Nemaha County Commission 8.23.2021

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 23, 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 Commissioners Dylan Keim and Jason Koch, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans.

Department Reports

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

• they have completely finished sealing county roads as of last week.

• an onyx seal will be done on the Snake Road soon by an outside vendor.

• the street in Corning will be paved soon by an outside vendor as well.

• they still have a small amount of blade patching to do on Old Highway 75, on the Bern-Sabetha Road, and on the Humboldt Road. Kuckelman stated that they may do some blade patching on a portion of the Goff-Oneida Road as well.

• the crew is setting a tube on Poor Farm Road today.

• Pawnee City, Neb., would like our Recycling Department to pick up their recyclable materials. Commissioners advised Kuckelman that they were not really in favor of this, but felt that he should bring this up to the Nemaha County Recycling Board.

• BG Consultants recently did a survey at the landfill. Kuckelman stated that they are advising that if the county would build a new berm for the C&D pit, this could extend the use of this pit for eight to 10 years.

Troy Melvin with the Maintenance Department spoke to commissioners about an Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal that they received to paint the court lines at the gym at the Nemaha County Community Building. Commissioners approved this project to be done as soon as possible.

Commissioners also spoke to Melvin about the ceiling work needing to be done in the Magistrate Judge’s Office at the courthouse.

Sheriff Rich Vernon, along with Undersheriff Bob Cross, advised the board that:

• CIC is still refusing to have their employee undergo a background check before doing work in the Law Enforcement Center to install the wall units for the time clock program. County Attorney Brad Lippert was also present for this discussion.

• they are currently holding six inmates in the jail.

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

• the new door locks at the jail should be installed soon.

• they have been interviewing to fill open dispatch positions and hope to have conditional offers made by the end of the week.

Treasurer Janell Niehues let commissioners know how the neighboring counties are handling their American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Aug. 16, meeting.

Commissioners reviewed a draft of the Nemaha County 2022 budget, suggesting changes to be made to the document at this time.

Lippert let commissioners know that he drafted a new resolution for their review regarding the county’s outstanding check policy.

He stated that he also drafted a new resolution for commissioners to review regarding election worker pay. Commissioners approved Resolution 2021-11, which increases election worker pay from the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour effective immediately. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

Lippert let commissioners know that he and Chairman Scoby sat in on a Zoom meeting last week with representatives from Nemaha County Community Health Services and from the Northeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department. Commissioners discussed with Lippert the appointment of a new health officer to replace Jane Sunderland upon her resignation from this position on Aug. 31.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2021-10, which changes the time before an outstanding check is considered null and void from two years to one year. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

Commissioners approved the District Court 2022 budget in the amount of $78,100. Chairman Scoby signed the budget as presented. Commissioners also approved the Four-County District Court budget in the amount of $12,411. Chairman Scoby signed the budget as presented.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was be held Monday, Aug. 30. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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