Nemaha County Commission 5.23.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Thursday, May 23, 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 hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. The commissioners held a one hour executive session until 10 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners and Neeld by phone. The meeting returned to open session at 9:55 a.m., with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Following the executive session, Scoby announced that the site plan from NextEra Energy Resources is not yet available, but will be provided to the county by Friday, May 31. Scoby stated that commissioners will review the site plan in an extended executive session during their June 3 meeting. Scoby also stated 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 this discussion.

Department Reports

Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• They had to close Highway 36 Tuesday evening one mile west of the Oneida junction due to downed power lines from the storms that went through the area that evening.

• The Sheriff’s Office had a relatively quiet weekend.

• The dock door at the new jail is malfunctioning again. Cross stated that the company that installed the doors is working on the issue at this time.

• They are currently holding 11 inmates in the jail.

• They will begin patrolling near the lakes in the county again starting this weekend.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• The county had three funnel clouds that touched down on Tuesday evening. The largest tornado, which touched down near Bern, was rated as an EF-3 tornado. Lierz stated that all emergency agencies worked together very well to deal with the situation.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of May.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the May 13 meeting.

The commissioners designated the week of May 19 through May 25 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Nemaha County. Commissioners signed the proclamation as presented.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Tuesday, May 28, due to observance of the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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