Governing Body: Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

Tuesday, Feb. 19

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Commissioners’ 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.

Riley Bontrager from Nemaha Central High School, Ally Davis from Wetmore High School, and Anna Cochenour from Sabetha High School came before the board along with other local students and teachers to let commissioners know that they are supporting a campaign to make Highway 75 safer. The group let commissioners know what steps they are asking legislators and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to take to make Highway 75 safer for all motorists. The group asked commissioners to write a letter of support on their behalf as well to support them in this endeavor. Commissioners agreed to write and submit such letter of support.

Madeline Rogers and several other local FFA members and teachers came before the board to let commissioners know that this week is National FFA Week and to let them know what they are doing this week to raise awareness of FFA in the local area. Following discussion, Chairman Scoby signed a proclamation designating the week of Feb. 17-23 as National FFA Week in Nemaha County.

Wind Farm

Nemaha County’s wind farm attorney, James Neeld, came before the board. Commissioners entered into a one-hour executive session until 10:15 a.m. with Attorney Neeld and County Attorney Brad Lippert to discuss attorney-client privileges. The meeting returned to open session at 10:15 am 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 10:20 a.m. Attorney Neeld announced that the county is still negotiating two points of the term sheet with NextEra Energy Resources. Neeld stated that he feels confident that the county will be ready to share the conditions of the term sheet by next Monday, Feb. 25. Several questions were posed to Neeld from those present for the open wind farm discussion.

Commissioners entered into a 15-minute executive session until 12:50 p.m. with Neeld and Lippert to discuss attorney-client privileges. The meeting returned to open session at 12:50 pm with no action taken following the executive session.

Roger Becker came before the board to speak to commissioners about the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) received from the wind farm being distributed to the schools in the county.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board by phone that:

• He would like commissioners to consider allowing holiday hours to be included in overtime calculations in the future.

• The annual safety meeting will be held in Nemaha County on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Dan Ronnebaum came before the board to let commissioners know that people are sitting on the tables at the Community Building during auctions and that the rocking chair in the lobby of the Courthouse is broken and needs to be repaired. Commissioners advised Dan Ronnebaum that they will see that these issues are addressed.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Feb. 11 regular meeting and the Feb. 14 special meeting. The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of February. Chairman Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

Thursday, Feb. 21

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also was Commissioner Tim Burdiek and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes. Commissioner Dennis Henry joined the meeting by phone.

Commissioners entered into a 30-minute executive session until 10 a.m. with County Attorney Brad Lippert and the county’s wind farm attorney, James Neeld, by phone to discuss attorney-client privileges. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Feb. 25. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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