Nemaha County Commission 11.1.2021

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 1, 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

Sheriff Rich Vernon along with Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• They booked 10 individuals into the jail this past week.

• They are currently holding 12 inmates in the jail.

• The investigator has been and continues to be very busy at this time.

• They are still interviewing to fill an open deputy position at this time.

• Vernon requested an executive session with commissioners. The commissioners agreed to the request for a 10-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the commissioners, Vernon and Cross. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

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

• The guys are hauling rock on Owens Road today.

• They have been working with HR Partners to develop job descriptions for the positions in the Road and Bridge Department and for the positions at the landfill. Commissioners called and spoke to Kristina Dietrick with HR Partners regarding the development of these job descriptions.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She received a contract from the Kansas Department of Transportation to spray the state road right of ways for 2022. Following review of this document, Scoby signed the contract as presented.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• The helicopter pad in Bern is now able to be used if needed.

Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus came before the board to present the quotes she received for the installation of carpet in her office at the courthouse. The commissioners approved the quote from Stallbaumer Lumber for the carpet and installation of the carpet in the amount of $1,406.06. This cost is to be paid out of the county’s Capital Outlay funds.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to present the transportation grant application for the 2022-2023 calendar year. The local county match for this grant would be in the amount of $93,645. Yunghans also spoke to commissioners about taking over the Meals on Wheels Program in Sabetha. Commissioners plan to talk to some local businesses in Sabetha to see if they would like to provide this service instead of Nemaha County providing this service.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert asked for clarification from the commissioners concerning the legal description for the road closure on 216th Road in Nemaha Township and Clear Creek Township. Commissioners spoke to Kuckelman by phone concerning this issue.

Lippert spoke to commissioners about grants that Nemaha County Community Health Services receive that should at least partially be received by Nemaha County now that the Health Officer is associated with Nemaha County and not with Nemaha County Community Health Services.

Galen Ackerman and Bob Ruddick came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Planning Commission to present interview questions that they would like commissioners to ask potential planning consultant candidates. Ackerman and Ruddick also provided commissioners a short update of the recent activities of the Nemaha County Planning Commission.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of October. The commissioners approved the October 2021 warrants and pay vouchers as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Monday, Oct. 25.meeting.

With no further county business coming before the board, the commissioners adjourned the meeting at 1 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 8. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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