The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9:15 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. Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 2-25-2020. Paul seconded the motion. Krotz and Paul voted aye. Messersmith abstained.
Jeannette Graber GIVE director reported to the board on the recent advisory board meeting and presented a job description for them to use in the search of a new director. Graber plans to retire on May 1. Applications will be available at the County Clerks Office.
County Treasurer Renee Thies informed the board that her copier and fax machine are due for replacement. She has a loaner copy machine she is using now but needs permission to surplus her equipment prior to purchasing other equipment. Messersmith made a motion to declare both her copier and fax machine as surplus. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester along with Dan Otte, Brad Younkin, Ted Brehmer and Brad Eichenberger were all present to discuss the gravel hauling quotes. Kuester informed the board that one of the contractors who presented a quote has dropped from consideration leaving 2 quotes for review.
Krotz made a motion to accept low bid of 11.9 cents per ton/mile from Todd Sherburn Trucking. Otte asked for discussion and stated that he would like to see everyone work together at hauling. The board asked if they were willing to haul for the 11.9 cents and they did not feel they could haul for that price. Messersmith seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Kuester reported that rising ground water levels in the Pleasant Point area were again causing problems. He also reported that $44,000 of FEMA disaster relief funds have been denied on a project in that area because the road had not been damaged, just submerged.
Kuester asked for two pieces of equipment to be declared surplus so he can sell them. 1990 Ford 9000 truck and a 1979 John Deere 644B loader. Messersmith made a motion to declare the 1990 Ford truck and the 1979 JD loader as surplus property. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
The board congratulated Krist Paul, Sheridan County Weed Superintendent for her recent honor as “Superintendent of the Year for Nebraska” Paul is a three time recipient of the honor and plans to retire soon. Krotz made a motion to sign a proclamation and thank you for her great service to Sheridan County. Messersmith seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Sheriff Jeff Brewer informed the board that his department had taser training from the Chadron Police Department. The counties tasers are not up to date and Brewer feels that it is a liability to Sheridan County if we do not replace them. He asked the board for their support on a 5 year pay as you go replacement plan. The board expressed their support for the plan.
Brewer also discussed the need for resurfacing of the showers in the Jail and the installation of a sump pump in the basement of the Courthouse in the evidence room. The board asked him to discuss this with Building & Grounds Superintendent Davis.
The board informed Brewer that they received $1,655 check from NIRMA for the security cameras that were recently installed. Those funds will be deposited back into the General fund.
Building & Grounds Superintendent Jeff Davis informed the board that the demolition and re-construction of the steps and ramp at the south entrance of the courthouse is scheduled to begin soon.
Marie Nelson, 4 H Assistant for Sheridan County presented a report of activities for the last couple of months. Nelson feels that the 4 H program is growing in the area.
The board review two subdivision requests from Donald Brush of Panhandle Land Surveying. The property owner is Rudolph Stanko and the property lies in Section 31, Township 33, Range 41.
Messersmith made a motion to approve Resolution #2020-5 authorizing the subdivision of land lying in the N1/2NE1/4 of 31-33-41 containing 3.7 acres. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Messersmith made a motion to approve Resolution #2020-6 authorizing the subdivision of land lying in part of Outlot D in Government Lots 1 & 2 in 31-33-41 containing 3.66 acres. Krotz seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Assessor Tina Skinner and Janelle Heuton(by telephone) of g-Works visited with the board about the final review of the proposed project for Sheridan County. The proposed contract is $26,000/year for the first 2 years and $22,279 for the third year. Skinner informed the board that she is not planning to fill the recent employment position that became vacant, so she should not have to ask for extra funds.
Krotz made a motion to approve the agreement for a three year contract with gWorks and support the Assessor in the implementation of the process. Messersmith seconded the motion. With a roll call vote all voted aye.
Jeremy from MANNA visited with the board about IT progress.
Suzie Lore and Tina Skinner visited with the board about the values and changes coming for this year. Due to LB 372 Ag land will see a large increase.
Adjourn: 12:40 P.M.
Sindy L. Coburn, Co Clerk
Loren L. Paul, Chairman
Published: March 25, 2020