Commissioners Minutes April 14, 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. Andersen made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-24-2014. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-27-2014. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

The board audited and approved claims. One claim was withheld so the board could visit with Barb VanKerrebrook before payment is made. (CIMA Companies-$2,418.24) 

The board visited about the recommendation by the State Property Tax Administrator that the value of irrigated farmland in the county be increased by 25%. County Assessor, Winter was not present to discuss the matter. However, the board expressed their moral support for Winter as she challenges this increase. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester presented three applications for agricultural approaches to the County right of way. Any new approach or any changes to an existing approach must be approved by the board through application to the Road Department. Andersen made a motion to approve applications from Bottoroff-730th Rd, Terrell-440th Rd and Buettler-420th Lane. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board gave Kuester a copy of a letter from Dennis Vodicka to review. The letter explains Mr Vodicka’s new design concept for bridge replacement and his challenge to get it accepted by the NE Engineering Professionals. The letter is on file with the Clerk. 

Chuck Lemp of Long Pine, NE approached the Board with a tentative proposal regarding the recycling of the ballast (gravel) from the railroad right of way between Gordon and Rushville. Lemp is planning on bidding on the Cowboy Trail project being let by NE Game and Parks on May 1, 2014. The project involves the removal of the ballast and replacing it with crushed limestone to make a bike/walk path. To make the bid feasible he needs to have a market for the 30,000 tons of reclaimed gravel. Lemp proposes to clean and crush the product and sell it to the county at $12/ton. The board questioned Lemp closely about the removal of metal and the sizing of the material. Lemp assured the board that he will have the equipment to make the material road ready. Kuester informed the board that Cherry County has had good success with the material that they reclaimed from the trail in that area. The board assured Lemp that they were very interested in purchasing the material from him if he were to be the successful bidder.

At 9:55 A.M. the board recessed as the Board of Commissioners to have a public hearing as the Board of Equalization.

At 10:05 A.M. the board re-opened as the Board of Commissioners. All members present. 

The board conducted their quarterly inspection of the county jail with Sheriff Terry Robbins. The items that the board requested Buildings and Grounds personel to repair seem to have been taken care of.

Adjourn: 12:20 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: April 30, 2014