Nemaha County Commission 3.4.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 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.

Wind Farm

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 legal issues relating to NextEra Energy Resources. Present for the executive session were commissioners, Attorney Neeld by phone and County Attorney Brad Lippert by phone. 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 10:05 am. Chairman Scoby announced that the county is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the term sheet for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm. 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 had bids for commissioners to review for two different road projects to be done this summer in Nemaha County. Bob Bergkamp Construction Company, Inc. bid $506,265 for the four-mile stretch of W Road north of Highway 36 project, and $303,573 for the two-mile stretch of 200th Road project. Coughlin Company bid $396,013.22 for the W Road project, and $254,318.42 for the 200th Road project. Andale Construction, Inc. bid $641,245.44 for the W Road project, and $434,430.12 for the 200th Road project. Commissioners did not approve any of the bids at this time.

• Ronnebaum requested the purchase of a new laptop computer for the mechanic in the Road and Bridge Department. He presented a quote from Dell in the amount of $1,638.67 for the purchase of a new laptop computer. Commissioners agreed to this purchase at this time.

Jane Sunderland with Nemaha County Community Health Services came before the board to let commissioners know that she would like to apply again for the Formula Grant through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Following discussion, Chairman Scoby signed the grant application form as presented.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and administrative assistant, Marie Weaver, came before the board to request changing Sharon Haverkamp from a temporary employee to a part-time employee with the county, effective immediately. Commissioners agreed to this employment status request.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• Daniel Ross will be resigning as a full-time corrections officer with the county effective March 31, but would like to remain on staff as a relief corrections officer. Vernon stated that he will begin advertising for this position as soon as possible.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• He does not feel that the county should participate in the new floodplain management requirements program.

• He has been working on updating the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Russel stated that this plan must be updated by the end of March.

• He is distributing new city maps to the Fire Departments, EMS Services, and City Offices in the county.

• He is working on getting the Law Enforcement Officers in the county IFAK kits, which are small medical bag kits to carry in their patrol vehicles.

• The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5

• He will be holding training this Thursday with the nurses from Nemaha Valley Community Hospital about using portable shelters provided by Homeland Security.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Feb. 25 meeting.

Commissioners approved the 2019 Network Administration Services Contract with Bachelor Controls, Inc.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of February. Commissioners approved the warrants and pay vouchers for February 2019 as presented.

Chairman Scoby signed a notice as presented to be sent to the Marion Township Board letting them know that a Cereal Malt Beverage Application has been submitted for a location in their township.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, March 11. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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