Nemaha County Commission 1.22.2024

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 22, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Chairman Ben Glace leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Dylan Keim and Jason Koch, County Administrator Mike Miller, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes. Chairman Glace asked for a moment of silence to begin the meeting this morning.

Department Reports

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

• They had a grader hit an abandoned car along a county road while blading snow.

• The guys have been busy blading snow off of county roads.

• The baler at the landfill needs to be re-adjusted again.

• Recycling Department employee Joe Wells will be retiring effective March 20.

Sheriff Rich Vernon dropped off paperwork indicating that he has hired Levi Kraisinger as a Corrections Officer in the Sheriff’s office to begin work for the county on Jan. 22 at a rate of pay of $18.74 per hour.

County Administrator Miller informed the board that Nemaha County’s anchors (churches, community centers, election sites, etc.) are well served by current broadband providers. These anchors are the primary emphasis in the current broadband initiative. There will be a secondary emphasis more toward residential.

The board discussed with County Administrator Miller painting outside lines on county roads and asked Miller to gather more information on this issue.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Jan. 16 meeting.

Laurie Schmelzle came before the board to speak during today’s open public forum. Schmelzle shared with the commissioners excerpts from Argentine President Javier Milei’s speech at the 2024 World Economic Forum.

The board held a five-minute executive session to discuss the performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Kuckelman and County Administrator Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The commissioners agreed to appoint Todd Rokey as a member of the Nemaha County Planning Commission to replace Andy Grove, who has moved out of district.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid on Jan. 23. The board approved the Accounts Payable warrants to be paid on Jan. 23 as presented.

The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, or individual proprietorships. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and County Administrator Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board held a five-minute executive session to discuss the hiring of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and County Administrator Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Chairman Glace signed add/abate orders as presented.

Koch signed the Nemaha County Quarterly Financial Statement for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2023, as presented.

The commissioners reviewed the Nemaha County 2023 Reorganization and suggested changes to be made to the document for 2024.

The board approved an additional Accounts Payable warrant for Cl/C2 to be paid on Jan. 23.

The commissioners resumed their meeting after lunch and continued to work on the reorganization document for 2024.

The commissioners agreed to pay the State Employee Health Plan $37,581.44 as an early termination fee for ending the contract with the SEHP early at the end of 2023.

The board approved an appropriation to Northeast Kansas Environmental Services in the amount of $10,000 for 2024.

The board approved an appropriation to Glacial Hills RC&D in the amount of $3,000 for 2024.

The commissioners approved an appropriation to Nemaha County United 4 Youth in the amount of $23,000 for 2024 with the understanding that beginning in 2025, the county funding levels will be slowly stepped down each year. Glace seconded the motion. The motion carried with Keim and Glace voting aye and Koch voting nay. During discussion, Commissioner Koch felt that not enough financial information was provided for him to support this motion. The funding will be paid out of the county’s Alcohol Control Fund and Parks and Recreation Fund.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Jan. 29. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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