Nemaha County Commission 4.10.17

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 10, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tim Burdiek leading the flag salute.

Present also were Commissioners Dennis Henry and Gary Scoby, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and Deputy County Clerk DeAnn Koch recording the minutes.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that he needed to discuss the Road and Bridge budget and carry over amounts because of upcoming road projects.

He also has received quotes for the cost to put concrete in the base of a portion of the Sabetha-Wetmore Road. Coughlin Company bid $539,224, and Bob Bergkamp Construction Company bid $517,440. Commissioners authorized Ronnebaum to visit with the contractors and make the final decision because of the differences in the specifications.

Ronnebaum also needed to discuss a bridge west of Kelly that is having water draining issues.

There is an issue with the City of Corning charging late charges on utility bills if not received by the 15th of the month. The County Clerk’s Office called the City of Corning and worked out an agreement with them in order to avoid being assessed late charges.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that they are currently holding 15 inmates in the jail, with nine booked in this past week. An officer had to transport a juvenile from Junction City to Topeka to the juvenile prison.

He reported that Amy Lierz has been named 911 Director of the Year by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

Vernon also said that the second new patrol car is being held in Kansas City, because it received $400 in hail damage. It is being repaired and should be ready in 30 days.

Also at the meeting:

Fern Odum, Nancy Gafford, Doug Allen and David Key with the Rural Development Association Board updated the board on the things that they have been doing, as well as current board members, neighborhood revitalization plans and ROZ program.

Chairman Burdiek signed add/abate orders, the Quarterly Financial Statement and the Nemaha County Training Center agreement for service, as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 3 meeting. The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of the month.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, April 17. Those minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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