Commissioners Minutes March 18, 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. Krotz made a motion to accept the agenda. Messersmith seconded the motion. All voted aye. Messersmith made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-11-2019. Krotz seconded the motion. All voted aye. 

The board signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims for the following amounts. General-$188,499.87; Road-$81,089.85; Weed-$5,071.71; Total $274,661.43. 

Road Superintendent Kuester visited with the board about the continuing efforts to clear county roads following the storm on March 13 & 14. Kuester stated that he has a great crew of workers that are working very hard. The heavy snow has caused some difficult times and created a couple major issues. One plow was badly damaged when it dropped into a washout obscured by the snow. A D-7 dozer trapped in a gravel pit will likely sustain major damage. Flooding is a continuing concern in many areas of the county.

Kuester stated that a motor grader went down in the Southern end of the County. Another grader replaced it within a day but they did lose a day of clearing snow. 

Melissa Mracek, 4-H Assistant for the County Extension Service, requested the appointment of three new Extension Board Members. Krotz made a motion to appoint Matt Albrecht, Callie Fornier and Sherry Otte as new members to the Extension Board effective April 1, 2019. Messersmith seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Mracek gave a brief update on recent activities that she is participating in at the different schools in the community. 

Region 23 Emergency Management director Nan Gould has invited Sheridan County to join with the other three counties in the Region in submitting a Disaster Declaration to the State for losses caused by the winter storm. Such a Declaration is necessary in order for the county to qualify for disaster funds from the state and federal emergency management agencies should our losses surpass a certain threshold. Krotz made a motion to support Region 23 in the Disaster Declaration. Messermith seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye. 

Adjourn: 10:45 A.M.

Attest: Sindy L. Coburn


Loren L. Paul


Published: April 3, 2019