Commissioners Minutes February 20, 2018

The Sheridan County Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioners Office, Courthouse. All members present. Paul 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. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 2-12-2018. Andersen seconded the motion. All voted aye.

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

Clerk of District Court Carol Stouffer met with the board to discuss the performance of the contracted housekeeping services. Stouffer had no problems with the cleaning however was concerned that her office door has been left open on occasion. The board felt that a note asking them to make sure and close door would be sufficient. 

Building Superintendent Dwaine Sones was present to discuss the steps on the west end of the south entry ramp. The steps are crumbling cement and have been blocked off for use. Sones recommend rebuilding them rather than removing them. He will get an estimate from some local contractors. 

Commissioner Andersen, reported to the board a recent decision to discontinue providing services through Panhandle Health Group and contract with area providers for the service. Andersen represents Sheridan County on the Board of the Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority. The Region 1 Board determined that closure was necessary due to continued financial difficulties. The Region 1 Board will produce a new inter-local agreement for consideration by the 11 member counties. 

The board reviewed an amended Sub-grant Agreement for Child Support Enforcement Services. Krotz made a motion to authorize the Chairman to sign the Sub-grant Agreement for Child Support Enforcement Services between the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Sheridan County. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester presented the board four quotes for a new motor grader. Kuester has reviewed all the quotes and recommends the CAT 12-M, all wheel Drive at a cost of $269,500 with a parts credit of $22,000. Kuester reported that he has the money in his budget to make the purchase this year. Krotz made a motion to accept the quote for the CAT 12-M, all wheel drive for $269,500. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Kuester informed the board that he plans to sell the 1995 John Deere 770DH on the Big Iron Internet Auction this Spring. 

Kuester reported that he has contracted with WESTCO for 45,000 gallons of diesel fuel at $2.185/gal. This amount will supply the department for most of the year. 

Jim O’Rourke, representing the Nebraska Land Trust, and Mike and Justin Raymer of MJD Ranch appeared to discuss a proposed conservation easement. Three hundred acres of the proposed 2400 acre-parcel are in Sheridan County and the remainder are in Dawes County. The intent of the easement is to assure that the land will continue to be used only for agriculture and is not subdivided for other uses. The easement was presented to the Planning Commission but no action was taken. Krotz made a motion to approve the conservation easement for MJD Ranch in Lots 1-3 in Section 7, Township 33, Range 45. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Krotz made a motion to approve Two Zoning Permit Applications from the City of Gordon for the construction of a solar panel array on the side of the City well field on Sec 23, Twn 32, Rng 42. Andersen seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Sheriff Robbins presented a proposal from the City of Rushville for a new law enforcement contract. The board and Robbins felt like they needed more money regarding the purchase of a patrol car. Robbins will return the proposal with the request. 

Adjourn: 10:45 A.M.

Loren L. Paul

Chairman 

Sindy L. Coburn

Co Clerk

Published: March 7, 2018