Nemaha County Commission 7.20.2020

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 20, in the Commissioners’ 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, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans.

The commissioners called and spoke to Keith Marvin with Marvin Planning Consultants about beginning the process of preparing a Comprehensive Plan for Nemaha County. Marvin said a Planning Commission should be appointed. This board should be made up of nine to 12 members. This board also could serve as the Steering Committee for the project. Marvin would like to see this board appointed by approximately the middle of August. Questions were proposed from those present for Marvin and the board of commissioners.

Kylee Luckeroth, with the Seneca Chamber of Commerce/Seneca Downtown Impact, came before the board to let the commissioners know the Big Kansas Road Trip has now been postponed to May 6-9, 2021. The commissioners approved payment of invoices presented by Luckeroth for Nemaha County’s share of costs involved with the planning of the Big Kansas Road Trip in the amount of $454.98.

Department Reports

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

• The guys are still hauling rock.

• The contractor is still working on 176th Road at this time.

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.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• He was involved with a SPARK meeting last Thursday with school districts and hospitals in Nemaha County. Lierz said the hospitals will not qualify for this program as they will receive other funding from the State and/or Federal government. Treasurer Janell Niehues also was present for this discussion. Discussion was held concerning how to deposit the $2,065,241 received in Nemaha County through the SPARK Program. Discussion also was held concerning hiring a CPA to assist Nemaha County with the SPARK Program funding. Following discussion, the commissioners approved and signed the engagement letter with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd, LLC for this purpose.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They dealt with several cases of criminal damage over the weekend.

• They are having problems with the lighting in a portion of the Law Enforcement Center. Vernon said, because of this, they have begun updating the lighting in this portion of the building.

• Lane Beck should have become a full-time employee with Nemaha County, effective back on May 16. This change will be made with the Clerk’s Office for Human Resource purposes.

• They are currently holding eight inmates in the jail.

• Osawatomie State Hospital recently refused to take a prisoner that requires services from this facility.

Also at the meeting:

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

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the July 13 meeting, with corrections.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, July 27. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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