Nemaha County Commission 1.7.2018

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 7, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Tim Burdiek and Dennis Henry, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Wind Farm

The County’s wind farm attorney James Neeld came before the board. Commissioners held a 30-minute executive session until 9:33 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Wind Farm Attorney James Neeld. At 9:33 a.m., commissioners approved extending the executive session until 10 a.m. County Attorney Brad Lippert joined the executive session at this time. The meeting returned to open session at 10 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Kenny Blair and Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel came before the board. Cook, Flatt and Strobel is an engineering firm that spoke to commissioners about the services they could provide to the county in regards to the roads and bridges used in the construction of a wind farm in Nemaha County.

Several local landowners in Nemaha County, representatives from Next Era Energy Resources, and members of the local media came before the board for a discussion with Commissioners concerning the establishment of wind farms in Nemaha County. Neeld gave an update to the group regarding what he and Commissioners have been working on in recent meetings. Questions were asked and comments given by those present for the wind farm discussion.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that he did not have anything to report for the Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Department.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• He needed to share information with commissioners about activity in the State Seizure Fund for 2018.

• He plans to make a request soon for Scott Meade in his department to receive shared leave.

• They are currently holding nine inmates in the jail.

• They booked six individuals into the jail this past week.

• Sheriff’s Office/Courthouse employee Jim Penix has been on sick leave, but is back at work today with some limitations.

• He received patrol car bids to share with commissioners. Vernon stated that all bids include trade in of a 2014 Dodge Charger and a 2015 Dodge Charger. Nemaha Valley Motors bid $25,900 for a 2019 Dodge Durango SUV and $19,600 for a 2019 Dodge Charger. Aberle Ford bid $30,400 for a 2019 Ford Utility Police Interceptor. Vernon stated that he recommends purchasing both vehicles from Nemaha Valley Motors. Following discussion, commissioners approved the purchase of the 2019 Dodge Durango SUV and the purchase of the 2019 Dodge Charger from Nemaha Valley Motors at the costs listed above.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that she would like to purchase a truck for use when going on site to look at fields and road right of ways and when attending meetings. Commissioners advised Vance that they will look into this issue.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to speak to commissioners about possibly selling some older transportation vans on the Axtell Consignment Sale that is coming up soon. Commissioners agreed to allow Yunghans to do this as long as the county attorney did not see a problem with this.

Yunghans also let commissioners know that she and Regis Feldkamp may have to go without pay for some time due to medical issues that they are both dealing with at this time.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Dec. 31, 2018, meeting.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Lippert spoke to commissioners again about the purchase of office furniture from District Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Deiter for use in the District Judge’s Office.

Commissioners approved the Nemaha County 2019 Reorganization, which includes a 35-cent per hour raise for employees. Commissioners signed the reorganization as presented.

Commissioners approved the Nemaha County 2019 Employee Handbook with the changes recently made to the document.

Commissioners approved the payment of 2019 KAC dues in the amount of $3,531.95, and the payment of 2019 KCCA dues in the amount of $485.

The commissioners met Monday, Jan. 14. These minutes were not available at the Herald’s press time.

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