Commissioners Minutes February 23, 2015

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 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 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 2-9-2015. Kling seconded the motion. With a roll call vote-Andersen and Kling voted aye. Krotz abstained. 

The board signed salary checks and audited and approved claims.

Sheriff Robbins along with Philip Jensen and Bruce Salisbury representing Great Plains Communications met with the board to discuss 911 internet service. Two service agreement proposals were discussed. Krotz made a motion to approve a 5 year service agreement for 10 Mbps of uplink and downlink bandwidth at a cost of $352/month. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Salisbury presented a preliminary proposal for the installation of ground rods to protect telecommunications equipment in the Sheriff’s Office and Courthouse. The installation of approximately 100 feet of ground rods and material will cost approximately $1500. The board asked for more details for the project. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that he plans to advertise for bids on a new gravel truck. Kuester reported that he has visited with Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul and they plan to share in the purchase of a 17-foot, pickup-mounted sprayer expected to cost about $6,000. The road department will use the sprayer to apply vegetation killer along roadways where construction is planned. 

Cory Hooper stopped by the meeting to discuss a road issue. Kuester will review it and see if landowners are interested in doing a cost share agreement. 

Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul met with the board to discuss how to proceed with a formal complaint concerning the encroachment of unmanaged prairie dogs. 

Paul informed the board that County Government Day for area high school students is scheduled for March 26. 

County Clerk Sindy Coburn announced that the Panhandle District meeting of County Officials is scheduled for March 25 at the Gering Civic Center. Sheridan County is the host of this meeting. 

Treasurer Peg Sones informed the board that due to an encoding error the Juvenile Justice Grant funds have been entered in the wrong fund. The State Auditor suggested the transfer of the funds to the correct fund by a journal entry. 

At 11 A.M. the board recessed to move to the Road Department for a public hearing on the One and Six Year Road Plan. There were no members of the public present for the hearing. Kuester presented the plan with the one year plan to include five projects totaling 13.75 miles at an estimated cost of $400,000. The six year plan included three projects totaling 9.5 miles at an estimated cost of $232,000. Kuester stated that the availability of water is a significant and ongoing concern for all construction projects. 

At Noon the board reconvened at the Commissioners Office. All members present. Andersen made a motion to approve the 1 & 6 year road plan as presented. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

The board concluded the meeting visiting about recent legislation being introduced. Krotz made a motion to approve a letter of support for LB 325 introduced by Senator Davis, changing levy provisions for rural and suburban fire protection districts and to approve a letter of opposition to LB 564, a proposal to change the duties and obligations relating to the mowing of weeds along county roads. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Adjourn: 12:30 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: March 18, 2015