Nemaha County Commission 5.9.2022

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 9, 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.

Galen Ackerman with the Nemaha County Planning Commission came before the board to provide an update to the commissioners. Ackerman said their last two meetings have been very productive. He stated they have identified the different special interest groups involved in Nemaha County and plan to interview these groups to understand what they consider to be the key issues affecting Nemaha County.

Kylee Bergstrom with the Seneca Chamber of Commerce came before the board to let the commissioners know that several local counties are interested in applying for historic byway status for the Pony Express route through Kansas.

Department Reports

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

• The local property owners that own the water line that runs down the middle of Poor Farm Road were there to speak to the commissioners about this water line. Discussion was held concerning moving the water line to the road right of way or trying to get these residents hooked up to rural water. Discussion also was held about the county paying for the project and taxing it back to the property owners through special assessments on tax statements. The board advised this group to also speak to the City of Seneca about this issue as well.

• Jim McMullen started work today for the Road and Bridge Department as temporary help at a rate of pay of $18.16 per hour.

• The guys will start doing some blade patching this week.

• The guys will finish work today on Bridge B-8 and then move on to Bridge B-17.

• Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas was there to speak to the commissioners about the grant that the county is applying for in order to purchase a new forklift for use at the landfill. Gafford let the board know that if the county is awarded this grant, the amount the county would have to pay for the new forklift is $10,332. Gafford requested the Chairman’s signature on the grant application forms. Chairman Keim signed the forms as presented.

• The pump and motor for the compactor at the landfill have now been ordered.

• The garage door at the landfill is now completely finished.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• He has moved Amber Rieger to Dispatch Captain Level 1 at $21 per hour, effective April 21.

• He has moved Whitney Weaver to Dispatch Sergeant Level 1 at $19.50 per hour, effective April 21.

• He has moved Bruce Hermesch to Dispatcher Level 4 at $19.50 per hour, effective April 21.

• Train track repairs are going on right now in several locations in Nemaha County.

• Two of his patrol cars were recently sold on Purple Wave Auction.

• He and the county commissioners received a response from the City of Seneca about the contract needing to be renewed concerning providing dispatch services for the City of Seneca.

• They are currently holding four inmates in the jail.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. The commissioners asked Lippert about a warrant that was paid at the end of April. The board also asked Lippert about the letter and bill to be sent to NextEra Energy Resources.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board. Epple had Nick Strahm with Bachelor Controls call in and speak to the commissioners about a technology issue affecting the Senior Services/Public Transit Department.

Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board to answer questions that the commissioners had concerning acquiring credit cards for department heads of the county.

Also at the meeting:

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

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session to discuss a potential legal issue under attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and County Attorney Lippert. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Senior Services/Public Transit Director Epple. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of April. The commissioners approved the pay vouchers and warrants for April 2022 as presented.

Keim signed a notice to be sent to the Richmond Township Board notifying them of a submission of a cereal malt beverage application from someone in their township.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 25 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, May 16. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

0 Comments

What Are Your Thoughts?

Login

Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Lost Password