Commissioners Proceedings Statement - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
By James Krotz

Present were Chairman Loren Paul, Commissioners Jack Andersen and James Krotz and County Clerk Sindy Coburn.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester presented a resolution to set the hearing date for the current year and six-year road improvement plan for Monday, February 12.  The hearing will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the shop at the County Annex at 111 North Main in Rushville.  The Commissioners approved the resolution.
    Kuester presented the Road Department 2017 summary of costs for road projects, signage, blading, snow removal, gravel, pit-run, patching and water.   The report is available for public review in the office of the Road Superintendent.

Rudy Stanko appeared to reassert his complaints regarding the cost of operating the office of the County Attorney.

Weed Superintendent Kristi Paul and the members of the Prairie Dog Advisory Council met with the Board to review the enabling resolution for the management plan and a draft proposed "friendly" letter to landowners with spreading prairie dog colonies.  The "friendly" letter will advise the landowner that the county has received an inquiry about the process to file a complaint against them, and invite them to consider participation in the USDA Wildlife Services control program.  The cost of the USDA program is $8 to $10 per acre.  The cost of "force control" is $50 per acre.  

The control project southeast of Hay Springs, now in its second year, has resulted in significant improvement to the quality of the range.

The Commissioners re-appointed Lloyd Kearns and Jerry Meyring to three-year terms on the Advisory Council.  Continuing members are Wayne Dreyer, Jean Parker and Rick Schneider. Kristi Paul serves as Superintendent of the Prairie Dog Control program.

The next meeting of the Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, February 12.
All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are held in compliance with Nebraska Open Meetings Act and the public is always welcome.