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 9-28-2015. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote Krotz and Andersen aye-Kling abstain.
The board audited and approved salary claims and signed claim checks.
Krotz made a motion to authorize Chairman Kling to sign for the acceptance of an additional $5,000 from the state Juvenile Justice Grant, for the School Resource Officer. Andersen seconded the motion. This brings the total of the grant to $18,648. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Meredith Bremer, Extension Educator and Melissa Matulka, 4 H Extension Assistant met with the board to ask about snow removal for their office. The current contractor has retired and they need guidance for continued maintenance. The board gave approval to hire an independent contractor.
Bremer and Matulka aslo gave an update of events that their department have been working on. Matulka reported that some 170 county youth are now enrolled in the 4-H Program. Bremer informed the board of the upcoming Panhandle Cattlemen’s Day October 26 at the Gordon City Auditorium.
Jeannie Ashley of the Hay Springs Housing Authority appeared to discuss with the board whether funeral expenses paid by the county for a recently deceased HSHA resident should be reimbursed. The deceased left a small bequest to the HSHA that could cover part of the costs. The board advised Ashley to visit with the County Attorney about the situation.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that he had increased the royalty for gravel from the Hughbanks pit to $1.50. The increase is justified because material from this pit does not have to be crushed prior to use.
Kuester also reported to the board that his department would resume the work week of five 8 hour days starting Monday, October 26.
Lance Moss of Whiteclay Grocery appeared to inform the board of his growing concern for public safety on the streets of Whiteclay. Other concerned citizens present: Beverly Summers, Barbara Vancil, Bruce and Marsha BonFleur, Doug Sanford, Clay Brehmer, Jason Schwarting, William Broken Leg, Stuart Kozal and Sheriff Robbins. Moss explained that he has lived his whole life in the area and it has become a very hostile environment. The increase in street people has increased significantly in recent years. The group discussed a number of public safety issues including: aggressive panhandling, public sanitation problems and hazardous structures. No action was taken but the board will consider the information presented to them and will continue the discussion on November 9, 2015 at 10 A.M.
The board noted that Michael Lane was on the agenda to visit about the County Attorneys budget but cancelled his appointment. The board has reviewed the budget.
Adjourn: 12:15 P.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: November 4, 2015