Nemaha County Commission 6.18.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 18, 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.

Jeff Kidd and Bryan Schmitz with SBS Insurance Agency came before the board to present to commissioners the property and liability insurance renewal quote for Nemaha County for the 2019 – 2020 policy year. The total premium for the new policy year is estimated at this time to decrease from $160,545 to $159,617.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. Commissioners held a 15-minute executive session until 9:30 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. 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 at 9:30 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

In open session, Chairman Scoby stated that there is no news to report today concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Wind farm in Nemaha County. Chairman Scoby stated that Neeld was unable to make any further progress on the project due to his schedule this past weekend. Many questions and comments were posed to commissioners by those present for this week’s update.

Department Reports

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

• They had to buy a new diesel fuel pump for the shop.

• Hall Brothers are running behind, and it will probably be awhile yet before they begin the project on 146th Road.

• They still have lots of tubes and bridges to repair yet throughout the county.

• They are fairly caught up with hauling rock on county roads at this time.

Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• At one time this weekend, they were holding 20 prisoners in the jail. At this time, they are holding 17 inmates in the jail and one inmate at the State Hospital in Larned.

• The convection oven at the jail is not working. Cross stated that someone will be coming to take a look at it soon.

• The Sheriff’s Office had a busy weekend this past weekend.

Lippert came before the board. Commissioners held a five-minute executive session until 1:20 p.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 1:20 p.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Lippert let commissioners know that he was not able to find any Kansas statute that required the county to provide access to abandoned cemeteries in the county.

Lippert also let commissioners know that he had finished drafting a deed to transfer ownership of mineral rights that are currently in the county’s name. Commissioners approved to transfer ownership of mineral rights from Nemaha County to Herman A. Renyer and Jean A. Renyer, who currently own the land involving these mineral rights. Chairman Scoby signed the deed as presented.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 10 meeting and the June 13 special meeting.

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

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, June 24. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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