SUPERIOR, Nebraska (STPNS) -- Monday's regular meeting of the Nuckolls County Board began with an hour-long meeting with two representatives from Contryman Associates, the Hastings company contracted to complete the county's annual audit.

Nothing particularly odd or uncharacteristic about that, except the meeting was held in executive session.

Included in the private session were the three commissioners, County Clerk Jackie Kassebaum, County Sheriff Jim Marr, County Attorney Tim Schmidt and the two Contryman representatives, Melissa Rostvet and Jesse Anderson. Board Chairman Arnold Brown said the closed session was utilized because of the possibility of future litigation.



The board also met with county highway superintendent Mark Mainelli, assistant highway superintendent Gary Warren and Cindy Buescher from the road and bridge department for a report on the department's activities.

Mainelli said the timber beam inspection team contracted by the state to inspect the bridges of Nuckolls County has completed their work and as a result of their inspection has closed a total of six bridges in the county.

Two are in the Bostwick area (one closed now, one to be closed in the near future); one is southwest of Ruskin (currently closed but structure left in place); one is east of Nelson; one is west of Nelson; and the Lindgren Bridge, which spans the Little Blue River northwest of Angus (Mainelli's recommendation on the Lindgren bridge is to close the road at the river and abandon the right-of-way).

Mainelli said he is conducting his own investigation of the bridges in the county, and he expects his investigation to be concluded in about a month.

"If the state found six, I'll probably find more," Mainelli said.

In other business:

The board declared the former Ruskin school property surplus and authorized transfer of ownership to the Village of Ruskin. The county acquired the property at a tax sale and donated the building for use as a fire training exercise. In exchange for the village's work preparing the site for the fire school, the county agreed to give it to the village as an addition to their adjacent municipal park.

County Government Day will be Nov. 24 this year.

An agreement for professional consulting services between the county and Maximus was approved with no rate increase. The new contract is good until Dec. 31, 2010.

The board took no action on an agenda item calling for the approval or denial of a county burial, pending the receipt of additional information.

The county's membership in the Heritage Highway 136 Association was renewed for a $100 fee.

After a presentation by Brian Cochran of Midwest Mailing Systems, Kearney, the board approved a contract for $264 per month for a digital mailing system, $20 per month less than the current system.