Nemaha County Commission 6.24.2024

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 24, 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.

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

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:

• He needs to order more tubes. Welborn Sales bid $19,205.80 and Contech bid $21,538.24. The board approved the purchase of tubes from Welborn Sales in the amount of $19,205.80.

• The graders are out today trying to fix roads that have been washed out by recent heavy rains. They plan to continue with blade patching once the roads are taken care of.

• They are currently rocking the Ehrsam Road.

• One of the graders is currently being repaired at this time and another grader needs to have the air conditioning unit repaired on it.

The commissioners amended the agenda to begin the Sheriff’s Report early at 12:45 p.m.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• He would like to pay for upgrades being made to the camera systems for the patrol cars and for the interview room out of his Capital Outlay Funds. The board agreed to allow Vernon to spend $18,462 out of his Capital Outlay Funds for the purchase of cameras and supporting equipment.

• The Sheriff’s office K-9 did not pass a particular part of his testing recently. Vernon stated that he would like to trade in this dog for a different dog through the company that they use. This cost would be paid for out of the Federal Seizure Fund.

• He wanted to know if the board had made a decision about amending his 2024 budget to allow another $80,000 in expenditures for 2024. The board advised Vernon that they were still considering this request.

The commissioners reviewed a letter drafted by Miller to be sent to the U.S. Department of Energy concerning urgent concerns regarding the National Interest Electric Transmission designation and proposed corridor. The board signed the letter as presented.

Miller let the commissioners know that he would like to have some electrical work done at the Community Building. The board approved the bid from HEMI Electric in the amount of $740.23.

The County Clerk spoke to the board about hiring a temporary employee to help in the Clerk’s Office in July with election preparation. The commissioners advised Schultejans to advertise for this position in the local papers and on the county website.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 17 meeting.

Bob Taylor with KCAMP came before the board to present a quote for the county’s property and liability insurance coverage for the period from July 1 through Dec. 31. Taylor reviewed this quote with the board.

Bryan Schmitz with SBS Insurance Agency came before the board to present a quote for the county’s property and liability insurance coverage for the period from July 1 through June 30, 2025. Schmitz explained the difference between a group funded pool and an insurance policy and also reviewed the quote with the board.

Schmitz also provided a quote to the board through EMC Insurance for the county’s workers compensation insurance coverage.

Deb Henry came before the board to present a flyer for the upcoming Nemaha County Fair.

Kirby Fox and Scott Hardin with Locklt Technologies came before the board to speak to the commissioners about outsourced IT services, including cybersecurity services, that this company could possibly provide for Nemaha County. This company would provide an assessment of the county’s IT services, letting the board know which items need to be taken care of immediately and which items they would recommend the county take care of in the near future.

The board asked these individuals to put together a proposal for IT services for them to consider.

The commissioners reviewed a proposed road cost-share resolution and attached community cost share program documentation. The board approved Resolution 2024-10, establishing a road improvement cost share program in Nemaha County. The board signed the resolution as presented.

The board reviewed the two property and liability insurance proposals submitted earlier this morning. The commissioners approved the renewal with SBS Insurance Agency in the amount of $191,948. In the discussion that followed, it was determined that the difference in total price per policy does not make up for local money flow from working with local business and the differentials between valuations.

The commissioners reviewed ARPA Funds requests that have been submitted at this time.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid this week. The board approved the AP warrants to be paid on June 25 as presented.

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

The board held a 30-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 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 board approved the Cereal Malt Beverage License for Sacred Hearth Catholic Church. Chairman Glace signed the license as presented.

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

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