Commissioners Minutes November 18, 2013

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 8:30 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 posted on the North wall of the chamber and brochures available on the guest desk. Andersen made a motion to accept the agenda. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 10-28-2013. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims.

Members of the Safety Committee and the Elected and Appointed Officials met with the board to discuss courthouse security procedures.

Barb Van Kerrebrook, coordinator for the GIVE program, informed the board of a possible vacancy in the part-time office position and asked about advertising the position. The board felt that advertising was needed.

Greg Nielsen, Ruth Nielsen and Steve Schmidt appeared before the Board to request work on a section of 130th trail southeast of Gordon. Kuester explained that the low average daily traffic count on the road makes costly rebuilding projects impractical. Schmidt mentioned that there is some rock available on property near the project. Kuester will review the situation.

Clayton Tallon approached the board about changing his payment for gravel from per-cubic yard to ton. Kuester informed the board that most counties in the area pay for gravel on a per-ton basis. The board agreed to study the proposal and to revisit the issue at their November 25 meeting.

Sheriff Robbins presented to the board a notice from TRITECH Software Systems announcing that as of October 31, 2014 the company will no longer provide support services for the County’s now obsolete E-911 equipment and software. The cost of updating the system will exceed $100,000. Funding for the project will be provided from the E-911 and the 911 funds. Robbins stated that most companies do not want to deal with such small systems and is concerned about securing bids for the project. The board suggested he visit with Pete Petersen and GEO COMM with any questions he may have. 

The board received an invitation from the Lakota Hope Center to attend a gathering at Whiteclay scheduled for November 19.

The commissioners continued their discussion of salaries for elected county officials. The board must approve a resolution setting salaries for the next four year term by January 15, 2014. There is considerable uncertainty about how to word the resolution given the requirements of the new affordable health care act. The board will continue to review the study produced by the Nebraska Association of County Officials and re-visit the issue at future meetings.

The board reviewed a Section 125 plan amendment. Krotz made a motion to authorize the chairman to sign to amendment to allow employees to make a one time change, during the plan year, to their health plan without a qualified Change of Status event or Open Enrollment. This is a one-time change option required by the Affordable Healthcare Act. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Commissioner Andersen presented a report on draft language for possible legislation related to county zoning authority. The legislation could establish agricultural zoning restrictions that are unsuited to the needs of livestock friendly counties such as Sheridan County. The board asked Andersen to express their opposition to the draft language.

Adjourn: 12:30 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn

Dan R. Kling


Published: December 4, 2013