Nemaha County Commission 9.4.18
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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.
Debbie Duncan with Doves, Inc. spoke with commissioners about the Doves organization beginning to also help victims of human trafficking in Northeast Kansas. Duncan requested any amount of further funding that the county would consider giving at this time. Commissioners made no decision on the funding request at this time.
The board reviewed an updated draft of the Nemaha County 2019 budget, suggesting changes to be made to the document at this time. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the Nemaha County 2019 budget for publication at a total mill levy of 43.095 mills. The budget hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24.
Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• His crew spread rock last week on some bad spots along county roads.
• They got the trash truck started late last week and hope to get it finished up this week.
• He has been speaking to someone who could serve as a liaison between the wind farm company and the county during construction of any wind farm in Nemaha County. This gentleman will speak with commissioners at next week’s meeting.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• They are currently holding eight inmates in the jail.
• They booked nine individuals into the jail this past week.
• They had water issues again at the new jail this past weekend. Vernon stated that he will follow up with AHRS Construction again about this issue.
• He is still interviewing for the two open correction officer positions in the Sheriff’s Office at this time.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to let commissioners know that their department was recently awarded a $15,000 Step Foundation Grant to be used toward the cost of the kitchen equipment for the new facility.
Yunghans and Weaver also spoke to commissioners about the increasing number of transportation trips that their department has been providing recently. Yunghans requested that she be able to pay her current drivers $1 more per hour for doing an after-hours medical trip.
She also requested making Regis Feldkamp a full-time employee instead of a part-time employee in the transportation department. She also requested hiring an additional part-time driver for the transportation department. Following discussion, commissioners agreed to make Feldkamp a full-time employee effective Aug. 21.
County Attorney Brad Lippert and commissioners spoke about documents received from Marshall County and Pratt County concerning the construction of wind farms in their counties.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of August. The commissioners approved the warrants and pay vouchers for August 2018 as presented.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Aug. 27 meeting.
Chairman Henry signed a contract with Edelmans, Inc., for materials for the Bern Fire District No. 4 CDBG grant project as presented.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Sept. 10. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.