Nemaha County Commission 6.20.2022

Submitted by 

Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 20, 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:

• They are finished blade patching county roads at this time. Kuckelman stated they do still need to blade patch over the pot holes in the Community Building parking lot.

• The guys are sealing today and will be working on this for the next couple of weeks.

• Kuckelman would like a higher monthly limit on the credit card for his department. He and the commissioners decided on a limit of $5,000 per month.

• Kuckelman received a quote from Hamm’s for rock that he shared with the commissioners.

• The bids were let for Bridge N-5, which is the bridge to be replaced under the State’s 80/20 program.

Emergency Preparedness Director Eddie Aldrine advised the board that:

• He needed to submit a letter to the Northeast Kansas Homeland Security Council stating that he is Nemaha County’s voting member for this organization. The commissioners agreed to appoint Aldrine as Nemaha County’s voting member. Chairman Keim signed the letter as presented.

• Aldrine will be working on a resolution necessary for the Floodplain Management side of his duties.

• The computer used to make ID badges is not working. Aldrine stated that he is looking into replacing this computer at this time.

Sheriff Rich Vernon called in to see if board had any questions for him. Vernon stated he did not have anything to report to the commissioners at this time.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple came before the board to let the commissioners know that they need to replace the running boards on one of the vans in the Transportation Department. Epple stated that the county would be responsible for 20 percent of the total estimated cost of $3,703.80. The board approved the replacement of the running boards. 

Epple requested an executive session with commissioners. The commission held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Epple and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Health Officer Heaven Schuette came before the board. She spoke to the commissioners about the number of hours that Lynne Roland has been working at this time.

Schuette requested an executive session with the commissioners. The board held a 30-minute executive session to discuss proposed contracts with Nemaha County Community Health Services and Nemaha Valley Community Hospital. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Schuette and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The commissioners requested 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.

Nemaha County Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board. She let commissioners know that she was recently certified as a Kansas County Finance Executive through the State of Kansas. Niehues spoke to the commissioners about the credit cards that she is working on obtaining for the Nemaha County Department Heads. The board approved a credit card with a limit of $1,000 per month for Niehues, Schultejans, Aldrine, Epple, Appraiser Elizabeth Roeder, Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance, Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus and Schuette, and a credit card with a limit of $5,000 per month for Kuckelman. 

Lippert came before the board. He spoke to the commissioners about the history of wage increases for Nemaha County employees over the past several years. Lippert let the commissioners know that he has drafted an agreement with the City of Seneca for the county to continue to provide dispatch services for the city.

Also at the meeting:

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

The board held a 10-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.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 13 meeting. 

The commissioners discussed the county’s sick and vacation policy moving forward.

The commissioners discussed wages for county employees moving forward.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, June 27. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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