GOVERNING BODY: Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans

Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 16, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioner Jason Koch and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. Commissioner Dylan Keim was absent.

Department Reports

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

• The crews finished hauling chips last week for the Baileyville Road. Kuckelman stated that this road will be sealed this week.

• After the sealing is done, they plan to finish blade patching, will be hauling rock and will be installing tubes.

• They plan to start on Bridge O-43 near Goff soon.

• He needs to order grader tires for two motor graders.

• The clutch is out on Truck No. 3. Kuckelman stated that they will be taking the truck somewhere to get this repaired.

• He will be getting bids for the repair of the wall in Diane’s office at the landfill.

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

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• Haug Communications is working to repair the Wetmore tornado siren at this time.

• The Bern tornado siren is up and operational at this time.

• He is still working on a Hazard Mitigation Plan for the county.

• The county-wide Emergency Operations Plan needs to be updated by the end of the year. Lierz stated that he is working on this as well.

• Marshall County will be using the light tower again in the near future.

• Construction will begin on the Bern helicopter pad soon.

• Dispatch needs the GPS coordinates for the wind turbines in the county. Lierz stated he is working with NextEra Energy Resources to get this information for the Dispatch Office.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding seven inmates in the jail.

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

• He needed an executive session with commissioners. Commissioners entered into a five-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Vernon and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Sheriff Vernon announced the resignation of Heather Robinson as a full-time dispatcher effective Aug. 27 and the resignation of Ashley Griffith as a relief dispatcher effective Aug. 5.

Treasurer Janell Niehues spoke to commissioners about the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funds and the Interim Report due for this on Aug. 31. Niehues also spoke to the board about the upcoming bank rotation for county funds. She also spoke to the commissioners about changing the county’s outstanding check policy to decrease the amount of time until the check is considered null and void from two years to one year.

Maintenance employee Margie Anderson shared with the board an updated quote from Mark DeWalt for doing ceiling work in the Magistrate Judge’s Office at the courthouse. The commissioners left the meeting room at 11:25 a.m. to take a look at the ceiling in the Magistrate Judge’s Office and returned at 11:50 a.m.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans advised the board know that the 2014 Dodge Caravan that was spoke about at last week’s meeting is at Becker Repair and Performance. Yunghans also stated that the same van also has issues with the door locks that need to be repaired. She advised the commissioners know that they have been serving around 75 people in the Seneca area and 25 people in the Sabetha area through the Nutrition Program. Yunghans stated that this includes in-person dining, meal pick-up and meals on wheels.

Commissioner Keim called in and spoke to the commissioners about a proposed Eagle Scout project to paint the gym floor at the Nemaha County Community Building.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioner Keim was present by phone during this discussion. Commissioners talked to Lippert about the resignation of Jane Sunderland as the Nemaha County Local Health Officer effective Aug. 31. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about the Request for Proposal submitted by the Nemaha County Planning Commission to use to hire a new planning consultant.

The commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the annual township payment paid by NextEra Energy Resources as part of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm agreement, about the new agreement being drafted with Sabetha EMS, and about the designation of minimum maintenance roads in the county.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the renewal contract with the Kansas State Employee Health Plan Non-State Group Entities Program. Chairman Scoby signed the contract as presented. The contract is effective from Jan. 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2024.

Commissioners approved the Annual Peopleware Agreement with Computer Information Concepts effective Sept. 1, 2021. Chairman Scoby signed both copies of the agreement as presented.

The commissioners entered into a 15-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Aug. 9 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Aug. 23. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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