Nemaha County Commission 12.31.2018

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, 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.

Wind Farms

At 10:30 a.m., the meeting was moved to the courtroom of the Nemaha County Courthouse due to the number of people present for discussion with commissioners concerning wind farms in Nemaha County.

Present for the wind farm discussion with commissioners were many local landowners in Nemaha County, representatives from Next Era Energy Resources, and members of the local media. Questions were asked and comments given by those present for the wind farm discussion.

Lori Menold came before the board to share information with commissioners concerning the possible detrimental health effects caused by industrial wind turbines.

Melissa Detweiler came before the board to share her concerns and opinions with commissioners concerning the establishment of wind farms in Nemaha County.

Commissioners called and spoke to Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel by phone about this company possibly serving as the road engineer in the construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County. County Attorney Brad Lippert also was present for this discussion.

At 12:30 p.m., the meeting continued in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert let commissioners know that current Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Deiter is willing to sell the office furniture from her office for use in the District Judge’s Office at the Nemaha County Courthouse. Commissioners agreed to do this, as long as Judge Patton was also in agreement with this idea.


Chairman Dennis Henry opened the public hearing at 10:02 a.m. that was scheduled to consider the adoption of the Nemaha County 2018 Budget Amendments. With no public comment given during the hearing, Chairman Dennis Henry closed the hearing at 10:06 a.m.

The commissioners approved the Nemaha County 2018 Budget Amendments as presented. Commissioners signed the amended budget as presented.

The only fund amended was the Register of Deeds Tech Fund. The budget authority of this fund was increased from $10,000 to $62,545 for 2018.

Department Reports

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• He met with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management on Dec. 18, and with Homeland Security on Dec. 26.

• He assisted with several EMS calls this past week.

• He has scheduled a storm spotter class in Sabetha at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

Commissioners signed a letter of appointment as presented to be sent to the Kansas Department of Emergency Management letting them know that Lierz has been appointed as the Nemaha County Emergency Preparedness Director.

Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board to speak to commissioners about the compensation she receives through the fees collected on motor vehicle titles and registrations that are done in the Nemaha County Treasurer’s Office.

Also at the meeting:

Virgil Deters came before the board to speak to commissioners about being appointed to the Marion Township Board to fill the vacancy created by the death of Frank Hulsing.

Commissioners held a 30-minute executive session to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney James Neeld by phone, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 10 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Dec. 26, 2018, meeting.

The board reviewed and approved vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of December.

Chairman Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2018-6, allowing Nemaha County financial statements for 2018 to be prepared on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7. Minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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