Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dennis Henry leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Gary Scoby and Tim Burdiek, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp and Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• He only sent one truck out on Sunday, but had all of the trucks out on Monday to treat county roads.

• He would like to move Danny Schultejans on the pay scale. Following discussion, commissioners agreed to increase D. Schultejans’ pay from $16.70 per hour to $16.98 per hour, effective Jan. 21.

• Haverkamp received the first Federal Funds letter for 2018 that she needed signed by commissioners. Commissioners signed the letter as presented.

• Bergkamp Construction asked for a Project Exemption Certificate from the State for the materials purchased for the work done on the Sabetha-Wetmore Road. Chairman Henry signed the certificate as presented.

• Moni El-Aasar with BG Consultants wanted to speak with commissioners this morning about funds that counties can apply for to replace roads, bridges, and road signs in the county. Commissioners agreed to apply for funds to be used to replace road signs along county roads in the southern part of the county. Commissioners signed the application form as presented. BG Consultants will submit the grant application on behalf of Nemaha County.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:

• He has prepared the annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report for 2017 for Nemaha County. Commissioners signed the report as presented. Swart will submit the report to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

• The agreement for use of Visser Tower will need to be renewed again soon.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding eight inmates in the jail.

• They booked four individuals into the jail this past week.

• He has been working with AHRS Construction to repair a few issues in the new jail.

Commissioners left the meeting room at 10:25 a.m. to meet with AHRS Construction at the Nemaha County Community Building to discuss upgrades to the kitchen at this building. Commissioners returned to the meeting room at 11:30 a.m.

Vikki Olenhouse discussed with commissioners drafting a new contract for the Driver’s License Office in Seneca. Commissioners will have the County Attorney draft a new contract with the main change being an increase in the rent paid from $200 per month to $350 per month.

Commissioners spoke to Treasurer Janell Niehues about idle county funds.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Lippert about drafting a new contract for the Driver’s License Office in Seneca. Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the disposal of county property. Lippert advised commissioners that the heating system for his office may need to be replaced.

Lippert also let commissioners know that he would like to request a 30-day extension for his secretary DeeAnn Fangman to have her vacation hours used down to 100 hours or less. Commissioners agreed to this request.

Commissioners spoke to Appraiser Betty Roeder about issues with the City of Seneca Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners appointed Lippert to the NEK-CAP board as Nemaha County’s public sector representative for 2018. Commissioners signed the appointment letter as presented.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of January.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Jan. 8 meeting.

Commissioners approved the changes recommended by County Attorney Brad Lippert to the Nemaha County Drug and Alcohol Policy. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Commissioners approved the 2018 Nemaha County Employee Handbook with the incorporated changes. Commissioners signed an engagement letter with Reese and Novelly, P.A. as presented to conduct the county’s 2017 financial audit.

Commissioners approved the 2018 Nemaha County Reorganization with the incorporated changes giving employees a 3 percent raise across the board. Commissioners signed the reorganization document as presented.

Commissioners approved three bids submitted by Epoxy Coating Specialists to redo the flooring at the Community Building kitchen, the flooring of the office space at the Road and Bridge shop, and the flooring at the Law Enforcement Center. The total cost of all three bids is in the amount of $45,150.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Jan. 22. Those minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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