GOVERNING BODY: Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 19, 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, Interim Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Department Reports

Kuckelman advised the board that:

• He had maps for commissioners that showed proposed road work over the next two years in Nemaha County.

• The crew is hauling millings at this time to use for shoulder rock on E Road.

• He would like the commissioners to consider not having the landfill open on Saturdays in the future. Kuckelman stated that the county is not making any money being open on Saturdays to the public.

• The demo pit is just about full at the landfill and the county will need to open a new pit soon. Adam stated that he will be meeting with BG Consultants regarding this issue.

• The dozer at the landfill needs to be repaired and maintenanced.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She received bids for a new mower for the Noxious Weed Department. Seneca Implement bid $11,925 for a Bush Hog mower with trade in of the county’s current mower. Bruna Implement bid $13,706 for a Rhino mower with trade in of the county’s current mower. Heritage Tractor bid $11,500 for a John Deere mower with trade in of the county’s current mower. Commissioners made no decision regarding the purchase of a new mower at this time.

• She also received bids for a new tractor for the Noxious Weed Department. Bruna Implement bid $68,795 for a new Case tractor with trade in of the county’s current tractor. Heritage Tractor bid $74,200 difference between the cost of a new John Deere tractor outright and the price they will pay to buy the county’s current tractor. Heritage Tractor also spoke to Mixie about leasing a new John Deere tractor. Commissioners made no decision regarding the purchase of a new tractor at this time.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• He has been advertising for the monthly tornado siren tests that will begin on May 4.

• all of his generators are now up and running at this time.

• He is still waiting on bids for helicopter landing zone pads in the county.

• He would like to move forward with getting a credit or debit card for the Emergency Preparedness Department.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• Larry Collins is retiring effective May 1. Collins currently serves as a relief deputy for the county.

• They are holding six inmates in the jail.

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

Taylor with Heritage Tractor spoke to commissioners about their leasing program and about the bid submitted for a new tractor for the Noxious Weed Department from Heritage Tractor. Vance was also present for this discussion. Following this discussion, commissioners advised Vance to go back to Bruna Implement and have them price a tractor that would be at the next level up compared to the tractor they already bid.

Margie Anderson with the maintenance department spoke to commissioners about the purchase of a new floor scrubber for use at the Community Building and the Courthouse. Anderson also spoke to commissioners about power washing the outside of the Courthouse and about adding some landscaping on the south side of the Courthouse.

Anderson with the Maintenance Department came back before the board to let commissioners know what she found out from Eisenbarth Plumbing about the installation of a floor sink at the Courthouse. Following discussion, the commissioners moved to purchase a floor scrubber from Pur-O-Zone in the amount of $6,800 with the stipulation that the contract with Rosebaugh Janitorial Service to mop and buff the floors at the Courthouse be canceled. The cost of the floor scrubber is to be paid out of the county’s General Fund.

Also at the meeting:

Treasurer Janell Niehues requested an executive session with commissioners. The commissioners moved to hold a 15 minute executive session until 11:50 a.m. to discuss the leave of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Niehues. The meeting returned to open session at 11:50 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

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

The board reviewed and approved the minutes with corrections noted from the April 12 meeting. 

Keim moved to approve the purchase of the Time Clock Plus Software from Computer Information Concepts (CIC) for all county employees at a cost of $12,475. Koch seconded the motion. The motion carried with Keim and Koch voting aye and Scoby voting nay.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, April 26. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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