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Commissioners Proceedings Statement - Monday, April 17, 2017
By James Krotz
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Present were Chairman Jack Andersen, Commissioners Loren Paul and James Krotz, Clerk Sindy Coburn and Treasurer Peg Sones.

Acting as the Board of Equalization, the Commissioners considered 16 correction sheets presented by Deputy Assessor Tina Skinner.  Fifteen of the corrections concerned the application of the state personal property exemption.  The exemption was to be automatically applied by the computer program but in these instances was not.  Two taxpayers had already paid the wrongly computed amount and refund check are being processed for them.  The others had not yet paid.  The other correction sheet was made necessary by a clerical error made when the assessed value of personal property was entered in the computer.  All the correction sheets were approved.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported on continuing efforts to shore up roads in south being eroded by rising water levels.    Kuester also reported that 4 newer employees of the Road Department will participate with 42 other area workers in a 3-day motor grader operator training even offered by the UNL Extension Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).

The next scheduled meeting of the Commissioners is set for Monday, April 24.

Submitted by James Krotz
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Commissioners Minutes - Monday, April 10, 2017
          While this is believed to be an accurate statement of the minutes, it is not the official version. Any errors or discrepancies are those of the writer.
The Sheridan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9 A.M. in the Commissioners Office, Courthouse.  All members present.  Andersen stated that the meeting would be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act a copy of which is available on the guest desk.

Krotz made a motion to accept the agenda.  Paul seconded the motion.  All voted aye.  

Krotz made a motion to approve the minutes of 3-27-2017.  Paul seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.

The board audited and approved claims.

Generations In Volunteer Efforts (GIVE) Director Jeannette Graber presented the board with an update on her department.  The program had an increase of 10 volunteers over the past few months bringing the total to 370.  Those volunteers provided more than 101,000 hours of service during the reporting time.  Those volunteers provide staffing of the county museums, thrift store and several other programs.  According to Graber some 30 volunteers per week are needed to staff the museums.    

Graber reported that Zac Wellnitz received the Student Community Service Award of $150.   This award has to be met with several requirements.  It is not a large amount of money but recognition on scholarship applications and showing community service is a benefit. 

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that the one overhead door for the Gordon shop has been purchased and will be installed soon.  The cost was less than $5,000.  Kuester requested permission to purchase a second door if he finds the first door satisfactory.   Kuester felt that if you wait and purchase the second door later we may not get a matching door.  The board agreed to the purchase.  

Kuester reported on the groundwater levels in the southern part of the county.  The shoulders of some roads are being eroded by the rising water.  Kuester also informed the board that a lot of gravel was lost off the roads during the winter.  

Deputy County Assessor Tina Skinner and Susan Lore met with the board to offer a contract for consulting/training services for the Assessorís staff.   Lore will also provide 8 days for informal valuation hearings beginning in June.    The contract has been approved by County Attorney Jamian Simmons.  Paul made a motion to approve the contract with Lore Appraisal.  Krotz seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.  Paul wanted the record to show that he is very frustrated with the situation that our Assessor has put us in and her unwillingness to help solve the problem.  Krotz agreed with his comment.  

David Goebel of AMERESCO reported on the energy upgrade project in the Law Enforcement Center and Courthouse.  HVAC, lighting and painting are almost complete in the Law Enforcement Center.  Lighting replacement in the Courthouse has started and should be completed within the next couple of weeks, with window replacement to follow and be done by the end of the month.  

Commissioner Paul reported on a meeting that he attended concerning the Housing Study for the County.  Discussion was had.  Krotz made a motion to not commit funds for the study at this time.  Paul seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.  

The board reviewed an agreement with Pete Petersen for budget preparation.  The agreement remains unchanged from last year.  Krotz made a motion to approve the agreement with Pete Petersen for budget preparation.  Paul seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.  

Adjourn:  12:45 P.M.
Attest:  Sindy L. Coburn, Clerk
Jack Andersen, Chairman
Posted by Jack Andersen
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          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 and the public is always welcome.


 
 
 
 
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