Commissioners Minutes December 23, 2013

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioner’s 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 12-16-2013. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board signed claim checks and salary checks.

The board along with Treasurer Peg Sones, Clerk of District Court Eloise Kampbell, Assessor Trudy Winter, Deputy Assessor Amanda Salisbury and County Attorney Dennis King (by phone) met to discuss the salaries for elected officials for the 2015-2018 term. The board will draft a resolution to include a schedule of annual increases that will bring Sheridan County up to the bottom end of the recommended salary by the Nebraska Association of County Officials. The final draft will be presented by the board on January 6, 2014. 

At 10 A.M. the Board opened a hearing on the assessment of roadside mowing charges for 2013. Tom Kuester and Richard Cross were both present for the hearing along with Verla Schaer. Schaer gave testimony that they had mowed and asked for relief of the assessment. The board granted relief to Schaer based on evidence presented. 

At 10:30 the board declared the hearing closed. Krotz made a motion to sign resolution #2013-29 authorizing the assessment of 19 roadside mowing charges at the rate of $60/per ½ mile. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Kuester informed the board that he is going to advertise for the hauling of 2500 + ton of red rock. Bids will be opened January 13, 2014 at 9:30 A.M.

The board reviewed a draft resolution regarding an increase to $1.00 of the assessment of E-911 service charges on each telephone number or functional equivalent of service users whose primary place of use is within Sheridan County’s designated 911 and enhanced 911 service area. The “functional equivalent” provision closes a possible loophole in the previous resolution that did not include Voice Over Internet Protocol “VOIP” phones and other emerging technologies that don’t make use of conventional telephone lines. The increase in service charge will be necessary to cover the cost of replacing our obsolete 911 hardware and software at the end of 2014. A hearing on the proposed resolution will be held January 13, 2014 at 10 A.M.

Andersen made a motion to reappoint Wayne Dreyer and Rick Schneider to the Black Tailed Prairie Dog Advisory Council for three year terms. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Andersen made a motion to approve resolution #2013-30 authorizing the Treasurer to transfer $6,731 from the General Fund to the Handi-Bus Fund to provide adequate funding for the purchase of a new van. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. The funds had already been allocated in the budget but the transfer required a resolution by the board. 

Adjourn: 11:55 A.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: January 15, 2014