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(Neb.)-Sheridan County Commisioners Met Monday

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 08/12/2014 06:00 AM

(Rushville)-The Sheridan County Commissioners met in regular session Monday night.
Joe O’Donnel, manager of the Rushville American Legion Club, requested permission to use the south parking lot of the Courthouse as a beer garden during Rushville Fun Days August 29 and 30. The lot will be available for parking during courthouse hours on Friday the 29th and cleared for parking again by Sunday morning August 31. The Board approved the request. 
The Board held a preliminary discussion regarding compensation for County employees in the 2014 – 15 budget.   Though the County offers excellent benefits our hourly wage scale puts us at a disadvantage with regard to other area employers. More detailed discussion of the budget and compensation will begin on August 25 when the Board meets with Budget Consultant Pete Petersen.
Melvin Ziegler and Jack Beguin appeared to request pit-run material for the reconstruction of a trail road between Hwy. 250 and 470th Trail. The road was severely damaged by recent very heavy rains. The Board approved 20 loads of pit-run for the project with the understanding that Mr. Ziegler will pay for transport and application.
Road Superintendent Tom Kuester reported the theft of several thousand dollars worth of crushed rock/railroad ballast from the Cowboy Trail project between Gordon and Rushville. The County has committed to buy the material for application to roads but, as yet, it belongs to Chuck Lemp the project contractor.   Mr. Lemp will suffer the loss of revenue because he will have less material to sell and the County will suffer from a diminished supply of low cost material. These thieves are stealing from all the taxpayers of Sheridan County. If Mr. Lemp chooses to prosecute the matter the Commissioner will support his efforts.
Acting as the Board of Equalization, the Commissioners approved a tax refund for Nebraska Beef in the amount of $178.86. The over-charge was the result of an error in the 2013 valuation set by the BOE and incorrectly recorded by the Assessor..
The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m.


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