Nemaha County Commission

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 25, 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 10-minute executive session to discuss legal matters relating to NextEra Energy Resources. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and County Attorney Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 12:20 p.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Wind Farm

The county’s wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners by phone. Commissioners entered into a 30-minute executive session until 9:55 a.m. to discuss legal issues relating to NextEra Energy Resources. 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 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 Scoby announced that the county is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the term sheet for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm. Several questions and comments were posed to commissioners from those present for the open wind farm discussion.

Department Reports

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

• He should have bids for commissioners to review next week to redo the four mile stretch of W Road north of Highway 36 and the two mile stretch of 200th Road.

• Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp received a right of way easement request from JBN Telephone Company to bore under county roads in several places near Corning in order to install fiber optic cable. Commissioners approved the right-of-way easement request with JBN Telephone Company. Commissioners signed the request form as presented.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding nine inmates in the jail.

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

• He has a meeting scheduled to meet with local students concerning the Safe 75 Campaign.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to let commissioners know that she has hired Michelle Schiffman for the part-time position available at the Nutrition Center. Schiffman will begin work for the county on Feb. 28 at a rate of pay of $13.53 per hour.

Yunghans also requested a pay increase for Sharon Haverkamp from $15.07 per hour to $15.77 per hour effective Feb. 21. Commissioners agreed to this request.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners signed a letter of support as presented for the Safe 75 Campaign.

Chairman Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented. The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of February.

The board reviewed the minutes from the Feb. 19 regular meeting and the Feb. 21 special meeting. The next regular meeting will be held Monday, March 4.


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