Nemaha County Commission 7.1.2024

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 1, 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 Ian Kinney, with the First Lutheran Church in Sabetha, led those present in an opening prayer to begin the meeting this morning.

The board set the agenda for the meeting with County Administrator Miller. The commissioners approved the agenda for July 1 as presented.

Chairman Glace called for open public forum to begin at 9:15 a.m. No one came before the board to speak during today’s open public forum. The commissioners amended the agenda and begin the Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report at 9:25 a.m.

Department Reports

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

• A tractor burned up on the Onaga Road last week that damaged the road. Kuckelman stated that the road will need to be blade patched to fix this issue and the cost for the repair is estimated at $1,000.

• They plan to start sealing county roads next Monday and that they have around 32 miles to seal this summer. Grader training is planned again for Aug. 6 for county employees

• He will consider recommendations provided by the board concerning tire usage and replacement.

• The air conditioner is not working in the office at the shop. Kuckelman stated that they have tried to have the unit repaired, but it is still not working correctly. The board advised Kuckelman to get bids for a new air conditioning unit.

Glace advised that Rock Creek Township and the City of Sabetha were approved for a grant through the State for road improvements to be made to Kansas Road and 14th Street.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Tammy Epple and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to let the commissioners know that they received their award letter from KDOT for 2025. Epple advised that she had applied for $296,175 in grant dollars and received $246,000 for 2025. Therefore, Epple stated that she will be submitting a new 2025 budget request for the Transportation Department.

Epple also let the board know that the Transportation Department will be moving to the Nemaha County Community Building on July 6 and 7. The commissioners approved contracting Blake Schmitz to move the Transportation Department’s office equipment in the amount of $800.

Epple also let the commissioners know that she has been communicating with the Fair Board about utilization of the Community Building during the upcoming Nemaha County Fair and have accommodated all of their requests at this time.

Epple also spoke to the board about posting Transit information and Nutrition information on the county website instead of on social media due to repeated flags for content of menus for the Nutrition Program. The commissioners were in agreeance with this plan.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 24 meeting.

The commissioners approved the medical consultant contract with Dr. Jarod Snyder for a one-year term. Glace signed the contract as presented.

Beth Salman, Marshall County Republican Chair, came before the board to speak to the commissioners about the National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor (NIETC) that is proposed to run through Marshall, Nemaha, Brown and Doniphan counties. Discussion was held concerning how local counties could try to prevent the approval of this transmission line.

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, Epple and Miller. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

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

The commissioners approved a bid submitted by Miller for the treatment of trees on the Courthouse grounds from Outdoor Visions in the amount of $300.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid this week. The commissioners approved the AP warrants to be paid on July 2 as presented.

The commissioners approved the May/June 2024 payroll in the amount of $531,499.71.

The board went through a rough draft of the Nemaha County 2025 budget suggesting changes that they would like to make to the draft at this time.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, July 8. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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