Nemaha County Commission 4.29.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 29, 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, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

The county’s wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. The commissioners moved to hold a one-hour executive session to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Neeld by phone, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. No action taken by the board following the executive session.

At 10:30 a.m., Scoby announced to those present that commissioners are still reviewing the public discussion from last week and still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources at this time. Questions and comments were posed to commissioners from those present for this discussion.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• He has his crew hauling chips this week for the road project to be done on W Road north of Highway 36.

• He thinks that it would take the shop quite a while to repair the roll-off container at the landfill. He shared a quote with commissioners for the purchase of a new roll-off container. Following discussion, the commissioners decide to approve the purchase and delivery of a new roll-off container in the amount of $18,445 from Downing Sales and Service. This purchase will be paid for out of the Capital Outlay Fund.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans faxed over a quote she received for the purchase of new tires for one of the transportation vehicles. The commissioners approved the quote from Agee’s Service, Inc. in the amount of $734.32 for the purchase of four new tires. Commissioners also approved allowing Yunghans to spend up to $150 to repair the tailpipe of this same vehicle.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• The new truck is in that was purchased earlier this year for the weed department.

• Curtis Bloom was recently awarded a $1,250 scholarship through the Kansas Weed Directors Association.

Commissioners asked Appraiser Betty Roeder to answer some questions they had concerning the taxation of a wind farm if one is constructed in Nemaha County.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the April 22 meeting.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes with corrections noted from the April 25 special meeting.

Commissioners received three bids to repair the roof of the Nemaha County Pioneer Building. Intelligent Roofing Solutions bid $33,070.72, Critchfield Sprayfoam Insulation bid $66,876, and Midwest Coating, Inc. bid $99,355.80 along with an alternate bid of $65,992.18. Commissioners made no decision regarding these bids at this time.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of April.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, May 6. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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