Nemaha County Commission 12.6.2021

Submitted by May Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 6, 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 arrived at the meeting at 9:05 am.

Department Reports

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

• The guys are still hauling rock at this time.

• Bridge O-9 has now been poured and will be open in about two weeks.

• They picked up the new rock trailer last week.

• Kuckelman received bids for asphalt for the Bern-Sabetha Road for next summer. He shared these bids with commissioners. Following discussion, the commissioners agreed to approve the firm bid from Hall Brothers, Inc., in the amount of $2,365,294.50 to do a three-inch overlay on the Bern-Sabetha Road. 

• Kuckelman wanted to know if the commissioners had given any more thought to the purchase of a rear mount blade to use for snow removal at county buildings. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the purchase of a rear mount blade from Seneca Implement in the amount of $3,100. This cost is to be paid out of the Courthouse General Fund.

• Kuckelman has been asked if the county would help pay to get a few residents hooked up to rural water so that the water line can be removed that runs right down the middle of Poor Farm Road. Commissioners advised Kuckelman that they did not feel it was the county’s responsibility to pay for this cost.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• Koch took a look at the repeater building with him recently. Lierz stated that the Boy Scouts will tin the entire building and insulate the building if commissioners are in favor of moving forward with the project. Commissioners advised Lierz to go ahead and get this done when possible.

• Lierz recently ordered gloves and masks just to have on hand at this time.

• Lierz recently gave out more hand sanitizer that he had in his supply.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding thirteen inmates in the jail.

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

• Vernon will be sending out the specs for the purchase of new patrol cars for 2022 soon.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to let Commissioners know how things are going in Sabetha with the Meals on Wheels Program. 

Yunghans and Weaver requested an executive session with commissioners. They agreed to hold a 30-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the board, Yunghans and Weaver. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session. Scoby announced that Carolyn Jones has been hired as a relief driver for the Transportation Department. Jones will begin work for the county immediately at a rate of pay of $14.48 per hour.

Also at the meeting:

Chairman Scoby opened the public hearing at 10 a.m. being held to consider the vacation of a portion of 216th Road that lies in Clear Creek and Nemaha Townships. Present for the public hearing was Kuckelman, County Attorney Brad Lippert and Gladys Rottinghaus. Gary Scoby asked for any questions or comments from the public at this time. Following discussion, Scoby closed the public hearing at 10:07 am. The commissioners approved Resolution 2021-13, which vacates a portion of 216th Road in Clear Creek and Nemaha Townships. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Monday, Nov. 29 meeting with the corrections noted. 

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

Commissioners spoke to Nemaha County Health Officer Heaven Schuette by phone. Schuette let commissioners know that she has hired Lynn Rowland as a contact tracer for her department. Rowland will begin work for the county immediately as a relief employee at a rate of pay of $18 per hour.

Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke briefly to Lippert about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Nemaha County employees. Lippert spoke to commissioners about setting up a meeting with Nemaha County Community Health Services regarding grant funding.

The board agreed to hold a 30-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the 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 Monday, Dec. 13. These minutes were not available at the Herald’s press time.

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