Nemaha County Commission 4.22.2024

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

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

Pastor Jason Drahota, with the NorthRidge Church in Seneca, led those present in an opening prayer to begin the meeting.

The board set the agenda for today’s meeting with Miller. The commissioners approved the agenda for April 22 as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 15 meeting as amended.

Jason Deters came before the board to speak during today’s open public forum.

Department Reports

Miller spoke to the commissioners about proposed changes to the payroll process. He showed the board an example of a payroll report they would review at payroll time instead of going through payroll vouchers for each individual employee. Miller also shared information with the commissioners concerning formal requests for ARPA funds that have been received so far.

County Counselor Brad Lippert came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about sending a letter to a county resident concerning Nemaha County’s environmental code. Miller gave Lippert a copy of the wording that the local hospitals would like on the November ballot regarding the renewal of the health care sales tax in Nemaha County.

Executive Sessions

County Counselor Lippert requested an executive session with the commissioners. 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, Lippert and Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the job performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Lippert and Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session to discuss security measures involving county property. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Lippert and Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Also at the meeting:

Nemaha County United 4 Youth Director Rachel Wertenberger came before the board to introduce herself to the commissioners and to request increased funding for this organization for 2025. Wertenberger will be submitting a written budget request for 2025 to the commissioners.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid on April 23. The board approved the AP warrants to be paid on April 23 as presented.

Koch provided an update to the board concerning the motor grader training provided last week for county and township operators. The training was considered an overall success and the county plans to schedule more training of this kind in the near future.

Lippert came back before the board to provide further information to the commissioners concerning the renewal of the health care sales tax in Nemaha County.

The board asked Lippert to look into whether or not the county is required to be a part of the Drug and Alcohol Clearing House.

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

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