Nemaha County Commission 11.15.2021
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 15, in the Commissioner’s 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 recording the minutes. Chairman Gary Scoby was absent from today’s meeting.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp advised the board that:
• The guys have finished hauling rock on several county roads but continue to haul on other county roads at this time.
• Some of the work was completed on the wall of Diane’s office at the landfill recently.
• Kuckelman received a job application for the truck driver position in the Road and Bridge Department that he shared with commissioners.
• Kuckelman would like to purchase a couple of belly dump rock trailers, another truck and a different low-boy trailer if possible. Commissioners advised Kuckelman to get bids on trailers at this time.
• Dan Heinen in the Road and Bridge Department will be retiring Nov. 30.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to speak to commissioners further about taking over the Meals on Wheels Program in Sabetha. Chairman Scoby joined this discussion by phone. Commissioners advised Yunghans to see if the assessments could be completed by the Area Agency on Aging, so that the county knows how many meals they would be picking up by taking over this program.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert let commissioners know that he reviewed the contract with KDOT for using 120th Road as the detour during bridge work to be done along Kansas Highway 187 next summer. Following discussion, the commissioners agreed to approve the contract in the amount of $50,000. Keim signed the contract as presented.
Commissioners spoke to Lippert about the maintenance of a fence for an abandoned cemetery in the county. Lippert advised that this cost should be taken care of by the township that the abandoned cemetery lies in.
Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the establishment of a new cemetery district in the county.
Also at the meeting:
The commissioners agreed to appoint James Achten to the Wetmore Fire District No. 3 Board to replace John Morrissey. Commissioners signed the appointment letter as presented.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of November.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Monday, Nov. 8, meeting.
The board agreed to hold a 10-minute executive session requested by Sheriff Rich Vernon to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the commissioners and Vernon. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
The commissioners agreed to reimburse the Nemaha County Fair Board for the remaining cost of $2,228.02 out of the Capital Outlay Fund for the construction of metal bleachers for use at the fairgrounds.
Commissioners called and spoke to Kyle Coe concerning the installation of a new fence around the Rose Hill Cemetery in Reilly Township. Commissioners advised Coe that they would make a decision on the quote submitted for the materials for the new fence and let him know what they decided.
Commissioners discussed the use of the Nemaha County Community Building for the wrestling program through the school. Maintenance Department Head Troy Melvin was also present for this discussion.
Commissioners discussed changes to be made to the Request for Proposal to be used to hire a comprehensive planning company to continue to work with the Nemaha County Planning Commission.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 22. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.