Nemaha County Commission 9.3.2019

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 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, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Dr. James Longabaugh came before the board to request a red light permit for a vehicle owned by the City of Sabetha that the recently hired paramedic for the Sabetha EMS will drive to respond to calls in the area.

Lyle Feldkamp and Richard Gress with Gilman Township came before the board to speak to commissioners about a tube that needs to be replaced located along M Road just south of U.S. Highway 36. Feldkamp and Gress stated that they will bring this issue to the attention of Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Bergkamp Construction has finished work on W Road north of U.S. Highway 36. Ronnebaum stated that the county will now double seal the road yet this season.

• Bergkamp Construction is now working on a two-mile stretch of 200th Road.

• He would like to move Dustin Boeckman in the Road and Bridge Department to the next step on the pay scale. Commissioners agreed to increase Boeckman’s pay from $16.59 per hour to $16.88 per hour on the truck driver pay scale, effective Aug. 21.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Seneca Nutrition Center employee Sherry Cardwell came before the board to speak to Commissioners about leasing the dishwashers at the Seneca and Sabetha Nutrition Centers instead of purchasing them. Commissioners advised Yunghans and Cardwell to check with the local schools to see if they lease their dishwashers and through whom.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• There was a mandatory evacuation of the trailer park on Snake Road early Friday morning last week. Lierz stated that the Seneca Police Department and Seneca Fire Department assisted with evacuating 10 residents from their homes. Lierz also stated that the Nemaha County Community Building was opened for the displaced residents and that the Red Cross came to assist those residents until they were allowed to return to their homes.

• Four to six inches of rain fell in 90 minutes during this same storm Friday morning.

• Kansas Highway 187 and Kansas Highway 9 were both closed for a few hours Friday morning due to water over the road.

• He will be attending training later today with the Wetmore Fire Department on grain bin rescues.

• He has a meeting with the Sabetha hospital and the Sabetha school district to discuss an upcoming active shooter drill to be held in late October.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that they are currently holding nine inmates in the jail, but they do have a couple of inmates who need to be picked up at other facilities.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Lippert about the red light permit request received this morning from Sabetha EMS.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 meetings.

The board reviewed and approved

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

Chairman Scoby signed the CIC Annual Peopleware Agreement for 2019-20 as presented.

Chairman Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1 p.m.

These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting was held at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9. Minutes from this meeting were unavailable at The Herald’s press time.

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