Nemaha County Commission 12.21.2020

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 21, 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, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans.

Department Reports

Office Manager Haverkamp advised the board that:

• Bridge P-22, which lies in Granada Township between Sections 5 and 6, was closed on May 28, 2013. Trent Glick was present at the meeting to speak to the commissioners about closing a portion of T Road in Granada Township where this bridge is located. The board advised Glick that they would speak to County Attorney Brad Lippert about this issue and get back to him.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She received the Kansas Department of Transportation contract to spray the state road rights-of-way for 2021. Commissioners reviewed the contract and Chairman Burdiek signed as presented.

• She would like to be reimbursed for a tablet that she purchased for use for Zoom meetings that she is required to participate in as the Nemaha County Noxious Weed Director. The board stated they would talk to Carlotta Sunderland about reimbursing Vance through the Nemaha County SPARK funding.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• Bern Fire Department would like to be reimbursed for the cost of training for three firefighters from their department. The commissioners agreed to reimburse the Bern Fire Department $304.05 for this training out of the Broxterman Home Health Fund.

• He is having problems with his ID badge machine. Lierz said he is working with IT to get it repaired at this time.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• He has hired Ashley Fischer as a part-time dispatcher starting Dec. 30, at a rate of pay of $16.50 per hour.

• The department is currently holding 11 inmates in the jail.

• The department booked seven individuals into the jail this past week.

The commissioners called and spoke to Sunderland concerning the Nemaha County SPARK funding. The board approved applications submitted for the SPARK Emergency Relief Grant Program in the amount of $86,598.13. The commissioners also approved reallocating $1,255.90 left over from the SPARK Not-for-Profit Program to the SPARK Emergency Relief Grant Program.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans let the commissioners know that she will be getting four laptops and four tablets for her Transportation Program that will be 100 percent paid for by KDOT. She also advised the board that she plans to purchase a new convection oven and bread racks with the STEP Foundation Grant that the Nutrition Program was recently awarded. Yunghans requested an executive session with the commissioners. The board held a 10-minute session with Yunghans to discuss non-elected personnel. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Dec. 14 meeting.

Gary Satter with Glacial Hills RC&D gave the commissioners an update concerning the businesses that Glacial Hills RC&D has worked with over the past year. Satter also requested $3,000 in funding from Nemaha County for 2021, which is the same amount that has been provided to this organization over the past several years.

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

Chairman Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Dec. 28. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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