GOVERNING BODY: Nemaha County Commission
Mary Kay Schultejans
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 19, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Co-Chairman Dylan Keim leading the flag salute. Present also was Commissioner Jason Koch and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. Chairman Gary Scoby was absent.
Nancy Gafford, Courtney Schmelzle, David Key and Doug Allen were present on behalf of Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas to request funding for 2022 for this organization. They requested $60,000 for 2022, which is the same amount that has been appropriated to this organization annually since 2018. The group spoke to the commissioners about what is needed in the communities to encourage people to move to Nemaha County and stay.
Gafford also updated commissioners concerning the Microloan Program in Nemaha County. Gafford requested a signature on the semi-annual microloan report to be submitted to the State of Kansas. Co-Chairman Keim signed the report as presented.
Jeff Kidd with SBS Insurance Agency spoke with commissioners about possible changes to be made to the county’s current insurance policy coverages.
Cathy Holthaus, Ray Thieme and Patty Byers were present on behalf of the Nemaha County Historical Society to request funding for 2022 for this organization. They requested $12,000 for 2022, which is the same amount that was appropriated to this organization in 2021.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp advised the board that:
• Crews are still chipping and sealing county roads.
• Crews are working on Bridge J-23 in Mitchell Township.
• Evergy will be installing a new electric pole near the Corning Shop, and Brokamp Electric will move the electric meter to the building.
• The correct belt will be installed on the baler at the landfill this week.
• He received a job application that he shared with the commissioners.
• Jim McMullen has submitted a letter of resignation from the Road and Bridge Department, effective Sept. 3.
Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• A boil water advisory has been issued for a portion of Nemaha County Rural Water District No. 4.
• He is continuing to work on a Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan would require a resolution to be adopted for each city within the county.
• If the county would install a fire alarm system in the courthouse, they would still not be subject to inspections by the Fire Marshall.
Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross, advised the board that:
• He submitted a 2022 budget request in the amount of $1,800,000, which is the same amount that was budgeted in 2021 for the Law Enforcement Center.
• He requested a $0.50 per hour cost of living increase for all sheriff’s office employees, a shift differential pay of $0.50 per hour for employees working the evening shift, a shift differential pay of $1.00 per hour for employees working the night shift, and an increase in salary for the sheriff to $65,000 for 2022 and $70,000 for 2023.
• They are currently holding six inmates in the jail.
• They booked five individuals into the jail this past week.
Maintenance Department Head Troy Melvin spoke with commissioners about repairs needing to be made at the Nemaha County Community Building, the Pioneer Building and the Courthouse. The board asked Melvin to get quotes on the repairs.
The Register of Deed’s Office requested $134,500 for 2022, which is an increase of $10,000 over what was budgeted in 2021.
The Treasurer’s Office requested $214,000 for 2022, which is an increase of $5,000 over what was budgeted in 2021.
The Clerk’s Office requested $176,500 for 2022, which is an increase of $5,000 over what was budgeted in 2021.
The Election Office requested $130,040 for 2022, which is an increase of $10,500 over what was budgeted in 2021.
Following recent concerns from the Nemaha County Planning Commission, the commissioners approved the motion to terminate the contract with Marvin Planning Consultants, effective July 27.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of July.
The board approved a cereal malt beverage application submitted by the Baileyville Knights of Columbus. Co-Chairman Keim signed the cereal malt beverage license as presented.
Keim signed the Nemaha County Quarterly Financial Statement for the quarter ending June 30 as presented.
The board reviewed the minutes from the July 12 meeting. The minutes were approved with the corrections noted.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, July 26. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.