Agreement approved for deputy county attorneys

Meeting Tuesday, June 25, in regular session, the Richardson County Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into an agreement for the assistant deputy county attorneys position.

Julie Smith and Richard Smith of Tecumseh will serve in the positions at a fee of $5,000 per month.

This development follows the resignation of Robert Meyer as County Attorney.  Doug Merz is the Deputy County Attorney and will be assisted by the attorneys from Johnson County.

Highway Supt. Scott Huppert said he was informed that a slight delay will take place involving the Preston Road hard-surfacing project.  The contractor, Huppert said, has experienced some difficulty, likely the result of wet spring weather.  Huppert reported on the Humboldt Northwest project and said right-of-way is being acquired.  

Two pickups were purchased from the State of Nebraska Federal Surplus Property Division:  a 2004 Chevy Silverado K3500 for $16,000 and a 2003 Ford DRW Super Duty F550 for $14,000.

Sheriff Randy Houser introduced Art Rose of Advanced Correctional Healthcare, who made a presentation on a program to provide healthcare treatments to jail inmates.  The cost for Richardson County would be $2,391.62 per month or $28,699.44 per year.  Board members Dave Sickel, Jim Davidson and Jim Standerford will review the information.

In other developments, the board:
—Reappointed Dick Arington to the Veterans Service Committee for a term of five years, beginning July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2018.  

—Adopted a resolution regarding overages of budget expenditures for fiscal year 2012-13:  assessor, $2,926.23; county sheriff, $9,465.05; county jail, $25,427.82; Humboldt sheriff, $5,250.85; miscellaneous general, $20,626.49.

—Heard 33 property tax valuation protests while meeting as a Board of Equalization.

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