The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 8:30 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. Paul made a motion to accept the agenda. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye. Paul made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-13-2017. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims.
The board reviewed an Agreement with First Concord Benefits for our Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. Krotz made a motion to sign the amended agreement to add the Cash In Lieu of Insurance benefit for qualified employees, to the plan. Paul seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board participated in the County Government Program at the Rushville American Legion.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester requested that 5 pieces of equipment be declared surplus and offered for sale at the Otte auction coming up in April. Paul made a motion to declare the items as surplus and offer them for sale. Items declared surplus are: 1990 Ford Truck, two flatbed trailers, a 7,000 gallon fuel tank and a 500 gallon fuel tank. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Kuester visited with the board about his meeting with Road District #36. Paul made a motion to proceed with a 50/50 cost share agreement with Road District #36 for grading and pit run on a portion of 400th trail, with the County Share not to exceed $10,000. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Scott Lindsey, Courtney Ostrander, Kirk Beguin, Alan August and David Russell of the County Fair Board met with the board to discuss the possibility of an increase to the County Agriculture Society budget for 2017-18. The need for new equipment, fencing, a new roof for the stage all pose a challenge to the existing budget. They expressed that they have cut the expenses in all areas. The Commissioners thanked the representatives for coming and explaining the need for an increase. The board will consider the request at budget time.
County Attorney Jamian Simmons, Deputy Assesor Tina Skinner and County Assessor Amanda Lane (by telephone) visited with the board about future plans for the Assessor’s Office to address the deficiencies in assessment practices identified by the State Department of Revenue. Skinner feels that the current staff in the Assessor’s office has never received the training that is needed to do the job. Lane stated her support for the idea of contracting with Susan Lore to provide training for the office staff.
The board asked Lane about the authority her Deputy has while she is out of the office. Lane stated that Skinner has full authority to make any decisions that are needed. The board asked her if she could put that in writing. Lane stated that she could do that. The board asked Lane if she would be returning to represent Sheridan County at the upcoming Show Cause Hearings. Lane stated that she would not be and that Tina Skinner did an excellent job at the last one and felt she would be able to handle these hearings as well.
Assessor Lane stated her intention to resign from the office of County Assessor but did not indicate the date of her resignation.
The board will try to schedule a meeting with Susan Lore to discuss her services at the next scheduled meeting.
Adjourn: 3:30 P.M.
Attest: Sindy L. Coburn
Published: April 5, 2017