Nemaha County Commission 8.27.18

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 27, 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.

Dan Ronnebaum spoke with commissioners about the taxing of turbines and land if a windfarm is constructed in Nemaha County. D. Ronnebaum also spoke to commissioners about whether or not the establishment of a wind farm in the county would change the weather patterns in the county.

Commissioners signed the 2018 Agreement for Service with the Nemaha County Training Center as presented, the contract with Edelmans, Inc. for materials for the Bern Fire District No. 4 CDBG grant project as presented, and the Disclosure/Update Report for the Bern Fire District No. 4 CDBG grant as presented.

Commissioners approved a quote from Critchfield Sprayfoam Insulation in the amount of $7,409.20 to repair the foam roofs at the Nemaha County Community Building following recent hail damage that this building sustained.

The board reviewed a draft of the Nemaha County 2019 budget suggesting changes to be made to the document at this time. The budget will be discussed again at next week’s meeting.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• The new engine came in Thursday for the trash truck. Ronnebaum said that his employees are working on getting the engine put in at this time.

• Husker Steel may start on Bridge M-40 in Centralia either this week or next week.

• It is too wet at this time to finish up Bridge D-5 north of Berwick.

• He has his crew blade patching again.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that they are currently holding 12 inmates in the jail and one inmate at the Osawatomie State Hospital.

District Court Clerk Amy Boeckman came before the board to speak to commissioners about replacing the furniture in the Magistrate Judge’s Office and about replacing the carpet in the Jury Room and the hallway leading into the Jury Room at the Courthouse.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with him at this time.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Aug. 20 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, Sept. 3. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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