Nemaha County Commission
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 11, 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 and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.
Deb Duncan with Doves, Inc. came before the board to update commissioners concerning the services provided by this organization in the Northeast Kansas area. Duncan also requested funding assistance from Nemaha County for 2017 and future years. Following discussion, the commissioners approved appropriation of $6,000 to Doves, Inc. for 2017. Commissioners will discuss appropriations for future years to this organization at a later time.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He hasn’t done anything concerning the paddle scraper yet.
• They hauled glass to Kansas City last week.
• Bergkamp Construction would be glad to come and speak to commissioners next week about the quality of work necessary when adding concrete into the base of a road. Following discussion, however, the commissioners approved the bid from Bergkamp Construction in the amount of $634,000 to redo a six-mile stretch of the Sabetha-Wetmore Road with concrete added into the base of the road.
• He plans to haul as many loads of chips as he can before the first of the year, since the price for chips out of DuBois, Neb., will be going up at that time.
• Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas is here to speak to commissioners about a grant application that she is submitting for the purchase of a new recycling baler. With this grant, the county would have to pay 60 percent of the cost of the new baler. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed paperwork necessary for the submittal of this grant application.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• Nemaha County Jail is currently holding 16 inmates.
• Eleven individuals were booked into the jail this past week.
• He will be meeting with the Marshall County Sheriff concerning the holding of Marshall County inmates in the Nemaha County Jail.
• He will come close to expending the full amount that he was budgeted for 2017 by the end of the year.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans informed the board that:
• She plans to close the Seneca Nutrition Center on the day that sewer work is to be done in the area, since the area will be without water on this day.
• Her computer needs repaired. She plans to repair this computer and give it to the Seneca Nutrition Center. She already has been approved for a grant to purchase a new computer for herself. Under the grant, the county will be required to pay 20 percent of the cost of the new computer.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with Lippert at this time.
Also at the meeting:
Chairman Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented. The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of December. The board reviewed and approved the Dec. 5 meeting minutes.
These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
The next meeting was held Monday, Dec. 18. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.