The Lincoln County commissioners approved a set of increases Monday in the base pay of elected officials who head up the county departments.

The base salaries, which are reviewed every four years, represent an increase in the neighborhood of  $2,000-$5,000 per office.

The commissioners declined to take a pay raise for themselves.

The salaries are determined after a study of comparable salaries by the Nebraska Association of County Officials, commissioner Joe Hewgley said.

The amounts will take effect in 2019 and are good to 2023.

The salaries:

Board of Commissioners — $26,600

County Attorney — $105,600

County Sheriff — $82,500

County Clerk  — $75,900

County Treasurer — $69,400

County Assessor — $69,400

Register of Deeds — $66,000

Clerk of District Court — $66,000

Public Defender — $66,000

County Surveyor — $14,400


In other business, Highway Supt. Carla O’Dell is working on proposals to rebuild the long-delayed South Buffalo Road reconstruction.

The board authorized O’Dell to request proposals for the project as she sees fit, Lincoln County Clerk Becky Rossell said.

Also, John Childears of Agri Affiliates asked the county to reopen a road near North River Road, about 15 miles northwest of North Platte, known as Newton Lane.

Childears said there is no legal access to the property belonging to the Evans brothers, and attempts to negotiate an access with landowners were unsuccessful.

The board took no action. After discussion, Deputy County Attorney Joe Wright and Childears went into Wright’s office to check state statues concerning isolated roads and confer further.

In other action, the board:

  • Approved a bid from Simon Construction of $7,950 to replace the north guard rail on Hall School Road Bridge.
  • Agreed to accept bids for new motor grader blades for the Lincoln County Department of Roads at 10 a.m. on Jan. 29.