Commissioners Minutes May 18, 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 5-11-2015. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims. 

Joe O’Donnell, manager of the Rushville American Legion Club was present to ask approval for the use of the South Courthouse parking lot for a beer garden the evenings of July 3 and 4 during the Rushville reunion. Andersen made a motion to give approval for the use of the Courthouse parking lot. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that the roads throughout the county sustained damage from the heavy rains. Tom Voss was present to discuss 520th Road. Kuester will look at it and report back to the board. 

Kuester reported that he is considering purchasing a scraper. The board advised Kuester to visit with County Attorney about quotes/bids. 

Rick Willis, area representative for Congressman Adrian Smith, met with the board to discuss concerns of the board. Some of the topics discussed where black-tail prairie dogs, water issues, budgets, etc.

Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul and Animal Control Officer Randy Benben met with the board to discuss the possible formulation of an area wide, multi-landowner control plan for black-tail prairie dogs. Several ideas were shared as to how to encourage land-owner participation. The Black Tail Prairie Dog Advisory Council will meet with the board on Monday June 8, 2015 at 11 A.M. to further explore the possibility.

Animal Control Officer, Randy Benben presented the board with the 2015-2016 USDA contract for animal control services in the County. The contract shows a 2% increase over last year. Andersen made a motion to approve the contract with USDA for animal control in the amount of $25,002 contingent on funds availability. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

The board discussed the position for full-time housekeeping for the Courthouse, Jail and Annex buildings. Since the board did not have much interest in contract cleaning they have decided to create a full time housekeeping position. The board directed Building Superintendent Dwaine Sones to advertise the position and begin accepting applications. 

Commissioner Andersen reported that he met with the board and Clerk of Grant County to discuss the use of the Grant/Arthur County Transportation Handi-Bus by Sheridan County residents. Most runs from Hyannis go to Ogallala rather than to Alliance, but Grant County Officials expressed interest in sharing the resource with Sheridan County if the need were to arise. Andersen will continue discussions with Grant County on details of a trial period. 

Adjourn: 12:15 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Published: June 17, 2015