The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:25 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. Andersen made a motion to approve the minutes of 1-27-2014. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board audited and approved claims.
The board reviewed a lease agreement with Northwest Community Action Partnership for the lease of a 2008 Chevy Uplander LS. The board had the County Attorney review the agreement. Andersen made a motion to approve the lease with NWCA. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester presented an application for eligibility to receive Federal Surplus Property. The county has not purchased from the program in recent years but if suitable equipment should be listed Kuester wants to be able to act promptly. Andersen made a motion to appoint both Dan Kling, Chairman of the board and Tom Kuester, Road Superintendent as designated representatives to purchase from Federal Surplus. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
At 10 A.M. the annual One and Six Year Road Hearing was convened in the Annex building. Kuester presented a plan that includes 5 projects for 2014 and retains only 3 projects on the six year plan. Kuester informed those present that the availability of water for road projects is becoming a problem. Gordon, Rushville and Hay Springs are very cooperative about providing water but the cost of hauling water over long distances can add significant expense to the cost of a road project.
Citizens attending the hearing expressed no concerns about the proposed plan. The Board was pleased to hear positive comments about the performance of the red-rock/native gravel material now in use on heavily traveled roads.
The hearing was closed and Andersen made a motion to adopt Resolution #2014-4 approving the 1-6 year road plan for 2014. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board received a request from Jennifer Ponce of the DOVES program asking the Commissioners to give their consent to the Emergency Shelter services the program offers in Sheridan County. The consent form is a new requirement for grant applications for funding from the Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program. DOVES does not have a residential shelter in Sheridan County but provides shelter for abuse victims by means of vouchers for local motels/hotels. Andersen made a motion to authorize the chairman to sign the certification of approval for the DOVES program. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Sheriff Terry Robbins and Deputy County Attorney Aaron Conn presented a 3 year law enforcement contract with the City of Rushville. The agreement is little changed from the previous version though the Sheriff has agreed to enforce certain city ordinances. Krotz made a motion to authorize the chairman to sign the agreement with the City of Rushville. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board was to meet with Building and Grounds Superintendent, Dwain Sones but he did not show up. The board will request his presence at 9 A.M. on February 24, 2014.
Commissioner Andersen reported on the increasing number of IRS audits of Nebraska Counties. Those audits have revealed several unadvisable reimbursement practices. The board will consider necessary revisions to policy at their next meeting.
Adjourn: 12:55 P.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: March 5, 2014