Commissioners Minutes June 8, 2015

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioners Office Courthouse. Kling and Krotz present, Andersen excused. Also present were reporter Mark Gaschler of the Sheridan County Journal Star and Diane Robins. 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 5-18-2015. Kling seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Jeanette Graber director of Generations In Volunteer Effort (GIVE) presented a report to the board. Three hundred and sixty volunteers have given 65,138 hour of service to different organizations throughout the county. 

Rudy Stanko was not present for the meeting, however the board did discuss his request for a transcript of his protest hearing for 2014. Clerk Sindy Coburn informed the board that she has been unable to find a court reporter willing to transcribe the records. The board will continue to explore other means by which they might meet Stanko’s request. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester present the proposed agreement between the Nebraska Department of Roads and Sheridan County for the inspection of “Fracture Critical Bridges”. Krotz made a motion to approve resolution #2015-6 authorizing the inspection of the Fracture Critical Bridges in Sheridan County in the amount of $1,362. Kling seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Kuester informed the board that the three overhead doors in the Hay Springs Shop are in poor condition and should be replaced. The cost of the project is estimated to be more than $5000 and will require the letting of bids. Kuester and Sones will proceed with the advertising for bids.

The board discussed a request for gravel on 1.5 miles of 440th Lane south of Extension Road. Kuester indicated that due to repairing flood-damaged roads the gravel would not be possible until early this fall. 

Sherry Retzlaff presented several claims for the 2014-15 Juvenile Justice Grant. One claim for $10,286 will help cover utility costs, curriculum material and playground improvements at the Youth Center. Another claim for $1400 will help cover licensing and production costs for the Sheridan County Players summer children’s theater project.

At 11 A.M. the Sheridan County Black-tailed Prairie Dog Advisory Council met with the Commissioners. Present were Bruce Gordon, Wayne Dreyer, Kristi Paul and Randy Benben. Paul informed the board that a formal complaint had been filed by Donald Dreyer against Lloyd Kearns and Bruce Forney. Notice of the complaint has been given and the 60 day period to respond has expired. If the respondents do not agree for the County Animal Control Officer to enter on their property to apply the poison, the county will implement forced control. Since the USDA guidelines do not permit the County Animal Control Officer to take part in forced control the County would have to get a private contractor to apply the poison at a much higher cost to the landowner. 

The board discussed the possibility of offering a valuation reduction on the infested properties but agreed that the county is already subsidizing control costs for voluntary participation. Paul and Commissioner Kling will contact the landowners to invite them to participate in the management plan.

Clerk, Sindy Coburn reported on behalf of Public Defender Michael T Varn that new court regulations will require that a court appointed guardian ad litem must visit in person with any child in court custody within 2 weeks. The new requirements will result in higher travel costs for the office of Public Defender. Varn also wanted the board to know of his approval of the quality of contract work being done by Jerrod Jaeger. 

Jerrod Jeager presented the board with a revised version of his contract with the county and asked that it be considered. The proposed contract clarifies the nature of service provided in juvenile cases and includes an increase in compensation. Jaeger has not had an increase in compensation since the original contract was negotiated two years ago. The Public Defender and County Attorney will be asked to comment on the proposal before the Board takes action. 

Commissioner Krotz reported that the cost of comprehensive and workman’s compensation insurance for the coming year will decrease by $1500. The decrease is a direct reflection of lower claims over the past year.

Adjourn: 12:35 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: June 24, 2015