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. Krotz made a motion to accept the agenda, making mention that due to the weather they will try to get Tyler Glesne in before 11 A.M. Andersen seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 4-11-2016 with corrections. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims.
Meredith Bremer and Jenny Nixon of UNL Extension along with several other representatives met with the board to appeal for additional County funding for the position of 4-H Assistant. The County and State currently fund the position on a 40/60 basis and the State plans to withdraw its support by the end of 2016. No action was taken.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester met with the board to discuss loader bids. Kuester stated that he has reviewed the bids and recommends the CAT for $178,000. Andersen made a motion to accept the bid from Nebraska Machinery for a 2016 Loader Model #938M for $178,000. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Kuester presented the board with a request for a residential approach to the county right of way on 580th Road. Discussion was had about the location of the approach to the Rushville solid waste transfer site Krotz made a motion to approve the approach for Ron Roffers with the stipulation that the County is e not responsible for blowing trash from the SWANN collection site. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The Board and Kuester visited by telephone with the county budget consultant Pete Petersen about budget transfers between the Inheritance Fund and Road Fund. Krotz made a motion to approve Resolution #2016-6 authorizing the transfer of $500,000. from the Inheritance Fund to the Road Fund, less than the $740,000 that had been budgeted for. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
County Assessor Amanda Lane presented a state bid from Sides & Milburn Ford for a 2017 Ford Escape for $23,875. The commissioners stated that the vehicle should be available to all departments, though the Assessor will have first priority. The vehicle should be serviced by Sides & Milburn. Krotz made a motion to authorize the purchase of the 2017 Ford Escape from the Miscellaneous General line item in the General Fund. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Lane also visited with the board about hiring employees to do the property assessment update. The county has always hired a contractor to do this work. The Assessor and the board think that an in-house effort will be more accurate and cost-effective.
County Attorney Jamian Simmons informed the board about two upcoming court cases that are likely to result in previously unexpected costs for competency evaluations.
Sheriff Robbins and Simmons presented an updated Inter-Local Agreement for law enforcement services with Grant County. The agreement authorizes the Grant County Sheriff to exercise law enforcement authority and to patrol a corridor along Highway 2 on behalf of Sheridan County. The new agreement expands the area to extend from Grant County all the way to Box Butte County and increases the monthly amount paid to Grant County to $450/month. Sheriff Robbins indicated that due to distances involved this is a very cost-effective agreement for Sheridan County. Andersen made a motion to approve and enter into the contract with Grant County. Krotz seconded the motion With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Sheriff Robbins presented a new five-year contract with Geo-Com Inc for GIS Data Maintenance Services and Wireless Consulting. These services support the E-911 address system used by emergency services. Krotz made a motion to approve the new contract with Geo-Com at the fee of $41,182. Over a five year span. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Tyler Glesne of AMERESCO met with the board to answer any questions about his company’s proposal to provide engineering services for Sheridan County. The board plans to choose an engineering firm for the project at their April 25th meeting.
Discussion was held on legislation. No action taken.
Adjourn: 12:30 P.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Dan R. Kling
Published: May 11, 2016