The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. In the Commissioners Office, Courthouse. All members present. Kling stated that the meeting would be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act a copy of which is posted on the North wall of the chamber and brochures available on the guest desk. Andersen made a motion to accept the agenda. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 9-16-2013 with corrections. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims.
Jim Gardner CPA of FALCO presented the 2012-13 audit for the county. Gardner reported that once again the County has a very clean audit report. Gardner commented on the good working relationship between the Treasurer and the Clerk and how their experience helps facilitate the smooth operation of the County’s business. A copy of the Audit is available for public inspection in the office of the County Clerk.
Rudy Stanko appeared before the board with questions about the appointment of special deputy county attorneys. Stanko was informed that in small counties such as ours the County Attorney sometimes has a conflict of interest when called upon to prosecute a person with whom his firm has a prior relationship. In such cases the County must call upon the services of an attorney from outside the firm of Smith, King & Simmons.
Stanko also informed the board that though the Assessor has stated that she would, she has declined to talk with him about the assessment process. Her refusal to do so is based on the counsel of the County Attorney pending Stanko’s appeal to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission. The board informed Stanko that they would visit with the Assessor about the matter.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that heavy traffic related to the potato harvest has made it difficult to keep roads in good shape. Kuester also informed the board that he intends to advertise a request for bids for a new gravel trailer. Bids will be opened on October 15, 2013.
Scott Kuhn appeared before the board to request a subdivision approval. Andersen made a motion to approve resolution #2013-20 allowing the subdivision of 2.3 acres located in Section 27, Township 28, Range 42 for Scott Kuhn and Gordon Jones. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board discussed the possible development of a County policy regarding the farming of and access to open section lines. The County Attorney has stated that the board has no standing to settle disagreements between citizens regarding open section lines. The board felt the best policy would be to refer disputing parties to mediation before the conflict ends up in court.
Adjourn: 10:35 A.M.
Attest: Sindy L Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: October 23, 2013