Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

Monday, January 3

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 3, 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 and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp advised the board that:

• The guys are out making sure the county roads are open today.

• Kuckelman would like to purchase another fuel barrel for the shop that would hold only No. 1 diesel fuel. Commissioners agreed to this request.

• Kuckelman would like to suggest changes to be made to the Road and Bridge pay scale for 2022. He shared this information with commissioners.

The board agreed to a five-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was commissioners and Kuckelman. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She would like commissioners to make a donation to the Kansas County Weed Directors Association scholarship fund. Following discussion, the commission approved a $250 donation to be paid out of the Commissioner’s Fund. 

• Vance will be ordering toner and ink for the office.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• On Christmas night 2021, the Sabetha Hospital contacted him to request two ventilators from the State. Lierz stated that he was able to pick up the ventilators on Dec. 26, 2021, and delivered them to the Sabetha Hospital.

The board agreed to hold a fifteen-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the commissioners, Kuckelman and Vance. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• He would appreciate it if commissioners would consider the request he made earlier for pay changes to the Sheriff’s Office pay scale.

• They are currently holding eleven inmates in the jail.

The commissioners agreed to hold a 10-minute executive session 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.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert spoke to commissioners about the vaccine mandate for employers with over 100 employees. 

Lippert also spoke to commissioners about dated pay vouchers received by court appointed attorneys of the county.

Lippert spoke to commissioners about the current lease agreement between the county and the Driver’s License Office in Seneca.

Commissioners spoke to Lippert about the county’s cyber security insurance coverage.

Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the possibility of getting a water line moved that currently runs down the middle of Poor Farm Road.

Lierz came back before the board to let commissioners know that he has been notified that a power line is being installed in the western portion of the county. Lierz stated that he also plans to notify local first responders of this issue.

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to answer questions that commissioners had concerning a Real Property Relief Application that was submitted to the County Clerk’s Office.

Following discussion the commission approved the application submitted by Heather Payne. Commissioners signed the Determination Form as presented.

Also at the meeting:

Jeff Kidd and Bryan Schmitz with SBS Insurance Services came before the board to speak to commissioners about the county’s cyber security coverage and about adding a long-term and/or short-term disability policy for the county’s employees.

Commissioners called and spoke to Kristina Dietrick with HR Partners concerning the calculation of overtime pay for county employees.

Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Monday, Dec. 20, meeting. 

The commissioners approved the payment of the 2022 Kansas Association of Counties dues in the amount of $3,681.02. 

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of December.

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