Nemaha County Commission 5.13.2019

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met at 9 a.m. Monday, May 13, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Tim Burdiek and Dennis Henry, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

David Jasper with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc. came before the board to let commissioners know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to ask commissioners to adopt a proclamation concerning this. Following discussion, the commissioners approved a proclamation stating that May 2019 is Mental Health Month in Nemaha County.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. The commissioners entered into executive session for attorney-client privileges until 10:10 a.m. Present for the executive session were the three commissioners, County Attorney Brad Lippert, and Neeld by phone. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

The meeting then was moved to the courtroom of the Nemaha County Courthouse at 10:20 a.m. for open wind farm discussion. Scoby announced that the county is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources. Scoby also announced that commissioners will meet next week on Wednesday, May 22, instead of Monday, May 20, for their regular weekly meeting.

Scoby also announced that commissioners are considering the adoption of a resolution (Resolution 2019-4) whereby they will not hear any requests to use the roads, infrastructure, and other public areas of the County of Nemaha County for a period of six months. Those in attendance at this discussion were given a copy of this proposed resolution.

Scoby pointed out that this resolution includes a statement that the commissioners intend to appoint an advisory committee to determine the viability of enacting a zoning ordinance, either limited or broad, for Nemaha County; however, this zoning ordinance would not apply to the Soldier Creek Wind Farm development currently pending before the commissioners. Commissioners and Lippert took questions and comments concerning Resolution 2019-4.

Following discussion, the commissioners approved adoption of Resolution 2019-4 placing a moratorium in Nemaha County.

Department Reports

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to again speak to commissioners about the purchase of another van for use in the Transportation Department. Following discussion, commissioners approved the purchase of a 2014 Dodge Northstar E vehicle from a private individual in the amount of $25,000.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that there are a lot of issues that need to be fixed throughout the county concerning roads, tubes and bridges following the recent rains received in the area.

Noxious Weed Supervisor Mixie Vance advised the board that she has hired Cole Strathman and Aiden Caffrey as summer help for the Noxious Weed Department. Strathman will begin work for the county on May 20 at a rate of pay of $9.50 per hour, and Caffrey will also begin work for the county on May 20 at a rate of pay of $9 per hour.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• The county did not have enough damage assessment following the March storms to receive money from FEMA.

• He also would like to see the county purchase Level B Hazmat suits to have on hand. Commissioners agreed to purchase 12 suits from Fastenal Company at a cost of $2,382. The cost of the suits is to be paid out of the Commissioner’s Fund.

• There will be a Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, May 15.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 6 meeting.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of May.

With no further county business coming before the board, the meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22.

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