Nemaha County Commission 5.20.2024, 5.29.2024

Submitted by DeAnn Koch, Deputy Clerk

Monday, May 20

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 20, 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 Deputy County Clerk DeAnn Koch recording the minutes.

Chairman Glace called for a moment of silence to begin the meeting this morning.

The board set the agenda for today’s meeting with County Administrator Miller. The commissioners approved the agenda for May 20 as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes as amended from the May 13 meeting.

Chairman Glace called for Open Public Forum to begin at 9:22 a.m. No one came before the board to speak during the open public forum. The board approved the motion to end the public forum at 9:28 a.m. and begin the Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report early.

Department Reports

Assistant Road Supervisor Todd Swart, along with Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, advised the board that:

• The guys continue to haul rock on the Log Chain Road when the weather permits. Swart stated that they will then move to the Steele Road next.

• Adam Kuckelman is getting bids for a new double walled fuel tank. The containment pit cannot handle a larger tank.

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

• Michael Marris has inspected 300 bridges for the county at a cost of $35,000.

• Bridge J-34 is buckling following the recent rains received in the local area. Following discussion, it was decided that the bridge would not be able to be saved and will need to replaced.

During the work session, County Administrator Miller spoke to the commissioners about submitting an application for a CISA cybersecurity grant and about the siren evaluation list and grants for sirens.

Also at the meeting:

Dana and Clint Schmelzle with S&S Automotive and Towing came before the board to discuss a resolution about abandoned vehicles in Nemaha County on private property. County Counselor Brad Lippert was also present for this discussion. Following discussion, it was decided that Lippert would get clarification on state statute regarding this issue.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid this week. The board approved the AP warrants to be paid on May 21 as presented.

The board approved the motion to amend the agenda to add Sheriff Rich Vernon.

Sheriff Vernon came before the board to discuss his 2025 budget.

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 Board of Commissioners and County Administrator Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The commissioners spoke with Amber Bletscher from Saylor Insurance by phone about the process of getting quotes for health insurance coverage for 2025 from Blue Cross, Aetna and United Healthcare.

With no further county business coming before the board, the meeting adjourned. The commissioners did not meet on Monday, May 27, due to observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, but they planned to meet in special session on Wednesday, May 29, to review AP vouchers and payroll vouchers, to discuss the Hospital Sales Tax Resolution (2024-6), and to speak with Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Kuckelman.

Wednesday, May 29

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in special session at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. Present for the meeting were Commissioner Ben Glace, Commissioner Dylan Keim, County Administrator Mike Miller, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes. Commissioner Jason Koch was absent from the meeting.

Chairman Glace called the meeting to order by leading the flag salute.

The board set the agenda for the meeting with County Administrator Miller. The board approved the agenda for May 29 as presented.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the spray truck that the transmission went out of. Nemaha Valley Motors bid $5,859 to replace the transmission and Becker Repair bid $4,758 to replace the transmission. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the bid from Becker Repair in the amount of $4,758.

Kuckelman also let the board know that he needs to order grader blades at this time. Welborn Sales bid $7,612 for the purchase of 50 blades. Conmat bid $10,298.84, Murphy Tractor bid $7,859 and Foley Equipment bid $6,506. The board approved the bid from Foley Equipment in the amount of $6,506.

Kuckelman also let the commissioners know that he received bids for a new fuel tank. Ag Partners bid $38,400 for a 10,000-gallon double wall tank and $42,400 for a 12,000-gallon double wall tank. Berwick Oil bid $26,106 for a 10,000-gallon double wall tank and $28,380.38 for a 12,000-gallon double wall tank. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the bid from Berwick Oil for the purchase of a 12,000-gallon double wall fuel tank to be paid out of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm Fund.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed a payroll report submitted by County Administrator Miller and vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid this week. The board approved the AP warrants to be paid on May 31 as presented. The board also approved the payroll for April/May 2024 in the amount of $244,901.51.

The board reviewed a proposed resolution that would submit a question to the voters of Nemaha County of whether or not to renew the hospital sales tax currently collected in Nemaha County for another 10 years. Keim moved to approve Resolution 2024-6 to this effect. The motion died due to lack of a second.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, June 3. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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