Nemaha County Commission 8.6.18

Submitted Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 6, 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.

Spencer Jenkins and Mark Woods with NextEra Energy Resources came before the board to update commissioners on the Soldier Creek Wind Farm project to be constructed in the southeastern portion of Nemaha County. Jenkins reported that his company has entered into a contract with Westar Energy to purchase the power that will be produced from this wind farm.

Harold Shump came before the board to speak to commissioners about the taxing of wind turbines if a wind farm is constructed in the county.

Brad Burnett with Intelligent Roofing Solutions came before the board to let commissioners know that the insurance adjuster took another look at the Nemaha County Training Center roof in Seneca and has now agreed to pay to re-shingle the entire roof of this building. Commissioners approved having Intelligent Roofing Solutions re-shingle the NCTC roof at the price allowed by the insurance company. Commissioners asked Intelligent Roofing Solutions to purchase the materials needed for this project locally.

Alice Lackey, Susan Futscher and Mary Rose Sudbeck were present on behalf of the Nemaha County Training Center. Lackey presented a quote from Schendel Pest Control, Inc. to treat the NCTC building in Seneca for termite control. Lackey also requested a 2019 budget appropriation from Nemaha County in the amount of $103,800 for her organization. This amount is an increase of $5,000 over what was levied for this organization for 2018.

Bill Priest came before the board to speak to commissioners about dirt work needing to be done near the bridge located near the intersection of 136th Road and W Road. Priest also spoke to commissioners about a tube needing to be replaced in his field entrance located just north of the intersection of 136th Road and W Road. Priest also would like dirt work done at several of his field entrances in this same area following recent work done by Westar Energy.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• He hopes to finish up sealing county roads this week. Ronnebaum said that he would like to also seal the Nemaha County Community Building parking lot yet this year as well.

• He will be speaking to local landowners about donating dirt for Bridge D-5.

Ronnebaum later came back before the board to ask commissioners about documenting the condition of the roads and bridges involved with the construction of a wind farm in the county.

Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• They booked 11 individuals into the jail this past week.

• They are currently holding 13 inmates in the jail.

Treasurer Janell Niehues spoke to commissioners about the upcoming tax sale to be held in Nemaha County.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of July. The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the July 30 meeting. Henry abstained from the vote due to his absence from the July 30 meeting.

Chairman Henry signed a contract with Midwest Ready Mix and with Eisenbarth Plumbing, Inc. as presented for work to be done on the Bern Fire District No. 4 CDBG grant project.

Chairman Henry signed the 2019 Four County budget as presented in the amount of $11,764.80.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Aug. 13. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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