Commissioners Minutes October 17, 2016

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:45 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 approve the agenda. Andersen seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 10-11-2016. Kling seconded the motion. On a roll call vote, Kling and Krotz voted aye, Andersen abstained. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that his crews would begin roadside mowing next week. Landowners who haven’t completed that task will want to do so promptly or be assessed by the County. 

Kuester recommended that the County accept the “piggy-back” bid for a new semi-tractor based on bids received by neighboring Dawes County. The cost of the new Kenworth truck is $97,720. The board will take formal action on October 24.

Jeanette Graber, director of GIVE reported on recruitment and volunteer activities. Graber said she has a lot of volunteer but would like to expand to the young retired people.

Barb Otto representing the “In God We Trust” campaign offered a presentation promoting the posting of the motto in the Courthouse. The board thanked Ms. Otto for her presentation.

Jim Gardner and Sara Rittgarn of GLR presented the 2016 Audit for Sheridan County. The audit shows that the County’s cash reserve is strong. The cover letter reported that there were no disagreements with the management during the course of the audit. Gardner commented that among the counties their firm audits, the good working relationship between the Treasurer and Clerk makes the Sheridan County audit run very smooth. 

The public is welcome to review the Financial Report and Audit. A copy is available for public inspection in the office of the County Clerk. The audit will soon be available on line at 

Andersen made a motion to accept the audit report for June 30, 2016. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Road Superintendent, Kuester requested executive session to review applications for the road secretary position. The board did not feel that they could go into executive session for that purpose. 

Catherine Allen met with the board to discuss the GUSH water that is on trial for a month. Allen does not care for the dispenser and is not satisfied with the taste of the water when it gets room temperature. Carol Stouffer also commented that the dispenser is noisier than the Culligan one. Peg Sones and Sindy Coburn both stated that the dispenser that is located on the main level of the Courthouse seems to be going over well. The board stated that they were trying to give a local business the opportunity since they are paying taxes in Sheridan County. A decision will be made at the end of the trial period. 

The board reviewed a request from AMERESCO for an Independent Engineering Review. Krotz made a motion to approve the Independent Engineering Review by Systems Engineering Professionals LLC. at $500. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

The board reviewed an estimate from Action Communications to relocate the radio server rack from the mechanical room to the dedicated server room. Krotz made a motion to accept the estimate from Action Communications for $10,661.80 to relocate the radio server. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Commissioner Andersen reported on a recent meeting of the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. Andersen presented a dividend check in the amount of $11,392 to the Treasurer to deposit into the General Fund. 

Andersen recently attended a meeting with the Nebraska Association of County Officials and testified at the Legislative Hearing on White Clay. 

 Adjourn: 1:50

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: November 2, 2016