Nemaha County Commission 7.26.2021

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 26, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Dylan Keim and Jason Koch, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Susan Futscher with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board to speak to the commissioners about her renovation plans at the Seneca Day Center building. The board advised Futscher to get bids to draw the plans up for the work she would like done.

Julie Bergman and Suzanne Schuster with Rainbow Communications came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the phone service and internet service for Nemaha County.

The board called and spoke to Kristina Dietrick with HR Partners concerning the human resources assessment contract and the compensation analysis proposal, which was submitted to the board. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the human resources assessment contract with HR Partners in an amount not to exceed $7,000 without approval from the board to do so. Chairman Scoby signed the contract as presented.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, along with Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, advised the board that:

• The guys are still chipping and sealing county roads. Kuckelman stated they hope to be finished with all of the chipping and sealing except for the Baileyville Road by next week.

• He has hired Ben Hasenkamp as a Road and Bridge truck driver. Hasenkamp will start work for the county today, July 26, at a rate of pay of $17.43 per hour.

• He spoke with KDOT again about their upcoming bridge project along Highway 187 in Nemaha County. Kuckelman stated the State is willing to give $30,000 to $40,000 to help with improvements to 120th Road in preparation for this project, since 120th Road will see an increase in traffic due to the road closure on Highway 187.

• He spoke with Pottawatomie County about the striping of county roads. Kuckelman said he was told there was a lot of money and work involved in this process.

• He is running short on tubes and will need to order some soon. Kuckelman let the board know that the cost for tubes has increased significantly recently. The commissioners advised Kuckelman to go ahead and order more tubes at this time.

• He has ordered the signage necessary for the recently vacated portions of road in Berwick Township and in Red Vermillion Township.

• He would like to move Isaac Swart to the next step on the pay scale. The commissioners agreed to move Swart from $17.56 per hour to $17.84 per hour, effective July 21.

• He also would like to move Dustin Boeckman to a different step on the pay scale. The board agreed to move Boeckman from $17.98 per hour to $18.75 per hour, effective Aug. 21.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She let her summer help — Aiden Caffrey and Garrett Schmelzle — go this past Friday, July 23.

• She and Justin Kramer attended training this past week in Manhattan in order to keep their restricted use pesticide licenses.

• They are having electrical problems with the spray truck that need to be looked at.

• She is requesting a small pay raise for the employees in the Noxious Weed Department. The commissioners stated they would keep this request in mind when setting the 2022 budget.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding seven inmates in the jail.

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

• Convergent will be installing new door locks at the Law Enforcement Center. Vernon let the board know that this company will perform repairs and upgrades when needed, but does not require an annual maintenance agreement to be paid.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to speak to the commissioners about repairs needed for one of her vehicles. Yunghans said these repairs should be paid 100 percent by KDOT. Yunghans also spoke to the board about purchasing a new oven for the Seneca Nutrition Center. The commissioners wanted to wait awhile before purchasing a new oven at this time.

Yunghans spoke to the commissioners about repaying KDOT the amount reimbursed to the county for the construction of the new Senior Center/Transit Facility. The commissioners advised Yunghans to pay this amount out of the same account that the reimbursements were deposited into.

Yunghans let the board know she applied for a grant to purchase two new vans for her department. Yunghans said the county match for the purchase of the two new vans would be $21,563.60 and she would like to pay the county match out of the Medicaid money earned by her department. Following discussion, the board approved the motion to purchase the two vans.

The Emergency Preparedness Department submitted a 2022 budget request in the amount of $69,000, which is an increase of $4,900 over what was budgeted in 2021.

The Appraiser’s Office submitted a 2022 budget request in the amount of $214,400, which is an increase of $7,300 over what was budgeted in 2021.

The commissioners accepted the resignation of JR Hanni and Roger Kaster from the Nemaha County Fire District No. 4 governing board.

Per the recommendation of the Nemaha County Fire District No. 4 board members, the commissioners approved the motion to appoint Dean Korber and Robert Myers to the Nemaha County Fire District No. 4 governing board to replace JR Hanni and Roger Kaster following their resignations. The commissioners signed the appointment letters as presented.

Also at the meeting:

Seneca City Mayor Joe Mitchell and City Administrator Tami Haverkamp came before the board and requested an executive session with the board. The commissioners held a 20-minute executive session until 10:45 a.m. to discuss the policies and procedures involving non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Mayor Mitchell, City Administrator Haverkamp and County Clerk Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board went into a 25-minute executive session to discuss the policies and procedures involving non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, County Attorney Brad Lippert, Sheriff Vernon, Seneca Mayor Mitchell, Seneca Administrator Haverkamp and County Clerk Schultejans. At 11:15 a.m., the commissioners extended the executive session for an additional 15 minutes. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of July.

The board reviewed the minutes from the July 19 meeting. The minutes were approved with the corrections noted.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Aug. 2. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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