The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:20 A.M. in the Commissioner’s 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. Krotz made a motion to accept the agenda. Andersen seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 12-9-2013. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board audited and approved claims and salary claims.
The board discussed the State RFP Program for E-911 equipment. Commissioner Krotz stated that the Buffalo County Sheriff is willing to help counties with this process. Krotz will research that offer more thoroughly and report back to the board.
Discussion was had about the E-911 fee resolution. The resolution will be sent to the County Attorney for review prior to any action.
Road Superintendent, Tom Kuester reported that the company contracted to do crack sealing on paved county roads will begin work this week, weather permitting.
Kuester reported that the informal agreements between the Road Department and the municipalities of Gordon, Rushville & Hay Springs are working well. The cities provide water in exchange for services involving road equipment and maintenance.
The board continued their discussion of how best to word the required resolution setting elected officials’ salaries for 2015-2018 term. County Attorney Dennis King joined the discussion and reminded the board that the constitution states that the salary of an elected official cannot be changed during their term of office. The benefits are what is being questioned. With the new health care issues / costs it is uncertain if the county will be able to provide the same benefit package for the next 4 years. King will review the statutes and determine if the county can change benefits for elected officials annually of whether they are locked in for the term of office. Currently the salary rate is approximately 17% below the minimum of the $43,000-$60,000 range recommended for area counties in our population and tax valuation range. The board will continue the discussion next Monday and King will prepare a draft resolution for consideration before the January 15 deadline.
Sandy Roes of Western Community Health Resources approached the board to ask support for a joint project proposal with Dawes and Sioux Counties for a Juvenile Justice grant proposal. The proposal could include such things as random drug testing, youth diversion programs, resource officer or drug dogs. The board expressed their support for such a project. Sandy Roes along with Sherry Retzlaff will proceed with the project and then submit for final approval by the commissioners.
Adjourn: 11:30 A.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: January 1, 2014