County Employees to be Offered Cash in Lieu Option

CUSTER COUNTY—Employees of Custer County will be offered a cash in lieu option beginning January 1. The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution #44-2017 during Tuesday’s meeting which will give employees the option of receiving cash in lieu of other insurance benefits. The board approved a $450 per month option but will review the policy annually. Supervisor Matt Eggleston said during the meeting that the cash in lieu option is “the right thing to do for the county.” Dwain Bryner made the motion and Tammy Kleeb seconded.

The board also approved a motion for the assessor’s office to purchase a new copy machine.

Recycling Manager Kelly Flynn reported that prices have dropped for cardboard and paper and told the board that only #1 and #2 plastics are accepted at community receptacles.

A memorandum of understanding was approved for Healing Hearts and Families. The county aides in the funding used for youth diversion programs. Program Manager Val Harris said the funding assists with a strengths finder and education components to help youth complete diversion after a law violation.

“It is something that just allows the kids a second chance to be able to take back making one bad decision. We don’t want that bad decision to follow them all through their life,” Harris said. “They’ll have to do some education pieces. They’ll have to do some pieces on giving back to the community so that they understand that being part of the community is something that allows them to be able to make a second chance.”

The board voted to approve offering a custodial position to a recent applicant. An engineer agreement for asphalt resurfacing was approved for a 14 ½ mile route on Sargent Road. The work will begin in Gates and head east to Sargent (in between Gates Road and Highway 183).

The board approved collaborating with Consolidated Companies Inc. in order to apply for a $50,000 Nebraska Internet Enhancement Fund (NIEF) grant. Ryan Pate appeared before the board explaining that the collaboration between the two entities will allow improvements to be made for local internet service if the county receives the grant. The Nebraska Public Service Commission oversees NEIF.