Nemaha County Commission 8.9.2021

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 9, 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, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Department Reports:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, along with Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, advised the board that:

• The guys finished sealing last week.

• The guys finished blade patching on the Baileyville Road, but still need to do some blade patching on Old Highway 75.

• The guys will be installing tubes and then working on bridge projects over the next couple of weeks.

• He spoke with our Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) representative again, and the State will pay $50,000 toward improvements made to 120th Road in preparation for a bridge replacement project on Highway 187 next summer.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to speak to the commissioners about repairs needed to a 2014 Dodge Caravan that her department owns. Yunghans stated the cost of the repairs will be reimbursed 100 percent by KDOT. The board advised Yunghans to have Becker Repair and Performance do the repairs at a cost of $1,315.79.

The board reviewed a quote submitted by Bachelor Controls, Inc., to replace the server at the Nemaha County Courthouse. The commissioners called and spoke to Nick Strahm with Bachelor Controls about this quote. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the quote from Bachelor Controls, Inc. in the amount of $11,100.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about a detail contained in the annual Peopleware Agreement with Computer Information Concepts. The commissioners asked Lippert to review the sample Request for Proposal submitted by the Nemaha County Planning Commission to use in hiring a new comprehensive planning company.

Lippert let the commissioners know he has spoken to our representative for the Grain Belt Express project and he is recommending the commissioners to table the Road Use Agreement submitted by Invenergy for this project at this time.

Lippert also told the board that NextEra Energy Resources is currently working on submitting the annual township payment as stated in the Road Use and Maintenance Agreement for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm. Lippert said NextEra Energy Resources is currently working on getting a copy of the environmental report that was done for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm project to the county.

Lippert told the board he is still working with the City of Sabetha to develop a new ambulance agreement with Sabetha EMS.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed a draft of the Nemaha County 2022 budget.

The commissioners conducted the canvass of votes following the Aug. 3 City/School Primary Election.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of August.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Aug. 2 meeting.

Keim moved to hold a 20-minute executive session until 12:25 p.m. to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Aug. 16. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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