Commissioners Minutes Re-Organizational Meeting, January 6, 2014

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:15 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. Andersen made a motion to accept the agenda. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye. Andersen made a motion to approve the minutes of 12-23-13. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board visited with Stefan Salmonson about doing some training for the employees of Sheridan County. Salmonson will visit with Eloise and Jack on further details.

Deb Dopheide of Keep Alliance Beautiful appeared to ask that Sheridan County join with neighboring counties in a grant application for an amnesty/recycling project. The board deferred action on the request pending a discussion with the director of SWANN regarding costs and benefits of the proposal. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester requested that the One and Six Year Road Hearing be set for Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10 A.M. 

Kuester informed the board that he has a grain hauler who is interested in transporting red-rock from South Dakota on a back-haul basis. The board encouraged Kuester to work with the hauler on a load by load basis. This is an addition to the 2,500+ tons that will be approved by bid next week.

Treasurer Peg Sones, Assessor Trudy Winter and her Deputy Amanda Salisbury, Clerk of the District Court Eloise Kampbell and Sheriff Terry Robbins were present for the consideration of the salary resolution for elected officials for the 2015-2018 term. Krotz made a motion to adopt resolution #2014-01 setting the official salaries as follows: 2015-$38,260; 2016-$39,860; 2017-$41,460; 2018-$43,060 with the County Board to remain at one-half of the salary of the other elected officials. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. This schedule of increases will bring Sheridan County up to the low end of the Nebraska Association of County Officials recommended salary range by 2018. 

Barb Van Kerrebrook and Jeannette Graber of GIVE gave the board a report on recent activities and requested support for an effort to recruit and encourage volunteerism by younger citizens. The program would include an annual award for young volunteers based on hours served and impact made. The board expressed their support and look forward to working with them in the endeavor.

Sherry Retzlaff presented a Nebraska Crime Commission Juvenile Justice grant application seeking the Boards approval. The grant request for $15,675 would provide support for the training and deployment of a School Resource Officer for the Gordon/Rushville Public Schools. Discussion was had about including Hay Springs Schools. Future grant application will include them. 

Discussion with Sheriff Robbins was had about officers and jurisdiction. Krotz made a motion to sign the Nebraska Crime Commission Grant. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Sheriff Robbins and the board reviewed a revised law enforcement agreement from the City of Rushville. Robbins will review and report back to the city with his requests. 

The board conducted their quarterly inspection of the jail and noted several general maintenance issues that need to be addressed.

The board received and place on file a copy of the settlement agreement negotiated for the County by Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Association for an injury claim filed against the county by Bryan Bluebird Jr. This agreement established a final settlement of all claims. As required by law the board reorganized for the coming year. Krotz made a motion to retain Dan Kling as chairman of the board, with Krotz as vice-chair. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Krotz made a motion to retain all the same board appointments with the exception of making Andersen the alternate to the Tourism Board. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. Andersen-Panhandle Mental Health, Region 1 Office of Human Development, Tourism-alternate. Kling-SWANN, Aging Office, Panhandle Public Health, Panhandle Area Development District. Krotz-Northwest Community Action, Region 23 Emergency Management, Generations in Volunteer Service and Extension Board.

Andersen made a motion to appoint Sheridan County Journal Star as the official newspaper of record. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Krotz made a motion to appoint Security First Bank of Rushville and Hay Springs, First National Bank of Gordon and Bank of the West as the designated official depository banks for county funds. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Krotz made a motion to appoint Sindy Coburn as the official contact person for the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (NIRMA). Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Adjourn: 1:20 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn

Clerk

Dan R. Kling

Chairman

Published: January 22, 2014