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By Sandy Schroth

Tielke selected to lead Holt County supervisors in 2020


January 16, 2020

Bill Tielke and Steve Boshart will retain their leadership positions on the Holt County Board of Supervisors.

Tielke was re-elected by his peers as chairman of the supervisors, while Boshart was re-elected to chair the board of equalization. Pursuant to traditional policy, the two leaders will serve as vice chair for each other.

County clerk Cathy Pavel presided over the election process until a chairman was elected, then turned the gavel over to Tielke for the balance of the annual organization meeting Jan. 9, at the Holt County Courthouse.

Pavel appointed supervisors Bob Snyder and Darrin Paxton to serve as a Teller Committee.

Tielke and supervisor Doug Frahm were nominated for the supervisor chair position, with Tielke garnering five votes to Frahm’s two.

Boshart and Frahm were selected as nominees to head the board of equalization. Boshart was elected on a 4-3 vote.

Appointed Holt County officials were unanimously affirmed, including Gary Connot, road superintendent; Mike Durre, planning and zoning administrator; Deb Hilker, emergency manager; and Ken Stenka, veterans’ service officer. Salary increases were also improved for the appointed officials. New annual salaries include: Connot, $68,600, including a stipend from the state for holding a Class A bridge inspection license; Durre, $7,800; Hilker, $26,500; and Stenka, $48,100.

The courthouse custodian salary was increased to $39,600, and the part-time custodian’s hourly wage was increased to $16.70 per hour.

Salaries of three road department employees, grading, truck and asphalt foremen, will increase to $52,900 annually. The remaining road department employees, who are paid hourly, will see a 50-cent per hour raise, along with and additional five cents for each consecutive year of service to the county.

The raises were all adopted on unanimous votes of the supervisors.

Supervisor committee appointments for 2020 include: Bond Committee, Paxton, Frahm, Tielke; Bridge Committee, Snyder, Paxton, Frahm; Claims Committee, Frahm (along with entire board); Courthouse Committee, Don Hahlbeck, Tielke, Snyder; Finance Committee, Tielke, Paxton, Frahm; Insurance Committee, Paxton, Hahlbeck, Boshart; Joint Provision of Services Committee, Tielke, Paxton, Snyder; Personnel Committee, Frahm, Don Butterfield, Boshart; Road Committee, Butterfield, Boshart, Paxton; and Safety Committee, Hahlbeck, Connot, assessor Tim Wallinger.

In addition, county leaders were appointed as representatives for a variety of outside boards and organizations. Butterfield will serve a three-year term as Holt County’s representative on the Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging. Snyder will represent the county on the developmental disabilities board of Region 4 Northstar, Upper Elkhorn Natural Resource District, as ex officio member county weed control authority and nine-county public health department. Hahlbeck will serve on the Region IV Mental Health board, Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Detention Facility, Holt County Housing Authority member and housing authority commissioner. Boshart’s assignments include the Lower Niobrara NRD and Holt County E911 administrative board. Frahm was appointed as a director for Central Nebraska Community Services, a Holt County E911 administrative board member and an alternate representative for the Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Detention Facility.

Clerk of the district court Junior Young will serve as LB757 Safety and Health Consultation Program coordinator and Lynn Sobotka will serve as a representative on the RC&D Council.


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