Commissioners Proceedings Statement - Monday, February 11, 2019
Present were Chairman Loren Paul, Commissioners Bruce Messersmith and James Krotz, County Clerk Sindy Coburn, Treasurer Renee Thies and Assessor Tina Skinner. Acting as the Board of Equalization (BOE) the Commissioners approved two Correction Sheets presented by the Assessor; to adjust the tax-exempt portion of the building owned by the New Christian Center in Rushville; to restore to the tax list a mobile home owned by Scott Kuhn that had been removed by mistake. Trisha Loosvelt of the Cowboy Trail Inc. and Bruce Salisbury of the Sheridan County Tourism Board reported on recent progress toward securing grants to complete the Trail Project. The local organization has now raised the $88,000 of matching funds needed to secure the $350,000 grant from Nebraska Game and Parks. Salisbury requested that the Commissioners approve a claim for $10,000 from the County Visitor Improvement Fund to cover the grant approved by the Tourism Board. A hearing to approve a budget transfer from the Visitor Promotion Fund to the Visitor Improvement Fund for that purpose will be held on March 11. Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that gravel crushing will soon commence at the Kadlecek pit and that the new motor grader will be delivered next week. Jeanette Graber, director of Generations in Volunteer Efforts (GIVE), presented her 2018 report. Among other things she reported that 392 volunteers provided 143,940 hours of service in the past year. That represents an increase in both the number of volunteers and the number of hours reported in 2017. A copy of the complete report is available for review in the GIVE office or in the office of the County Clerk. Caleb Johnson appeared to present and discuss his proposal for budget preparation services for the 2019-2020 County Budget. The Board continues to receive proposals. Extension Educator – Range Specialist Jack Arterburn reported on recent and pending grazing and beef production programs offered by the Extension Service. At 11:00 the Commissioners opened the duly advertised public hearing on the One and Six Year Road Plan. Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reviewed the proposed plan. No members of the public appeared to ask questions or offer comments. The Commissioners approved the Plan as presented. A copy of the Plan is available for review in the office of the Road Superintendent or in the office of the County Clerk. The next scheduled meeting of the Commissioners will be Tuesday, February 19 at 9:00 a.m.
All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are held in compliance with Nebraska Open Meetings Act and the public is always welcome.