Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 27, 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.
Commissioners drew two names out of a hat to break a five-way tie for the election of two people as Baileyville Improvement District No. 1 Director following the Nov. 7 City/School General Election. Eugene Strathman and Darin Schmitz were drawn and therefore elected to this position.
Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board to share a quote with commissioners that she received for repair work at the Seneca Day Center. Lackey received a quote from Burnham Basement and Foundation Repair in the amount of $3,665 for building and foundation repair. Commissioners advised Lackey to move forward with getting this work done by Burnham Basement and Foundation Repair.
Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• The two companies who bid the redo of a six-mile stretch of the Sabetha-Wetmore Road have been asking what commissioners plan to do on this project. The commissioners advised Ronnebaum to talk to both companies about some questions they have concerning the bids. No decision was made at this time regarding which bid to accept.
• Haverkamp received a right of way easement agreement with Nemaha County Rural Water District No. 3 to bore under D Road between sections 15 and 16 of Home Township. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the right of way easement agreement with Nemaha County Rural Water District No. 3. Commissioners signed the agreement as presented.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• He would like to get the pickup in the Noxious Weed Department repaired at this time. He said that Dave’s Body Shop bid approximately $3,800 to repair the pickup. Commissioners advised him to go ahead and get this truck repaired through Dave’s Body Shop.
• He would like to redo the floor in the office of the county shop. He said that he would like to take up the tile that is currently there and put down an epoxy floor. Burdiek will look into getting a quote for this work.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• The Sheriff’s Office received a power surge on Nov. 14 that took out both of their servers. Vernon stated that they are currently operating with borrowed equipment, but will need to purchase new equipment sometime soon.
• They are currently holding 13 inmates in the jail and booked eight individuals into the jail this past week.
• He would like to purchase a leaf blower for use on the Law Enforcement Center grounds. Henry will look into this.
• He needed an executive session with commissioners. The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session until 10:35 a.m. to discuss the job performance of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Vernon and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 10:35 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Also at the meeting:
Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of November.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Nov. 13 meeting.
The board also reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of November.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Dec. 4. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.