Commissioners Proceedings Statement - Monday, March 11, 2019
Present were Chairman Loren Paul, Commissioners Bruce Messersmith and James Krotz and County Clerk Sindy Coburn. The Commissioners audited and approved claims for payment. Sheriff Jeff Brewer requested that two de-commissioned Crown Victoria patrol cars and one Ford Ranger pickup be declared surplus so that they might be sold at auction. The Commissioners approved the declaration. The Sheriff briefed the Commissioners on his desire to purchase a restraint chair (a protective device for prisoners at risk of self-harm) and the installation of a plexiglass partition in the jail visiting area. The Commissioners agreed to both proposals and stated that the partition should be charged to the Building Fund and the restraint chair to the Jail Budget. Road Superintendent Tom Kuester informed the Board that the new overhead doors were to be installed at the Hay Springs shop this week (weather permitting). He also stated that the Road Department employees had completed the CPR training course offered by NIRMA, the County's insurance company. On the advice of legal counsel the Commissioners and Road Superintendent convened in closed session to discuss a real estate purchase. No action was taken in closed session. In open session the Commissioners voted to purchase from the Nebraska Board of Educational Lands and Funds the parcel in Lakeside where the County Shop is located. The purchase is contingent upon the approval of legal counsel. The Commissioners convened the duly advertised hearing on the proposed transfer of $10,000 from the Visitors Improvement Fund to the Visitors Promotion Fund. There being no testimony from the public the Commissioners approved a resolution to transfer the funds. Clerk of the District Court Carol Stouffer, Assessor Tina Skinner, Treasurer Renee Thies and Clerk Sindy Coburn met with the Commissioners to discuss a change to the Courthouse Office hours. Because Friday afternoon traffic is so light and because many citizens seem to prefer an earlier opening, all agreed to implement a new schedule. Effective April 1 the Courthouse and Offices will be open 8:00 – 4:30 Monday – Thursday and 8:00 – 1:00 on Friday. The next scheduled meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday, March 18 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.