Nemaha County Commission
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 17, 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, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.
Attorney James Neeld came before the board. Neeld gave commissioners an update on the negotiation process thus far with Next Era Energy Resources concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County.
Commissioners held an hour-long executive session under attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney James Neeld, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. At 10:05 a.m., Scoby moved to extend the executive session until 10:30 a.m. Burdiek left the meeting at this time to attend a funeral, so was not present for the extended executive session or the rest of the commission meeting. The meeting returned to open session at 10:30 a.m., with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Several local landowners came before the board to discuss the development of wind farms in Nemaha County. Darin Hueske let Commissioners know that there are now wind farm leases filed in every township in the county— constituting a total of 54,000 acres leased in Nemaha County through a total of 176 individual leases. Questions were posed and comments made from several of those present for this discussion.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to request a 30-day extension for use of vacation hours for Alan Hartter in the Transportation Department. Commissioners agreed to allow the 30-day extension requested.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• He would like to move Lisa Copeland on the Jail Administrator Pay Scale from $16.34 per hour to $17.91 per hour effective Nov. 21. Vernon had talked to commissioners about doing this at the time Copeland was hired, due to her previous experience in the position. Commissioners agreed to this request.
• He plans to work with the county attorney to draft a resolution that would set a cost per day to hold an inmate in the Nemaha County Jail.
Also at the meeting:
Gary Satter with the Glacial Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council came before the board to update commissioners regarding the activities of this organization over the past year, and to request an appropriation for this organization of $3,000 from Nemaha County for 2019.
Commissioners approved for publication 2018 budget amendments recommended by Schultejans as presented.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of December.
Tyler Boxberger with Reese and Novelly came before the board to present the findings of the Nemaha County 2017 audit.
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Dec. 10 meeting. Chairman Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.
Commissioners approved a cereal malt beverage application from the Kelly Knights of Columbus. Chairman Henry signed the cereal malt beverage license as presented.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Henry adjourned the meeting at 2:15 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, due to observance of the Christmas Holiday on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25.