Commissioners Minutes May 11, 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. Andersen made a motion to accept the agenda. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 4-20-2015. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board audited and approved claims.

The board visited about making an appointment to the Panhandle Public Health Board. This appointment will fill the position long occupied by Stella Otte. Andersen made a motion to appoint Pat Wellnitz to the Panhandle Public Health Board. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Weston Gouger of 360 Energy Engineers presented an Energy Performance & Facility Needs Assessment of the Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center. Gouger presented the overview and the more pressing energy conservation updates needed. Building and Grounds Superintendent, Dwaine Sones was present for the presentation. Krotz made a motion to proceed to the next step and request a Preliminary Energy Audit of the facilities. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. This will be no cost to the county but will help determine if we need a full scale engineering plan. 

Barb Retzlaff appeared before the board to discuss housekeeping needs for the courthouse. Retzlaff informed the board that she is not wanting to contract the job. But would be interested in a full time salaried position with benefits. The board informed Retzlaff that they had not reached a decision on how to proceed.

The board recessed at 10:20 A.M.

The board reconvened at 10:35 A.M. All members present. 

Commissioner Andersen announced that he plans to meet with the Grant County Commissioner’s on May 12 to discuss a possible agreement on the use of the Grant County Transportation Handi-Bus by Sheridan County residents. The Sheridan County Handi-bus operates primarily along Highway 20. The residents of the southern end of Sheridan County might be better served by the Grant County system. The board expressed interest in and willingness to consider financial support for such an agreement. 

The board considered a proposed agreement with Harold “Pete” Petersen for budget preparation services for the County’s 2015-16 budget. The board approved the agreement with an increase from $1,800 to $2,000 plus travel costs. 

The board was happy to receive notice that health insurance premiums for the county would decrease 3% for the coming year. 

Adjourn: 11:15 A.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: June 3, 2015