Nemaha County Commission 1.6.20

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 6, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tim Burdiek leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Dennis Henry and Gary Scoby, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

The commissioners approved the 2020 appropriation requests submitted throughout 2019. These requests include $6,500 per quarter for Nemaha County United 4 Youth, $6,100 for the Northeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department, $3,000 for the Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation, $10,000 for Northeast Kansas Environmental Services, and $3,000 for Glacial Hills RC&D Council.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. The commissioners decided to hold a 45-minute executive session until 9:55 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Neeld by phone, Ronnebaum and Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel. The meeting returned to open session at 9:50 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Burdiek said that the road use agreement and the haul route map are still being finalized at this time with NextEra Energy Resources. Henry said that Nemaha County is still talking to the Flint Hills Regional Council about assisting with the development of a comprehensive plan for the county.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board of the following:

• They are having issues with a truck at the landfill. Ronnebaum said that Tyler Stallbaumer will be taking a look at the truck this week.

• The guys will be fixing a box culvert located north of Sabetha on 224th Road this week.

• He would like to purchase bridge beams from Husker Steel in the amount of $16,596. Commissioners agreed to allow this purchase.

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

• The total call load for the Sheriff’s Office for 2019 was approximately 3,000 calls.

• They are currently holding 12 inmates in the jail.

• They had patrol car bids to review with commissioners. Rick Honeyman Ford bid $29,740 for a 2020 Ford Explorer with trade in of a 2016 Dodge Charger, and $27,740 for a 2020 Ford Explorer with trade-in of a 2016 Ford Explorer. Aberle Ford bid $27,900 for a 2020 Ford Explorer with trade-in of a 2016 Ford Explorer. Nemaha Valley Motors bid $24,000 for a 2020 Dodge Durango with trade-in of a 2016 Dodge Charger, and $25,000 for a 2020 Dodge Durango with trade-in of a 2016 Ford Explorer. The commissioners accepted Vernon’s recommendation and approved the purchase of two 2020 Dodge Durangos from Nemaha Valley Motors, one in the amount of $24,000 and one in the amount of $25,000.

• Vernon and Cross said they needed an executive session with commissioners. The commissioners decided to hold a 10-minute executive session until 10:30 a.m. to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Vernon, Cross and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 10:30 a.m. with Vernon announcing that Cheyenne Wilhelm has been hired as a relief dispatcher for the county beginning work on Jan. 6 at a rate of pay of $14.41 per hour pending approval of the Nemaha County 2020 reorganization.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board of the following:

• There was a house fire in Oneida early Saturday morning. Lierz stated that the house was considered a total loss and left a family of three without a place to live.

• The railroad tracks east of Seneca will be repaired beginning Jan. 10.

• He would recommend that commissioners approve the purchase of the 2020 Dodge Ram bid that was opened earlier at the Dec. 16 meeting. The commissioners approved the purchase of a 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 from Nemaha Valley Motors in the amount of $19,250 with trade-in of a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with Lippert at this time.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the purchase of a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup from Nemaha Valley Motors in the amount of $9,500 with trade-in of a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup. This pickup will be used by the maintenance department.

The commissioners approved a donation of $100 to any school or other school related organization in Nemaha County requesting an after-prom party donation.

The commissioners approved payment of the 2020 National Association of Counties membership dues in the amount of $450.

The commissioners approved payment of the 2020 Kansas Association of Counties membership dues in the amount of $3,539.23.

The commissioners appointed Dr. Gregg Wenger and Jennifer Nagely to the Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc., governing board for another three-year term, which would expire on Dec. 31, 2022.

Commissioners signed the Nemaha County Mental Health contract for 2020 with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc., as presented.

Scoby signed the 2019 Clerk’s Year End Report as presented.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2020-1 — authorizing Nemaha County’s participation in the Rural Opportunity Zone Student Loan Repayment Program for 2020. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The commissioners appointed County Attorney Brad Lippert to the NEK-CAP, Inc. governing board for 2020. Commissioners signed the appointment letter as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Dec. 30, 2019, meeting.

The board reviewed the warrants and approved payment of vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of December 2019.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Jan. 13. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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