Commissioners Minutes March 16, 2015

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:15 A.M. in the Commissioners Office, Courthouse. Kling and Krotz present, Andersen was excused. 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. Kling seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-9-2015. Kling seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

The board audited and approved claims. 

The board reviewed a purchase agreement with Great Plains Communications for $1,459 for materials and labor to ground the 911 communication tower. Krotz made a motion to authorize the chairman to sign the purchase agreement with GPC. Kling seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Wayne Dreyer appeared before the board to discuss the future of the prairie dog control program that is now under threat of repeal by the legislature. Dreyer reported that not only have the prairie dogs done considerable damage to farm ground in his area but they have also damaged sections of 530th Road. Road Superintendent, Kuester stated that the holes dug by the prairie dogs are too extensive to be repaired with routine grading. Kuester will look at what needs done to fix the problems.

The board asked all who share their concern for the preservation of our farmland and roads to please contact the senators and register their opposition to LB128, the bill to repeal the prairie dog control issue. 

Chuck Lemp of Atarah Management Holdings(ATH) reported that his crew has nearly completed the removal of the ballast from the railroad right of way between Gordon and Rushville. The ballast and fines are now being applied to area roads and appear to yield a very high quality road surface. Lemp stated that they will begin crushing very soon.

Chairman Kling informed the board that he had agreed to trade straw with the Road Deparment for some of the fines acquired from ATH. The straw will be used for erosion control. The fines will be applied to sections of 690th Road on the county system.

The board opened one bid for the purchase of a gravel truck. The bid was from Sahling Kenworth of Kearney, NE for a 2016 Model T-800 for $102,900. Krotz made a motion to accept the bid from Sahling Kenworth for 2016 Model T-800. Kling seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. Kuester informed the board that the cost of this truck is $2,000 less than a nearly identical model purchased by the County two years ago. The truck will be delivered within 120 days.

Kuester presented a request for an approach to the county right-of-way for a Viaero cell tower on 325th trail North of Rushville. The board approved the approach.

Adjourn: 10:55 A.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: April 1, 2015