Nemaha County Commission
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 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.
Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He recently spoke to an engineer from BG Consultants who let him know that there is a state program that would pay for the full cost to update all of the road signs in the county to high intensity signs. Commissioners advised Ronnebaum to look into participating in this program.
• They need a new head for the engine of the paddle scraper. Ronnebaum said that he found a used paddle scraper for sale near Dodge City that has the engine taken out of it. Commissioners advised him to go take a look at the engine.
• He would like another pickup for use in the Road and Bridge Department. Ronnebaum said that he has spoken to Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart about purchasing the 2006 GMC pickup from the Noxious Weed Department that is currently being repaired. Swart joined the meeting for this discussion. Commissioners advised Ronnebaum to move forward with the purchase of this pickup.
• Haverkamp received an agreement for the replacement of Bridge Q-52, which lies on the Nemaha-Pottawatomie County line in section 32 of Neuchatel Township. Chairman Burdiek signed the agreement as presented.
• Ronnebaum also spoke to commissioners again about the bids received a couple of weeks ago to redo a six-mile stretch of the Sabetha-Wetmore Road.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• He has hired Kraig Pyle as a part-time dispatcher and corrections officer. Pyle began work for the county on Nov. 30 at a rate of pay of $13.31 per hour.
• They are currently holding 15 inmates in the jail.
• They booked in 12 individuals into the jail this past week.
Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board with bids she received for a new vehicle for the Appraiser’s Office. Nemaha Valley Motors bid $33,800 for a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and $32,575 for a 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie pickup. Honeyman Ford bid $24,783 for a 2018 Ford Escape and $34,433 for a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup. Aberle Ford bid $35,400 for a 2018 Ford Edge and $38,200 for a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup. Following discussion, commissioners approved the purchase of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Nemaha Valley Motors in the amount of $33,800.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners asked Lippert about the removal of property left in a township road right of way.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Nov. 27 meeting.
Commissioners signed a contract with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc., as presented to serve as the community mental health center for Nemaha County for 2018.
Chairman Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
The board reviewed and approved vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of November.
Chairman Burdiek signed the 2018 Physical Capacity Profile Testing Agreement and the 2018 Drug Collection Agreement with Occupational Assessment Services as presented.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Dec. 11. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.