Before the Sheridan County Commission chairman gavel was passed yesterday morning from Steve Maier to Terry Cram, commissioners hesitated a moment before accepting the nomination, with Commissioner Mike Nickel asking if Cram's references had been checked.
Following the chuckle, and with the leadership role officially passed on during this first meeting of the New Year, Cram got down to business.
His first announcement was to say the Court House would be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in recognition of Equality Day, and that the county would not be re-opening Dana Avenue. The street has been closed since the first of November, from 13th to 15th street, because of safety concerns for travelers and residents living adjacent to that section of the road. Because no action was taken, the road will remain closed.
Cram's first formal act as chairman was to deny a damage claim from a resident, backed up by the unanimous vote from the commission. The personal property claim was filed by Marcia Harber for $4,800 for damages to her car. She says the damage was caused by the snow and ice thrown on to her vehicle from one of the county's snow-blowers while her car was parked in the Sheridan County Airport lot on December 4.
Prior to the vote, the county's executive administrator Renee Obermueller told the commission the claim had already been submitted to their local government liability pool for review and came back with the recommendation for denial.
The car owner was in the audience, and given an opportunity to speak, but declined to comment at that time. Her statements were represented in the meeting through the Notice of Claim document which was included in the commission meeting packet.