Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 19, 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.

David Elsbury with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center Inc. came before the board to let commissioners know that he will be resigning from his position as CEO effective March 30.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Coughlin Company now plans to begin work on J Road south of Seneca about a month from now.

• He would like to transfer the money budgeted in the 2018 budget from the Road and Bridge Fund to the Special Machinery Fund.

• Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp received notification of the Kansas County Highway Association’s 2018 Spring Conference to be held in Salina May 7 through May 9.

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

• He has requested chemical bids for 2018.

• There were several fires throughout the county last week. Commissioners advised Swart to put something in the paper and on the radio asking people to notify dispatch of any controlled burns that are planned.

• The City of Bern is still wanting to get a new emergency siren.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to let commissioners know that she plans to sell the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan used for the Meals on Wheels Program. Commissioners advised Yunghans to advertise that she will be accepting sealed bids for the sale of this vehicle.

Yunghans also let commissioners know that she has someone interested in serving on the Nemaha County Advisory Council. Commissioners appointed Chris Grote to the Nemaha County Advisory Council.

Yunghans also requested pay increases for Sharon Haverkamp and Linda Middendorf in her department. Commissioners agreed to increase Haverkamp’s pay from $13.97 per hour to $14.72 per hour effective Feb. 21 and to increase Middendorf’s pay from $16.10 per hour to $16.37 per hour effective March 21.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the meeting minutes from March 12.

Commissioners approved transferring 2017 year-end funds as follows: $290,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, $1,162.45 from the Law Enforcement Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, $10,000 from the Noxious Weed Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, and $39,000 from the Election Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund.

Martha Smith and Logan Bausch with Northeast Kansas Environmental Services came before the board to provide their annual update to commissioners and to request continued financial support from the county for this organization.

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

The commissioners met on Monday, March 26. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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