Nemaha County Commission 11.26.2018

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 26, 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.

Commissioners spoke to Attorney James Neeld by phone about questions they had concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County. Commissioners specifically asked about incorporating setback requirements in the PILOT Agreement with NextEra Energy Resources and also about Neeld representing the county in the negotiation process of the PILOT Agreement, the Road Use Agreement, and the Decommissioning Agreement with NextEra Energy Resources. Galen Ackerman and Darren Huenske also were present for this discussion with Neeld.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners let Lippert know about the discussion held earlier with Neeld. G. Ackerman, D. Huenske, and Duane Hermesch also were present for this discussion with Lippert.

Tony Hundley came before the board to apologize to commissioners for an incident that happened prior to his termination from employment with Nemaha County.

Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about keeping Swart employed until Dec. 31 as the Nemaha County Emergency Preparedness Director in case an emergency incident would arise before a new director is in place. Lippert agreed that it would be a good idea to move forward with this proposition.

Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about NextEra Energy Resources expanding the Wind Energy District established in 2016 that was granted a lifetime tax exemption by Commissioners through Resolution 2016-8.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Employees started clearing county roads overnight last night following yesterday’s snow storm.

• He received two employment applications for the Road and Bridge Department. Ronnebaum gave these applications to Commissioners to review.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:

• He is recommending that the Commissioners adopt a Local Disaster Declaration following yesterday’s snow storm. Following discussion, the commissioners approved the adoption of Resolution 2018-5 declaring a state of local disaster emergency in Nemaha County. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

• He received a few employment applications for the Noxious Weed Director position and the Emergency Preparedness Director position. Swart gave these applications to Commissioners to review.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• The department responded to several vehicles that went off the road and a couple of injury accidents yesterday due to the weather conditions.

• Eleven inmates currently are being held in the jail.

Also at the meeting:

Chairman Dennis Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Nov. 19 meeting. Commissioner Scoby abstained from the vote due to his absence from the Nov. 19 meeting.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of November.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Dec. 3. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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