Nemaha County Commission 4.30.2018

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 30, 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.

Jim Buser with the Kansas Fur Harvesters Association came before the board to speak to commissioners about using the Recycling Building and the lean-to near the county shop during the Kansas Fur Harvesters Association Conference to be held in Seneca Oct. 5 through 7. Buser also spoke to commissioners about adding some outlets on the outside of some of the buildings so that people could plug their campers in and stay on the grounds during the weekend event.

Brent Teter, Jay Watkins, and Con Olson with Nemaha County EMS and Dan Matson, Brandon Feldkamp and Jerry Feldkamp with the Centralia Fire Department came before the board to speak to commissioners about adding onto the current fire station in Centralia in order to free up space to continue to house an ambulance in Centralia. Following discussion, the commissioners decided to appropriate $30,000 to Nemaha County Fire District No. 6 to free up space to store an ambulance and an air trailer for Nemaha County. This cost is to be paid out of the Broxterman EMT Fund.

Teter provided information to commissioners concerning Nemaha County EMS’s last service inspection and education inspection done by the Kansas State Board of EMS. Teter stated that Nemaha County EMS received an outstanding report following both of these inspections.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Sites have been prepared for the replacement of Bridge D-5 north of Berwick and Bridge BC-1.

• Bridge M-40 in Centralia needs to be replaced. Ronnebaum stated that this bridge was turned over to the county by the State of Kansas sometime around 1963. He showed commissioners pictures of the condition of this bridge. Commissioners advised him to speak to the City of Centralia and to get a couple of bids for the cost to replace this bridge.

• He recently ran an ad for sealed bids for the hay ground around the landfill.

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

• He has hired Cole Strathman again as summer help in the Noxious Weed Department. He will begin work for the county on May 28 at a rate of $9 per hour.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans, Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver, Seneca Nutrition Center Manager Alane Bloom, and Public Transit Driver Don Strathman came before the board to speak to commissioners about the increase in services provided to county residents on the transit side since 2013 and the increase in services provided to county residents on the nutrition side since 2011. The group also spoke to commissioners about the construction of a new Transit/Nutrition Center in Seneca. Yunghans let commissioners know that she is going to have to tell KDOT soon if the county plans to proceed with the construction of this building and with the grant that was recently awarded to Nemaha County.

One bid was received for the sale of the 2009 Dodge Caravan through the Meals on Wheels Program. This bid was from Joe Yunghans in the amount of $200. Commissioners decided to reject this bid at this time in order to explore the electrical issues on the vehicle.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners asked Lippert to review a draft amendment to the lease agreement between the Nemaha County Commission and the Kansas Department of Revenue for office space for the Driver’s License Office in Seneca. Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the replacement of a bridge in the city limits of the City of Centralia.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of April. The commissioners approved to pay the vouchers and warrants for April 2018 as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 23 meeting.

Chairman Dennis Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, May 7. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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