Nemaha County Commission 5.17.2021

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 17, 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, 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:

• The guys are hauling chips today.

• The guys were blade patching and hauling rock last week.

• He has a contact for a company that would sell a new glass breaker for use at the landfill. Kuckelman stated that the cost of a new glass breaker is $15,000, so he plans to try to get the current glass breaker repaired if possible.

• He has hired Jerry Morrison to fill the mechanic position in the Road and Bridge Department. Kuckelman stated that Morrison began work in this position on May 10th at a rate of pay of $20.89 per hour.

• The guys will be tearing off the deck of Bridge L-12 in Capioma Township and replacing it with a concrete deck.

• Centralia Cemetery District No. 7 has paid to chip and seal a 1/4 mile stretch on 92nd Road that leads to the Centralia Public Cemetery and will continue to pay the county to maintain this stretch of road as a black top road.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans, Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver, Seneca Dietary Manager Alane Bloom, Transportation Driver Don Strathman and Karen Wilson with the Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging came before the board. Yunghans shared with the commissioners the letter to the editor that she plans to have published in this week’s paper regarding the construction of the proposed Senior Center/Transit Facility. The board suggested some changes to be made to the letter before it’s submitted to the paper. Yunghans stated she would like more time to get community feedback concerning the project before a decision is made by the commissioners to continue with the project or not.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• All of the area tornado sirens are working at this time.

• The City of Bern should be getting their tornado siren up and operational in the next week or two.

• The City of Bern has spoken to the Emergency Preparedness Department, the Sheriff’s office and local EMS services about having a presence at their annual Fourth of July celebration this year.

• Tech Solutions will be providing a bid soon for installing a fire alarm system in the courthouse.

Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• They are currently housing five inmates in the jail.

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

• They hope to have both new patrol cars on the road in the next 7-10 days.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert let the commissioners know that the Nemaha County Planning Commission asked the county to pass a resolution establishing the number of votes necessary for action to be taken by the planning commission. Lippert drafted such a resolution for the board to review. Following discussion, Keim moved to approve Resolution 2021-6, stating that no action be taken by the Nemaha County Planning Commission except by a majority vote of all members appointed to and serving on the planning commission. The motion carried with all voting aye. The commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The board spoke to Lippert about making a change to the haul route for the Irish Creek project in Nemaha County and about establishing minimum maintenance roads in the county.

Maintenance Department Head Troy Melvin came before the board to present a quote submitted by Eisenbarth Plumbing to install a new utility sink at the courthouse.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioner Koch moved to hold a 10-minute executive session until 9:35 a.m. to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners and Interim Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Kuckelman. The meeting returned to open session at 9:35 a.m. The board approved the motion to offer the Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor position to Kuckelman effective back to April 21 at an annual salary of $74,437.41.

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

The board reviewed the minutes from the May 10 meeting. The minutes were approved as presented.

The commissioners approved a cereal malt beverage application submitted by St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Chairman Scoby signed the cereal malt beverage license as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, the meeting adjourned at 1:33 p.m. The commissioners will not meet on Monday, May 24.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31.

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