Nemaha County Commission 6.10.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 10, 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 10:15 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session were the Board of Commissioners, Neeld by phone, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 10:15 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Following the executive session, Scoby stated that the county is still waiting to receive a final, official site map from NextEra Energy Resources for the Soldier Creek Wind Farm project. Scoby also announced that commissioners will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 13, to meet again in executive session with their attorneys. A few questions were posed to commissioners by those present following the executive session.

Department Reports

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding 14 inmates in the jail and one inmate at the Larned State Hospital.

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

Lippert came before the board and spoke with commissioners about submitting an updated Rural Opportunity Zone Resolution to the Kansas Department of Commerce and about adopting a resolution to participate in the Kansas Housing Assistance Program.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 3 meeting.

The commissioners approved a cereal malt beverage application submitted by St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Scoby signed the cereal malt beverage license as presented.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of June.

Commissioners held a special meeting on Thursday, June 13, to speak to Neeld and Lippert in executive session.

The next meeting was held at 9 a.m. Monday, June 17. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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