Commissioners Minutes March 14, 2016

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. Andersen made a motion to approve the minutes of 2-22-2016. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board audited and approved claims. 

Bruce Salisbury of the Sheridan County Tourism Board met with the board to request appointment of Jeannette Graber to fill a vacancy on the board. Andersen made a motion to appoint Jeannette Graber to the Tourism Board. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board discussed health insurance options available to married couples that are both employed by the County and for employees who may have the opportunity to participate in a more attractive non-county plan. The board agreed that additional legal counsel was needed.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester requested two vehicles from his department be declared surplus. Krotz made a motion to declare a 2000 Dodge Caravan Van and a 1990 Ford Semi as surplus and will offer them for sale at the local auction this spring. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Kuester reported to the board that he had signed the easements with Golden West Communications to cross the County right-of-way at numerous locations in Whiteclay area. Golden West is putting fiber-optic connections to all subscribers in that area. 

The Board discussed the proposals from 360 Energy and Ameresco for energy efficiency improvements to the Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center. No decision was made at this time.

Animal Control Officer Randy Benben, Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul and County Attorney Jamian Simmons met with the board to discuss the collection of costs for a prairie dog control action. The action was completed in November with the landowner’s consent. To date the landowner has paid only $500 of the $4500 total bill. The board agreed for the County to pay the balance of the control cost to the USDA Wildlife Services and recover that amount by adding it to the landowner’s tax liability on the property treated.

 The board reviewed a subdivision of three acres Northwest of Hay Springs for David Russell. Krotz made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-5 authorizing the subdivision request in Section 29, Township 32, Range 46. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board discussed pending legislation that may have impact on County government. Tom Brewer, candidate for Legislator in the 43rd District sat in on the discussion. The board did not take any positions regarding pending legislation.

Maintenance Superintendent Dwain Sones asked the board about the parking lot to the East of the Jail Building. He informed the board that he has been approached by law enforcement to gravel it. The board will ask Kuester to take a look and they will discuss it again at the next meeting. 

Adjourn: 11:45 A.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: March 30, 2016