Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission 1.14.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 14, 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 called to speak to commissioners by phone. The commissioners voted to enter executive session for 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 9:40 a.m., with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Open discussion was held concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County. Present for this discussion with the board included several local landowners, representatives from NextEra Energy Resources, members of the local media, USD No. 115 Superintendent Darrel Kohlman and County Attorney Brad Lippert.

Chairman Scoby stated that the county is waiting on the final footprint of the project and the density study from NextEra Energy Resources before finalizing the term sheet. Commissioners also stated that they were planning to travel to Reno County and Pratt County on Tuesday, Jan. 15, to speak to county officials from each of those counties about the development of wind farms in their respective counties. Schultejans plans to travel with commissioners.

Department Reports

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• Tthey are currently holding 10 inmates in the jail.

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

• He is preparing for another winter storm to hit the area this coming weekend.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• He also is preparing for another winter storm to hit the area this coming weekend. Lierz stated that he has been in contact with Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management, as well, concerning the predicted winter storm.

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• They have repairs to do to one of the snowplows following this past weekend’s snow removal.

• He is also preparing for another winter storm to hit the area this coming weekend.

• Pottawatomie County is speaking to him about Nemaha County purchasing the road right of way necessary for the replacement of a bridge that lies on the Nemaha County-Pottawatomie County line.

• He would like to move Road and Bridge Department Secretary Kristina Talkington on the pay scale at this time. Commissioners approved increasing Talkington’s pay from $14.32 per hour to $15.07 per hour, effective Jan. 21.

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board.

• Roeder asked commissioners if they still wanted her office to take over the 911 addressing in the county. Commissioners stated that they would like the Appraiser’s Office to do this.

• She presented commissioners with a quote from Dell in the amount of $1,889.38 for the purchase of a new PC to be used for GIS purposes. This purchase was approved. Roeder plans to pay for this purchase out of remaining 2018 money from the Appraiser’s Fund.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She has begun to put together a specification sheet for a new truck for the Noxious Weed Department. Commissioners made some suggestions of what they thought should be included in the spec sheet.

• She had an agreement for commissioners to review to allow the Noxious Weed Department to spray the State road right-of-ways in Nemaha County. Following review, Chairman Scoby signed the agreement as presented.

• She attended a Noxious Weed meeting in Topeka last week.

County Attorney Brad Lippert spoke to commissioners about the number of staff members in the Marshall County Attorney’s Office compared to the Nemaha County Attorney’s Office, and also about what Marshall County pays for defensive services compared to what Nemaha County pays for these same services.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioner Henry signed the Nemaha County Quarterly Financial Statement for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2018, as presented.

Chairman Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

Commissioners signed an engagement letter with Reese and Novelly, P.A., as presented to conduct the Nemaha County 2018 audit.

Chairman Scoby signed the monitoring resolution letter for the Bern Fire District No. 4 Community Development Block Grant as presented to be sent to the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Chairman Scoby signed the Clerk’s Annual Fees Report for 2018 as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Jan. 7 meeting.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of January.

Commissioners met on Tuesday, Jan. 22, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, Jan. 21. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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