Nemaha County Commission 7.1.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 1, in the Commissioners’ 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. Burdiek moved to hold a 50-minute executive session until 10 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney Neeld by phone and County Attorney Brad Lippert. At 10 a.m., commissioners extended the executive session for an additional 15 minutes. The meeting returned to open session at 10:15 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Chairman Scoby announced that progress is being made on both the term sheet and the site map with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm. Scoby also stated that negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources will continue and that no further wind farm discussion will be held during today’s meeting.

Budget Requests

Teresa McAnerney, Kylee Luckeroth, David Key, Nancy Gafford and Gary Lortscher came before the board on behalf of Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation to request funding from Nemaha County for their 2020 budget. The group is requesting $3,000 for 2020, which is the same amount that was funded for this organization for 2019.

Department Reports

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding 14 inmates in the jail;

• They booked six individuals into the jail this past week;

• He is considering purchasing guards to put on the front end of the patrol cars to protect the vehicle when it hits an animal in the roadway.

• He will be observing TVI training with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office soon;

• He is having problems at this time finding relief for over the road deputies when needed.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:

• She has spoken to a few county residents about thistle weavils this year;

• She would like an executive session with Commissioners. Present for the five-minute executive session to discuss the leave of non-elected personnel was the Board of Commissioners, Vance and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 12:23 p.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with Lippert at this time.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the June 24 meeting.

The board reviewed, approved and paid vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of June.

With no further county business coming before the board, the meeting was adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held Monday, July 8. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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