Nemaha County Commission 6.25.18

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 25, 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 and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Richelle Marting and Hannah Zimmerman with the Forbes Law Group and several Nemaha County residents — Doug Grollmes, Jim Bloom, Robert Carson, Lane Hanzlicek, Logan Henry, Randy Henry, Nancy Henry, Cindy Grollmes, Mark Grollmes and Ginny Pfrang — came before the board to speak to commissioners about adopting a resolution that would reiterate current Kansas State law concerning the ownership of agricultural land by corporate land owners.

County Attorney Brad Lippert also was present for this discussion. No decision was made by the commissioners regarding the adoption of a resolution at this time.

Jeff Kidd and Loren Henry came before the board on behalf of SBS Insurance Agency to present a policy renewal quote for Nemaha County for the policy year beginning July 1, 2018. A few changes needed to be made to the policy, so commissioners did not approve the renewal quote at this time.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that his department is sealing the Sabetha-Wetmore Road at this time, and he took care of the weed control issues at the county shop in Corning.

Ronnebaum also wanted to make sure that commissioners were still okay with redoing an additional four miles of the Sabetha-Wetmore Road this summer. The commissioners approved redoing a four-mile stretch of the Sabetha-Wetmore Road with a quote of $422,400 from Bergkamp Construction.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Department Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp received a right-of-way easement request from Rural Water District No. 3 to bore under the intersection of 96th Road and P Road near Kelly. The commissioners approved the right-of-way easement, and signed the request form as presented.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that one of the new patrol cars recently hit a deer and will need repaired, and the other new patrol car is now in and being prepared for use.

Vernon said he would like a 30-day extension for the use of vacation hours for Sara Rethman in his department. Commissioners agreed to allow this extension.

Vernon told commissioners that 14 inmates are being held in the Nemaha County Jail, and an additional one inmate in the Jackson County Jail and one at the Osawatomie State Hospital. Five individuals were booked into the jail this past week.

Budget Requests

Jane Sunderland with Nemaha County Community Health Services came before the board to request funding from Nemaha County for their 2018-19 budget. Sunderland requested $80,000 from the county for 2018-19, which is the same amount that was levied for this entity for 2017-18.

County Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to present to Commissioners her 2019 budget request. She is requesting $189,600 for 2019, which is an increase of $1,500 over what was levied for her office for 2018.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of June.

The board approved and signed the quote submitted by Epoxy Coating Specialists in the amount of $11,179 to replace the flooring in the Driver’s License Office at the Pioneer Building.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 18 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held at 9 a.m. Monday, July 2. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.

Editor’s Note: Discussion at the County Commission regarding ownership of agricultural land by non-family corporate land owners was in regard to swine production facilities being proposed in the county. Current swine production facility permit applications in Nemaha County include the following: JLB Farms, for location in northwest one quarter of Section 23, Township 1 South, Range 13 East; J-Six Enterprises, for location in north one-half of the south one-half of Section 18, Township 5 South, Range 14 East; and Schurter Finishers, for location in east one-half of northwest one-quarter of Section 18, Township 1 South, Range 14 East. According to Richelle Marting, an attorney for the group, the discussion was related to a resolution being proposed to the County Commissioners which would follow state law generally prohibiting corporations from owning agricultural land. KDHE limits their review of applications for swine production facilities to health and environmental aspects of the application but there is not currently anyone looking at the owner of the land itself to verify the owner complies with the state prohibition on non-family corporate ownership of agricultural land. There was discussion about a state law that allows counties to decide whether to allow corporate ownership of agricultural land, and that Nemaha County has not passed any previous resolutions or votes on this issue.

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