Nemaha County Commission 6.27.2022 & 6.30.2022

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 27, 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.

Keri Bestwick with Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the skilled home services that this organization currently provides to Nemaha County residents.

Department Reports:

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

• They started sealing county roads last week and will continue this week as well.

• A cylinder on the backhoe is leaking. Kuckelman said they brought the cylinder to John Deere for them to repair.

• The bridge crew is helping to seal today.

• Kuckelman met with a county resident last week concerning the condition of G Road.

• Bridge beams came in last week that were recently ordered.

• Kuckelman ordered clear diesel from Ag Partners last week.

• Kuckelman received the permit for the landfill that will allow them to go 15 feet higher on the C&D pit. Chairman Keim signed the permit as presented.

• Kuckelman has received requests to rock a path to the C&D pit at the landfill. The board advised Kuckelman to look into this further.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Schafer advised the board that:

• The price of chemicals has increased significantly. Because of this, Schafer is requesting a higher budget authority for her commodities line of her 2023 budget. The commissioners advised Schafer to request a 5 percent increase for commodities for 2023.

Emergency Preparedness Director Eddie Aldrine advised the board that:

• He has set a public hearing at 9:45 a.m. on July 25 to consider the approval of Resolution 2022-5 concerning the new flood plain maps that were established by FEMA for Nemaha County.

• Aldrine has been working on the county’s Local Emergency Operations Plan.

• Aldrine found out that there are funds available through Homeland Security to purchase a new computer for making ID badges.

• Aldrine would like to establish an Emergency Operations Center in Nemaha County at some point.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• Kenny Miller submitted his resignation from the Sheriff’s office, effective June 30.

• They are currently holding eight inmates in the jail.

• They will be picking up an inmate today that is currently being held in Jackson County.

Jackie Feathers and Adam Buhman-Wiggs with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center came before the board. Sheriff Vernon also was present for this discussion. Discussion was held concerning the county helping to fund the Crisis Stabilization Center opening in the City of Leavenworth at a cost of $18,600.56 for 2023. Vernon highly recommended that the county support this facility for a year and even offered to pay the cost for this for 2023 out of the Capital Outlay funds earmarked for the Law Enforcement Center.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about appointing someone as an adviser to the Nemaha County Health Department Administrator as of July 1.

Also at the meeting:

Appraiser Betty Roeder and Office Clerk Kerri Koch came before the board to request an executive session with commissioners. The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Roeder and Koch. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board approved an increase in Koch’s pay from $17.49 per hour to $17.70 per hour, effective June 21. 

Roeder submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $284,000, which is an increase of $33,400 over what was budgeted for the Appraiser’s Office for 2022.

David Key and Ross Mosteller with the Meadowlark Extension District came before the board to let the commissioners know that they are considering building their own facility to house offices that are currently located inside the Nemaha County Community Building. Discussion also was held concerning the Meadowlark Extension District renting the office space currently being utilized in the Nemaha County Community Building until they are ready to move into their own facility.

The board approved the motion to accept the resignation of Robert Feldkamp from the Centralia Fire District No. 6 Governing Board.

Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board to request an executive session with the board. The board held a 20-minute executive session to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Niehues. The meeting returned to open with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 20 meeting.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of June.

The commissioners agreed to have Ackerman Lock and Key do some re-keying at the Pioneer Building.

June 30 

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, June 30, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. Present for the meeting were Chairman Dylan Keim, Commissioners Jason Koch and Gary Scoby, County Attorney Brad Lippert, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes. Keim called the meeting to order by leading the flag salute.

The commissioners reviewed a contract with Nemaha Valley Community Hospital to provide adult and childhood immunizations in Nemaha County. Following discussion, the board approved the contract with Nemaha Valley Community Hospital. Keim signed the contract as presented.

The commissioners agreed to appoint Dr. Jarod Snyder as the health advisor to the Nemaha County Local Health Officer and Health Department Administrator at a cost of $250 per month.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, July 11.

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