Lower Platte North NRD
September 01, 2016 9:30 AM
Executive Committtee Meeting
1. MEETINGS
1.a. Pending
1.a.1. Nebraska Water Symposium and Water Law Conference
Rationale

The Nebraska Water Symposium will be Thursday, October 20th and the Nebraska Water Law Conference will be held Friday, October 21st both will be held at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Lincoln. Please let Breunig know if you are interested in attending. 

Attachments
1.a.2. NARD Fall Conference
Rationale

Attached find Directors who are registered for the Fall Conference September 25-27 in Kearney. 

Attachments
1.b. Reports
Rationale

Director Ruzicka reported that he and directors Clausen, Olson, Pollard and Saalfeld met with representatives from Lincoln Poultry for a presentation on the processing plant, hatchery and feed mill.  An update can be given at board meeting.

2. MANAGEMENT ITEMS
2.a. Directors Absence
2.b. Monthly Education Program
Rationale

We plan on two education programs this month.

Prior to board meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. George Cunningham will give a presentation on concerns he has with the Costco poultry plant and plan for raising chickens.

During board meeting a short presentation will be given by Steve Wolf from JEO concerning Board Vision Planning.

2.c. Ourada Claim
Rationale

At the May Board Meeting a claim from Larry and Cindy Ourada was presented concerning the easement area LPNNRD holds on their property.  Repeated attempts have been made to their attorney by Lausterer to find exactly what they want, with no answer being provided.  It is Lausterer's recommendation that the Ourada Claim be denied.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To deny the Ourada claim against LPNNRD dated April 19, 2016

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To deny the Ourada claim against LPNNRD dated April 19, 2016 passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Lon Olson.

2.d. Accounting Presentation
Rationale

Last month we received a proposal from HBE to perform our accounting needs.  This month Brock Herley from Krause, Schumaker, Smejkal & Brockhaus will give a similar proposal.

Staff visited with Brock and two additional staff members on August 23 in preparation for a presentation at Executive Committee.  Hannah informed the committee that Krause, Schumaker, Smejkal & Brockhaus had contacted him and would not be presenting a proposal for accounting services.

Recommended Motion

To approve the proposal from HBE 360 to provide accounting services to Lower Platte North NRD at a cost of $6,350 per month (to be reevaluated after 120 days) and a one time set up fee of $3,500. The service will be retro-active to the beginning of our fiscal year

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the proposal from HBE 360 to provide accounting services to Lower Platte North NRD at a cost of $6,350 per month (to be reevaluated after 120 days) and a one time set up fee of $3,500. The service will be retro-active to the beginning of our fiscal year passed with a motion by Lon Olson and a second by Matt Bailey.

2.e. LARM Insurance Renewal Invoice
Rationale

Attached find our 2016-17 renewal invoice based on the resolution that was approved last month and provided to LARM.  

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To make payment of $63,816.53 to LARM for our Commercial Property Insurance effective dates of 10/01/2016 - 10/01/2017 as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To make payment of $63,816.53 to LARM for our Commercial Property Insurance effective dates of 10/01/2016 - 10/01/2017 as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Gene Ruzicka and a second by Robert Hilger.

2.f. NARD Resolutions
Rationale

We have received two proposed to resolutions from NARD for consideration at the Fall Conference in September that are attached to the Executive Committee Minutes.  

Resolution #1 is to streamline the licensing process for Water Well Professionals.  The current system has six separate licenses at a cost of $1,000 each.  Most other professional licenses have a single license with endorsements in each specific category.  The proposed change would make the process for Water Well Professionals license similar to other professional licenses.

Resolution #2 corrects a change that occurred in 2008 that defines who is eligible for loans and grants from the State Revolving Fund.  The new statute reads ...to public water systems operated by political subdivisions with populations of ten thousand inhabitants or less...  This language would exempt NRDs from using the SRF.  The proposed change would add two comas and read ...to public water systems, operated by political subdivisions, with populations of ten thousand inhabitants or less...  Currently DEQ and HHS are allowing NRD to use the SRF, but are asking that we pursue a statute update. 

Attachments
3. EQUIPMENT
4. PERSONNEL
Rationale

Personnel Sub-Committee will meet immediately after Executive Committee Meeting.  Their agenda includes:

     General Managers Review

     Review Civil Engineer draft job description

Attachments
4.a. Dodge County Field Assistant
Rationale

The job announcement for the Dodge County Field Assistant was advertised in the Fremont Tribune on August 13, 20 and 27.  Resumes are due at the NRD Office September 6th with interview scheduled after that. 

5. FINANCE
5.a. Approval of Financial Reports
5.b. Approval of Managers Time and Expense Sheets
Attachments
Recommended Motion

*To approve Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  *To approve Managers Time and Expense Sheets as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Robert Hilger and a second by Gene Ruzicka.

5.c. Accounts over 90 Days
5.d. Budget - Set Property Tax Rate
Rationale

Last month the board approved our Fiscal Year 2017 Budget that includes $6,632,439 of expenditures, $7,471,399 of income and available cash, with a property tax request of $3,480,715.  We have received valuations from our 7 counties that came in slightly more than was estimated.

With the revised valuations our property tax request for FY17 will decrease by 10.4% and our property tax rate will decrease by 14.5%

A final copy of the Valuations, Budget Summary and State Budget are attached with a motion needed to approve setting the FY Budget Tax levee at .038278 cents per one hundred dollars of valuation.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To approve the LPNNRD State Budget as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes and set the 2016 (Fiscal Year 2017) tax rate at .038278 cents per one hundred dollars of valuation

5.e. Budget Hearings
5.f. Dodge County Tax Refund
Rationale

A large packet of information was received from the Dodge County Treasurer to inform us that a tax refund to Dodge County is needed.  Earlier this summer the State TERC Board made a ruling for correction of 12 properties owned by Hormel Foods Corporation ($6,364.91) and one smaller correction for Lyman Richey Corporation ($157.01).  Attached find a copy of the letter and the supporting statutes.  If any director wishes to have a copy of the supporting paperwork please let Miyoshi know and it can be sent to you in a separate email.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

To make payment to Dodge County in the amount of $6,521.92 for tax refunds as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To make payment to Dodge County in the amount of $6,521.92 for tax refunds as attached to the Executive Committee Minutes passed with a motion by Gene Ruzicka and a second by Matt Bailey.