Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 14, 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.

Jared Barta and Jordan Robl came before the board on behalf of Kansas Gas Service to speak to the commissioners about the right of way easement request submitted earlier on property near the Nemaha County Training Center Day Center in Seneca. Lippert was also present for this discussion. The board indicated that they would prefer to have Kansas Gas Service purchase the property necessary to build a new Town Border Station on instead of the county granting an easement for this purpose. The commissioners also stated that if they did grant an easement, they would prefer a yearly payment for this instead of a one-time lump sum paid by Kansas Gas Service. Following discussion, the commissioners stated they would get back to Barta with a price to purchase the land needed for the new Town Border Station.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman, Appraiser’s Office employees Kerri Reinecke and Ann Deters, Health Administrator Heaven Schuette, District Court Clerk Amy Entrikin, County Attorney Brad Lippert, Sheriff Rich Vernon, Emergency Preparedness Director Eddie Aldrine, Noxious Weed Director Mixie Schafer, Undersheriff Bob Cross, Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus, Treasurer Janell Niehues, and Schultejans came before the board for a Department Head Meeting with the commissioners. Discussion was held concerning the county changing to a different website at the beginning of 2023 and concerning the changes to be made to the Reorganization and the Employee Handbook for 2023.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Kuckelman, along with Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, advised the board that:

• The guys are putting the snow plow hitches on the trucks today in case they are needed.

• The radiator is leaking on one of the Peterbilt trucks. Kuckelman stated that they plan to put a new radiator in this truck.

• The hitch broke on the lowboy trailer last week with a load on it. Kuckelman stated they were able to weld the hitch to get by until the new trailer that was ordered arrives.

• The guys are still hauling chips for use next summer.

Lippert came before the board and presented a draft of a resolution that would prohibit electioneering on property owned by the county. The commissioners asked Lippert to make some changes to this resolution before it is approved.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple came before the board. The commissioners asked Epple about a letter of support that was submitted by Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center for a grant that they are applying for. The board signed the letter as presented.

The board approved a grant application to be submitted by Epple for three vans for the Transit Department. The county match for the three vans would be $40,920.

Epple spoke to the commissioners about the Meals on Wheels Program in Centralia.

Also at the meeting

The board approved the minutes from the Nov. 7 meeting.

Commissioners decided to participate in the Gift of Giving through Rainbow Communications by donating to the Nemaha County Food Pantry in Seneca.

The board approved the bid from Kaster Masonry to do repairs at the Nemaha County Community Building in the amount of $5,800. 

The board went into a 10-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Epple. No action was taken by the board following the executive session.

Margie Anderson has accepted the newly created position that is part-time janitorial and part-time Senior Services. This new position becomes effective on Nov. 16 at a rate of pay of $15.81 per hour.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of November.

The board approved Resolution 2022-9, prohibiting political signs on county property. The commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The commissioners discussed pay and employee benefits for county employees for 2023.

The next regular meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 21. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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