Proceedings Statement of the October 27, 2014 Commissioners meeting.
By James E. Krotz
Present were Chairman Dan Kling, Commissioners Jack Andersen and James Krotz, County Clerk Sindy Coburn and Treasurer Peg Sones.
Jim Gardner of FALCO presented the Independent Audit Report for the year ended June 30, 2014. The Audit report states, among many other things, that in the Auditor's opinion "the financial statements referred to (in the report) present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position Ö of Sheridan County, Nebraska as of June 30, 2014." The report also states that in the Auditor's opinion "the information is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole." Copies of the audit are available for public inspection in the office of the County Clerk.
The Commissioners are pleased to report to the people that our cash reserve increased by $214,699 over the last year and that the County has no debt. Our reserve is now in the range recommended by the Auditor for responsible cash flow management.
Assessor Trudy Winter met with the Board to discuss a recent ruling by the Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC) regarding the standards used by the Commissioners to equalize valuations within the county. TERC was critical of the Commissionerís use of possibly outdated Assessorís reports but offered no alternatives.
Winter assured the Board that the TERC concerns with the 2013 protests had been addressed prior to setting values for 2014.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester asked the Commissioners to approve a bid for the renewal of the lease on the County shop site in Lakeside. The land upon which the shop is situated belongs to the state Board of Educations Lands and Funds. The Commissioners approved the bid for the Nov. 12 auction.
Building Superintendent Dwaine Sones met with the Commissioners to discuss the possibility of seeking bids for the cleaning of county buildings.
Generations in Volunteer Efforts (GIVE) director Jeanette Graber met with the Board to discuss record keeping for her position. Because the County employs her as a volunteer coordinator, Ms Graber must consider time in service to any GIVE programs as hours worked. The Commissioners commended Ms Graber for her outstanding service to the GIVE program.
The Commissioners approved an application for the sub-division of 6.9 acres of land owned by Johnson Lazy J Inc. for sale to Seth and Kathleen Stock.
Sheriff Robbins and Mike Reitchezk of Great Plains Communications met with the Commissioners to present a proposal for a new telephone system. A lightning strike in August severely damaged essential components of the system. Great Plains was able to patch together a temporary repair of the system but the damage was such that NIRMA, our insurance carrier, approved replacement of all but some peripheral components. The present system was installed five years ago at a cost of $44,000. The new system comes with a seven-year warranty and will cost the County only the $500 insurance deductible.
The Board authorized Chairman Kling to sign a letter of commitment stating our intent to continue participating in the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA) from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. NIRMA provides casualty, liability and workmanís compensation coverage for most Nebraska counties. Signing the commitment letter at this time will bring the County a $5,134 "renewal bonus" on top of our $7,700 dividend for the year.
The Commissioners, accompanied by Building Supt. Sones and Sheriff Robbins, conducted the quarterly jail inspection and found no deficiencies.
The next meeting of the Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, November 10 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.