Nemaha County Commission 3.16.20

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 16, 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.

Logan Bausch and Martha Smith with Northeast Kansas Environmental Services came before the board to present their 2019 report to the commissioners, and to thank the county for its support of Northeast Kansas Environmental Services.

Commissioners called and spoke to Garrett Nordstrom with Governmental Assistance Services by phone for the public hearing scheduled for the close-out of the Bern Fire District 4 CDBG grant project. Chairman Burdiek opened the public hearing at 10:35 a.m. and asked for any public comment concerning the grant project. With no public comment being given, Burdiek closed the hearing at 10:36 a.m. Burdiek signed the close-out paperwork as presented.

Department Reports

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to ask the commissioners about their plan for the county, and specifically the courthouse, during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to let the commissioners know that she plans to move all meals at the Nutrition Center to a pick-up only or delivery-only type of service at this time.

Yunghans also spoke to the board about a plan that the Transportation Department will be following to try to get the most out of their grant-funded vehicles as possible. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the Transit Asset Management Plan, through the Kansas Department of Transportation, as presented.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about their role as the local health board in Nemaha County.

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• They plan to begin advertising for the dust control program again for this year.

• He received bids for a new truck for the Road and Bridge Department. Kenworth bid $114,617 for a 2020 truck that is currently on the lot, and Peterbuilt bid $110,917 for a 2021 truck to be built. The commissioners approved the purchase of the Peterbuilt truck.

• He also received bids for a new trailer for the Road and Bridge Department. R-Way Trailers bid $47,099. The commissioners approved the purchase of this trailer contingent upon Ronnebaum’s inspection and approval of the trailer.

• Office Manager Haverkamp received a right-of-way easement request from Todd Rokey to bore under 200th and T Roads for irrigation purposes. The commissioners approved the right of way easement request from Todd Rokey. Commissioners signed the request form as presented.

• The Driver’s License Office is wanting to use the Nemaha County Community Building parking lot to do CDL testing instead of the area that they currently use near the county shop. Commissioners advised Ronnebaum to look into what it would cost to improve the current area that is used for CDL testing.

• He needed an executive session with the commissioners. The board held a 15-minute executive session until 9:55 a.m. to discuss the pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Ronnebaum and Haverkamp. The meeting returned to open session at 9:55 a.m. with Chairman Burdiek announcing that Todd Swart will be receiving a pay increase from $16.55 per hour to $16.84 per hour, effective March 21.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She wanted to discuss with Commissioners the spraying of township road right of ways for this coming year. Commissioners plan to discuss this issue further with Vance at next week’s meeting.

Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• The Sheriff’s Office will be suspending the work release program at the jail and not allowing visitors at the jail at this time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

• The new vehicles recently purchased for the Sheriff’s Office are now in at Nemaha Valley Motors.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the March 9 meeting.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of March.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, March 23. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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