Nemaha County Commission 5.11.2020

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 11, 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.

The commissioners recessed the meeting at 11:15 a.m. to look at proposed renovations to the courtroom in the Nemaha County Courthouse. The board spoke to a representative from Ratigan-Schottler Manufacturing about replacing the courtroom seating with pews. This company will be providing a quote to the county for the cost of the pews soon. The meeting resumed at 11:45 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room of the Courthouse.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board by phone that:

• He has the guys hauling rock at this time. Ronnebaum stated they also will be hauling chips when it is too wet to put rock on the roads.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board by phone that:

• She would like to put an ad in the paper for summer help for the Noxious Weed Department at this time. The commissioners advised her to go ahead with this.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board by phone that:

• The decals have now been put on the new Emergency Preparedness truck. Lierz stated everything is now done on the new truck.

• He has ordered PPE supplies for the different facilities in the county, and he has ordered more testing supplies for the hospitals as well.

• He will try to get hand sanitizer for the county departments to have on hand when they open back up to the public.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are still currently holding three inmates in the jail.

• The jail staff are all back to working at the same time now.

• He is still trying to fill some open positions on the jail staff at this time.

• Soon, Zoom will be installed in each pod of the jail to allow video calls between inmates and their friends and families.

The board spoke to County Attorney Brad Lippert by phone. Lippert emailed a new Emergency Order for the commissioners to review, which contains the recommendations of the committee concerning necessary restrictions for the next phases of reopening the county. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the Emergency Public Health Order, dated May 11, as presented. The board signed the order as presented. The new Emergency Order will be posted to the Nemaha County website.

Lippert also emailed a resolution for the commissioners to review, extending the current moratorium in Nemaha County that prevents the board from considering the development of any large projects originating in Nemaha County. Following discussion, the commissioners approved Resolution 2020-10, which extends the moratorium for an additional six months from the date of May 13. The commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The commissioners and County Attorney Lippert spoke by phone to Mary Schmitz with the Seneca Driver’s License Office about the office reopening by appointment only on Tuesday, May 12, in the Nemaha County Pioneer Building. The board asked Schmitz to follow certain procedures when letting customers into the building for their appointments.

The board also spoke to Lippert about a date to reopen the Courthouse and county departments to the public, about a date to bring all county staff back to work at the same time, about an agreement with the Red Cross to use the Nemaha County Community Building as a shelter for disaster victims, about the renewal process of the Nemaha County Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and about the fence view request submitted recently by Duane and Alison Mueting.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 4 meeting.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of May.

The commissioners accepted the bid from Epoxy Coating Specialists, in the amount of $5,773, to remove the tile and install a new epoxy flooring in the main hall of the Courthouse.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, May 18. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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