Nemaha County Commission 12.3.18

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 3, 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.

Wind Farm

Commissioners called and spoke to Attorney James Neeld by phone about representing the county in the development of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County. County Attorney Brad Lippert, several local landowners, and representatives from NextEra Energy Resources were present for this discussion as well. General discussion about the development of the wind farm also was held among those present at the meeting after the phone call with Neeld ended.

Lippert came before the board. Commissioners called and spoke to Neeld again. The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session until 1:30 p.m. to discuss legal matters of Nemaha County. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Lippert, and Neeld by phone. At 1:30 p.m., the commissioners extended the executive session for another 30 minutes until 2 p.m. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Positions

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session until 9:35 a.m. to interview a candidate for the Emergency Preparedness Director position. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners and the candidate being interviewed. The meeting returned to open session at 9:35 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session until 9:50 a.m. to interview a candidate for the Noxious Weed Director position. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners and the candidate being interviewed. The meeting returned to open session at 9:50 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that he would recommend that commissioners hire the two individuals who were interviewed this morning for the Emergency Preparedness Director position and the Noxious Weed Director position.

Following department reports and discussion, commissioners decided to offer the Noxious Weed Director position to the person interviewed this morning and the Emergency Preparedness Director position to the person interviewed this morning as well. At this time, it is not known if these individuals will accept the position offered to them.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• He plans to have the guys pick up a couple more loads of salt this week.

• He received employment applications for the Road and Bridge Department that he will have commissioners review at a later time.

Appraiser Betty Roeder also let commissioners know that she has an issue with the new Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for the City of Seneca that is to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Roeder stated that she will be working with the City of Seneca to try to resolve this issue.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• One of his deputies stopped a vehicle at the end of last week that was carrying a significant quantity of marijuana. Vernon stated that this case is still being investigated at this time.

Also at the meeting:

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to request an executive session with commissioners. The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session until 10:35 a.m. to discuss the pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Appraiser Betty Roeder and Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 10:35 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Nov. 26 meeting. 

Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.

Henry signed the 2019 Physical Capacity Profile Testing Agreement and the 2019 Drug Collection Agreement with Occupational Assessment Services as presented.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of November. The commissioners approved the warrants and pay vouchers for November 2018 as presented. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, Dec. 10. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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