Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 9, 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, Secretary Janet Streit and Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board to request approval of a quote from Young, Backhoe, and Trenching in the amount of $457 for sewer work to be done at the day center in Seneca. Commissioners advised Lackey to move forward with this sewer work.

Jail Administrator Lori Yunghans came before the board to present to commissioners an amendment to the contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare for medical services provided to the inmates in the Nemaha County Jail. The commissioners voted to approve the amendment to the contract, which allows prescription drugs for the inmates to be purchased from a local vendor. Burdiek signed the amendment as presented.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• There are grants available to replace equipment at the Nemaha County Recycling Center. Ronnebaum stated that he has spoken to Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas about completing and submitting an application on behalf of the county for such a grant.

• He would like to request step increases for four of his employees — Ryan Allen, Dustin Boeckman, Steve Holthaus and Danny Schultejans. Following discussion, commissioners approved a pay increase for Allen from $16.21 per hour to $16.76 per hour, for Boeckman from $15.34 per hour to $15.62 per hour, for Holthaus from $15.77 per hour to $16.05 per hour, and for D. Schultejans from $15.94 per hour to $16.21 per hour. All of these raises are to be effective back to Sept. 21.

Commissioners approved a budget amendment for publication, which would increase the budget authority for 2017 for the Road and Bridge Fund. A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, to consider the adoption of this budget amendment.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board by phone that:

• One juvenile is in custody following multiple vehicle thefts in the county last week.

• The new truck for the Sheriff’s Office came in last week.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Oct. 2 meeting.

The commissioners voted to approve payment of the 2018 National Association of Counties dues in the amount of $450.

Burdiek signed the Nemaha County Quarterly Financial Statement for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2017, as presented.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of October.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Oct. 16. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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