Nemaha County Commission 7.18.2022

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 18, 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 are still hauling and stock piling AB3 rock at this time.

• Hall Brothers will be working on 146th Road (Snake Road) this week and hope to start on the Bern-Sabetha Road at the end of this week.

• He has hired Remington Ty Howe for the bridge crew. Howe will begin work for the county on Aug. 1 at a rate of pay of $17.96 per hour.

• The bridge guys are still working on Bridge GK-1 at this time.

• One of the road graders needed to be repaired last week.

• His 2023 budget request for the Road and Bridge Department is $4,000,000, which is an increase of $273,500 over the amount at which the Road and Bridge budget was set for 2022.

• He received an agreement from the State for replacing the signage on county roads north of U.S. Highway 36. Commissioners signed the agreement as presented.

• His 2023 budget request for the Recycling Department is $239,500, which is an increase of $19,500 over the amount at which the Recycling budget was set for 2022.

Emergency Preparedness Director Eddie Aldrine advised the board that:

• His 2023 budget request is $69,731.89, which is an increase of $4,731.89 over the amount at which the Emergency Preparedness budget was set for 2022.

• He is still working on the county’s Local Emergency Operations Plan.

• He is still working on drafting a renewal contract for Visser Tower.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• His 2023 budget request is $1,980,500, which is an increase of $180,500 over the amount at which the Sheriff’s Office budget was set for 2022.

• They are currently holding eight inmates in the jail.

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

Other Department Budget Requests

Cathy Holthaus, Raymond Thieme, and Mark Hermesch came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Historical Society to submit a 2023 budget request to commissioners. The organization is requesting $16,000 for 2023, which is an increase of $4,000 over the amount this organization was appropriated in 2022. The group reviewed with commissioners what the county appropriation is used to pay for and what improvements they would like to make over the next year or so.

Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans submitted a 2023 budget request for the Clerk’s Office in the amount of $171,500, which is the same amount at which the Clerk’s Office budget was set at for 2022. 

Schultejans also submitted a 2023 budget request for the Election Office in the amount of $140,150, which is an increase of $4,150 over the amount at which the Election Office budget was set at for 2022.

Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $60,000, which is the same amount this organization was appropriated in 2022. 

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Schafer submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $315,250, which is an increase of $28,500 over the amount at which the Noxious Weed budget was set at for 2022.

Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $136,500, which is an increase of $12,500 over the amount at which the Register of Deeds budget was set at for 2022.

County Attorney Brad Lippert submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $169,500, which is an increase of $14,500 over the amount at which the Attorney’s budget was set at for 2022.

Appraiser Betty Roeder submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $294,400, which is an increase of $43,800 over the amount at which the Appraiser’s Office budget was set at for 2022.

Treasurer Janell Niehues submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $224,000, which is an increase of $10,000 over the amount at which the Treasurer’s Office budget was set at for 2022.

Health Officer Heaven Schuette submitted a 2023 budget request in the amount of $158,038, which is increase of $72,038 over the amount at which the Health Office budget and the Community Health budget together were set at for 2022.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple submitted a 2023 budget request for Title III C-1 in the amount of $138,450, a 2023 budget request for Title III C-2 in the amount of $71,950, and a 2023 budget request for Transportation in the amount of $95,145.

The board reviewed another draft of the Nemaha County 2023 budget suggesting changes to be made to the document at this time. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the proposed budget for publication at a mill levy rate of 36.739 mills.

Keim moved to give a five percent pay increase to all employees effective July 21 and an additional five percent pay increase to all employees effective Jan. 1, 2023. The motion died due to lack of a second. Koch moved to give a four percent pay increase to all employees effective July 21. The board approved and the motion carried with Koch and Scoby voting aye and Keim voting nay.

Also at the meeting:

Deb Henry, with the Nemaha County Fair, came before the board to provide information to commissioners concerning the upcoming 2022 Nemaha County Fair.

Commissioners signed an appointment letter as presented appointing Mark Haug as the Center Township Trustee.

Epple came before the board to speak to commissioners about purchasing new tires for the Dodge Journey. Koch moved to approve the purchase of four new tires from Commercial Tire Solutions in the amount of $632 installed. The board carried the motion with Keim abstaining from the vote. 

The commissioners agreed to approve the new Dispatch Services Agreement with the City of Seneca as presented. Chairman Keim signed the agreement as presented.

The board reviewed the minutes from the July 11 regular meeting and the July 14 special meeting. Koch moved to approve both sets of minutes as presented. The minutes were approved unanimously.

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

Keim moved to use the $900,000 payment to be received in 2022 from NextEra Energy Resources for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm to lower the county’s 2023 mill levy. The motion died due to lack of a second.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, July 25. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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