Proceedings Statement of the February 23, 2015 Commissioners meeting.
By James E. Krotz
Present were Dan Kling, Chairman, Commissioners Jack Andersen and James Krotz, County Clerk Sindy Coburn and Mark Gaschler of the Sheridan County Journal Star.
The Commissioners signed salary checks and audited and approved claims.
Sheriff Robbins and Philip Jensen and Bruce Salisbury of Netlink (a subsidiary of Great Plains Communications) presented to the Board two proposed service agreements for the provision of 911 internet services. The Board approved a 5-year service agreement for 10 Mbps of uplink and downlink bandwidth at a cost of $352/month.
Salisbury presented to the Board a preliminary proposal for the installation of new ground rods to protect telecommunications equipment in the Sheriff's office and Courthouse. The installation of approximately 100 feet of ground rods, including materials, will cost approximately $1500. The Commissioners asked Salisbury to provide some additional details for the proposal but granted provisional approval so that an installation date might be set to reserve the specialized equipment needed for the project.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that he plans to advertise for bids on a new gravel truck in the near future. The Road Dept. and Weed Control plan to share in the purchase of a 17-foot, pickup-mounted sprayer expected to cost about $6,000. Roads will use the sprayer to apply vegetation killer along roadways where construction is planned. Kuester also reported that because of recent reductions in fuel costs he was able to contract for 5 tankers of fuel for roughly the same amount he paid for 3 just last year.
Weed Control Superintendent Kristi Paul met with the Commissioners to discuss how best to proceed with a formal complaint concerning the encroachment of unmanaged prairie dogs.
Paul announced that County Government Day for area high school students is scheduled for March 26.
County Clerk Sindy Coburn announced that the Panhandle District meeting of County Officials is scheduled for March 25 at the Gering Civic Center. Sheridan County is to host this meeting of the Officials.
Treasurer Peg Sones informed the Commissioners that due to an encoding error the Juvenile Justice Grant funds had been entered in the wrong fund. The State Auditor suggested the transfer of the funds to corresponding expenditure line in Miscellaneous General by means of a journal entry.
At 10:50 the Board recessed to move to the Road Department shop for a public hearing on the One and Six-Year Road Plan. There were no members of the public present for the hearing at which Supt. Kuester present the County Plan. The one-year plan includes five projects totaling 13.75 miles at an estimated cost of $400,000. The six-year plan includes three projects totaling 9.5 miles at an estimated cost of $232,000. Kuester stated that the availability of water is a significant, ongoing concern for all construction projects. The hearing was adjourned and the Commissioners returned to the Courthouse to reconvene.
The One and Six-Year Road Plan was approved as presented. A copy of the plan is available for public review in the office of the County Clerk and at the Road Department.
The meeting concluded with a discussion of pending legislation before the Nebraska Unicameral. The Commissioners approved a letter of support for LB-325 introduced by Sen. Davis. The bill would change levy provisions for rural and suburban fire protection districts.
The Commissioners approved a letter of opposition to LB-564, a proposal to change the duties and obligations relating to the mowing of weeds along county roads.
Interested citizen will find the website of the Nebraska Legislature a very helpful resource for understanding and tracking these and all other bills now in the legislative process.
The next scheduled meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday, March 9 at 9:00 A.M.
Submitted by James Krotz
The minutes of this and all meetings of the Board of Commissioners are available to the public at the office of the Sheridan County Clerk. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are held in compliance with Nebraska Open Meetings Act.