Nemaha County Commission 05.10.2021
Mary Kay Schultejans
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 10, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Curtis Knapp leading a short prayer and 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.
Julie Bergman and Suzanne Schuster with Rainbow Communications came before the board with a more definitive quote for providing phone service for the majority of Nemaha County departments. The quote included a cost of $1,944.55 per month for phone service, a cost of $2,450 for an installation fee and a cost of $14,000 for the installation of the Cat5 wiring necessary. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the quote from Rainbow Communications. Scoby signed the quote as presented.
Jane Sunderland with Nemaha County Community Health Services (NCCHS), NCCHS Board President Martin Mishler, Dr. Kevin Kennally and Dr. Greg Wenger came before the board via a Zoom meeting. County Attorney Brad Lippert also was present for this discussion. Sunderland explained to the commissioners how deaths in Nemaha County are reported as attributable to COVID-19. Sunderland and the doctors answered questions posed by the board and by Nemaha County residents that were emailed to commissioners.
Lippert stated that a Public Health Order was issued Jan. 11, 2021, that recommends the wearing of masks in Nemaha County. Lippert asked if this Public Health Order should be continued at this time. Sunderland and the doctors recommended that this Public Health Order be continued. Following discussion, the commissioners rescinded the Public Health Order issued on Jan. 11, 2021.
Kuckelman advised the board that:
• They should be getting the dozer back this week following repair at an estimated cost of $4,700 to $5,000.
• The guys now have Bridge H-24 done on U Road.
• He has the guys hauling rock on Sigmund Road this week near Wetmore.
• They did work on blade patching last week while the weather was warm enough.
• They can start hauling chips later this week from Onaga.
• He received a complaint from Mark Deters on the condition of the Baileyville Road.
• He has hired Nathan Davis as a truck driver for the Road and Bridge Department. Davis will begin work for the county on May 17 at a rate of pay of $17.43 per hour.
• There are 27 miles of road in the county that absolutely need to be chipped and sealed this summer. Kuckelman stated he would also like to chip and seal an additional 14 miles of road this summer if possible. The board advised Kuckelman to move forward with this plan.
• The Bern-Sabetha Road also needs to be chipped and sealed this summer if we decide not to overlay it.
• Dennis Williams’ truck at the landfill will be worked on today.
• Three companies will submit bids for new doors at the landfill.
• He is still looking to repair the glass breaker or to purchase a new glass breaker for use at the landfill.
• He needed an executive session with the board. The commissioners decided to hold a 15-minute executive session until 9:55 a.m. to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Kuckelman and Haverkamp. The meeting returned to open session at 9:55 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
• They will be without three of their dispatchers soon due to recent resignations and upcoming medical procedures.
• They are currently holding six inmates in the jail, but do have a couple of inmates that need to be picked up that are currently being held in other counties.
• The two new patrol cars have been delivered and are now at Haug Communications awaiting installation of radio equipment, etc.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Seneca Dietary Manager Alane Bloom came before the board to let the commissioners know that the older double-door freezer quit working last week at the Seneca Nutrition Center. Bloom stated they are currently loaning a freezer from Mitchell Appliance. Yunghans stated they would like to purchase a new double-door freezer from Mitchell Appliance at a cost of $5,500. Yunghans said this cost would be paid out of her Meals on Wheels Fund. The board advised Yunghans to move forward with this purchase.
Lippert came before the board. Lippert spoke to the commissioners about a fence view issue between the Fern Weyer Trust and Duane and Allison Mueting. Lippert recommended that a meeting be scheduled between the two parties and the County Commissioners for 1 p.m. June 7, at the site of the fence issue to try to get this issue resolved and taken care of.
The board spoke to Lippert about any further correspondence with Kansas Department of Transportation about the Senior Center/Transit Facility project.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of May.
The commissioners approved Resolution 2021-5, authorizing participation in the Rural Opportunity Zone student loan repayment program. The board signed the resolution as presented.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 3 meeting with corrections noted.
Keim moved to pay 2021 membership dues to the Kansas County Commissioners Association in the amount of $485.
The commissioners held a 20-minute executive session until 2:50 p.m. to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners. The meeting returned to open session at 2:50 p.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Ryan Henry came before the board to discuss the road right of way on the south side of Snake Road where it meets State Highway 63.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, May 17. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.