Nemaha County Commission 2.12.18

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 12, 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.

Lisa Edelman, Wayne Edelman, Jay Baumgartner, Doug Metzger and Jim Moser came before the board to speak to commissioners about the condition of the Bern-Oneida Road (a 6-mile stretch north of Oneida on Q Road). The group would like to see this road made into a black-topped road. Commissioners said that they will take the group’s comments into consideration when planning future road improvements in the county.

Nick Scott and Susan Bowman with Nemaha County United 4 Youth came before the board. They let commissioners know that they are requesting an appropriation of $3,875 per quarter for 2018, with an additional appropriation of $819 per quarter if commissioners also would like to continue sponsoring the mentoring program in Nemaha County schools. Following discussion, commissioners approved appropriating a total of $4,700 per quarter in 2018 to the Nemaha County United 4 Youth organization.

Jim Shump came before the board to let commissioners know that he is still dealing with issues with a Gilman Township official and the motor grader operator for Gilman Township.

Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center let commissioners know that the floor jacking is done at the Seneca Day Center. She also let commissioners know that two doors and one window need to be repaired at the building and that she would like to look into having the flooring redone at the building. Commissioners advised Lackey to get bids for this work to be done.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Bridge O-6 and Bridge O-43 in section 15 of Harrison Township are both closed. Ronnebaum said that this is creating a land lock situation that needs to be addressed.

• He is in the process of getting a permit to replace Bridge D-5 north of Berwick.

• He has hired Kristina Talkington to the position of Road and Bridge Office Assistant. She will begin work for the county on Feb. 20 at a rate of pay of $13.18 per hour.

• Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp received notification that the county’s 2018 Federal Funds allotment will be in the amount of $123,481.06.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that they are currently holding four inmates in the jail.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board. She spoke to commissioners about their opinion of the Nemaha Transit and Senior Services Building project following last week’s public hearing. Following discussion, commissioners advised Yunghans to move forward with submitting the final grant application for this project to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Commissioner Henry signed the two letters of endorsement as presented.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Feb. 5 meeting.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of February.

Commissioners approved the 2018 Kansas County Commissioners Association membership dues in the amount of $485.

Commissioners also approved 2018 appropriation requests as follows: Glacial Hills RC&D Council in the amount of $2,500; Northeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department in the amount of $6,100; Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation in the amount of $3,000; Northeast Kansas Environmental Services in the amount of $10,000; Nemaha County United 4 Youth in the amount of $2,376 (for 2017 mentoring program); and Doves Inc. in the amount of $6,000.

The commissioners met on Tuesday, Feb. 20, due to the President’s Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 19. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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