Nemaha County Commission 3.18.2024

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 18, 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. Pastor Curtis Knapp, with the New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, led those present in an opening prayer to begin the meeting this morning.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman advised the board that:

• A representative from Husker Steel was here to look at Bridge N-5. Kuckelman said this representative is wondering why the epoxy was not put on the bridge on which the deck cracked after the deck was poured. The representative let Kuckelman know that this company will not do work for Nemaha County in the future.

• Hall Brothers plan to start on the overlay of the Baileyville Road approximately June 24.

• Kuckelman will get bids for the cracking and settling of asphalt for cutting and replacing those sections on E Road, G Road and the Bern-Sabetha Road.

• They will be rocking the Lillis Road this week.

• They will be starting on Bridge H-16 in Rock Creek Township in the next couple of weeks.

• Kuckelman does not think we are going to get anywhere with the State concerning the closing of B Road and is recommending that the county get out of the discussions at this time. The commissioners advised Kuckelman that the cost to improve the alternate route will not be taken out of his 2024 budget. The board stated that they plan to move forward with further discussions with the State on this issue.

• The dust control program for 2024 has been advertised in the paper. Residents have until sometime in April to sign up for this program.

• He would like to replace a truck in the Road and Bridge Department at some point.

• Kuckelman requested an executive session with the commissioners. The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the hiring 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.

County Administrator Miller submitted a quote to the commissioners for the replacement of a computer for the Emergency Preparedness Department. The board approved the purchase from Bachelor Controls in the amount of $1,485.

County Administrator Miller has prepared proposals for a labor study and a housing study in which the county will be looking for participating employers to gather information which will provide better outcomes for the county.

Also at the meeting:

The board set the agenda for today’s meeting with County Administrator Miller. The board approved the agenda for March 18 as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes as amended from the March 11 meeting. The motion carried with Keim and Koch voting aye and Glace abstaining from the vote due to his absence from the March 11 meeting.

Laurie Schmelzle came before the board to speak during today’s open public forum.

Martha Smith and Cynthia Reeb with Northeast Kansas Environmental Services came before the board to provide the commissioners with an update regarding the services provided in Nemaha County in 2023, including improper trash dumping investigations. Health Department Administrator Heaven Schuette was also present for this discussion. The group has already submitted a 2025 budget request to the county in the amount of $10,000.

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas, Ernie Beaudet with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Derek Kaeb came before the board to request that the county submit application for a CDBG Grant on behalf of Kaeb for the installation of three-phase electricity at his business location (a welding shop) near Sabetha. Kaeb would pay the grant match through a special assessment added to his property taxes. The commissioners approved support of the CDBG Grant application for Kaeb, LLC.

Doug Allen with the City of Sabetha; Jeff Tyler, Russell Baumgartner and Clark Strahm with the Rock Creek Township Board; Dale Stallbaumer; and Michael Nohl came before the board to speak to the commissioners about supporting this group in their grant application for the Kansas Cost Share Program for the improvements to be made to Kansas Road, X Road, and 14th Street in Rock Creek Township and the City of Sabetha. The board approved a letter of support for the Kansas Cost Share Program through KDOT for the paving of a two-mile stretch of Kansas Road from W Road to Old Highway 75, along with a 0.6 mile stretch leading into 14th Street. Chairman Glace signed the letter of support as presented.

Glace moved that the Board of Nemaha County Commissioners will co-sponsor this cost share project. The commissioners approved, with Keim stating that in a resolution to be approved at a later time, there will be discussion concerning the terms and the cost share for this project.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid on March 19. The board approved the AP warrants to be paid on March 19 as presented.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, March 25. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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