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Closed sessions cover credit card irregularities, unpaid surveyor’s bill

The Dawson County Commissioners spent the early part of the July 15 meeting in closed session.

Minutes after the meeting was called to order, county attorney Kate Gatewood’s request to enter closed session was approved.

Steve Windrum, a Gothenburg attorney, was present regarding a surveyor’s bill that has not been collected.

After 10 minutes of discussion, the commissioners reconvened and voted to proceed with legal action.

Gatewood suggested a return to closed session soon after the first one ended.

The purpose was to discuss the credit card use of county treasurer Sharon Wood.

Wood later said she used the county-issued card to cover a personal charge during a conference at a Lincoln hotel only after a personal check and debit card were declined.

Upon returning to work the next day, Wood claims she wrote a personal check to cover the charge, ensuring that no taxpayer dollars were misused.

After three minutes of closed session, the commissioners reconvened and decided to revoke Wood’s card.

In other business, the commissioners learned that Great Western Bank of Lexington pledged nearly a million dollars collateral to cover the treasurer’s deposits.

Commissioner Butch Hagan followed with a report from the Agriculture Society meeting. Members expect a budget increase near 5% for building repairs.

The commissioners also approved an agreement with Miller & Associates Consulting Engineers of Kearney to engineer the Darr road resurfacing project.

Action continued when commissioner Bill Stewart was authorized to sign a pair of child support enforcement agreements.

The commissioners also approved a few changes in the county’s paid time off agreement.

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