Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 9, 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.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners by phone. Commissioners held a 60-minute executive session to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Ronnebaum, Attorney Neeld by phone, Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 10:15 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Following the executive session, Scoby said, at this point, they are still working on the haul route and the road use agreement for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Employees are still hauling millings and patching holes at this time.

• He ordered some plastic tubes last week.

• He received a quote from Husker Steel for the purchase of bridge beams that he shared with commissioners.

Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• They are currently holding 12 inmates in the jail and one inmate at the Osawatomie State Hospital.

• They will be picking up additional inmates in Shawnee County and Jackson County today as well.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• There was a diesel spill along Highway 63 from Humboldt south to Seneca last week.

• There are memorandums of understanding with some of the cities in Nemaha County that need to be updated.

• The Sabetha Fire Department would like the county to purchase an AED unit for them to put in their rescue truck.

• He and Sheriff Vernon will be attending a Homeland Security meeting tomorrow in Topeka.

• He needed an executive session with the commissioners. Commissioners held a 10-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Lierz and Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 12:25 p.m. with Henry moving to eliminate the position of Assistant Emergency Preparedness Director effective immediately. Chairman Scoby signed a letter to this effect to be sent to current Assistant Emergency Preparedness Director Steve Duryea.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid in the middle of December.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Dec. 2 meeting.

Chairman Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

Commissioners asked Lippert to review a Real Property Relief Application submitted by Brad Kramer. Following discussion, the application was approved as presented. The County Appraiser and the County Clerk will prorate the amount of tax to be collected on this property for the 2019 tax year.

Commissioners approved for publication 2019 budget amendments recommended by Schultejans as presented.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Dec. 16. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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