Nemaha County Commission 9.26.2022
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 26, 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.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, along with Assistant Office Manager Kristina Talkington, advised the board that:
• The guys rocked the Granada Road and the south end of the Schmelzle Road last week.
• The guys are working on rocking Old U.S. Highway 36 from Sabetha into Oneida this week.
• The bridge guys will be setting beams and will hopefully pour the new bridge located just southwest of Bancroft this week.
• They received a right of way easement request from Blue Valley Telecommunications to do work in the road right of way near 216th Road and U.S. Highway 63. The board approved the right of way easement request with Blue Valley Telecommunications.
• The county’s track hoe needs major work done on it. Kuckelman stated he plans to look into what it will cost to repair the track hoe and what it will cost to replace the track hoe.
• The recycling trailer in Sabetha will be relocated just south of the fire station.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• Dispatcher Kayla Spurgeon has resigned her position effective Oct. 2.
• They are currently holding 10 inmates in the jail.
• They are holding an inmate that is wanted on three Texas warrants at this time.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert presented to the commissioners the draft of an agreement with Jack Willmeth to serve as a consultant for Nemaha County in its use of the county’s American Rescue Plan funds. The agreement was approved by the board and signed as presented.
Maintenance employees Troy Melvin and Margie Anderson came before the board to present bids to the commissioners for new carpet for the Commissioner’s Room and the Election Office. Commissioners advised to see which carpets needed to be replaced in the Pioneer Building before they make a decision on carpet bids.
District Court Clerk Amy Entrikin came before the board to speak to the commissioners about purchasing a new server for her office. Entrikin presented a bid from Networks Plus to utilize a cloud-based server instead of having a server on site. The board approved the bid from Networks Plus to utilize a cloud-based server for the District Court Office.
Maintenance employee Margie Anderson came back before the board to present an Eagle Scout’s project submitted by Jordan Lewis to do landscaping at the courthouse.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of September.
The board held a 20-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners. An additional five minutes extension of the executive session was requested. No action was taken by the board following the executive session.
The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners and Treasurer Janell Niehues. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
The commissioners reviewed bids from Dylan Kaster to do repair work at the Courthouse, the Community Building and the Pioneer Building.
Deb Henry and the Nemaha County 4-H Ambassadors came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the Nemaha County 4-H program. The board approved the motion to proclaim Oct. 2–8, 2022, as National 4-H Week in Nemaha County. The commissioners signed the proclamation as presented.
The board approved the minutes from the Sept. 19 meeting.
The commissioners approved the request from Nemaha Central Middle School and High School to use the Community Building for wrestling practice for the 2022-23 season at a cost of $1,500. The board also approved the request from the Kid’s Club to use the Community Building for wrestling practice at a cost of $500.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Oct. 3. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.