The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 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 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 5-12-2014. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims.
Barb Van Kerrebrook, representing the County Visitors Board (Tourism Board) appeared to request the board convene a hearing on the possible increase of the Sheridan County lodging tax from 2% to 4%. Van Kerrebrook pointed out the lodging tax in adjacent counties is 4% and the tourism board feels more funding is needed. Krotz made a motion to schedule a public hearing for June 9, 2014 at 10 A.M. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Jack Andersen submitted his resignation as an alternate member of the Tourism Board. Krotz made a motion to accept Andersen’s resignation and to appoint Richard Hoffman of Gordon to fill the position. Kling seconded the motion. With a roll call vote Kling and Krotz voted aye and Andersen abstained.
Andersen made a motion to appoint Jeanette Graber as the new Director of Generations in Volunteer Efforts (GIVE) effective July 1, 2014. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. Graber will succeed Barb Van Kerrebrook who is retiring from the County.
Leonard Smith appeared before the board to request more frequent maintenance of the one-mile segment of 490th Road east of Hwy 87. A family with young children now occupies a home accessed by that road and heavy agricultural traffic is causing serious problems. Smith stated that he has put rock on the road but doesn’t have a grader and needs it graded 3 or 4 times a year. Road Superintendent Kuester and the board agreed that some grading was warranted and indicated that the County would attempt to maintain the road at least 2 or 3 time a year.
Chuck Lemp informed the board that he had secured the contract to remove the gravel from the railroad right-of-way between Gordon and Rushville. Lemp met with the board at an earlier time and asked the board if the County would want to buy the gravel. The board discussed the possible purchase agreement for the estimated 66,500 tons of gravel at $11.50/ton. Lemp’s attorney is to submit a proposed contract for review by the County Attorney and the board.
County Assessor Trudy Winter reported that she had discovered a clerical error in the assessment record of a parcel of irrigated land owned by Rudy Stanko. The parcel is one of the parcels subject to review by the State Tax and Equalization Commission.
Chairman Kling excused himself from the meeting for an appointment at 10:55 A.M.
The board visited with Building and Grounds Superintendent, Dwaine Sones about hours worked. Questions had been brought to them about the hours worked by janitorial help. Sones verified the hours were acceptable.
The board reviewed the health insurance plan offered by Nebraska Association of County Officials. Andersen made a motion to sign the renewal for the County to continue with BC/BS as their health insurance carrier with a 5% increase in premiums. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote Krotz and Andersen aye. Kling absent. The Section 125(cafeteria plan) employee contribution will remain unchanged.
Adjourn: 11:30 A.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: June 18, 2014