Commissioners Proceedings Statement - Monday, February 12, 2018
By James Krotz

Present were Chairman Loren Paul, Commissioners Jack Andersen and James Krotz and County Clerk Sindy Coburn, Assessor Tina Skinner and Treasurer Peg Sones.

Acting as the Board of Equalization (BOE) the Commissioners considered an Application for Permissive Exemption presented by Assessor Skinner for the Hay Springs Golf Club.  The golf course is used by the Hay Springs High School golf team and so may be considered for an exemption for educational purposes.  The BOE approved the application for submission to the state for review and possible approval.

The BOE approved a Correction Sheet submitted by Assessor Skinner to enter onto the tax roll the personal property of the Panhandle Rural Electric Membership Association (PREMA) for tax year 2017.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester requested that the Commissioners approve a resolution to correct the assessment of mowing erroneously charged to Scott Vejraska.  The Board approved the resolution.

Kuester presented a request for two agricultural approaches to the county right-of-way by Rudy Stanko.  The approaches to 205th Lane, approximately Ĺ south of Hwy. 20, will facilitate access for the feeding of cattle.  After some discussion regarding drainage and communications cables the Commissioners approved the application.

Jeannette Graber, Director of Generations in Volunteer Efforts (GIVE) presented her report for calendar year 2017.   The GIVE program involved 374 volunteers last year, a slight increase over 2016.  Those volunteers provided 114,027 hours of service to the County in 2017.  Among other things GIVE coordinates volunteers for the county museums, mobile food pantry, County Fair, tourism, pre-schools and Head Start. 

4-H Assistant Melissa Mracek reported on recent Extension Service activities with special attention to the robotics program at Hay Springs and Gordon/Rushville schools.

The Commissioners voted to approve a resolution correcting the wording of a 1-16-18 resolution authorizing the Treasurer to transfer funds from the Inheritance to the General Fund.

The Commissioners approved two applications for the sub-division of parcels of less than 10 acres each requested by Barbara Young.

At 11:00 a.m. the Board moved from the Commissionerís chambers to the Road Department shop in the Courthouse Annex for the One and Six-Year Road Hearing.  Two members of the public were present.  Road Superintendent Kuester reported that all the one-year projects on the 2017 Plan had been completed.  He then presented the 2018 Plan, which includes 13 projects focusing on areas where snow and drainage have been particularly problematic.  The projects will likely use up the remaining supply of rock from the railroad right-of-way.  Kuester reported that three of the most heavily traveled roads in the County system are 450th Lane with 149 vehicles per day, 380th Lane with 80 vehicles per day and 590th Road with 72 vehicles per day.  Those counts represent only one-day surveys and actual traffic loads may be higher.

After some discussion the Commissioners voted to approve the One and Six-Year Plan as submitted.   The Plan is available for public inspection in the Road Department Office and the Office of the County Clerk.

The next meeting of the Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20.
All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are held in compliance with Nebraska Open Meetings Act and the public is always welcome.