Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 12, 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:

• Several residents were present at today’s meeting to let the commissioners know that the four-mile stretch on J Road between 120th Road and Kansas Highway 9 has been very heavily traveled lately due to Kansas Highway 187 being closed. The group also let the board know that people have been speeding down this portion of road and that the dust is making it very hard to see in this area. Kuckelman let the group know that the south bridge on Kansas Highway 187 should be opened back up by the end of the month and that the north bridge will be opened back up a few weeks after that. The commissioners advised Kuckelman to find out how much it would cost to put some dust control down along this portion of road.

• Kurtis Geisler with Gavel Roads Online Auctions was present at today’s meeting to let the commissioners know how their company is different from Big Iron Auctions, Purple Wave Auctions, etc.

• The shoulder rock is now laid on the Bern-Sabetha Road and the guys will be working on approaches to driveways this week.

• Haverkamp received a right of way easement request from Blue Valley Telecommunications to bore under 176th Road east of St. Benedict. The commissioners signed the request as presented.

• The replacement of Bridge N-5 was started last week.

• The guys will be continuing to haul rock on county roads where necessary.

• They will need to move the recycling trailers in Sabetha due to the construction of a new city shop.

Emergency Preparedness Director Eddie Aldrine advised the board that:

• Nemaha County never adopted the 2019 Northeast Kansas Hazard Mitigation Plan. Aldrine presented to the board a draft of a resolution to adopt this plan. Following discussion, Scoby moved to approve Resolution 2022-7 adopting the 2019 Northeast Kansas Hazard Mitigation Plan. The motion carried with all voting aye and the commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

• The Visser tower agreement has now been completely executed.

• Aldrine continues to work on grant applications for the county.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• A patrol car was wrecked during training recently.

• The boil advisory for Seneca did affect the jail inmates.

• They are currently holding 10 inmates in the jail with a hold on one additional inmate in Jackson County.

Galen Ackerman and Bob Ruddick with the Nemaha County Planning Commission came before the board to let the commissioners know that the ETC Institute is hesitant to do the citizen survey as paper only. Ackerman and Ruddick stated that ETC will print a unique identifier on the survey that must be used to fill out the online survey. Following discussion, Koch moved to approve using a combination of paper surveys and on-line surveys using the unique identifier. A motion carried and commissioners signed a new cover letter as presented to be sent out with the survey.

Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board to speak to the commissioners about leasing a different postage machine for use at the courthouse since the lease on the current machine from Pitney Bowes has expired. The board advised Niehues to move forward with leasing a new machine through Lineage.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert let the commissioners know that he received a draft of an agreement from Jack Willmeth to serve as a consultant for the county to help with the county’s American Rescue Plan funds. Lippert stated he would like to suggest some changes to the agreement before it is approved.

The commissioners spoke to Lippert about how the paperwork needed to add the cost of the new water line along Poor Farm Road to the tax roll for the residents living along this road. Lippert stated he still needs to get this done.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple came before the board to ask the commissioners to approve the Title VI Program Public Participation Plan again at this time. A motion was made to approve the Title VI Program Public Participation Plan, and was carried and approved.

Kuckelman came back before the board to let the commissioners know what he found out about the cost of dust control on the four-mile stretch of J Road between 120th Road and Kansas Highway 9. The commissioners advised Kuckelman to let the residents that live along this stretch of road know that if they will pay for dust control in front of their homes, the county will pay for dust control at the intersections along this stretch of road.

Also at the meeting:

Scoby moved to approve Resolution 2022-8 extending the moratorium in Nemaha County. The motion carried with all voting aye and the commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

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

The board reviewed the minutes, corrections were made and were approved for the from the Aug. 29 meeting, with the corrections noted.

A 20-minute executive session was held to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners. After two 10-minute requested extensions, the meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board approved the Keim nomination to serve as the voting delegate for Nemaha County at the upcoming KAC Conference. Scoby will serve as first alternate and Koch to be the second alternate. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Sept.19. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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