Nemaha County Commission 3.19.20

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in special session at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. Present for the meeting was Chairman Tim Burdiek, Commissioner Dennis Henry, Commissioner Gary Scoby, Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz, Maintenance Employee Troy Melvin, Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance, Undersheriff Bob Cross, Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus, District Court Clerk Amy Entrikin, Treasurer Janell Niehues, Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver, Court Services Officer Ray Blevins, County Attorney Brad Lippert, Appraiser Betty Roeder and County Health Officer Jane Sunderland via phone. Also present was County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Discussion was held concerning the procedures that should be put in place at Nemaha County offices during the current coronavirus pandemic. The commissioners approved Resolution 2020-3, which limits public access to Nemaha County departments and offices to take preventative measures designed to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus illness at this time. This resolution will go into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20. The commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

Discussion also was held concerning the procedures that should be put in place throughout Nemaha County during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The meeting was recessed at 3:15 p.m. to allow Lippert to draft an emergency order that will prohibit large gatherings of people in the county and will limit access to certain establishments in Nemaha County. The meeting resumed at 4:05 p.m.

The commissioners, acting as the Nemaha County Board of Health along with the Nemaha County Local Health Officer, voted to issue an emergency public health order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nemaha County. The emergency public health order prohibits large public gatherings of people in the county and closes all restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, bowling alleys, clubs and movie theaters in the county. The order became affective at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20. The commissioners signed the order as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

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

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