Nemaha County Commission
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 23, 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 County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.
The commissioners approved the appointment of Eric Rokey to the Rural Sabetha Fire District No. 5 Board per the recommendation of the existing fire board members. Commissioners signed the appointment letter as presented. Rokey is filling the vacancy on the board created by the resignation of Merlin Wenger.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He needed an executive session with commissioners. The commissioners held a five-minute executive session until 9:07 a.m. to discuss the pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Ronnebaum, Haverkamp and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 9:07 a.m. with the commissioners agreeing to a step increase pay for Road and Bridge Office Assistant Kristina Talkington from a rate of $13.18 per hour to a rate of $13.97 per hour effective March 21.
• He would like to order an oil heater for the new Recycling Center baler. Commissioners agreed to this purchase at a cost of $850.
• Coughlin Company plans to start work next Monday on J Road south of Seneca.
• The guys recently did some work on Bridge J-24 along 120th Road.
• He will need to do some blade patching on the Sabetha-Wetmore Road this season before this section of road is redone later this year.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• He has hired Jean Rasmussen as a corrections officer to start work for the county on April 25. Rasmussen will fill the position created by the resignation of Alishia Hynek.
• They are currently holding 10 inmates in the jail.
• They booked six individuals into the jail this past week.
• He plans to attend the National Sheriff’s Conference in June in New Orleans.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert asked the commissioners about tinting the windows and glass doors in his office and the annex area of the courthouse. Commissioners agreed to this request.
Commissioners let Lippert know that Westar Energy is finished with the East Nemaha to Brown project. Commissioners plan to deed a tract of land involved in this project to the local landowner now that the project is complete. Lippert came back before the board with a deed involving the tract of land. The commissioners approved the quit claim deed to Eldo Sylvester and Virginia Sylvester as Co-Trustees of the Eldo and Virginia Sylvester Trust. Henry signed the deed as presented.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of April.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 16 meeting.
Commissioners called and spoke to Eric Stallbaumer with AHRS Construction about the kitchen renovation project at the Nemaha County Community Building.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held at 9 a.m. Monday, April 30. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.