Board of Supervisors Minutes
November 2019

November 1, 2019:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in special session on Friday, November 1, 2019, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Graham, Hickey, and Sheldon present. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 8:01 a.m. The agenda was approved as posted. This meeting is with individuals to discuss the FEMA Buyout Program. 

The board discussed the buyout program. They discussed the loss of valuation and tax revenue. The board discussed the need to think outside the box to bring in revenue. They also would like to do some follow-up on possible adjacent landowners purchasing property. The board stressed the need for the county to have the funds secured to pay for their 15% of the buyouts. Without that, they cannot move forward. They would like to gather more information on the financials of the county. 

Supervisor Graham stated that the county must have money in place to pay for the buyouts before they can be granted.  

Motion by Sheldon start the appraisal process for the houses being considered for buyouts. Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Hickey to table buyout process pending appraisals. Motion carried unanimously. 

At 8:41 a.m., there being no further business, Hickey made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Terry Graham, Chairman

November 6, 2019:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Graham, Hickey, and Sheldon present. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 9:00 a.m. Minutes of the previous board sessions were read and approved.  The agenda was approved as posted. 

Also present for this meeting were Engineer Dan Davis, County Attorney Naeda Elliott, EMC Mike Crecelius, Maintenance Troy Housh, Steve Meyer, Sandy Parmenter with the Valley News Today, Michael Heller with JEO, Mary King-Bateman, Shelly Roof, Jodi McGargill, Luke McGargill, Jared Moyer, and Jon Bateman. 

Matt Heller with JEO stopped in to visit with the board regarding JEO Task Order Project No. 183001.02 Fremont. This is for the East/West Nishnabotna River Watershed Coalition Phase 1 Archaeological Survey, Part 1. 

Graham briefly stated that the board has been having buyout meetings and they are working on securing flood recovery fund money. Graham has been speaking to state and federal representatives about the flood recovery fund. That money would be used to fund our 15% of the cost of demolition and buyouts. It is imperative that we have that in place. They are working on other housing projects. Engineer Dan Davis stated he had a meeting with the contractor for J-64. They anticipate it will be open tomorrow eastbound from the interstate, but he will have to wait for that call. They are still awaiting word for regarding the J-10 emergency repair. EMC Crecelius discussed the meeting he had to measure debris piles. He also stated that we have not yet heard from our new PDMG. There are no other updates on rehabilitation assistance & non-structural alternatives to rehabilitation of flood control projects. There will be continued updates each week. 

EMC Crecelius stated there have been reports of out-of-state vehicles driving in the flood area. The board discussed that there was little change in condition of the flood area. Motion by Sheldon to leave the evacuation order in place. Motion carried unanimously. The board will continue to discuss the evacuation order on a week-by-week basis. 

Luke and Jodi McGargill met with the board regarding road conditions. Luke stated that the last two miles of M-16 just north of 120th Street is in very poor condition. Jodi also expressed her concern as a business owner. People have trouble getting to her location. They were told they were on Phase 3 a few years ago. They would just like to know when that will be. She stated that they have been patched recently, but she wants to know if they are still on the list for Phase 3. Engineer Davis stated that they were not expecting a flood and funds have been depleted and we have not received reimbursement. The board stated that the timeline for the 5-Year plan has changed. McGargill just ask that the road department keeps this in the forefront when planning. Engineer Davis stated that when he started the cost of seal coat was around $7,000 per mile and now they are about $21,000 per mile. It doesnít hold up well. He says the board and he will need to consider whether seal coat is the best option for our roads.  

Jon Bateman, Mary Bateman, and Sherry Roof met with the board regarding the road conditions at Bluff Road and Waubonsie Avenue. Mary discussed that their family farm has been flooded for 2 years. The water comes up from 2 ditches that are full. She stated that the water backs up over their augers & they canít even use their bins. The water is 2í to 3í from their well. Green Hollow Road is dangerous. There is massive soil erosion from the Loess Hills. The shoulders are bad on Waubonsie Avenue by Pinkyís Glen. Engineer Davis said they did dig the ditch out. Batemans argued that fact. Graham stated that we need to work on downstream problems to alleviate this issue. Engineer Davis brought up the possibility funding from the NRCS for erosion control to see what funding is available. 

The board opened bids that were received for snow removal at the courthouse. There were two bids received for (sidewalks, parking lot, sand/salt, using a loader to remove snow, & hauling the snow with a dump truck). One bid was in the total amount of $300 per occurrence for total services. The other bid was for $420 for the same services. The board discussed the fact that Henneman already works for the county. Troy Housh, Maintenance, stated that they consulted with the State Auditorís Office and followed proper procedure. They assured him as long as they advertised and accepted the low bid that it was acceptable. Motion by Sheldon to accept the low bid from Henneman Lawn & Snow Removal. Motion carried unanimously. 

Jared Moyer met with the board about the county farm. He presented a map of the areas that need repair. He briefly discussed the issues with terraces and a ditch on the property. The board will have the county attorney prepare and RFP for the work to be done.

In other business, the Recorderís Monthly Report for October 2019 was approved. 

Claims were approved for November 8, 2019

At 9:59 a.m., there being no further business, Sheldon made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Terry Graham, Chairman

November 6, 2019:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in special session on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Graham, Hickey, and Sheldon present. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 1:30 p.m. The agenda was approved as posted. This meeting is with individuals to discuss the FEMA Buyout Program. 

Also present for this meeting was EMC Mike Crecelius. 

The appointments were as follows:

1:30 p.m.                 3166 Washington Street
1:45 p.m.                 1965 185th Avenue 

The first property owner was asked the list of questions on the FEMA HMGP Criteria list. All data will be reviewed by the board and decisions will be made on November 1st. The second property owners did not meet the August deadline. The board discussed this with them. 

At 1:58 p.m., there being no further business, Hickey made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Terry Graham, Chairman 

 November 7, 2019:

The Fremont County Board of Supervisors met in special session on Wednesday, November 7, 2019, in the Fremont County Courthouse Boardroom, with Hickey and Sheldon present. Graham was not present for this meeting. A quorum was declared, and the meeting officially called to order at 8:45 a.m. The agenda was approved as posted. This meeting is with individuals to discuss the FEMA Buyout Program. 

Also present for this meeting was Engineer Dan Davis. 

Motion by Sheldon to allow Vice-Chairman Hickey to sign JEO Task Order Project No. 183001.02 Fremont for East and West Nishnabotna River Watershed Coalition Phase 1 Archaeological Survey, Part 1. Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Sheldon allow Vice-Chairman Hickey to sign 3 utility permits for Windstream to install 100í utility poles near Riverton, Sidney, and Percival. Motion carried unanimously. 

At 8:55 a.m., there being no further business, Hickey made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. 

ATTEST:

Fremont County Auditor                                                                                Randy Hickey, Vice-Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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