Local News

Something happened at Monday’s Lincoln County Board meeting that prompted Chairman Joe Hewgley to remark, “This is very unusual.”

Then it happened again.

Two motions that were advanced for a vote failed to pass.

Both motions had to do with acceptance of bids for new pickups for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The motion that finally passed was to buy one pickup from Bill Summers Ford and two from Janssen Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Both companies are in North Platte. Higher bids were received from Pony Express Chevrolet Buick in Gothenburg and Sandhills Motors in Arnold.

The bid from Bill Summers that was accepted was for a 2019 Ford 1500 Crew Cab pickup for $27,845.12 with trade-in allowance of $1,500 on a 2010 Dodge Charger automobile. The bids from Janssen were for two 2019 Dodge Ram trucks at $27,432 each, with trade-in allowance on two 2008 Dodge Durango SUVs, one at $2,500 and the other at $1,500.

The failed motions were to purchase three pickups from Janssen, or three pickups from Bill Summers.

Voting in favor of the three Janssen bids were Weems and Henry, with Johnson, Woodruff and Hewgley voting no.

Voting in favor of accepting the three bids from Summers were Johnson and Woodruff, with Weems, Henry and Hewgley voting no.

Henry made the successful third motion, which he called a compromise. That is “not necessarily what we wanted,” he said, “but it got the job done.”

He said this is the only time such a compromise has happened in the four years he has served as a commissioner. Usually commissioners have come to a consensus before taking a vote. This is also the first year the board has consisted of five commissioners instead of three. Johnson was the only one voting no to the compromise motion.

In other business, commissioners:

» Reviewed claims and treasurer’s receipts.

» Received and ordered filed fee reports submitted by the county clerk and clerk of district court.

» Approved an interlocal agreement to house Furnas County inmates at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

» Approved six special designated liquor license permits submitted by Pals Brewing for North Platte Cornhole League events on March 6, 13, 20 and 27, April 3 and 10 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

» Approved a special designated liquor license permit submitted by Callaway Market LLC for a wedding reception March 2 at Creekside Event Center.

» Approved a tax exemption for First Baptist Church of North Platte for a 1997 Ford van used to transport people to church events.

Recommended for you