Nemaha County Commission 10.31.2022

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 31, 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:

• Two representatives from Murphy Tractor attended the meeting to answer any other questions that the county had concerning the track hoe bid submitted earlier. Following discussion, the board approved the purchase of a new John Deere track hoe from Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company in the amount of $130,800 with trade in of the county’s 2015 John Deere track hoe, with Koch voting nay.

• The guys are hauling chips for next year out of the Onaga quarry at this time.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding seven inmates in the jail.

• They need to pick up an inmate in Smith County sometime this week.

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to present to the commissioners the Solid Waste Plan Review Report. Following review of this report, the commissioners accepted the report as presented.

Lynette Strathman and Charity Henry with the Nemaha County Planning Commission came before the board to provide an update to the commissioners regarding the recent activities of the planning commission.

Also at the meeting

Lori Miller, with Heartland Retirement and Benefits Consulting, came before the board to speak to commissioners about submitting a quote for short-term disability coverage for county employees and to look into submitting a quote for the county’s health insurance coverage.

The board went into a five-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners and Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple. No action was taken following the executive session.

The board went into a five-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Senior Services/Public Transit Director Epple, Maintenance employee Troy Melvin and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Epple, Maintenance employee Margie Anderson and Lippert. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The commissioners approved the elimination of one full-time janitorial position for the county.

The board approved the creation of a full-time position that is part janitorial and part senior services. The commissioners stated that an offer has been made to an individual for this position.

The commissioners approved the appointment of Epple as the county facility Maintenance Supervisor with compensation to be determined at a later time.

The commissioners asked Lippert to review a consulting agreement to allow Freedom Claims Management to acquire information on the county’s behalf from Blue Cross Blue Shield concerning premium rates, etc. Lippert stated he was okay with this agreement.

The board approved the motion to appoint Julie Yarmer with Freedom Claims Management to serve as a consultant for the county with no compensation. Keim signed the agreement as presented.

Lippert let the commissioners know that the landowners along Poor Farm Road have decided to pay for the water line replacement project outright instead of going through the county with a special assessment to be added to their property taxes.

The commissioners spoke to Lippert about placing a security camera on the election drop box located outside the main entrance to the Nemaha County Courthouse.

The commissioners spoke to Lippert about the request of right of way and easement with Kansas Gas Service.

The board also spoke to Lippert about sending a letter to the Kansas State Treasurer requesting that assets managed by KPERS be removed from investing in BlackRock, Vanguard and others.

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

The board reviewed three bids received from different companies to design and manage a county website. The company that is currently hosting the county website will not support it after the end of this year.

The commissioners signed a letter of support for JBN Telephone Company to submit with their grant application to build fiber-optic broadband connectivity to homes, farms and businesses in rural Nemaha County.

The board approved the minutes from the Oct. 24 meeting. 

Commissioners discussed the Nemaha County Reorganization for 2023 and employee benefits for 2023.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Nov. 7. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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