Proceedings Statement of the September 29, 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.
Assistant County Attorney Jamian Simmons led a discussion of two new laws LB-765 and LB-560, that impose new requirements for the reporting of hours and wages for certain classes of employees. Simmons stated that certain positions hitherto treated as "salaried" may need to be re-classified as "hourly wage".
Staff from the Weed Department, Roads, GIVE and the Veteran's Service Office joined the meeting to discuss how wage increases approved for the 2014-15 Budget ought to be allocated. The Commissioners stated that the increase was intended for the 12-month period (October 2014 through September 2015) of the new budget year. It is a perennial source of confusion that while the fiscal year begins July 1, the new budget is prepared in August, approved in September and is finalized when levies are set in October.
At 10:00 the County Planning Commission joined the Commissioners in joint session. Present were Kirk Budd, Dave Kayton, Marjean Terrell, Road Supt. Tom Kuester, Zoning Administrator Gerald Larson and Daniel Bennett, planning consultant from Panhandle Area Development District (PADD). The group engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing Sheridan County. Bennett will consolidate the concerns of the group into a draft revision of the present Comprehensive Plan and present it for further discussion by the Planning Commission on October 20. Counties and municipalities that have zoning regulations must have a Comprehensive Plan and best practices require that it be updated every 10 years. The results of their planning efforts will be presented in a public hearing before the Board of Commissioners takes any action. Meetings of the Planning Commission are open to the public.
The next meeting of the Planning Commission is scheduled for Monday, October 20.
The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for TUESDAY, October 14 – a day later than usual because of the Columbus Day holiday.
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.