Commissioners Minutes January 14, 2019

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.  Messersmith made a motion to accept the agenda.  Krotz seconded the motion.  All voted aye.  Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 1-3-2019 with corrections.  Messersmith seconded the motion.  All voted aye.

The board audited and approved claims.  General Fund-$78,541.46;  Road Fund- $19,804.65;  Inheritance Fund- $7,184.93;  Wireless 911 Fund-$805.59;  Insurance Fund- $1,916.57;  Weed Fund- $201.85;  E-911 Fund $659.11;  Handi-Bus Fund $2,602.00;  Total  $110,722.44 

The board discussed a maintenance contract on the chairlift.  After visiting with Maintenance Supervisor Dwaine Sones the board tabled any decision until Sones can review other options.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester presented the board with a resolution for action.  Messersmith made a motion to approve Resolution #2019-1 setting the 1 & 6 year road hearing for February 11, 2019 at the Courthouse Annex at 11 A.M.  Krotz seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Kuester reported that he will accept quotes for a new motor-grader until January 22, 2019 at 8 A.M.  

Jim Gardner of Gardner, Loutzenhiser and Ryan P.C. presented the Audit and Financial Report for the year ending June 30, 2018.  Gardner commended the Clerk and Treasurer for their outstanding work and stated that cooperation between the two offices is essential for good financial operations.  Gardner also commended the County for having good cash reserves.  A complete copy of the audit is available for public review in the office of the County Clerk and should be available soon on the website of the State Auditor’s Office.

Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul presented the five annual reports for review and approval.  Krotz made a motion to approve the five reports for submission to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.   Messersmith seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.  

Krotz made a motion to re-appoint Jean Parker to the Prairie Dog Advisory Council Board with term expiring in 2022.  Messersmith seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Sheriff Jeff Brewer visited with the board about several issues.  Brewer presented the updated Highway 20 Law Enforcement Interlocal Agreement.  Krotz made a motion to approve the Highway 20 Law Enforcement Interlocal Agreement.   Messersmith seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.   The long standing agreement authorizes law-enforcement offices of the counties and municipalities along Hwy 20 from Sioux County to Keya Paha County to offer one another aid when requested.  

Bruce Salisbury of Great Plains Communications informed the Board that the battery-powered back up for the phone system has failed and is being covered by a temporary system.  Messersmith made a motion to authorize purchase of a replacement system at a cost of $692.00.  Krotz seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board conducted their quarterly inspection of the Jail.  

The Medal of Honor Highway Designation on Hwy 20 had been tabled until further information is received.  

Adjourn:  12:30 P.M.

Loren L. Paul

Chairman

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn

Clerk

Published: January 30, 2019