Nemaha County Commission 2.10.2020
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 10, 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.
Chairman Burdiek stated that the commissioners plan to meet next week on Friday, Feb. 21, instead of Tuesday, Feb. 18, for their regularly scheduled weekly meeting.
The commissioners entered into a two-hour executive session to discuss attorney-client privileges.
Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, the county’s hired Wind Farm attorney James Neeld, County Attorney Brad Lippert, Road and Bridge Supervisor Ronnebaum and two representatives from Cook, Flatt and Strobel.
Following executive session, no binding action was taken.
Chairman Burdiek stated that the county is still in negotiations at this time with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the Road Use Agreement for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm.
Questions and comments were taken from those present for the Wind Farm discussion.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He will probably get some additional loads of salt this week to have on hand.
• They have scheduled the Nemaha County Safety Meeting for March 4 at the Nemaha County Community Building.
• The guys are still hauling road rock at this time.
Office Manager Haverkamp recently received a letter concerning Nemaha County’s 2020 federal funding. Nemaha County is estimated to receive $103,838.22 for 2020.
Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
• They currently are holding seven inmates in the jail.
• They booked four individuals into the jail this past week.
• A new K-9 dog has been purchased at a cost of $9,500, with the cost to be paid out of the Seizure Fund.
• A company called Combined Public will be providing inmate-visitor communications at the jail.
• Strobel Doors will be coming soon to fix the overhead door on the north side of the jail.
Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• The 800-megahertz radios that were purchased will be put under the Sheriff’s Office license, and Haug Communications is working on getting the radios programmed at this time.
• An Animal Disease Response Training will be held in April at the Nemaha County Community Building in Seneca.
• He submitted a letter of support for the Sabetha Hospital in order for them to get a speaker on Pediatric Emergencies.
• He attended a National Weather Service class in Topeka on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
• He has talked to Nemaha Valley Motors about purchasing splash guards and a tonneau cover for the new pickup, with an estimated cost of around $700, for the Emergency Preparedness Department.
County Attorney Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with him at this time.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed and approved the minutes, with corrections noted, from the Feb. 3 meeting.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid in the middle of February.
Chairman Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
With no further county business coming before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 2 p.m. These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.