Commissioners Minutes October 24, 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. Krotz made a motion to approve the agenda. Andersen seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 10-17-2016 with corrections. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

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

Barb Retzlaff met with the board to discuss her salary. The board approved an increase of $1 an hour and making it a 30 hour work week. If Retzlaff needs more time to complete a project she will need prior approval from the board.

The board met with Ron Hunter, Marv Johnson and Road Superintendent Tom Kuester to discuss a cost share project on a one-mile section of 470th Lane. The board explained that the County doesn’t have enough money to gravel all roads so that the cost share option is what they have done for others with this type of situation. The board agreed to provide material and labor if the landowners would pay the cost of hauling. They were asked to communicate with Kuester as to time line. 

Kuester informed the Board that the bid with Dawes County for a new semi-tractor didn’t meet all the legal requirements, according to our County Attorney. Kuester will be advertising for bids to be opened on November 14.

Kuester asked the board about E911 signs and funding for them. The board will visit with the County Attorney about using E911 funds.

At 10 A.M. Kim Engel, Director of the Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) and Pat Wellnitz, Sheridan County representative to the PPHD Board, appeared before the board for a public hearing to make changes to the District. Member counties of the PPHD are Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Sheridan and Sioux. Scottsbluff County, which has had a stand-alone Health District, has petitioned to join the PPHD. The addition of Scottsbluff County to the District will increase funding from the state and strengthen the Districts ability to compete for grants. There was no public testimony regarding the petition, which must be approved by all the member counties. 

The board closed the hearing at 10:20 A.M. Andersen made a motion to adopt Resolution #2016-16 authorizing the addition of Scottsbluff County to the PPHD. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the Inter-local Agreement forming the district. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

County Attorney Jamian Simmons met with the Board and some of the County Officials to discuss implementation of the new wage laws going into effect December 1, 2016. The change will only effect a handful of employees but Simmons recommended that all employees keep track of their hours closely. 

Simmons consulted with the board and County Assessor Amanda Lane about omitted property. Lane stated that her office policy is for residents to notify her office as soon as they make a change or start to build. No changes to her current practice are required at this time.

David Goebel of AMERESO reviewed the draft contract for energy improvements to assure that the services and products proposed met the board requirements. Only a few minor changes were requested. 

The board discussed financing and decided to fund the project with an in-house loan from the Inheritance Fund. Final approval of the contract will be considered at the November 14 meeting.

The board conducted a quarterly inspection of the Jail and found no infractions. 

Adjourn: 2:45 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Dan R. Kling


Published: November 23, 2016