Commissioners Minutes August 10, 2015

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 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. Andersen made a motion to approve the minutes of 7-20-2015 with corrections. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester informed the board that he is planning to pay for a portion of the Railroad rock out of the Federal Highway buy-back funds and the rest out of the Road Department. 

Kuester also informed the board that the paving project on 320th Trail is complete. The $20,000 county commitment will be paid to the paving company.

Chris Witt appeared before the board to make a complaint about the terrible odors and fly infestation coming from a feedlot near his property. Because the feedlot lies within the City of Gordon zoning area the Commissioners referred Witt to the Gordon City Office. 

Weston Gouger of 360 Engineering presented a Preliminary Engineering Audit on the Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center. The Audit contains preliminary recommendations for a comprehensive energy upgrade to the two structures. The board will review the study and consider all possible avenues. 

Gordon Memorial Hospital CEO Julie Schnell and Heidi Cushing and Jay Voss met with the board to discuss the possible increase of the hospital levy by 1%. Schnell informed the Board that unpaid hospital bills and charity care are posting an ever-increasing burden on our hospital. After some research on the matter it was unclear that the Hospital Board is required to seek the approval of the Board for the increase. The Hospital Board will seek legal counsel on the matter.

Sherry Retzlaff appeared to inform the Board that the Nebraska Crime Commission has granted Sheridan County a supplemental Juvenile Justice Grant of $5,000. The increase brings the total grant for the School Resource Officer to $18,000. Andersen made a motion to authorize the chairman to sign the letter of acceptance for the supplemental grant. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Joe O’Donnell manager of the Rushville American Legion Club came to the board to ask permission for the use of the South Courthouse parking lot during the Rushville Fund Days. Andersen made a motion to approve the use of the parking lot. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board reviewed an updated contract with Jerrod Jaeger for Indigent Defense work. Andersen made a motion to approve the agreement with Jerrod Jaeger for $2,710/month for Indigent Defense Counsel for Sheridan County. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board will visit with elected/appointed officials on August 17 at 10 A.M. to review budgets.

Adjourn: 12:45 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: August 26, 2015