The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioner’s Office, Courthouse. Krotz and Andersen present, Kling excused. Krotz 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 11-23-2015. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board audited and approved claims.
Sheriff Robbins presented the Highway 20 Law Enforcement Agreement for renewal. The agreement provides for mutual aid among the various county and city law-enforcement agencies along Highway 20 from Crawford to Atkinson. Andersen made a motion to approve the agreement. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Robbins also asked the board to approve the cross-deputization of the Gordon/Rushville Resource Officer. Since officer Brewer is a member of the Gordon Police Department he would have no authority in the Rushville Middle or Grade School unless deputized by the Sheriff. Andersen made a motion to cross-deputize Gordon/Rushville Resource Officer, Jeff Brewer. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Road Superintendent, Tom Kuester met with the board to open bids for a motor grader. Representatives from Murphy Tractor and Equipment and Nebraska Machinery Company were present. Murphy Equipment presented bids for 5 different machines as follows: 670 GP $216,148, 672 GP $243,453, 770GP $225,496, 672 GP $237,790 and a 772 GP $252,417.
Nebraska Machinery bid 4 different machines: 12 M3 $233,250, 140 M3 AWD $279,800, 140 M3 $247,750 revised to $236,250, 12 M3 AWD $261,400. The board referred all the bids to Kuester for review. The board plans to make a decision at the December 21st meeting.
Kuester reported that the repairs on the Hay Springs shop are still not complete but might be within the next couple of weeks. Kuester also reported that he received no applicants for the advertised job opening in his department.
County Extension Educator Jenny Nixon met with the Board to request approval for the re-appointment of Extension Board Members, Jennifer Dieriex, Shirley Gill and Vern Terrell. Andersen made a motion to re-appoint Dieriex, Gill and Terrell to the Extension Board for another three years. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Nixon also discussed the funding for replacement of a new van for the Extension Office. The board noted that there is a sinking fund for that purpose. County Treasurer Sones reported that there is $19,700 in that fund. The board encouraged Nixon to include a contribution to the fund in her next budget proposal and should be setting good.
Tyler Glense of AMERESCO appeared to discuss the services offered by his firm for energy efficiency updates to the county buildings. The board will continue to study the proposals for building upgrades.
John Hotz, a resident of the Whiteclay area, appeared to offer thoughts on public safety in the community. He asked the board to not drop the ball on the discussion about the situation in Whiteclay.
Adjourn: 11:30 A.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Published: December 30, 2015