The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioners Office, Courthouse. All members present. Andersen 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. Paul seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 1-23-2017. Paul seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board audited and approved claims. Paul made a motion to hold the claim for Panhandle Area Development District for further consideration. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board did an introductory performance evaluation on Steve Waldron. The board stated that they were happy with his work. Paul made a motion to raise Waldren’s salary by $2.00/hour beginning next payroll period. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported to the board that he had closed a two-mile section of 200th Lane north of Gordon due to safety concerns. Due to heavy snow cover the road was not passable. Kuester informed the board that with all the snow plowing demands this winter it has caused damage to motor graders. It will probably be necessary to purchase a new machine this summer.
Kuester asked for the board signature of approval to purchase under Federal Surplus. Krotz made a motion to authorize the chairman of the board to sign approving purchase from Federal Surplus. Paul seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Kuester informed the board about the accident at the County shop knocking the electricity out in most of the city of Rushville and surrounding areas. The County will be billed for material to fix the problem.
The Commissioners reviewed the funding formula and usage report for the Sheridan County Public Transportation System. Krotz made a motion to approve Resolution #2017-6 authorizing the grant application for the Sheridan County Public Transportation program administered by Northwest Community Action Partnership. Paul seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Gordon City Manager Jacob Sheridan met with the Board to discuss possible support for a County Housing Study. The cost of the study would be around $26,000. Sheridan stated that they plan to apply for a grant that would cover about half the cost and the other half would come from the county, municipalities, schools, and businesses. The board agreed that there is a need for more good housing in the county and expressed an interest in offering support for the study. Sheridan will report back after he has met with other entities.
The board recessed as the Board of Commissioners at 10:40 A.M.
The board re-opened as the Board of Commissioners at 10:45 A.M. Discussion was had about pending legislation. Paul made a motion for the county to take a position in opposition to LB 449, a bill to repeal the Prairie Dog Management Act. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. Chairman Andersen plans to offer testimony on the bill before the Agriculture Committee on February 14.
At 11 A.M. the board moved to the County Road Shop in the Annex Building for the annual One and Six Year Road Plan hearing. Public attending: Bruce Messersmith, Ron Dreyer, Dave Kadlecek, Scott Kadlecek, Diane Robbins-Mansell. Following an hour of discussion the board closed the hearing.
Paul made a motion to approve resolution #2017-7 authorizing the 1 & 6 Year Road Plan as presented. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Published: March 1, 2017