Nemaha County Commission 4.1.2024

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 25, 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 Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, led those present in an opening prayer to begin the meeting this morning.

Department Reports

Health Department Administrator Heaven Schuette came before the board to ask the commissioners to sign the signature page for KDHE grant applications for 2025. The commissioners approve the grant application signature page for grants through KDHE in an estimated amount of $33,820. Glace signed the signature page as presented.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• He would like to extend the time that one of his deputies has to use vacation leave. The board agreed to extend this deadline for 30 days.

• His office needs names printed on vouchers paid for jail inmates. Vernon stated that he plans to have the vendor send the bills to him with the names printed on them and they will redact the names before submitting these bills for payment to the Board of Commissioners. The commissioners held discussion concerning HIPPAA compliance.

The commissioners approved the year end fund transfers for 2023 as follows: $3,000 from the Diversion Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; $3,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; $200,000 from the Road and Bridge Fund to the Special Machinery Fund; $5,000 from the Noxious Weed Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; $20,000 from the Election Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; $50,000 from the Transportation for Aging Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund; and $20,000 from the Solid Waste Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund.

Also at the meeting:

The board set the agenda for today’s meeting with County Administrator Miller. The board approved the agenda for March 25 as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the March 18 meeting.

Laurie Schmelzle and Bob Kohake came before the board to speak during the open public forum.

Chairman Glace signed add/abate orders as presented.

The board conducted the canvass of votes following the March 19 Presidential Preference Primary Election. The board approved  the final results of the March 19 Presidential Preference Primary Election. Three provisional ballots were cast at this election. Two of those ballots were hand counted by the board, one ballot was not counted due to state statute. All direct costs of this election will be reimbursed to the county by the State of Kansas.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. He requested an executive session with commissioners. The board held a 10-minute executive session. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Lippert and County Administrator Miller. The commissioners requested to extend the executive session for an additional five minutes. The board again requested to extend the executive session for an additional 10 minutes. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed AP warrants submitted by the different departments to be paid on March 26 and payroll vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid on March 29. The board approved the AP warrants and payroll vouchers as presented.

Keim moved to approve Wichita State University to prepare a housing market analysis of Nemaha County and the communities therein. Glace seconded the motion. Discussion was held concerning that this motion is pending the county attorney’s review of the contract terms. Discussion was also held concerning what fund this analysis was to be paid out of. The motion carried with Keim and Glace voting aye and Koch voting nay.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the pay and performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Miller. The board agreed to extend the executive session for an additional 10 minutes. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board held a 15-minute executive session to discuss the pay and performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and Miller. The commissioners agreed to extend the executive session for an additional five minutes. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, April 1. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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