Nemaha County Commission 6.3.2019

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 3, 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.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, came before the board. Commissioners entered a one-hour executive session until 10 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney Neeld and County Attorney Brad Lippert. At 10 a.m., commissioners extended the executive session for an additional 30 minutes. The meeting returned to open session at 10:30 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Following the executive session, Neeld stated that the county has been working with NextEra Energy Resources to get a site map of the proposed wind turbine locations. Neeld stated that the county is asking NextEra Energy Resources to provide more detail concerning the site map at this time. No questions or comments were posed to Neeld or commissioners following this announcement.

Department Reports

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• The watershed dam near Sabetha that has been threatening to fail is being dug out today so that repairs can be made to the dam.

• He is requesting that commissioners adopt a proclamation of local disaster emergency due to the recent tornadoes and flooding that have occurred in the county. Commissioners adopted a Proclamation of a State of Local Disaster Emergency for the county. Chairman Scoby signed the proclamation as presented.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding 13 inmates in the jail.

• They booked eight individuals into the jail this past week.

County Attorney Lippert and commissioners discussed access to abandoned cemeteries in the county and about drafting a deed that gives ownership of mineral rights to the current landowner of the property.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 28 meeting.

The board reviewed and approved vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of May.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, June 10. Minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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