Nemaha County Commission 6.21.2021

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 21. The meeting was called to order with Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Dylan Keim and Jason Koch, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans.

Department Reports

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

• He received a couple of job applications that he shared with commissioners.

• Crews are still blade patching at this time.

• He has been working with County Attorney Brad Lippert to get two portions of road closed in the county where a bridge is no longer passable.

• The crew is currently working on a bridge near T Road and 160th Road. They will then move to a bridge near I Road and 128th Road.

• He would like to get the contract signed for Bridge N-5 on the State 90/10 Bridge Program. Following discussion, commissioners signed the contract as presented.

• He would like to apply to the State 80/20 Bridge Program to replace Bridge F-14.

• He would like to move forward with having the C&D pit survey completed at the landfill.

Commissioners advised Kuckelman to get this scheduled to be done.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans let commissioners know that the refrigerator/freezer combo at the Sabetha Nutrition Center has quit working. She received a quote from Sabetha Hardware in the amount of $899 to purchase a new refrigerator/freezer combo unit. Commissioners approved the quote from Sabetha Hardware.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• We are no longer under a State Declaration for the COVID-19 virus.

• There was training last week with emergency responders at Ag Partners Coop. Lierz shared the information he received with the Dispatch Office.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• The second patrol car ordered for 2021 has now been delivered.

• He is talking to some counties that currently use mobile data units.

• The Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office is working with AT&T to move administrative phone lines (not 911 emergency lines) to Rainbow Communications.

• They booked seven individuals into the jail this past week.

• They are currently holding nine inmates in the jail.

County Attorney Lippert let commissioners know that a public hearing will need to be scheduled to close the two portions of road that he has been talking with Kuckelman about. The public hearing will be held at noon Monday, July 12.

Commissioners let Lippert know that the county has no need for what used to be Old Highway 63 where it meets with Snake Road.

Lippert stated that he talked with Emergency Preparedness Director Lierz and that he is advising commissioners to rescind the disaster declaration issued on Aug. 24, 2020, related to the COVID-19 virus. Following discussion, commissioners approved rescinding the disaster declaration at this time. Commissioners signed a Termination of State of Local Disaster Emergency as presented.

Commissioners spoke to Lippert about the renewal of the ambulance agreement with Sabetha EMS. The county was made aware that the renewal agreement contained out dated dollar amounts.

At 10:55 a.m., Keim moved to recess the meeting until after the business tour with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas. Commissioners returned to the meeting room at 3:45 p.m.

Also at the meeting:

The District Court Office submitted a 2022 budget request in the amount of $78,100, which represents an increase of $1,500 over their 2021 budgeted amount.

The board reviewed the minutes from the June 7 and June 14 meetings. The minutes were approved, with corrections noted.

Commissioners spoke by phone to Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Kuckelman about providing a roll-off to Koch and Company for disposal of heavy cardboard rolls with lacquer on them.

Commissioners entered into a 15-minute executive session until 4:30 p.m. to discuss the pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Appraiser Betty Roeder. At 4:30 p.m., commissioners extended the executive session for an additional 10 minutes. At 4:40 p.m., commissioners extended the executive session for an additional five minutes. The meeting returned to open session at 4:45 p.m. Upon return to regular session, commissioners approved Resolution 2021-7, appointing Betty Roeder as the Nemaha County Appraiser for a term of four years beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2025, at a salary of $60,000 per year. The new salary becomes effective June 21, 2021. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

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

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