Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 28, 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.
Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to ask commissioners to review the semi-annual microloan report due to the Kansas Department of Commerce. Gafford asked commissioners for a short executive session.
A 10-minute executive session until 11:45 a.m. was held to discuss financial matters of the county. Present for the executive session was Gafford, Schultejans and the Board of Commissioners. The meeting returned to open session at 11:45 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session. Chairman Scoby signed the microloan report as presented.
Maintenance employee Troy Melvin came before the board to let commissioners know that he is having problems with the snow blower attachment on the Grasshopper mower. Commissioners advised Melvin to talk to someone who works with Grasshopper mowers about the issues that he has been having. Melvin also let commissioners know that the PA system at the Nemaha County Community Building is not currently working. Commissioners advised Melvin to have Martin Schmelzle take a look at the PA system.
The county’s wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners by phone. Commissioners entered into a 50-minute executive session until 10 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney 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.
Open discussion concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Nemaha County began at 10 a.m. Present for this discussion with the board and Lippert were several local landowners and members of the local media. Chairman Scoby stated that Neeld received information from NextEra Energy Resources and that he is currently reviewing this information. Scoby also stated that Neeld hopes to be able to reply back to NextEra Energy Resources within two weeks. Questions and comments were given by those present for the wind farm discussion.
Representatives from Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers came before the board to see if commissioners had any further questions concerning the road and bridge inspection services that this company could provide during the construction of a wind farm in the county.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He thinks that they probably need to pick up another load of salt sometime soon.
• He is asking for fuel bids at this time for 2019.
• He will talk to Hall Brothers about possibly overlaying 146th Road from Highway 63 into Seneca.
• A core sample was taken along 200th Road near Sabetha, but the results are not back yet at this time.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board. Yunghans let commissioners know that Lori Carlson resigned her position with the county effective Jan. 25, and that Alan Hartter is retiring effective March 1. Yunghans stated that she is advertising at this time to fill these positions.
Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that she had the 2018 Noxious Weed Report for commissioners to review before it is submitted to the State. Commissioners approved and signed the Nemaha County 2018 Noxious Weed Report.
Commissioners spoke to Appraiser Betty Roeder about the Countywide Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and about the estimated taxes generated by a proposed wind farm in Nemaha County.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Jan. 22 meeting.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of January.
Commissioner Burdiek was appointed to the Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center board for another three-year term.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Feb. 4. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.