Also of interest, the county approved new appointees to the Abraham
Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.
The tourism bureau was established by the Logan County Board more
than 25 years ago. From a special 5 percent hotel-motel tax, the
equivalent of a 4 percent tax goes to support the tourism bureau.
The tourism board and taxes from Lincoln establishments will be
under the jurisdiction of the city of Lincoln come Dec. 1.
At the request of the city, the county approved the following new
tourism board appointees: Tom O'Donohue, Andi Hake, Keith Snyder and
Jean Jachino. County board members Andy Anderson and Andy Meister
abstained from voting due to their involvement, as they were asked
to remain on the tourism bureau board. Darlene Begolka, whose term
has not yet expired, would also remain on the tourism board.
The first action of the evening was the recognition of Rod Lewis,
who is retiring from employment with the county as a youth
Board member Jan Schumacher said that Lewis has worked with 170
people and 36 different employers, including several county
departments, in his time as a counselor. In addition, Lewis has
aided in collecting funds for young people entering careers in truck
driving and nursing professions.
"I have appreciated working with Rod in the years that I have
been on the board," said Schumacher. "He's so thorough and diligent.
He's really patient, and he deals with a lot of different
Lewis, upon being asked if there were any memorable youth he
worked with who stood out in his mind, told the story of a local man
he had worked with in 1997 who recently went through piloting
exercises. "There were three of them that had to land and take off
again," said Lewis.
Lewis is set to retire on Dec. 31.
Following Lewis' recognition, the
board unanimously approved the following appointments:
Russ Hamilton, Mark
Carlin and Steve Hyde to the Beason-Chestnut Water District.
Kaye Wilmert to the Logan County
The board voted on the rental agreements for two hangars that
were privately built at the Logan County Airport. These hangars will
be turned over to the county soon and made available to rent. The
larger hangar will rent at $180 per month and the smaller hangar for
$76 per month. The board unanimously approved both rental amounts.
The board voted (with Meister abstaining) to approve working with
Flippers for the removal of snow around the county buildings and
grounds for the winter season of 2013-2014. The county would pay the
same amount as last year. Flippers will begin plowing if there is 2
inches of snow on the ground.
Board member Terry Carlton expressed his thanks to the emergency
management workers who have helped the county with installing the
phone system that was recently purchased.
Financial matters were discussed for a majority of the meeting.
This was the first year that the budget process was not contracted
out, and the county saved money doing it in-house.
"I want to thank the finance committee for their work on it,"
said board member Chuck Ruben said. "I would like to thank Sally (Litterly),
Vicki (Dugan), Mary Kelley and Pam (Meagher) for all the work they
did on the budget."
One of the amendments approved unanimously by the board was a
correction that needed to be made to the upcoming budget and the
payroll figures in it. Originally, the county board as a whole had
approved an increase of 3 percent for these line items. The increase
had been amended to 4 percent since last month's meeting of the
whole board, and the figures needed to be altered to reflect that.
Board member Kevin Bateman told the board members: "I would like
to thank the board for the 4 percent increase. It is long overdue."
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Another amendment approved
unanimously by the board was the creation of two new line items
under the county probation office. The items concern the revenue and
expenditure of $2,200 for a renewed program within the probation
Anderson made a motion to add another
amendment that would restore the Emergency Management Agency
director's salary to its previous level of $30,436. Anderson's
motion also included the intent to provide the director with the
same 4 percent raise that every other nonunion employee salary will
receive. The amendment failed to pass, as there were five votes in
approval, five votes in disapproval and one abstaining. Anderson,
Bateman, Meister, O'Neill and Schumacher voted yes; Aylesworth,
Carlton, Martin, Ruben and Farmer voted no; and Hepler abstained.
The budget for the new fiscal year
was approved unanimously after the votes for amendments. The
following is the list of tax levies that were also unanimously
Bonds and interest,
$46,525. (This amount was voted to be abated from coming out of
property taxes and would come out of a sales tax for the year.)
Retirement Fund, $650,000.
Cooperative Extension, $90,781.
As a standard procedure, the board also voted to continue paying
$11,000 for the services of an appellate prosecutor.
The last topic voted on under the finance portion of the agenda
was for the administrative assistant position that was recently
created. This is a full-time position with a salary of $22,500 and
The finance committee initially received 50 applications for the
position. In committee, the members worked to screen the list down
to between three and five applicants. Four of the candidates
interviewed a week ago before the whole board.
The board voted unanimously to hire Abbey Freese as the county
board's administrative assistant. Freese is expected to start the
position around Dec. 2, though an exact date has not been set.
"I did the reference checks for Abbey, and I checked with other
people as well, and I got a lot of comments on what a hard worker
she is," said Schumacher.
After the discussions of financial matters, the board voted to
approve renewal of the CIRMA property, liability and workers'
The board also voted to approve upcoming bridge work in Elkhart
at a cost of $8,505.
In the final vote of the evening, the board approved the
appointment of Jim Vipond to the Logan County Regional Planning
Board members present for the meeting were vice chairman David
Hepler, chairman Robert Farmer; Bill Martin, Andy Anderson, Andy
Meister, Kevin Bateman, Pat O'Neill, Rick Aylesworth, Chuck Ruben,
Jan Schumacher and Terry Carlton. Gene Rohlfs was absent.
[By DEREK HURLEY]