GOVERNING BODY: Nemaha County Commission
Mary Kay Schultejans
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 28, 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, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans.
Jeff Kidd, Bryan Schmitz and Joni Koch with SBS Insurance Agency shared with commissioners the insurance renewal quote for the county’s property, general liability, and worker’s compensation insurance coverage. The estimated new premium cost for 2021-2022 is 5.2 percent higher than what was paid for the 2020-2021 premium.
Carlotta Sunderland with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd came before the board to speak to commissioners about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that Nemaha County has received.
Sam Rottinghaus, Kent Heiman, Amanda Mueting, Deb Henry and Ross Mosteller were present on behalf of the Nemaha County Fair Board to request funding for their 2022 budget. The group is requesting a total of $25,000 for 2022, which is the same amount that was appropriated to this organization for 2021. The group is also requesting an appropriation of $2,000 to help pay for the rising lumber costs for the new bleachers at the fairgrounds. The commissioners approved paying up to $2,000 for this request to be paid out of the county’s Capital Outlay Fund.
Kristina Dietrick with HR Partners spoke to commissioners about the human resource services that her organization could provide to Nemaha County. Commissioners asked Dietrick to perform a human resource assessment with Nemaha County to see what the county’s needs are.
Kuckelman advised the board that:
• the crew will be finishing hauling chips and blade patching this week.
• they plan to start sealing county roads next week. Kuckelman said that he would like to seal the Baileyville Road this year instead of sealing the Bern-Sabetha Road. Commissioners agreed to this plan.
• he talked to the State about applying for the 80/20 State Bridge Program for Bridge F-14. Commissioners advised Kuckelman to move forward with applying for this bridge.
• they provided a roll-off at the landfill for the disposal of heavy cardboard rolls from Koch & Company.
Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:
• she had an example of a letter that she sent to notify a landowner of noxious weeds on their property that needed to be taken care of. Vance shared this letter with Commissioners and spoke about the process she follows in making sure the issue gets taken care of.
Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• he needed a signature on an agreement with Heritage Tractor to sublease the use of the repeater on Visser Tower. The commissioners approved the sublease agreement as presented. Chairman Gary Scoby signed the agreement as presented.
• emergency personnel were watching a rotating wall cloud north of Baileyville Thursday evening. Lierz stated that there was also some flooding that occurred in Seneca that evening as well.
• he is working on a hazard mitigation plan for the county.
Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
• they had some flooding that occurred at the sally port Thursday night following the heavy rain that was received.
• they assisted the Seneca Police Department Wednesday evening with a traffic stop that turned into a chase.
• they will be submitting a 2022 budget request soon. Vernon spoke to Commissioners about what he had in mind for 2022.
• the new truck ordered for 2021 has been delivered and will be equipped at Haug Communications soon.
County Attorney Brad Lippert let commissioners know that the original Termination of State of Local Disaster Emergency signed at last week’s meeting had an incorrect date listed. Lippert corrected the error and commissioners signed the new Termination of State of Local Disaster Emergency as presented.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver were present. Commissioners opened discussion concerning the construction of the new Senior Center/Transit Facility. Koch voted nay for the open discussion, while Scoby and Keim voted aye. Then, the commissioners decided to cancel the Senior Center/Transit Facility project at this time.
Yunghans proposed to commissioners the idea of creating a transit office using the small meeting room at the Nemaha County Community Building and adding on a covered garage for the transit vehicles. Commissioners made no decision on this proposal at this time.
Also at the meeting:
The commissioners held a 20-minute recess until 2:25 p.m. for lunch.
The commissioners accepted the resignation of Terry Miller as the Gilman Township Clerk and appointed Andy Evans to this position per the recommendation of the remaining Gilman Township officials. Commissioners signed the appointment letter as presented.
Scoby signed a notice to be sent to the Marion Township Board letting them know that an application for a Cereal Malt Beverage License has been submitted from someone in their township.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 21 meeting.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of June.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, July 12. Commissioners will not meet the week of July 5.