Nemaha County Commission 8.30.2021
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk
Monday, Aug. 30
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 30, 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, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, along with Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, advised the board that:
• The workers are blade patching on the Humboldt Road and hope to finish with all blade patching this week.
• The bridge workers are working on Bridge O-6 near Goff this week.
• The skid loader for the landfill is in and will be delivered soon.
• The two doors at the landfill will be replaced soon.
• He will be working with someone from BG Consultants to get the new berm built at the landfill.
• Jay Suther will be working on the wall in the office at the landfill sometime soon.
Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• He contacted the National Weather Service about the storm that went through the area on the evening of Aug. 20. Lierz was told that there was no rotation sighted in the area, that it was just strong winds.
• Installation of the helicopter pad in Bern has begun. Lierz said a tube will be needed for the installation.
• The light tower was used at the Oneida Tractor Pull last Friday night.
• A representative from Homeland Security was here recently to inspect the equipment given to Nemaha County by this agency.
Sheriff Rich Vernon, along with Undersheriff Bob Cross, advised the board that:
• Seth Ulmer has resigned as a relief deputy effective Aug. 30.
• He has hired Alan Russo as a full-time dispatcher that will begin work for the county on Aug. 30 at a rate of pay of $16.50 per hour.
• He has hired Amber Miller as a full-time dispatcher that will begin work for the county on Aug. 30 at a rate of pay of $16.50 per hour.
• Part-time dispatcher Ashley Fischer will be moved from training dispatcher to Level 1 dispatcher effective Aug. 21. Her pay will be increased from $16.50 per hour to $17.50 per hour on this date.
• The door locks at the jail have now been installed and are in operation at this time.
• They are currently holding six inmates in the jail.
• They booked three individuals into the jail this past week.
Susan Futscher with the Nemaha County Training Center spoke to the commissioners about repairing the sidewalk at the Sabetha Day Center Building. Futscher presented two bids to the board for their review, one from Jeremy Grimm in the amount of $6,500 and another from Goodman Brothers in the amount of $5,200. Chairman Scoby will take a look at the sidewalk sometime soon before commissioners make a decision on this issue.
Appraiser Betty Roeder requested an executive session with the commissioners. The Commissioners entered into a 15-minute executive session to discuss the employment of non-elected personnel. No binding action was taken upon returning to regular session.
County Attorney Brad Lippert discussed with the board if minimum maintenance roads would still qualify for FEMA reimbursements. Lippert and Lierz will look into this.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans spoke with the commissioners about the 2014 Dodge Caravan that is now operational at this time. Yunghans also let the board know that the Federal Transit Administration requires her drivers and the riders of public transportation to wear masks at this time while utilizing public transportation.
She also advised the commissioners about a few other things that are currently going on with her departments.
Nemaha County Health Officer
Lippert spoke to the commissioners about replacing the Local Health Officer in Nemaha County. Several people from the public were present for this discussion. Following discussion, Scoby moved to approve appointing Nicole Keim to serve as the Nemaha County Local Health Officer at a contract rate of $7,000 per month, with the understanding that she will contract with any additional staff needed. Koch seconded the motion. The motion carried with Scoby and Koch voting aye. D. Keim abstained from the vote.
D. Keim moved to approve appointing Irving A. Cohen, MD, MPH, FACPM, DFASAM to consult the local health officer at a contract rate of $1,000 per month. Koch seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
A 10-minute executive session was held to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Lippert. The board asked to extend the executive session for an additional five minutes. No binding action was taken following the executive session.
Following the session, the floor was opened to the public present to ask questions and make comments.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of August.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Aug. 23 meeting.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in special session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the commissioners’ room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gary Scoby. Present also were Commissioners Dylan Keim and Jason Koch, County Attorney Brad Lippert and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. Nicole Keim also was present for this discussion. Martin Mishler and Christina Livengood with Nemaha County Community Health Services were present by phone.
Clarification was provided by the commissioners that the appointment of N. Keim as the Local Health Officer for Nemaha County would be as contract labor on a temporary basis. The permanent Local Health Officer position will be advertised for as soon as possible.
N. Keim explained that she would like to help get things set up for the permanent Local Health Officer as a public service to the county.
Discussion was held concerning the training that N. Keim would have to receive to serve as the Nemaha County Local Health Officer.
N. Keim will start work on Wednesday, Sept. 1, as the Nemaha County Local Health Officer at an hourly contract rate.
Lippert will review the new contract submitted today by Nemaha County Community Health Services for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
Discussion was held concerning the hourly contract rate to pay to N. Keim as the Nemaha County Local Health Officer. Scoby moved to compensate N. Keim at a rate of $30 per hour to be paid out of the amount that has been established to fund the office of the local health administrator per month as needed. J. Koch seconded the motion. The motion carried with Scoby and Koch voting aye. D. Keim abstained from the vote.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, Sept. 6. The Sept. 7 meeting was strictly for the board to work on the Nemaha County 2022 budget only. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.