Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission


Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Nov. 7, 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 putting a tube in near Mars’ today.

• The forklift for the Recycling Center is in. Kuckelman stated that the forklift is being prepared for delivery to the county.

• He wanted to discuss with the commissioners projects for the Road and Bridge Department for next year.

• Kuckelman spoke to the board about the condition of the deck of Bridge N-5.

Emergency Preparedness Director Eddie Aldrine advised the board that:

• He worked from home last week on the Emergency Operations Plan.

• He was at training the week before in Dodge City.

• The animal disease response training is coming up on Nov. 30.

Health Administrator Heaven Schuette came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the renovations she would like to make to her office in the Nemaha County Pioneer Building. The commissioners approved the bid from Stallbaumer Lumber in the amount of $5,892 for flooring for the office.

Schuette spoke to the commissioners about the mural that she would like to have painted on one wall of her office in the Pioneer Building. Schuette also spoke to the board about furniture for her office in the Pioneer Building. The board approved the bid from National Business Furniture in the approximate amount of $6,710.74, with Koch voting nay.

Schuette updated the commissioners concerning several different items that she has been working on in her department.

Kristina Dietrick with HR Partners came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Dietrick about the elimination of the janitorial position and the creation of the full-time position that would be part janitorial and part Senior Services. The board also spoke to Dietrick about a job description for a county administrator. Following discussion, the board approved to start the process of creating a position of a county administrator for Nemaha County and begin the hiring process for that position, with Scoby voting nay. The commissioners also spoke to Dietrick about contracting with HR Partners to be on site on a regular basis to consult with department heads and the board.

Also at the meeting

Scott Sisk with NEK-CAP Headstart came before the board to speak to the commissioners about renovations they would like to make to the space rented by NEK-CAP Headstart at the Nemaha County Pioneer Building. The board approved the building improvement as presented.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of October, and approved the warrants and vouchers as presented.

The board approved the minutes from the Oct. 31 meeting.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the dispatch services agreement and the lease agreement for the ambulance barn with the City of Seneca. The commissioners asked Lippert about the lease agreement with the Meadowlark Extension District for office space at the Nemaha County Community Building.

David Pfrang and Nicole Pfrang came before the board to speak to the commissioners about closing a portion of W Road between sections 26 and 27 of Wetmore Township, north of Bridge U-3. Kuckelman and Lippert also were present for this discussion.

The commissioners spoke to Lippert and Kuckelman about holding a discussion during an upcoming commission meeting to talk about the possible closure of a portion of T Road between 88th Road and 96th Road.

Commissioners Keim and Koch signed a letter to be submitted to the Kansas State Treasurer requesting that assets managed by KPERS be removed from investing in BlackRock, Vanguard and others.

The board approved a bid submitted by 6S Creative to design, manage and host a website for Nemaha County in the amount of $9,000. 

The commissioners approved payment to the National Association of Counties, for dues for 2023, in the amount of $450.

The board approved giving each employee a $50 gift certificate to be mailed with their November paycheck or paystub.

Keim moved to approve beginning the process of the painting of lines along the Bern-Sabetha Road and the Onaga Road, but the motion died due to lack of a second.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Nov. 14. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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