Commissioners Minutes January 23, 2017

The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioners Office, Courthouse.  All members present.  Andersen 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.  Paul made a motion to accept the agenda.  Andersen seconded the motion.  All voted aye.  Paul made a motion to approve the minutes of 1-10-2017.  Krotz seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.  

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

Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul presented her annual reports for review and signature to the board.  Krotz made a motion to authorize chairman Andersen to sign the five annual weed reports to be sent to the State of Nebraska Department of Agriculture.   Paul seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Clerk of District Court Carol Stouffer met with the board to discuss LB 544.  If approved, this bill would enable counties to eliminate the office of Clerk of the District Court and combine them with County Courts.   The legislature has been trying to accomplish this task for several years.  

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that he is getting ready to contract fuel for his department.   Kuester also presented the board with the 1 & 6 year proposal for them to review.  

Extension Educator Jack Arterburn presented the board the annual report required of Livestock Friendly Counties by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.   

Barb Vogel, Administrator of Region 1 Behavior Health Authority and Michelle Fries, Executive Director of Panhandle Group, offered a presentation on the services offered by their agencies.  County Attorney Jamian Simmons, Sheriff Terry Robbins, GRHS Counselor Sherry Retzlaff, NEPSAC Director Victor Gehrig and Gordon City Manager Jacob Sheridan were all present for discussion.  Among the services that are provided by Region 1 are the mental health screenings necessary for emergency protective custody actions by law enforcement.  

The board visited about the Prairie Dog Control Board.   Two current members of the board are up and one vacancy on the board needs an appointment.  Krotz made a motion to re-appoint Wayne Dreyer and Rick Schneider to a three year term and appoint Lloyd Kearns for a two year term to the Black Tail Prairie Dog Control Board, subject to acceptance.   Paul seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board discussed pending legislation that may impact the County.  

Sheriff Robbins led the board on their quarterly inspection of the County Jail.  

Adjourn:  1 P.M.

Attest:  Sindy L. Coburn


Jack Andersen


Published: February 22, 2017