2/14/2017 5:02:47 PM
Board of Supervisors Meeting, February 14th

The Custer County Board of Supervisors held their public meeting Tuesday morning in the Courthouse.

Custer County Treasurer Sheri Bryant presented the semi-annual statement, as well as the monthly fee reports for January which were approved.

Broken Bow chamber director Donnis Hueftle-Bullock appeared regarding a liquor license for the men’s steak fry to be held July 10th at the fairgrounds. The license was approved.

Troy Walz with the Nebraska Extension office appeared and gave his annual report. Walz also asked the board about a temporary appointment to the extension board. He asked that Kristy Wells be temporarily appointed to district two while a replacement is found. The board approved the temporary appointment.

Chris Jacobsen presented one application to cross right-of-way to the board from Cole Electric. They wished to trench north of the Lillian Church in Arcadia. The application was approved. A relocation on road 27, a bridge west of Comstock, was also discussed.

Jacobsen also presented the one and six year highway program plans. These plans include estimated costs of projects, a priority list, and maps of planned work. They inform the county on desired and upcoming projects. Another topic of discussion for Jacobsen was remaining capital expenditures. He mentioned pickup trucks, a flatbed, a tractor, and other items and said that the funds were there. The board discussed trade-ins, warranties, and costs. It was decided that the expenditures be discussed with the highway committee first.

Sue Ellen Koepke with Healing Hearts and Families appeared next to give an update on their work. She stated that their service is going very well and gave an update on staff and referrals.

The meeting ended with Mark Rempe coming before the board. He began by stating that just last week there was a problem where the phones in the police and fire station went down. Region 26 backup was a complete success and worked perfectly and it reassured the already known issue of the aging phone system. Rempe informed the board of a meeting he will have with Platte Valley on Friday, where they will receive specs to use to receive bids for new equipment. Another point of discussion in their meeting will be to verify what will work with their newly implemented system.

Discussion with Rempe turned towards that of a communication center. Speaking points centered around possible new locations that are safer, cooler, and all around more convenient. Barry Fox stated that right now important communication equipment could certainly be in a better location, as well as offices and desks. He cited a very cramped situation for the Sheriff’s office as well as the Custer County jailers. Possible situations discussed were an addition, complete movement, or renovation. The board recognized it would be important to have a very open conversation with the City about priority of all items needed, both now and in the future.


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