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 approve the agenda. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 10-24-16 with corrections. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Extension Educator, Jack Arterburn sat in on the meeting to learn more about county operations.
The board audited and approved claims.
Tina Skinner from the Assessor’s Office presented information on a decal design for the new county car. The board approved the design and stated that the cost of the decal could be paid out of Miscellaneous General Fund.
Leonard and Linda Smith appeared before the board to discuss a parcel of land on which they have been paying tax on but the ownership is unclear. After consultation with Assessor’s Office, and reviewing maps, aerial photographs the board decided to request a meeting with the County Attorney for further clarification on what needs to be done.
Road Superintendent, Tom Kuester along with representatives from both Black Hills Truck and Trailer and Sahling Kenworth appeared for the opening of bids for a new semi-tractor. Both bids were within a few hundred dollars of each other. Andersen made a motion to table awarding the bid until next week so Road Superintendent Kuester has time to review them. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Kuester presented a Certificate of Completion for a joint bridge and culvert approach warning sign project with the Nebraska Department of Roads. The State has provided the warning signs and the county is responsible for installation and maintenance. Andersen made a motion to approve Resolution #2016-17 approving the Certificate of Completion. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Kuester informed the board that his department has completed the cost share agreement with Ron Hunter and others.
Kuester reported that there are 428 south-facing road number-name signs that no longer meet the state reflectivity standards. The cost of each sign is anywhere from $25-30 each. The board is waiting to hear from the County Attorney about use of the E911 funds for this project.
Attorney Aaron Conn presented the board a request for subdivision approval for 3.96 acres of land that is being sold to Linders. Krotz made a motion to approve Resolution #2016-18 approving the subdivision request of 3.96 acres located in the SW1/4 Section 26, Township 32, Range 44. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board review another request for subdivision approval for 6.24 acres of land that is being sold to Orr. Krotz made a motion to approve Resolution #2016-19 approving the subdivision request of 6.24 acres located in Section 12, Township 29, Range 44. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Mike Bateman and Joe Blanke of Murphy Tractor met with the board to discuss two service invoices for which there was inadequate information attached. Kuester stated that the most recent John Deere motor grader purchased by the county has had a number of problems and feels that it may have an electrical problem. Blanke explained the invoices and broke down all the expenses for the board and Kuester. The board asked for more detailed invoices in the future.
Andersen made a motion to transfer $4,000 from the Visitors Promotion Fund to the General Fund for the GIVE program . Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The agenda had other resolutions to transfer funds but clarification is needed by the budget consultant therefore, Krotz made a motion to table all other transfers until next week pending clarification from Pete Peterson. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
David Goebel of AMERESCO presented the final draft of the energy update contract for approval. The project will provide new heating/air conditioning, lighting, electrical service and windows in certain areas of the Courthouse and Jail. The entire project will be financed internally by means of a loan from the County Inheritance Fund. Andersen made a motion to approve the contract with AMERESCO for $898,200 for an energy update. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Rheaven Clift an employee from the County Treasurer’s Office met with the board to discuss a wage increase that was given at a much higher rate than others were given. Clift also asked about the possibility of getting paid twice a month rather than one a month. The board agreed to explore the benefits and costs of such a change.
Alan Jacobsen representing the “Fix Whiteclay” group met with the board to request that when the Whiteclay establishments submit their long form applications for renewal of their Liquor Licenses the board votes not to recommend them to the State Liquor Control Commission.
Dan R. Kling
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Published: November 30, 2016