Jim Gardner, CPA presented Box Butte County’s annual audit at the Board of Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday. He said the audit was good, with no significant actions or corrections looking to 2019.
The commissioners convened as the board of equalization to sign the correction book — regarding on instance for personal property.
Annual reports and other discussion occupied most of the morning. Treasurer Val Bell presented her semi-annual report. The commissioners signed the 2018 Weed Plan, presented by Weed Superintendent Cody Renkoski as well as annual road reports from Road Superintendent Barb Keegan.
Keegan also continued discussion on the 1- and 6-year road plan. A public hearing will be 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the courthouse. For diesel fuel bids, Keegan submitted three proposals for 50,000 gallons of off road diesel for her department. The commissioners awarded the bid to WESTCO at $2.185 per gallon ($109,250 total). Philips F&T and Panhandle Co-op also submitted bids.
Sheriff Tammy Mowry and Jailer Julie Bergfield discussed the employee handbook, which had last been updated Jan. 1, 2016. The board approved amended handbooks be printed at Print Express and distributed to all county employees right away. Next, the commissioners discussed the safety manual for the courthouse and annex (Slagle building). Both the road and sheriff’s departments maintain their own safety manuals. They talked about the need for quarterly safety meetings before tabling discussion until Feb. 4.
Commissioner Mike McGinnis reported on information from Tim Garwood, a member of the Heartland Expressway board, notifying them that the commissioners could have a set on that board. Commissioner Susan Lore will represent the County Board.
A half-hour executive session included the board and County Attorney Terry Curtiss regarding a personnel matter in the County Attorney Office. The board took no action upon returning to open session.
Mike Wall was on the agenda to discuss violation of 2nd Amendment rights though he did not attend. Also, the board moved its quarterly jail visit to Feb. 4 and approved/signed payroll and claims before adjourning.