Nemaha County Commission 9.25.17

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 25, 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 Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Bob VanWinkle, Sam Rottinghaus, Ross Mosteller and Deb Henry came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Fair Board to thank commissioners for their help with improvements made recently at the fairgrounds. The group also spoke to commissioners about a few other improvements that they would still like to make as well. Commissioners advised the fair board to get these improvements made and send the invoices to the county for payment.

Kristina Romine and Cheryl Roberts came before the board on behalf of the Northeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department. They requested that commissioners support their organization in 2018 with an appropriation of $6,100, which is the same amount that was appropriated to them in 2017.

Department reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that he needs more channel iron to continue to do bridge work. Following discussion, commissioners agreed to purchase a load of bridge steel from Husker Steel at a cost of $27,065.71.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to request a pay increase for Sharon Haverkamp who has been with the county for six months, and for Don Strathman who has been with the county for six years. Following discussion, commissioners approved a pay increase for Haverkamp from $12.80 per hour to $13.56 per hour, effective Aug. 21, and also approved a pay increase for Strathman from $15.37 per hour to $15.46 per hour, effective Sept. 21.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• Eleven inmates are being held in the jail and one inmate at the Osawatomie State Hospital.

• Seven individuals were booked into the jail this past week. Vernon said they also have holds on a few individuals who are currently being held in other facilities as well.

• The Seneca City Police Department would like to use the county’s shooting range temporarily until they find another place to use once the municipal airport is sold.

• Cassandra Beck has been hired to fill the full-time dispatch position that was open in the Sheriff’s Office. Beck will begin work for the county on Oct. 1 at a rate of pay of $13.31 per hour.

County Attorney Brad Lippert spoke with commissioners about the county’s liability if the Seneca City Police Department would utilize the county’s shooting range.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed the minutes from the Sept. 18 meeting. The board reviewed and approved vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of September.

The commissioners met on Monday, Oct. 2. Those results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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