The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioners 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 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 12-15-2014. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board audited and approved claims and payroll claims and signed checks.
Lori Liggett and Sherry Retzlaff of the Gordon Rushville School District appeared before the board to discuss the 2015 Juvenile Justice Grant application they plan to submit in January. They plan to write the grant requesting $14,000 in support of a County School Resource Officer and a drug prevention program for the middle schools. The grant, if approved, would cover most of the County’s share of the expense. The balance of the funds would need to come from the participating school districts and municipalities. The Hay Springs School District has been contacted regarding the project but has not expressed interest in participating.
Dwaine Sones, Building Superintendent met with the board to discuss ongoing information on rewiring and window replacement on the courthouse. Consultation with the architect has been placed on hold for now. Sones was also asked to go ahead and advertise for bids for cleaning of the County offices.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester informed the board that his department will be hosting a safety training event on loader and motor-grader safety on January 12 and 13th. Sheridan County will host county employees from Sheridan, Dawes, Box Butte and Cherry Counties. The board approved the cost of an on-site luncheon to be served to the participants on both days.
At 10 A.M. the board convened a public hearing on the assessment of roadside mowing charges. Tom Kuester and Richard Cross were both present along with Phyllis Scherbarth.
Scherbarth spoke on parcel #14181 asking for relief in exchange for work her husband Emory has done on the road. The board was not in agreement. A waiver of the assessment was given based on new information. Andersen made a motion to waive the assessment for Emory J and Phyllis A Scherbarth. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Out of the 29 parcels of land being assessed 12 have already paid the assessement, leaving 17 to be reviewed.
Andersen made a motion to access parcel #12545, 21234, 17946. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye.
Krotz made a motion to access parcel #27240, 28980, 26732, 9889, 9935, 9927, 90341, 37645, 165968, 18047, 9196, 41766, 14157, 41308. Andersen seconded the motion. All voted aye.
Andersen made a motion to sign Resolution #2014-23 directing the County Treasurer to assess the cost upon the abutting land upon each side of the highway where such weeds were mowed or destroyed. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
At 10:30 the board held a public hearing to receive testimony on the proposed acceptance of Grant County into the Panhandle Public Health District. All the present member counties (Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Sheridan and Sioux) must give their consent. There were no members or the public present to offer testimony. Dan Kling, Sheridan Counties representative to the PPHD board gave his endorsement. Andersen made a motion to sign Resolution #2014-24 to include Grant County into the Panhandle Public Health District. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
At 11:30 Andersen made a motion to go into closed session to discuss possible litigation. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
At 11:37 A.M. Andersen made a motion to come out of closed session. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. No Action taken.
Adjourn: 11:40 A.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: January 28, 2015