Nemaha County Commission 5.14.18

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 14, 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.

The board approved the bid from AHRS Construction, Inc. to add concrete pavement west of the Pioneer Building in the amount of $12,325. Chairman Henry signed the bid as presented.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• A representative from Husker Steel came today to present commissioners a bid to replace Bridge M-40 in the city limits of the City of Centralia. J.B. Holland, Centralia City Council member, also was present for this discussion. Husker Steel’s bid for materials for this bridge was in the amount of approximately $271,483. The bid for the labor on this bridge was in the amount of approximately $24,900. If a pedestrian walkway is to be added, it would cost an additional $41,000, which would include both materials and labor.

• He wanted the commissioners’ opinion concerning Bridge G-2, which lies between Sections 3 and 4 of Gilman Township. Following discussion, Ronnebaum said that for now he plans to close the bridge until a decision is made concerning whether or not to replace the bridge.

• The inspection company would like to take Bridge H-15 off of the fracture critical inspection cycle and move it to a two-year inspection cycle.

• Coughlin Company is just about finished with the improvements to J Road south of Seneca.

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

• The State Flood Plain Administrator has been in contact with him about issuing permits for the development of a wind farm in Nemaha County.

• He has hired Kevin Shumaker as summer help for the Noxious Weed Department. Swart said that Shumaker will be starting work for the county on May 21 at a rate of pay of $8.50 per hour.

DarlAnn Rial, Karen Holthaus and Ray Thieme came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Historical Society to provide the annual update to the Board of Commissioners and to request continued financial support from Nemaha County for this organization.

Audrey Schremmer with Three Rivers, Inc., came before the board to provide the annual update to the Board of Commissioners and to request funding from Nemaha County in the amount of $18,000 for 2019.

County Attorney Brad Lippert let commissioners know that the State Employee Health Plan Contract for 2019-2021 has minimal changes compared to our current contract. Lippert discussed these changes with commissioners. The board approved the State Employee Health Plan Contract Renewal for 2019-2021. Chairman Henry signed the contract renewal as presented.

Lippert also gave commissioners an update concerning the next tax sale to be held in Nemaha County.

Also at the meeting:

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

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 7 meeting.

Commissioners met on Monday, May 21. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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