Nemaha County Commission 10.22.2018

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 22, 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.

Galen Ackerman came before the board to provide more information to commissioners regarding PILOT Agreements from various wind farms in Kansas and surrounding areas. County Attorney Brad Lippert was also present for this discussion.

Kristina Romine and Cheryl Roberts with the Northeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department came before the board to request continued financial support from Nemaha County for their 2019 budget. Commissioners have appropriated $6,100 to this organization for the past two years.

David Key and Ross Mosteller with the Meadowlark Extension District came before the board to speak to commissioners about communication of the use of the Community Building facilities. Maintenance employee Troy Melvin also was present for this discussion.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to request signatures from commissioners on a letter to be submitted with the 2020 KDOT Grant Application. This letter indicates that the county match toward the grant will increase from $80,249.70 to $81,745.50. Commissioners signed the local match commitment letter as presented.

Patty Remmers and Shawn Weldin with Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice came before the board to request funding from the Broxterman Fund to purchase web-based software and computer equipment that would allow all Nemaha County Home Health staff and Nemaha Valley Community Hospital therapy staff to have access to the patient chart. Following discussion, the board approved an appropriation of $33,366.89 to Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice from the Broxterman Home Health Fund for the purchase of software, computer equipment and a portion of the maintenance support for this software for two years.

Commissioners entered into executive session to discuss financials of the Nemaha County Microloan Program. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas, and Schultejans. Commissioners approved the $20,000 microloan application for Harold and Mary Ann Brokamp to refurbish the Lueck Building in Corning contingent upon a favorable environmental review of the property and successful application for the $90,000 Kansas Historic Preservation Grant. Chairman Dennis Henry signed the approval letter as presented.

District Court Clerk Amy Boeckman came before the board to let commissioners know that she received two bids for the purchase of new office furniture for the Magistrate Judge’s Office at the Nemaha County Courthouse. Following discussion, commissioners approved the bid from Nordhus Woodworking, Inc. in the amount of $5,116 for the purchase and installation of office furniture.

Commissioners reviewed a quote received from Jim Hill’s Paint, Glass, and Hardware to install panic doors at the courthouse. Commissioners approved upgrading the east door of the courthouse at a cost of $695 and replacing the south door of the west entrance of the courthouse at a cost of $1,575.

Commissioners spoke to Lippert about replacing the carpet in the jury room and hallway at the courthouse. Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the accessibility of the restrooms at the Nemaha County Community Building when the building is rented by a private entity.

Commissioners approved a $100 appropriation to all Nemaha County schools who request an after-prom party donation in 2019.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that crews hauled a couple loads of salt and sand last week, and also were able to haul and spread rock on county roads last week. Ronnebaum also reported that he is speaking to a representative from Terracon about doing testing on county roads that the county is getting ready to tear up and redo.

The commissioners entered into executive session with Ronnebaum to discuss disciplinary action of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Ronnebaum, Lippert, and Schultejans. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the Oct. 9 meeting minutes. The Oct. 22 minutes are unofficial until approved.

The commissioners met again on Monday, Oct. 29. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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