Nemaha County Commissioners 6.17.2024

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 17, 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 Keith Huffman, with United Brethren in Christ Church, led those present in an opening prayer to begin the meeting this morning.

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

Chairman Ben Glace called for Open Public Forum to begin at 9:29 a.m. No one came before the board to speak during today’s open public forum.

Department Reports

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

• He met with representatives from KDOT about preparing to replace Bridge 0-14. This bridge will be let in December and built in 2025. Local residents and property owners have talked to Kuckelman about rocking a route for them to use while this bridge is being replaced.

• They are blade patching county roads at this time and will be ready to chip and seal after blade patching is completed.

• Bridge H-16 will be open Wednesday to the public.

• They are covering the C&D pit at the landfill today.

• Isaac Swart does not want to serve as the interim mechanic any longer at this time. The extra pay that he received for this will end on June 20. Discussion was held concerning ways to find more applicants for this position.

Health Department Administrator Heaven Schuette came before the board and requested an executive session with the commissioners. The board held a 10-minute executive session to discuss the pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Schuette and Miller. The board extended 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.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• He had copies of his 2025 budget request that he wanted to share with the commissioners. Vernon explained his 2025 budget request to the board. The Sheriff’s office is requesting $2,219,000 for 2025, which is an increase of $219,000 over what was budgeted for 2024.

• He is asking the commissioners to amend his 2024 budget by $80,000 to allow him to implement a new pay scale beginning July 21 for his staff and to allow him a better chance to hire new employees. This same pay scale is included in his 2025 request as well.

Jackie Feathers, with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, came before the board to update the commissioners regarding services provided to Nemaha County residents and regarding changes to their program over the past year. Kanza is requesting $66,072 for their 2025 budget, which is the same amount appropriated to this organization in 2024.

County Administrator Miller updated the commissioners on several items and also asked for direction on how to proceed on several items.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 10 meeting.

County Counselor Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert presented the commissioners with a draft of an abandoned vehicle resolution for their review. The commissioners suggested changes that they would like to be made to the resolution.

The board spoke to Lippert about a contract for Dr. Jarod Snyder, about the Nemaha County Health Department providing drug and alcohol testing for CDL employees, about requiring the local hospitals to meet with the Board of Commissioners annually to speak to the board about how the sales tax money they received was spent, and about passing a resolution to require businesses and rental properties to verify their potential employees and tenants.

Lippert requested an executive session with commissioners. The board held a 15-minute executive session to discuss the duties and pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Lippert and Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

During the meeting’s work session, discussion was held concerning holding rural town hall meetings throughout the county. Discussion was also held concerning being ready to release some of the county’s ARPA funds by July 15, concerning the location of the City of Seneca’s proposed substation, concerning meeting with a potential planning consultant, and concerning the road cost-share resolution.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid this week. The commissioners approved the AP warrants to be paid on June 18 as presented.

Commissioner Keim stated that he received a request that the county not charge the Nemaha County Democratic Party for use of the Community Building when the governor was here on June 13.

Lippert came back before the board to present an updated draft of the abandoned vehicle resolution and the road cost-share resolution to the commissioners for their review.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2024-9 concerning abandoned vehicles in the county. The board signed the resolution as presented.

The board held a 15-minute executive session to discuss the pay and performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the commissioners. After 15 minutes, the board extended the executive session for an additional 10 minutes and asked Miller to join the executive session. After 10 minutes, the commissioners extended 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, June 24. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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