Adams County is looking for assistance to help haul dirt to the southwest portion of the county as part of the rebuilding of infrastructure following recent thunderstorms.

Members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 during their meeting Tuesday to advertise for dirt haulers.

Board chairman Eldon Orthmann signed a declaration of emergency on July 10 for damages from storms overnight July 8-9.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is surveying the area to get an idea of the damages sustained since July 1.

“We do have a dirt source thanks to the city of Hastings’ utilities, but it’s over on Coaltrain (east of Hastings) and our damage is way down south of Holstein,” Highway Superintendent Dawn Miller said. “It’s excellent, excellent material.”

The county roads department has seven trucks hauling material to two project sites.

Miller said she is looking to contract for semi and side dumps with an operator.

She said by going through the right procurement procedures that money is reimbursable.

Adams County is in the process of preparing its 2019-20 budget.

Miller added a $300,000 line item in her budget for rebuilding storm-damaged infrastructure, which could be reimbursed as long as the governor also issues a declaration of emergency for the area.

“The thing is they haven’t declared that yet, so it may not be reimbursable either but we need to get it done just in case, so it’s ready to go should that declaration come through,” she said.

Miller is looking for at least two contractors to each work 80 hours.

In other business, acting as the Board of Equalization, the Supervisors unanimously approved a motor vehicle exemption for Mary Lanning Healthcare.

They also unanimously approved tax list corrections, and unanimously approved a form 425 report of destroyed real property from Cooperative Producers, Inc. for the land east of Hastings where CPI’s fertilizer plant stood. The land is valued at $500,387.

They unanimously tabled until the next Board of Equalization meeting a form 425 submission from Eldon Nelsen for destroyed farmland due to flooding.

The supervisors also heard 2019-2020 budget requests from representatives of several county departments and organizations that receive county support.

Joe Budnick, chief probation officer, requested $39,361, which is an increase from $38,728 in 2018-2019.

Donna Fegler Daiss, Adams County attorney, requested $1.359 million for her department, which is an increase from $1.351 million in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $1.248 million.

Fegler Daiss requested $37,410 for the West Law Research law library contract.

Chris Long, veterans service officer, requested $191,175, which is an increase from $184,816 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $179,383.

Ron Kucera, information technology coordinator, requested $308,513 for data processing, which is an increase from $264,408 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $261,940.36.

Kucera requested $87,100 for communications, which is a decrease from $124,998 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $124,968.84.

Melanie Curry, Adams County treasurer, requested $616,420.12, which is a decrease from $645,202.85 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $608,983.76.

Rachel Ormsby, Adams County register of deeds, requested $260,971, which is an increase from $288,645.61 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $258,578.41.

Ormsby requested $6,400 for microfilm, which is a decrease from $11,000 in 2018-2019. $10,656 was spent.

Ormsby requested $83,408.85 for preservation and modernization, which is an increase from $77,605.07 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $9,224.22

Ron Seymour, UNL extension educator for Adams County, requested $228,966, which is an increase from $212,800 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $211,862.

John Rust, Adams County sheriff, requested $2.413 million, which is an increase from $2.169 million in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $2.025 million.

Rust requested $2.662 million for the jail, which is an increase from $2.588 million in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $2.101 million.

Stephen Illingworth, Adams County district court judge, requested $62,292, which is an increase from $60,855.42 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $59,221.55.

Jackie Russell, Adams County assessor, requested $531,000, which is an increase from $502,860 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $475,190.

Amanda Bauer, Adams County clerk of the district court, requested $482,704.87, which is a decrease from $483,468.81 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $418,236.58.

Tom Hawes, Adams County court clerk magistrate, requested $182,000, which is a decrease from $199,500 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $129,126.87.

Miller requested $92,310 for the weeds department, which is an increase from $91,652 in 2018-2019. The actual expense was $75,769.97.

Jolene Laux, Adams County fairgrounds manager, requested $694,307, which is unchanged from 2018-2019.

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