Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission
Mary Kay Schultejans
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 2, in the Commissioners’ 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, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.
Susan Futscher with the Nemaha County Training Center (NCTC) came before the board to let the commissioners know that NCTC’s annual Breakfast with Santa event would be held that weekend. She also stated that she is still waiting to receive a bid for the replacement of an air conditioning unit at the Seneca Day Center location.
The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to the commissioners by phone. Burdiek moved to hold a 60-minute executive session until 10:25 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel, Neeld by phone, Ronnebaum and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 10:25 a.m. with no action taken by the board.
Following the executive session, Scoby stated that at this point, they are still working on the haul route and the road use agreement for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm.
Lippert came before the board to let the commissioners know that he reviewed Supplemental Agreement No. 1 with Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers. The commissioners signed Supplemental Agreement No. 1 to the Agreement for Engineering Services between Nemaha County and Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers for construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm as presented.
Ronnebaum advised the board that the recycling trailer in Centralia was set on fire over the weekend. The trailer was destroyed. No decision was made at this time whether to place a new recycling trailer in Centralia or not.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board. They spoke to the commissioners about hiring an additional part-time person to dispatch in the afternoons for the Transportation Department. Yunghans let the commissioners know that she plans to hire Phyllis Heideman for this position. Heideman will start work for the county on Dec. 16 at a pay rate of $13.53 per hour.
Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that the Kansas Department of Agriculture will conduct an exercise at a dairy in Nemaha County on Dec. 16 and 17. Lierz stated that he will be assisting with this exercise.
Lierz also stated that he has some leftover hand-held radios, and plans to give two of them to the Sabetha Fire Department for their use.
Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that they are dealing with several criminal damage to property incidences that occurred in Centralia this past weekend.
They also found out that Dodge has put a freeze on all new Chargers and pickups at this time, and will not make any more of these vehicles until the fall of 2020.
Lippert let the commissioners know that he is needing to replace his county-owned cell phone sometime soon.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed the minutes from the Nov. 25 meeting. Commissioners approved the minutes as presented.
Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.
Commissioners signed the Cemetery Road Maintenance Agreement for 2020 and beyond as presented. This agreement now will be sent to the City of Seneca, Richmond Township and Sts. Peter and Paul Church for signatures as well.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of November. The commissioners approved the warrants and pay vouchers for November 2019 as presented.
With no further county business coming before the board, Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:50 p.m.
The next meeting was held on Monday, Dec. 9. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.