Nemaha County Commission 10.30.17

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Oct. 30, 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.

Carol McCullough with Reese and Novelly, P.A. came before the board to present to commissioners the results of the 2016 Nemaha County audit. County Attorney Brad Lippert also joined this discussion.

McCullough recommended that the county adopt a written policy that details how outstanding checks are handled.

Lippert said he would draft a resolution for commissioners to review that would detail the process for handling outstanding checks.

Public Hearing

Chairman Burdiek opened the public hearing at 10:05 a.m. to consider the adoption of the Nemaha County 2017 amended budget. Present for the public hearing were the commissioners, Schultejans and Heidi Wolfgang with KMZA Radio. With no public comment given, Chairman Burdiek closed the hearing at 10:10 a.m. Commissioners approved the budget amendment for 2017, which increases the budget authority for the Road and Bridge Department from $3,615,701 to $4,302,904. Commissioners signed the amended budget as presented.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Crews have now started work on Bridge Q-14, which lies between sections 27 and 34 of Neuchatel Township.

• The rear end went out last week on the low boy tractor. Ronnebaum said that this is almost repaired at this time.

• A shaft broke on the crane last week. Ronnebaum said that they are trying to just get by with it for now and fix the problem after bridge work is done for the year.

• Ronnebaum called Hall Brothers last week about patching spots on the shoulders of county roads with millings. He thought the quote that Hall Brothers gave him for this was pretty expensive, so he is looking into other options to get this work done.

• He has crews patching in rock along county roads, especially in the intersections and entrances.

• He requested bids last week for a new pickup for the Road and Bridge Department.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding 13 inmates in the jail, with three of those inmates being held for Marshall County.

• There was a fight in the jail over the weekend between two of the inmates. Vernon reported that there were no injuries following this incident.

• The Sheriff’s Office participated in the Trunk or Treat event held over the weekend at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital.

• The Sheriff’s Office also participated in the National Take Back Day event held over the weekend for the disposal of left over prescription medication.

• Corrections Officer Paul Streeter is resigning his position with Nemaha County, effective Nov. 10.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Oct. 23 meeting.

Commissioners signed the management representation letter as presented for the Nemaha County 2016 audit.

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

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 6. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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