Nemaha County Commission 5.18.2020

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 18, 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. Greg Visser called in to ask Dipasquale about the condition of the roads in the areas where the wind farm is being constructed at this time, about letting the public know where they plan to be working each week on the project and about posting the hotline number on signs in the area for the public.

Visser also spoke to the commissioners about the comprehensive planning process of the county at this point.

The commissioners called and spoke to County Attorney Brad Lippert about the agreement with the Red Cross to use the Nemaha County Community Building as a shelter in times of disaster, about the re-opening of county offices to the public and about the fence view scheduled later today between property owned by Duane Mueting and the Fern Weyer Trust.

The commissioners called and spoke to Visser concerning further questions he had about the wind farm being constructed in the county and about the comprehensive planning process for the county. Attorney Lippert also was on the line for this call.

Fence View

The board recessed the meeting at 1:05 p.m. to conduct a fence view between property owned by Mueting and the Weyer Trust, which lies in sections 22 and 27 of Center Township. The meeting returned to open session at 3:30 p.m.

The board called and spoke to Attorney Lippert about the fence view that was just conducted. Lippert let the commissioners know their job at this point is to determine if the fence they just viewed is considered a sufficient fence. The commissioners all agreed it was not. Lippert stated he would draft a determination letter for the board to sign at next week’s meeting concerning this issue.

Department Reports

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

• The quarry in DuBois is out of road rock right now, so he plans to get some three-inch rock at DuBois to put down in certain places along county roads.

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

• He is waiting for the PPE order and the testing supply order to be fulfilled and shipped to Jane Sunderland with Nemaha County Community Health Services.

• There were storms in the area last Thursday evening, but no damage was reported due to these storms at this time.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding five inmates in the jail.

• His officers are assisting with a search warrant in Oneida at this time.

• He plans to speak to his in-house nurse at the jail to see if that company has COVID-19 testing supplies available to them at this time.

• His employees will try to get vacation time used, but would still like to know whether they will be paid for any hours they are not able to carry forward after July 1.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes, with corrections noted, from the May 11 meeting.

The commissioners received a 2021 budget request from Northeast Kansas Environmental Services in the amount of $10,000, which is the same amount this entity has received from the county over the past several years.

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

Discussion was held concerning when to open the county offices to the public, as well as what processes to follow when the offices open back up. Following discussion, it was decided at this time that the county offices should plan to open to the public on Wednesday, May 27.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 4 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Tuesday, May 26, due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.

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