The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 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. Andersen made a motion to approve the minutes of 5-19-2014. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board audited and approved a claim for the new Veteran Service Office van. The check will be expedited so the van can be put into service at the earliest possible date.
The Board considered a proposed agreement with Pete Peterson for budget preparation services for the 2014-15 budget. Andersen made a motion to approve the budget agreement with Harold Pete Peterson for the 2013-14 budget cycle for $1,800 plus travel costs. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Commissioner Kling reported that Stella Otte has agreed to serve another term as the County representative to the Panhandle Health Board. Krotz made a motion to appoint Stella Otte as the County representative to the Panhandle Public Health Board. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
With the advice of County Attorney Dennis King, the board reviewed a resolution appointing John Skavdahl, Joe Stecher and Adam Edmund of Harrison NE, as special attorneys to represent Sheridan County in certain Inheritance Tax cases when our County Attorney’s Office has a conflict of interest. Andersen made a motion to authorize Chairman Kling to sign resolution #2014-10 appointing the 3 attorneys as special attorneys to represent the County in inheritance matters when a conflict of interest arises. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Road Superintendent, Tom Kuester and Chuck Lemp presented the board a proposed contract negotiated with the assistance of County Attorney Dennis King and Commissioner Dan Kling. The contract between Sheridan County and Atarah Management Holding LLC covers the purchase of approximately 66,500 tons of re-cycled ballast (crushed rock) from the abandoned rail bed of the Chicago and Northwestern line between Gordon and Rushville. Krotz made a motion to authorize the Chairman of the board to sign the approved contract affirming the purchase price of $11.50/ton and giving Sheridan County the right of first refusal on the ballast from Rushville to Hay Springs should Atarah’s contract with Nebraska Game and Parks be extended to cover that stretch. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Randy Benben, Animal Damage Control Officer, presented the proposed 2014 contract between Sheridan County and the Department of Agriculture. The cost increase is about 2%. Krotz made a motion to authorize the chairman of the board to sign the contract with the Department of Agriculture for $24,512 (budget permitting) for 2014-2015 fiscal year. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
At 10:28 A.M. the Board convened a public hearing on the proposed increase to the county lodging tax from 2% to 4%. The additional funds raised by this increase would support the Visitor’s Improvement Fund. Carolyn Graham of the Nebraskaland Motel was the only member of the public to appear and offer testimony. Graham spoke in opposition to the increase stating that most of the customers of her motel were not tourists but folks working in the Pine Ridge area or on various construction projects. The board closed the hearing at 10:45 and will ask representatives of the Tourism Board to discuss the matter further before making a decision.
Sheriff Robbins met with the board to discuss a contract for a consulting service proposed by SCG Consulting Services of Bellevue NE. SCG will provide assistance to the Sheriff in planning, purchasing and implementing a new 911 calling system. The cost of the service will range from $3,000 to $4,500 depending on the number of tasks the Sheriff decides are necessary. Support for the present 911 system will end this coming October at which time we will need to have a new system in place. The cost of the new system will be covered by telephone and wireless telephone user fees. Because of the technological complexity of the project the board encouraged the Sheriff to make use of the proposed consulting services.
Sheriff Robbins agreed to represent Sheridan County on the Nebraska Public Safety Broadband Working Group.
Adjourn: 11:35 A.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: June 25, 2014