Nemaha County Commission 4.25.2022

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 25, 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.

Teresa McAnerney, Kylee Bergstrom, David Key and Nancy Gafford came before the board on behalf of the Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation. McAnerney explained to the commissioners the services that this organization provides to local businesses in Nemaha County. This organization is requesting funding in the amount of $3,000 per year for the next three years (2022-24). The board approved this request.

Department Reports

Keim announced that Eddie Aldrine has been hired as the new Emergency Preparedness Director for Nemaha County, effective June 1.

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

• The guys will finish hauling rock on Stringtown Road this week.

• The guys are still blading roads at this time as well.

• He would like to begin blade patching once the weather warms up some.

• Jerry was able to figure out the problem with one of the rock trucks and will get this repair finished up this week.

• The State plans to close Highway 187 today from Highway 9 to Highway 36, and traffic will be detoured around this area.

• The pump on the compactor at the landfill is working at this time, but Kuckelman stated that he feels like we will still have problems with it in the near future. The board advised Kuckelman to contact the company about ordering a pump to have on hand for us if possible.

• The guys will be pouring Bridge B-8 in Nemaha Township this week as well.

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

• They are currently holding five inmates in the jail.

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

• He would like to change some titles in the Nemaha County Reorganization. Following discussion, the commissioners decided to change the title “Disp. Director/911 Director/Secretary/IT Coordinator” to “911 Director/Secretary/IT Coordinator,” the title “Jail Captain” to “Jail Captain/Disp. Director” and the title “Jail Sgt.” to “Jail Sgt./Disp. Director.”

Health Officer Heaven Schuette came before the board. She let the commissioners know that she recently looked inside the Emergency Preparedness trailer and garage and that there is a lot of stuff that needs to be gone through and organized. Schuette stated she would be willing to help with this task.

Schuette also let the board know that she would be willing, and is certified, to teach CPR classes, but would need some equipment to do so. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the purchase of CPR equipment from Allied 100, LLC in the amount of $1,382.58. This cost is to be paid out of the Emergency Preparedness account.

Schuette introduced Aaron Davis with Wichita State University. Davis was there to speak to commissioners about possibly helping the county move to a county owned and county ran Health Department. County Attorney Brad Lippert joined this discussion and let the commissioners know what he recently heard from the attorney with Nemaha County Community Health Services concerning the renewal of the contract with NCCHS to serve as the county health department for Nemaha County. The board advised Lippert to set up a meeting with NCCHS and the county to discuss what the county would like to see moving forward.

County Attorney Lippert came before the board. Lippert spoke to the commissioners about a letter the county received from a law firm concerning a breach of agreement between Nemaha County and the Soldier Creek Wind Farm project. Lippert stated he advised this law firm about the complaint resolution process that is set up for this kind of issue.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple came before the board. She let the commissioners know that the assessment survey that she spoke about earlier will be done the second week of May. Epple also spoke to the commissioners about installing a server for the county offices in the Pioneer Building. Epple let the board know that she is working with Modivcare to increase the amount the county is reimbursed for Medicare/Medicaid trips.

Epple spoke to the commissioners again about pre-paying for tires for the vehicles in her department. Epple also spoke to the board about replacing two computers in the Transit Office as well. Epple let the commissioners know that Transportation Driver Roger Adams has submitted his resignation, effective April 29, 2022.

Maintenance employee Margie Anderson came before the board to share bids with the commissioners for replacing the hardware on the toilets in the annex area of the courthouse. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the bid from Eisenbarth Plumbing in the amount of $1,214.

Anderson also spoke to the board about adding some landscaping at the courthouse.

Also at the meeting: 

Northeast Kansas Environmental Services submitted a 2023 budget request to the commissioners in the amount of $10,000.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 18 regular meeting and the April 19 special meeting.

Commissioner Koch left the meeting at 2:15 p.m.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of April.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, May 2. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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