Nemaha County Commission 5.13.2024

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 13, 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 Charlie Robinson, with the Sabetha NorthRidge Church, led those present in an opening prayer to begin the meeting.

The board set and approved the agenda as presented for the May 13 meeting with County Administrator Miller.

No one came before the board to speak during the open public forum.

Department Reports

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

• The guys continue to haul rock on the Log Chain Road when the weather permits.

• The county is no longer accepting applicants for the dust control program. Kuckelman stated that they hope to get the dust control laid down soon — weather permitting.

• They are beginning to work on improvements to B4 Road and 144th Road.

• The guys are still working on Bridge H-16 when weather permits.

• He received a right of way easement request from Rural Water District No. 3 to bore under 52nd Road near Corning. The commissioners approved the right of way easement request from Rural Water District No. 3. The board signed the request form as presented.

• The grant application for the purchase of a glass bunker at the landfill has been submitted at this time.

• He received the test results back from Berwick Oil Company on the fuel tank at the shop. The results show that the tank is full of water. The commissioners advised Kuckelman to get the socks needed to clean up the fuel and to seal the top of the tank to try to get by for now.

• He received bids for a new fuel tank as well. Ag Partners bid $21,250 for a 10,000-gallon tank with a base ring and $23,250 for a 12,000-gallon tank with a base ring. We-Mac Manufacturing Company bid $17,962 for a 10,000-gallon tank with a base ring and $19,192 for a 12,000-gallon tank with a base ring. Berwick Oil Company bid $16,843 for a 10,000-gallon tank with a base ring and $18,452 for a 12,000-gallon tank with a base ring. The commissioners tabled it to verify that the containment pit is large enough to hold the larger tank.

Kuckelman wanted to know what the board wanted to do as far as the purchase of new equipment for the Road and Bridge Department for 2025. The board advised Kuckelman to get bids for a new grader at this time. Discussion was also held concerning the purchase of a new belly dump trailer and tractor as well in relation to the efficient use of dump trucks.

Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board to clarify to the commissioners the amount of local sales tax revenue received by the county each year.

County Administrator Miller shared quotes he received for repair work to the roof of the Nemaha County Community Building with the commissioners. Stanfield Roofing bid $4,676.32 and Midwest Coating bid $3,590. The commissioners approved the bid from Midwest Coating to repair areas of the current roof in the amount of $3,590.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about a property line issue between two landowners, about the location of a communications tower in the road right of way of a county or township road, about a KORA request received recently for county employee information, and about the issue with the abandoned car that was hit by a motor grader along a county road this past winter.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• The issue with the three-phase generator turned out to be just an O2 sensor that needs to be replaced.

• He plans to take the cost of the replacement of the HVAC unit in the attic of the old part of the Law Enforcement Center out of his budget.

Miller asked the board about Air BNBs in the county paying an occupational tax like hotels and motels have to pay. The commissioners advised Miller to see how much revenue this would generate for cities located in the county and/or the county itself.

Miller spoke with the commissioners about which company to allow to submit a Blue Cross Blue Shield quote for health insurance coverage for 2025 for county employees.

Miller presented updated ARPA funds requests to commissioners for their review.

Miller presented the commissioners with a draft of a policy for the county’s time keeping system for their review.

Miller also presented the commissioners with a draft of a policy for children in the workplace for their review.

Miller presented an application for the chairman’s signature for a line of credit through MMCAP Infuse for the purchase of supplies used by a public health clinic. The board approved the membership application with MMCAP Infuse. Glace signed the application as presented.

County Attorney Lippert came back before the board. The commissioners spoke to Lippert about drafting an annual contract with Dr. Jarod Snyder, who serves as the medical advisor for the Nemaha County Health Officer.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 6 meeting.

Steve Brooks and Brian Rusche, with the City of Seneca, came before the board to speak to commissioners about the city building a substation and generation facility to be able to protect itself and its residents from the soaring costs of electricity during times of peak use. The city is looking to locate this facility near the county’s impound yard near the intersection of 14th Street and Community Drive. Brooks is asking the county to exchange ownership of property in this area to benefit both the city and the county. The commissioners stated that they were open to this idea and would like to further discuss this issue along with Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Kuckelman.

Glace signed the letter of support to submit with the grant application for the construction of a glass bunker at the landfill as presented.

The board reviewed and approved vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid this week.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, May 20. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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