Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 29, 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.

Henry called to order a public hearing to be held to consider the adoption of the City of Seneca’s renewal of their Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. The public hearing was called to order at 10:05 a.m. Those present for the public hearing included Galen Ackerman and Sheriff Rich Vernon. No public comment was given during the public hearing. Chairman Henry closed the hearing at 10:10 a.m. The commissioners moved to adopt Resolution 2018-4 approving the renewal of the City of Seneca’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center, came before the board to let commissioners know that they are still having problems with the floor at the Sabetha Day Center. Commissioners advised Lackey that they will have someone from Epoxy Coating Specialists come back and look at the flooring to see what needs to be done. Lackey also asked commissioners if some of the employees from the shop could help move furniture when they are ready to install the new carpet at the Seneca Day Center. Commissioners advised Lackey to speak to Ronnebaum about this.

Karli Abbey and Barb Hiltibrand with NEK-CAP, Inc., came before the board to request a letter of support from Nemaha County to submit along with their federal grant application. Chairman Henry signed the letter of support as presented.

Wind Farms

Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt & Strobel came before the board to speak to commissioners about Cook, Flatt, & Strobel performing the bridge and road inspections during the construction of any wind farm in Nemaha County.

Ackerman came before the board to update Commissioners concerning the research he has done recently regarding PILOT Agreements with wind farm companies in Kansas. Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt, and Strobel, Appraiser Betty Roeder, and Attorney Brad Lippert also were present for this discussion.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Bridge M-40 in Centralia has now been poured.

• Employees hauled another load of sand and salt back this past week.

• Department employees are hauling rock in several different places along county roads.

• He has a tube he needs to replace east of Alice McClain’s residence.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• The jail is still holding some inmates for Douglas County at this time.

• There will possibly be a marriage ceremony held in the jail later this week.

• He is still working on getting new pads and batteries ordered for the defibrillator units in the patrol cars in Nemaha County.

• Larry Collins will again be serving as a relief officer for the county as of Nov. 1.

Lippert came before the board. Commissioners asked Lippert about the reimbursement of an expense incurred by non-elected personnel. Lippert advised commissioners that this particular expense did not need to be reimbursed by the county.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session until 9:15 a.m. to discuss the possible disciplinary action of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Ronnebaum, Haverkamp, and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 9:15 a.m., with Ronnebaum announcing that Road and Bridge employee Tony Hundley was terminated effective Oct. 26 due to being in violation of the Nemaha County Drug and Alcohol Policy.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of October, as well as vouchers to be paid at the end of October.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Oct. 22 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Nov. 5. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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