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Commissioners Proceedings Statement - Monday, May 22, 2017
By James Krotz

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

Clerk of the District Court Carol Stouffer informed the Board that jury trial proceedings now require video displays for the presentation of evidence.  The courtroom will need one large, flat screen display, one smaller display, a laptop computer and a projection device known as an "Elmo" for the scanning and projection of documents.   The Board encouraged Stouffer to proceed with the development of a cost proposal.

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester requested that the Board declare as surplus the Road Department stockpile of scrap iron, including an old railroad tank-car.  The Board approved the request and Kuester will offer the iron for sale.

The Commissioners discussed the rough draft of several budgets under their direct control.  Department budget proposals are due June 9 for submission to the Budget Consultant.

The Commissioners reviewed and approved the job posting prepared by the County Attorney for the open position of Assessor.  

Acting as the Board of Equalization, the Commissioners approved two correction sheets presented by Assessor Tina Skinner.  The sheets reassign the homestead exemption wrongly assigned to a rental property owned by Jacklyne Reeves to her home as originally intended.

The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Commissioners will convene at 9:00 on Monday, June 12.

Submitted by James Krotz 
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Commissioners Minutes - Monday, May 15, 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.

Paul made a motion to approve the minutes of 5-8-2017.  Krotz seconded the motion.  All voted aye.

Melissa Mracek, County 4-H Assistant, presented a "fidget quilt" made by the Gordon group for residents of Countryside Care.  Mracek also reported on recent activities that were done by her and Jack Arterburn, Extension Educator.  

Mracek asked the board about the 4-H program hiring a summer intern for approximately 200 hours.   Was it necessary to advertise for the position or just seek out a candidate.  The board did not feel that it was necessary to advertise.  
	Mracek also informed the board that they are looking around for other buildings to rent.  They asked for improvements to the current location that is being rented and was informed if they improved the conditions that the rent would go up accordingly.   Mracek stated that they would like more room for meetings and activities and handicap accessible bathrooms.  

Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported that the recent shop inspections by our insurance company (NIRMA) had gone well.  They did recommend Department of Motor Vehicle record checks be run on all employees with DOT licenses.    

Kuester informed the board that he had maintenance director, Dwaine Sones, order another overhead door for the Gordon shop.   

The board reviewed the BC/BS subgroup application and the 14% rate increase for 2017.  Paul made a motion to continue with the $1500 deductible plan with a self-insured County buy down to $250.  Krotz seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.

Krotz made a motion to transfer $475,000 from the Inheritance Fund to the General Fund to pay for the completed work on the energy upgrade project.   Paul seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.   This transfer was considered in the 2016-2017 budget document.  

The board visited briefly about budgets.  Co Clerk Coburn asked if the board could make a recommendation for salary increases prior to each department figuring a different amount.  County Treasurer Sones requested that all raises be given at the same time.  The board asked for the officials to get together and bring suggestions/recommendations to the board.  

County Attorney Jamian Simmons met with the board to provide counsel on the Assessor's Absence.  The Clerk's Office received Amanda Lane's resignation letter on Friday, May 13.   Krotz made a motion to accept Amanda Lane's resignation from the Office of Sheridan County Assessor effective May 15, 2017.  Sheridan County will pay her insurance through the month of May and will compensate her up until May 15, 2017.   Andersen seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote, Krotz and Andersen voted yes with Paul voting no.    

Simmons stated that in the absence of the Elected Assessor the deputy becomes the acting Assessor.  Krotz made a motion to appoint Tina Skinner as Interim Assessor at the rate of compensation established for elected officials.  Paul seconded the motion.  With a roll call vote all voted aye.     The board has 45 days to fill the vacancy.   Qualified applicants may submit their applications to the Board no later than June 14.  The board will consider those applications and make an appointment to fill the unexpired term through January 3, 2019.  Applicants must hold an Assessor's Certificate as required by Nebraska statute and be a resident of the county prior to taking office.  

Adjourn:  11:45 A.M.
Attest:  Sindy L. Coburn, Clerk
Jack Andersen, Chairman
Posted by Jack Andersen
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