Commissioners Minutes April 10, 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. Krotz made a motion to accept the agenda. Paul seconded the motion. All voted aye. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-27-2017. Paul seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board audited and approved claims.

Generations In Volunteer Efforts (GIVE) Director Jeannette Graber presented the board with an update on her department. The program had an increase of 10 volunteers over the past few months bringing the total to 370. Those volunteers provided more than 101,000 hours of service during the reporting time. Those volunteers provide staffing of the county museums, thrift store and several other programs. According to Graber some 30 volunteers per week are needed to staff the museums. 

Graber reported that Zac Wellnitz received the Student Community Service Award of $150. This award has to be met with several requirements. It is not a large amount of money but recognition on scholarship applications and showing community service is a benefit. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that the one overhead door for the Gordon shop has been purchased and will be installed soon. The cost was less than $5,000. Kuester requested permission to purchase a second door if he finds the first door satisfactory. Kuester felt that if you wait and purchase the second door later we may not get a matching door. The board agreed to the purchase. 

Kuester reported on the groundwater levels in the southern part of the county. The shoulders of some roads are being eroded by the rising water. Kuester also informed the board that a lot of gravel was lost off the roads during the winter. 

Deputy County Assessor Tina Skinner and Susan Lore met with the board to offer a contract for consulting/training services for the Assessor’s staff. Lore will also provide 8 days for informal valuation hearings beginning in June. The contract has been approved by County Attorney Jamian Simmons. Paul made a motion to approve the contract with Lore Appraisal. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. Paul wanted the record to show that he is very frustrated with the situation that our Assessor has put us in and her unwillingness to help solve the problem. Krotz agreed with his comment. 

David Goebel of AMERESCO reported on the energy upgrade project in the Law Enforcement Center and Courthouse. HVAC, lighting and painting are almost complete in the Law Enforcement Center. Lighting replacement in the Courthouse has started and should be completed within the next couple of weeks, with window replacement to follow and be done by the end of the month. 

Commissioner Paul reported on a meeting that he attended concerning the Housing Study for the County. Discussion was had. Krotz made a motion to not commit funds for the study at this time. Paul seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

The board reviewed an agreement with Pete Petersen for budget preparation. The agreement remains unchanged from last year. Krotz made a motion to approve the agreement with Pete Petersen for budget preparation. Paul seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Adjourn: 12:45 P.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Jack Andersen


Published: April 26, 2017