By Lauren Brant
The County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, June 19 at 9 a.m. in the county courthouse. All members were present.
The board moved to accept the agenda and June 12 minutes as presented. Chairman Jack Andersen abstained from voting on the minutes due to his absence.
There was a discussion about the upcoming protest hearings. The county has currently received around twenty protest forms. Attached to the form is a note for Sheridan County taxpayers to schedule informal hearings with Susan Lore. The purpose is to review the taxpayer’s property file and hear valuation concerns. To set a meeting time with Lore, call 327-5652 or stop by the Assessor’s Office. The Board of Equalization will hold protest hearings on July 10 and 17 with other days as required. The county website will reflect additional dates.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester was present to inform the board they sold the scrap iron for $709.20, or $40 a ton. Kuester will be absent at the next two commissioner meetings – June 26 and July 10. In 2019, the county can do inspections for the fracture critical bridges, which will save money. Fiber-optics are being put on the roads to the south of Gordon. He anticipates the project north of Rushville will start next year. Road work on the Beaver Wall Rd. will be finished this week.
The BOC discussed the HVAC bids for the Annex. Kuester discussed three bids from Fire & Ice Mechanical, Inc., Butch’s HVAC, and Metal Products. All three bids indicated a 96 percent unit efficiency. They discussed the payment schedule and Commissioner James Krotz called Butch’s HVAC out of Martin, S.D., to ask about the 60 percent down payment. It was not necessary. Commissioner Loren Paul noted how Butch’s bid put a three day turn around for the start date and the other two did not list one. The BOC moved to accept the bid proposal from Butch for $13,558.50.
Brant Pieper from the Hay Springs Rural Fire Department board asked the commissioners about raising the levee. Andersen told him if the county gives the fire department money, then that messes up the department next year. The BOC advised Pieper to ask for consistent levee amounts. Andersen noted if an office or entity doesn’t spend all of the money, then the remainder goes to the unused levee authority. “It’s my intention to always deny a fire department’s levee authority,” said Andersen. “I don’t see that it’s my job to tell you how much money you can have to do your job right.”
The BOC reviewed the county assessor advertisement and resumes. Based on the resumes and experience, they appointed Tina Skinner as the Sheridan County Assessor through the end of the term in 2018. “We are pleased to have you on board,” said Andersen.
The meeting adjourned at 11:23 a.m. The next regular meeting of the county commissioners is on Monday, June 26 at 9 a.m.