to follow recommendation of the Antelope County Planning Commission to increase the setback of wind towers to a total of 2,000 feet from non-participating residents.

As the hearing opened, Chairman Jerry Schwager asked for comments regarding the zoning regulations for the towers.

Rick Schuchardt of Elgin presented written information he had gathered after the planning commission’s meeting Aug. 2.  Schuchardt asked the board of supervisors to consider four recommendations including elimination of the use of wind tower participant and non-participant; establishing a setback of one-half mile (2,640 feet) for all residences; require a flicker study on all inhabitable dwellings and establish and regulate noise produced from Antelope County wind tower facilities to include an average night-time noise of 35 decibels from sunset to sunrise and  50 dB from sunrise to sunset.

Several county landowners spoke during the hearing along with James Williams, Invenergy representative.

Invenergy is currently in the planning process for a fourth wind tower project in Antelope County. The proposed Upstream Wind Energy Project will be located north of the Neligh area and is expected to produce 200 plus megawatts with approximately 100 turbines. The wind farm will stretch north of Highway 275 into Pierce County as well.

Kathy Schultz of rural Clearwater, a landowner in the Upstream Wind Energy Project area, said she has been to the planning commission hearings and is negotiating a contract to have a wind tower on her property.

Schultz said, “The windtower people have been very easy to work with.” She said everyone needs to put their requests in the contract and said one of her neighbors is opposed to the turbines. She told the supervisors, as part of her contract, she specified a tower not be located near that neighbor’s home.

Gary Borer, a homeowner near Elgin who has spoken against the wind turbines several times at past meetings, asked if anyone has ever measured the decibel level produced by the operating windtowers at the Prairie Breeze wind farms.

Current Antelope County zoning regulations state the decibel level of the towers must be 50 dB or lower.

Williams said a sound analysis was completed by a third party in regard to the Prairie Breeze towers located near Elgin and Petersburg, prior to construction.

Char Carpenter, Antelope County zoning administrator told the audience and board that a sound study was not completed following construction, however.

In other matters:

• the board opened bids for a motor grader.

The board voted to purchase an all-wheel-drive Caterpillar motor grader from NMC  in the amount of $288,350. Half of the total purchase price will be paid up front with the balance financed at two and one-half percent interest through CAT financing

• approved an extermination contract with O’Neill Pest Control

• held discussion on a mailing machine and the matter was tabled until February

• heard a tuckpointing proposal for the courthouse building from Karr Tuckpointing

• tabled an agreement on the Blue Cross Blue Shield dental resolution until Oct. 13

• reviewed four applications for the road boss position. Interviews will be held Nov. 3

• heard information regarding the county extension office resolution presentation  for the new office manager and a request that the employee status of Tessa Hain be changed from an hourly employee to a salaried employee.

Antelope County Clerk Lisa Payne said she has contacted Nebraska Intergovermnental Risk Association and will report back to the board on their recommendation of the change in employee status

• signed a contract for the sheriff’s office agreement with the Village of Clearwater

• Decided to hold a public auction to sell the old jail building and museum.

Clerk Payne will contact three auction companies, as requested by the board, to obtain rates for selling and will bring the information back to the Oct. 13 meeting.

Tax Asking Down In Approved District #18 School Budget

September 17, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Public hearings were held prior to the start of Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the District #18 Board of Education.
No one from the public addressed the board on the proposed FY 2015/16 school budget, nor about the proposed tax asking.
Consequently, after the hearings were closed and the board went into regular session, passage of the budget and tax asking were a mere formality. On a vote of six-to-zero, the board passed the items which taxpayers should find much to their liking.
The budget calls for a tax asking of $2,668,127.14. That breaks down to $2,449,108.42 for the general fund and another $219,018.73 for the special building fund.
The tax asking represents an 11 percent reduction from one year ago.
Polk told the board the decline in tax asking is in large part due to “good fiscal management.” He said the school district carried over a good beginning balance, then there was revenue from the nameplate tax assessed to the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm, and also a sizable increase in state aid.
The budget calls for an increase in spending of just 2.5 percent. Yet, Polk said there will be a tax reduction of approximately $351,000.
Projecting ahead, Polk said it could be two to three years before the school district asks for the same approximate amount of tax dollars as they did last year.
“In my mind, that’s great news for taxpayers,” the superintendent said.
Having reviewed tax levy figures from other school districts in the state, he said District #18 will be either the second or third lowest in the state. The lowest? The Humphrey school district, he said.
In other school developments:
Football — Principal Greg Wemhoff said a Wolfpack committee, comprised of representatives from both schools, met earlier in the day. Eight-man football is a big concern, he said.
The committee is confident, he said, that the school should be able to stay at 8-man for next year and should be good for the two-year rotation.
Members — Wemhoff told the board FCCLA has 21 members, one-act has 33 and FFA has 46 members. “It’s neat to see the kids involved in different activities,” he said.
Gym floor — Polk told board member there are still some issues with the edge of the gym floor rising due to humidity. Overall, he said the new gym floor has been “very well received.”
In a matter of a few minutes, the board approved on second and final reading changes to school policies involving meeting minutes, equal opportunity employment, facilities for milk expression, certificated employee qualifications and recruitment, support staff qualifications and recruitment, return from pediatric cancer, curriculum development, bidding procedures, construction plans and specifications, and bids and awards for construction contracts.
The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the distance learning room at the high school.

Vandalism Report At Wind Tower Construction Site Could Reach $200,000

August 27, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Vandalism over the weekend may have resulted in upwards to $200,000 in damage at a wind tower construction site.
Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said his department is investigating a vandalism incident which occurred at a Prairie Breeze II wind turbine site in the vicinity of the “Million Dollar Corner” area.
Moore said sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning a person or persons fired up an excavator and rolled one of the wind turbine “tubes” down a slope, marring it up.
The tube was damaged, but the extent of the damage can’t be determined, Moore said, until the manufacturer comes out to the site to inspect it. He estimated damage to be over $100,000 and could be as much as $200,000 if it needs to be taken back to the factory for repairs.
As a result of the incident, Moore said Wanzek Construction, general contractor for Prairie Breeze II, has hired a security company to monitor wind turbine sites until construction is completed. “The security company will have a white pickup with a yellow flashing light on it working the area,” the sheriff said.
Anyone with information in connection with the vandalism should contact the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department at (402) 887-4148.

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