Proceedings Statement of the May 18, 2015 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. Also present were reporter Mark Gaschler of the Sheridan County Journal Star and Diane Robins citizen observer.
The Commissioners signed claim checks and audited and approved salary claims.
Joe O'Donnell, manager of the Rushville American Legion Club appeared to ask approval for the use of the south Courthouse parking lot for a beer-garden the evenings of July 3 and 4 during the Rushville, all-school reunion. The Commissioners voted to approve the request.
The Board approved a new Dental insurance PPO plan with the County’s BC/BS plan. Premiums for the dental plan are expected to decrease in the coming year.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that roads across the county sustained damage from the heavy rains of May 15. Kuester also reported that he is considering the possible purchase of a newer, heavier earthmover/scraper.
Rick Willis, area representative for Congressman Adrian Smith, met with Commissioners to talks about some of the Congressman's concerns including the dwindling number of health insurance plans available in rural areas and the pending approval of fast-track trade agreement authority for the President.
Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul and Animal Control Officer Randy BenBen met with the Board to discuss the possible formulation of an area-wide, multi-landowner control plan for black-tail prairie dogs. The Board discussed a number of possible incentives to encourage land-owner participation. The Black Tail Prairie Dog Advisory Council will meet with the Commissioners on Monday, June 8 at 11:00 to further explore the possibility.
Randy BenBen presented to the Board the 2015-2016 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) contract for animal control services in the County. The Commissioners voted to approve the contract, which comes with a 2% increase over last year for a total of $25,002.
The Board agreed to create a position of full-time housekeeper for the Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center and Annex. Building Superintendent Dwaine Sones was asked to advertise the position and begin accepting applications.
Commissioner Andersen reported that he met with the Commissioners and Clerk of Grant County on May 12 to discuss the use of the Grant/Arthur County Transportation Handi-Bus by Sheridan County residents. Though most Handi-Bus runs from Hyannis go to Ogallala rather than to Alliance, the Grant County Officials expressed interest in sharing the resource with Sheridan County. Andersen will continue discussions with the Grant County officials on details of a trial period, fees and scheduling.
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.