Nemaha County Commission
Mary Kay Schultejans
Nemaha County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 24, 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.
Chairman Henry opened the public hearing for the adoption of the Nemaha County 2019 budget at 10:02 a.m. Those present for the public hearing included Freda Dobbins, Spencer Jenkins and Marc Woods with NextEra Energy Resources, Bob Stimac with Granada Cemetery District No. 12, Galen Ackerman, James Dobbins, Roy Claycamp with Ford Cemetery District No. 11, Heidi Wolfgang with KMZA Radio, Rich Vernon with the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office, and Gary and Betty Lortscher with Bern Cemetery District No. 4.
F. Dobbins asked questions regarding the Parks and Recreation Fund and the Old Enhanced 911 Cell Fund.
With no further public comment being given, the public hearing was closed. Following the public hearing, the commissioners approved 3-0 the Nemaha County 2019 budget as presented with a total mill levy of 43.095 mills. Commissioners signed the 2019 budget as presented.
Soldier Creek Wind Farm
Jenkins and Woods came before the board on behalf of NextEra Energy Resources to provide commissioners with an update concerning the construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County. Dobbins, Ackerman, Dobbins, Evans with USD No. 113, Wolfgang with KMZA Radio, County Attorney Brad Lippert, and Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center were present for this discussion. Jenkins and Woods answered questions that those present for the discussion brought up at this time.
Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He ordered triangle tires for the motor grader in Corning;
• Foley’s will be here this Wednesday to demo their new motor grader;
• Employees have the south side of Bridge BC-1 built, and will begin work on the north side this week;
• Employees are blade patching again at this time.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• Marshall County borrowed the message board and the light tower generator for an event held this past weekend in their county;
• Steve Duryea in the Emergency Preparedness Department is updating the county’s Animal Disaster Response Plan;
• He has been working with the local School Resource Officer about school evacuation plans;
• He and Duryea will both be attending an upcoming bomb prevention awareness course;
• Mower was recently repaired and now the PTO is out of the tractor, which is still being repaired at this time;
• Department sprayed for seven townships this year, and three townships borrowed the county’s equipment and did their own spraying.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• His office had a fairly quiet weekend;
• Jail currently is holding nine inmates, including one from Jackson County;
• Four individuals were booked into the jail this past week;
• He is struggling with issues regarding dead radio spots in the county and regarding the mental health of members of the public with whom the department deals.
Sheriff Vernon asked to purchase batteries and chest pads for the AED units that the Sheriff’s Office has with money from the Broxterman Fund. Commissioners agreed to this request.
Also at the meeting:
The board approved the appropriation of $2,500 to Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc. to help sponsor the Kevin Hines presentations given at the Sabetha School and in Seneca. This appropriation is to be paid out of the Commissioner’s Fund.
Chairman Henry signed the Nemaha County Conservation District 2019 budget and the Nemaha County Community Health Services 2018-19 budget as presented.
Maintenance employee Troy Melvin came before the board to let commissioners know that the roof is leaking at the Pioneer Building in several places. Commissioners advised Melvin to have someone come and look at the roof as soon as possible.
Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board to present carpet bids to Commissioners for the replacement of carpet at the Seneca Day Center building and the main offices in Seneca. Following discussion, Commissioners approved the bid from Stallbaumer Lumber at an estimated cost of $6,424.61 for the purchase and installation of 200 yards of Mohawk Group commercial carpet.
Chairman Henry signed the Annual Peopleware Agreement with Computer Information Concepts, Inc. effective Sept. 1, 2018, as presented.
Debbie Duncan with Doves, Inc. called in and let commissioners know that her Board of Directors decided to dissolve the Doves, Inc. name and that this organization will now be operating under the name of Unity for All, effective Sept. 29.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Sept. 17 meeting.
The commissioners met on Monday, Oct. 1. Minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.