Nemaha County Commission 2.4.2019
Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 4, 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.
Commissioners entered into a 30-minute executive session until 9:35 a.m. to discuss legal matters of the county. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 9:35 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Open discussion concerning the development of a wind farm in Nemaha County began at 10 a.m.
Chairman Gary Scoby announced that the commissioners did not speak with the county’s wind farm attorney James Neeld this morning due to a family funeral that Neeld needed to attend. Scoby also stated that the county is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the term sheet that the county is proposing.
Brad Lueger and Will Eisenbise presented to commissioners a copy of a House Bill that is currently being reviewed by State legislators concerning the establishment of wind generation permits and a property protection act relating to boards of county commissioners. Lueger and Eisenbise also presented to commissioners a copy of a resolution establishing a moratorium on commercial wind energy projects in Nemaha County. Lueger and Eisenbise also presented to commissioners a request sheet from a concerned citizen group regarding industrial wind turbines in Nemaha and Brown counties.
Melinda Sperfslage presented to commissioners copies of resolutions approved by other counties in Kansas that regulate noise control in their counties.
Questions and comments were given by those present for the wind farm discussion.
Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• He is in need of some pipe piling and would like to buy a load of this. Commissioners approved the purchase of a load of pipe piling. Ronnebaum stated that he has also been looking at pricing for H-piling and would like to purchase two loads of this if possible. Commissioners approved the purchase of two loads of H-piling from The Railroad Yard at a cost of $19.71 per foot.
• Employees did go get a couple of loads of salt this past Friday.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• There are currently 13 inmates being held in the jail.
• Seven individuals were booked into the jail this past week.
• One of the patrol cars hit a coyote recently and will need to be repaired.
• He and Undersheriff Bob Cross attended training last week in Topeka.
• There were problems with the generator at the new jail last week. Vernon stated that he found out that the generator needs to have a winter kit put on it to keep water out of it.
Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to let commissioners know that the county made approximately $11,000 on items sold at the Axtell Consignment Sale this past weekend.
Yunghans spoke to commissioners about hiring two part-time employees for the transportation driver position in Sabetha instead of one full-time employee. Commissioners agreed to this.
Yunghans also let commissioners know that Deb Haverkamp replaced Lori Carlson at the Seneca Nutrition Center, effective Jan. 28.
County Attorney Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with Lippert at this time.
Also at the meeting:
The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Jan. 28 meeting.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of January. Commissioners approved the warrants and pay vouchers for January 2019 as presented.
Commissioners approved the renewal of the Online Compensation Survey Subscription with TechNet at a cost of $175.
The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Feb. 11. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.