Nemaha County Commission 2.3.2020

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 3, 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, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to review with the commissioners the recent Microloan Fund semiannual report that needs to be submitted to Kansas Department of Commerce. Chairman Burdiek signed the report as presented.

Gafford also let the commissioners know what contacts she has reached out to for help with the development of a Nemaha County Comprehensive Plan.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to the commissioners. Commissioners held a one hour executive session until 10:15 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Neeld by phone, Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel, Ronnebaum and County Attorney Brad Lippert. At 10:15 a.m., the commissioners extended the executive session for an additional 30 minutes. The meeting returned to open session at 10:30 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Following the executive session, Chairman Burdiek announced that the county is still working on the road use agreement for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm at this time.

Department Reports

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

• He had rock trailers out on O Road last Friday and will have the guys hauling road rock throughout the county this week.

• They are working on setting up the annual Safety Meeting this year for Thursday, Feb. 20.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board of the following:

• Rainbow Communications will discontinue their cable TV service later this year. Sheriff Vernon stated that he is looking into other options to provide cable TV service for the Law Enforcement Center.

• Lexipol will be helping to update the Sheriff’s Office policies as needed.

• The overhead door on the north side of the jail needs to be repaired.

• He will be looking into purchasing Angel Armour body armor for first responders that would have an unlimited shelf life. Sheriff Vernon stated that he will come back to the commissioners once he has more information on this body armor.

Emergency Preparedness Director Mixie Vance advised the board of the following:

• She had the annual Noxious Weed Report for the commissioners to review, which gets submitted to the State of Kansas. Commissioners signed the report as presented.

• She is on the Noxious Weed Association Scholarship Committee and would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund. Commissioners approved donating $250 to the Noxious Weed Association Scholarship Fund out of the county’s Commissioner’s Fund.

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

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Jan. 27 meeting as presented.

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

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Feb. 10. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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