Nemaha County Commission 3.9.2020

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 9, 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 Assistant Kristina Talkington, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Comprehensive Plan

Victor Burks from Bartlett and West

Representatives from three companies — Victor Burks from Bartlett and West, Gary Mitchell with Kendig Keast Collaborative, and  Keith Marvin with Marvin Planning — came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the process of preparing a comprehensive plan for Nemaha County, and to offer his services in helping to prepare the plan.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke briefly to Lippert about what they learned after speaking to three different comprehensive planning companies.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board of the following:

• He received a bid from Husker Steel to replace Bridge FJ-1 just south of Seneca in the amount of $181,760. Following discussion, the board approved the bid from Husker Steel.

• He received a bid from Bob Bergkamp Construction Company to redo roads in Nemaha County. This company bid $408,115 to do a three-mile stretch on Church Road (200th Road), $591,230 to do a four and a half mile stretch on 176th Road, $963,470 to do a seven-mile stretch on 56th Road, and $51,404 to do soil testing along all of these stretches of road. The commissioners made no decision regarding this bid at this time.

• He received a bid from Hall Brothers to put a three-inch overlay on a five and a half mile stretch of 52nd Road, west of Corning, in the amount of $842,209.20. Commissioners made no decision regarding this bid at this time.

• He received a bid from Foley Industries for the purchase of a 2019 motor grader in the amount of $226,603 with trade in of the county’s 2001 motor grader. Following discussion, the board approved the purchase of the 2019 motor grader.

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

• The tornado siren test last week went well. Lierz stated that Haug Communications is looking into issues with the siren in St. Benedict.

• There have been several grass fires in the county that have gotten out of control over the past few days.

• There was a house fire last week in Centralia that was a total loss. Lierz stated that the family that lived in the house is receiving assistance from the Red Cross at this time.

• He had information to share with the commissioners about hot spot detection from the National Weather Service. Russel provided copies of this information to the commissioners.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board of the following:

• K-9 handler Darron Wessel started training today with the new dog that was recently purchased.

• Dispatcher Cheyenne Wilhelm was moved from relief employment to full-time employment with the county, effective March 1.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the March 2 meeting as presented.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2020-02, authorizing 2019 year-end county fund transfers. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The board approved transferring 2019 year-end funds as follows: $3,400 from the Diversion Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; $93,000 from the Law Enforcement Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; $900,000 from the Road and Bridge Fund to the Special Machinery Fund; $50,000 from the Noxious Weed Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; $30,000 from the Election Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; and $58,034.37 from the Transportation for Aging Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

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

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