Nemaha County Commission 5.4.2020
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 4, 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, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.
The commissioners called and spoke to Shane Dipasquale with Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers for an update concerning the construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County.
Following County Attorney Brad Lippert’s review of Supplemental Agreement No. 3 with Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers, the commissioners approved Supplemental Agreement No. 3 to the Agreement for Engineering Services between Nemaha County, Kan., and Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers for construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm. The commissioners signed the agreement as presented.
The commissioners called and spoke to Lippert by phone. Lippert let the board know he feels it would be best if we go through the steps to renew the county’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and back date the effective date of the plan to April 1.
The board asked Lippert to find out more information concerning the fence view request submitted recently by Duane and Alison Mueting. The commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the plan to reopen the Courthouse to the public.
District Court Clerk Amy Entrikin called to speak to the board about installing epoxy flooring inside the main door of their office up to the counter at the same time the flooring is replaced on the main floor of the Courthouse inside the south doors. Entrikin also spoke to the commissioners about the orders her office will have to follow once hearings are being held again in the courtroom of the Courthouse. These orders differ depending on if the Courthouse is open to the public or not at the time these hearings are held.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board by phone that:
• The guys are hauling rock and blading roads today.
Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board by phone that:
• The lights and radio have now been installed in his new truck, and he expects to get the decals put on later this week.
• The new tornado siren for the City of Bern has come in and will be installed as soon as possible.
• He is trying to keep the hospitals and healthcare facilities in the county supplied with any PPE items needed at this time.
County Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board. The commissioners asked Niehues to explain how county residents can still pay the second half of their property taxes even though the courthouse is still closed to the public at this time. Discussion was also held concerning processes to be followed when the courthouse does open back up to the public.
Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
• They have brought all of the dispatchers back to work at this time, but will separate them again if needed in the future.
• They are currently holding three inmates in the jail.
• They have received some traffic complaints concerning wide loads along Highway 63.
• They plan to start doing VIN inspections again by appointment only.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 27 regular meeting and the May 1 special meeting.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of April. The commissioners approved the pay vouchers and warrants for April 2020 as presented.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 12:25 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, May 11. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.