Commissioners Minutes March 17, 2014

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. Krotz made a motion to accept the agenda. Andersen seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-10-2014 with corrections. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board audited and approved claims.

Veteran Service Officer, Gary Sones met with the board to discuss how to cover the meal costs of VSO drivers who transport veterans to Hot Springs. Sones will visit with the Veteran Service Board and report back. 

Karen Eisenbarth, Executive Director of Northwest Community Action Partnership appeared to request the continued support f or the Sheridan County Transportation program. NCAP needs a committment of support in order to complete their grant request for Federal and State funding.The annual cost of the handi-bus program is $36,598 with the support coming from Federal funding 47%, State funding 23%, Sheridan County funding 8%, City of Rushville 8%, City of Hay Springs 8%, City of Gordon 1% and Boarding Fees 5%. The City of Gordon participates on a more limited basis because of a city based handi-bus program. Andersen made a motion to affirm funding for the Sheridan County Transportation Program at 8% or $229/month. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Road Superintendent, Tom Kuester reported on a number of low-value surplus items that he will be selling at public auction. 

Kuester presented the board photographs of a one-man, heavy equipment tire transporter designed and fabricated by county employee Ray Retzlaff. The device attaches to a trailer hitch on a pickup truck and enables one man to safely load and transport a 400 pound rim and tire of a motor-grader. Kuester indicated that Retzlaff’s invention is a real safety improvement. The board commended Retzlaff for his hard work and initative.

Building Superintendent Dwaine Sones met with the board to report on several ongoing maintenance projects that the board requested. Sones reported that everything is in the works. He is waiting for call backs from some contractors. 

The board asked Sones to visit with Catherine at County Court to see what safety measures she feels are needed for her department. They will visit with her next week to review what she feels needs done. 

The board welcomed Sheriff Robbins and the family of the late Ralph Norton-his widow Dorothy (Dot), daughter Donna Jech and son Rod. Sheriff Robbins presented them with an Admirals Award to honor Ralph’s many years of service to the County as a Reserve Deputy. 

Assessor Winter was not available to visit with the board at this time. 

Adjourn: 11:20 A.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: April 2, 2014