Nemaha County Commission 4.18.2022

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 18, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Chairman Dylan Keim leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Jason Koch and Gary Scoby, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Courtney Schmelzle and Kylie Floyd with Nemaha Valley Community Hospital came before the board to provide information to the commissioners concerning the addition and remodeling project planned at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital. Following discussion, the board approved the letter of support for Nemaha Valley Community Hospital to submit with their application for the Community Tax Credit Grant for this project. Commissioners signed the letter as presented.

Department Report:

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

• Jordan Koch has now obtained his CDL. Kuckelman requested to move him on the pay scale from labor to truck driver. The commissioners approved increasing Koch’s pay from $16.88 per hour to $18.43 per hour, effective April 21.

• The guys will finish rocking near Wetmore today and will then move to the Stringtown Road from Highway 63 to the Goff-Oneida Road. Kuckelman stated they will hit the Oak Grove Road after that.

• The guys will be cleaning out a ditch along Old Highway 9 this week as well.

• The pump on the compactor at the landfill is not working correctly. Kuckelman stated a new motor and pump for the compactor would cost approximately $9,000 and it would take four months to get the new parts. The board made no decision on this issue at this time.

• Office Manager Haverkamp recently submitted the paperwork to request federal funding for 2022.

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

• They are currently holding seven inmates in the jail.

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

• The DEA will be having a drug take back day this Saturday, April 23.

• Vernon has finished reviewing the contract with the City of Seneca for providing dispatch services. Vernon presented a copy of the contract to the commissioners with the changes he would like made before the contract is renewed.

Lippert let the commissioners know that he is still working on drafting the letter to be sent to the attorney for NextEra Energy Resources at this time.

The board spoke to Lippert about the space that is leased in the Pioneer Building.

Dick Horton with Dick Horton Consulting came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Horton about serving as the facilitator for the Nemaha County Planning Commission to develop a comprehensive plan for Nemaha County. Charity Henry and Bob Ruddick from the Nemaha County Planning Commission also were present for this discussion.

Following much discussion among commissioners and those present from the Nemaha County Planning Commission, the board approved contracting Dick Horton Consulting as the facilitator for the Nemaha County Planning Commission at a cost of $99,500. The motion carried with Koch and Keim voting aye and Scoby voting nay.

County Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board and requested an executive session with the commissioners. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Niehues. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Also at the meeting:

The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Health Officer Heaven Schuette and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session. 

Schuette let the commissioners know that Aaron Davis with Wichita State University is scheduled on their agenda at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25.

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session to discuss safety and security issues involving a department of Nemaha County. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Vernon, Cross and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The commissioners held a 90-minute executive session to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and three different applicants for the Emergency Preparedness Director position. The board extended the executive session for an additional five minutes. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board held a 20-minute executive session to discuss the hiring of 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.

County Attorney Lippert came before the board. The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session to discuss safety and security issues involving a department of Nemaha County. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Lippert, Vernon and Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple. The board agreed to extend the executive session for an additional five minutes. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed and approved the April 11 meeting minutes.

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session to discuss the performance of 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.

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