Nemaha County Commission 12.30.2019

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, 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, Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Chairman Scoby opened the public hearing at 10:23 a.m. scheduled for the adoption of Nemaha County 2019 budget amendments. With no public comment being given, Chairman Scoby closed the hearing at 10:28 a.m. The commissioners approved the budget amendments as publicized, and signed the Nemaha County 2019 Amended Budget as presented.

Gary Satter with the Glacial Hills RC&D Council came before the board. Satter updated commissioners concerning the recent activities of the Glacial Hills organization, and requested $3,000 in financial support from Nemaha County for 2020.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Lippert about changes they are considering adding to the Nemaha County 2020 Reorganization and the Nemaha County 2020 Employee Handbook. Commissioners reviewed a draft of the Nemaha County 2020 Reorganization and the Nemaha County 2020 Employee Handbook — suggesting further changes to be made to these documents at this time.

Department Reports

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board of the following:

• She had the 2020 Kansas Department of Transportation contract for spraying of highway roadsides in Nemaha County for commissioners to review. Following review, Chairman Scoby signed the contract as presented.

• All of the yearly permits are up to date for the employees in the Noxious Weed Department.

• The mowing tractor is having issues and will need to be brought into Heritage Tractor for repair. Vance stated that this is a 10-year-old tractor that may need to be replaced sometime soon. Commissioners advised Mixie to go ahead and get bids for a new tractor for them to review.

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

• He has spoken to Bergkamp Construction about the cost to redo an additional three mile stretch of 200th Road in 2020.

• Overhead lights at the landfill and the transfer station need to be replaced. Commissioners advised Ronnebaum to get this done.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that a foreign animal disease exercise was held in the county on Dec. 16 through 18.

Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that they are currently holding 11 inmates in the jail.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board. They let commissioners know of the following:

• Following the review of the proposals received for the architect for the new Senior Services/Transit Building, BG Consultants was approved as the architect for the project. Yunghans and Weaver stated that BG Consultants now will come to commissioners with a design plan and an approximate cost for this project.

• Sharon Haverkamp will be off of work from Jan. 6 through 26.

• Changes they would like to see made to the Nemaha County 2020 Reorganization and Employee Handbook before they are approved.

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to let commissioners know the results of the Push Pin Project that was done recently. Roeder stated that through this project, three buildings were found that did not get picked up by the Appraiser’s Office staff and added to the tax roll.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Dec. 16, 2019, meeting.

The board approved and signed Resolution 2019-9 — allowing Nemaha County financial statements for 2019 to be prepared on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of December.

Chairman Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

Commissioners signed a thank you letter as presented to be sent to Corley Becker for her landscaping work at the Nemaha County Community Building.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed a change order in the amount of -$3,119.08 through Eisenbarth Plumbing for the Bern Fire District Community Development Block Grant project as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

The next meeting was held at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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