Nemaha County Commission 2.5.18
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 5, 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.
Nancy Gafford with the Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to request a signature on the semi-annual microloan report due to the Kansas Department of Commerce. Chairman Henry signed the report as presented.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board to let commissioners know that he is having AHRS Construction look into the issues with the heating system in his office at the Courthouse.
Lippert presented to commissioners Resolution 2018-1 authorizing Nemaha County to proceed with the tax sale of the delinquent property in the county. Following discussion, Commissioners approved the adoption of Resolution 2018-1. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.
Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He would like to move Steve Holthaus to the next step on the pay scale. Commissioners agreed to increase Holthaus’ pay from $16.53 per hour to $16.87 per hour, effective Jan. 21.
• The Coughlin Company would like to start work on J Road south of Seneca around March 19 if the weather allows.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• He needed a signature on the contract for 2018 with the State of Kansas for spraying the State right of ways in Nemaha County. Chairman Dennis Henry signed the contract as presented.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to let commissioners know that they would need a letter of support to submit with the final grant application if the commissioners would like to continue with the grant to construct a new Senior Center in Seneca.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• They are currently holding eight inmates in the jail.
• They booked 11 individuals into the jail this past week.
• The 911 system in several communities in Kansas was down temporarily the weekend of Jan. 27 and 28, including the Nemaha County 911 system. Vernon presented a letter to commissioners from the Regional 911 Council explaining and apologizing for the situation.
• He needed to share with commissioners a report showing the money received and expended out of the State Seizure Fund in 2017. Commissioners reviewed this report.
• Chris Mooney resigned his position with the county effective Feb. 5.
The board left the meeting room at 9:50 a.m. to attend the public hearing scheduled for this morning at the Seneca Nutrition Center.
Mary W. Haug, Matt Rehder, Marlene K. Lackey, Elaine Frehe, Kathy Ganstrom, Betty Wenzl, Rex Reist, Mary Reist, Alvin Hammes, Sara Hammes, Janice Kuckelman, Alice Meyer, Alan D. Conley, Laura Schmelzle, Barb Korte, Tony Sedlacek, Bob Bartkoski, Sandy Bartkoski, Regis Feldkamp, Tom Mueting, Jerry Schultejans, Donald J. Strathman, Mary Ann Berkley, Phyllis J. Edelman, Mary Boeckman and Marvin White were in attendance at the public hearing for the consideration of the construction of a new Senior Center in Seneca.
Co-Chairman Gary Scoby opened the public hearing at 10:05 a.m. and introduced Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans. Yunghans summarized the project planned for the construction of a new Senior Center in Seneca. She said that 50 percent of the project would be paid for by the grant and 50 percent would have to be paid for by the county.
Co-Chairman Scoby then opened the floor for public comments. Following all public comments received, Co-Chairman Scoby closed the public hearing at 11 a.m. No action was taken by the board at this time concerning this issue.
The board returned to the meeting room at 11:15 a.m.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of January. The commissioners approved the warrants and paid vouchers for January 2018 as presented.
Chairman Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Jan. 22 meeting.
The commissioners met on Monday, Feb. 12. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.