Nemaha County Commission 6.6.2022

Submitted by 

Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

Monday, June 6

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 6, 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.

Department Reports

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

• The guys will be blade patching on Wichman Road today.

• The guys rocked Allison Road last week.

• The guys also worked on blading roads last week.

• Bridge B-17 was poured last week. They will now be moving on to Bridge GK-1.

• The new welder comes in tomorrow and will be delivered.

• Kuckelman would really like to see the county replace its lowboy trailer at this time. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the purchase of a Load King trailer at a cost of $89,441. The motion carried with Scoby and Keim voting aye and Koch voting nay.

• Kuckelman needed an executive session with commissioners. The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the hiring 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 approved Resolution 2022-4 appointing Eddie Aldrine as the new Emergency Preparedness Director for Nemaha County. The board signed the resolution as presented.

Emergency Preparedness Director Aldrine advised the board that:

• The county’s Local Emergency Operations Plan is expired. Aldrine stated this is something that he will be taking care of along with updating the county’s flood plain maps.

• Aldrine will be attending an exercise in Holton tomorrow for a grant program.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• He has hired Kayla Spurgeon as a dispatcher beginning work on June 15 at a rate of pay of $17 per hour.

• He has also hired Trenton Wisdom as a dispatcher beginning work on June 14 at a rate of pay of $17 per hour.

• He has moved John Defore from a relief deputy to a full-time deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, effective back to May 21. Defore’s rate of pay will be increased from $20.50 per hour to $21.50 per hour.

• Bethany Kenworthy has resigned her position as a dispatcher, effective June 2.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to speak to commissioners about using a company to send out the needs assessment survey. The commissioners approved having G&R Printing send out the surveys at a cost of $4,031 (including postage).

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert stated the attorney with NextEra Energy Resources acknowledged that he received the county’s letters and billings recently sent for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm and the Irish Creek Wind Farm.

Galen Ackerman and Freda Dobbins with the Nemaha County Planning Commission came before the board to provide an update to commissioners regarding the recent activities of the planning commission. Ackerman stated the stakeholder interviews have now been completed and the information gathered from these interviews will now be sent to the company that will be developing the survey questions to be sent out to the citizens of Nemaha County.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 23 regular meeting and the May 27 special meeting.

Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $66,072, which is equal to the amount this organization was funded for 2022. Kanza also requested that the board consider funding the Crisis Stabilization Center opening in the City of Leavenworth in the amount of $18,600.56.

The Nemaha County Clerk of the District Court submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $78,750, which represents an increase of $650 over what was funded for 2022.

The commissioners recessed the meeting to attend the Business Tour with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas.

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

Maintenance employee Margie Anderson came before the board to speak to the commissioners about landscaping at the courthouse.

Tuesday, June 7

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, June 7, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. Present for the meeting were Chairman Keim, Commissioner Koch, Commissioner Scoby, and County Clerk Schultejans recording the minutes.

Keim called the meeting to order by leading the flag salute. Present also were Kristina Dietrick with HR Partners, Sheriff Vernon, Undersheriff Bob Cross, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Kuckelman, Treasurer Janell Niehues, Senior Services/Public Transit Administrative Assistant Weaver, Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus and Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance.

The commissioners reviewed the changes proposed to the Nemaha County Employee Handbook by HR Partners.

The board reviewed the wage compensation analysis completed by HR Partners comparing Nemaha County wages to the market and to other Kansas counties.

The board discussed changing the sick and vacation policies currently in place for employees.

The commissioners discussed entering into an agreement with HR Partners to provide services for the county on a regular basis.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, June 13. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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