Nemaha County Commission 7.22.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 22, 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.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. The commissioners held a 25-minute executive session until 9:30 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 9:30 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Scoby stated that the county and NextEra Energy Resources are aware of issues with the site map and that these issues are being addressed. Scoby also stated that Neeld will be sending the county several large maps with the names of the roads labeled on them tomorrow. Several questions were posed to commissioners and Lippert from the public at this time.

Later in the meeting, officials from the City of Corning and the city’s attorney spoke to commissioners and Lippert about the City of Corning being in the process of enacting zoning regulations within their city limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction at this time.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• Hall Brothers have started the overlay work on 146th Road between the viaduct in Seneca and Highway 63.

• Bergkamp Construction will be starting work on W Road north of Highway 36 sometime this week.

• They were able to pour Bridge BC-1 last week.

• They did a lot of blade patching on county roads this past week, but still have more to do.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that they are currently holding 14 inmates in the jail.

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that she will have her Noxious Weed pickup available for the county to drive in the Fair Parade on Sunday, July 28.

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to speak to commissioners about using a company called Push Pin to get more data collection information through recent flyovers that were done in Nemaha County.

Roeder also requested an executive session with commissioners. The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session until 11:05 a.m. to discuss the pay of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Roeder. The meeting returned to open session at 11:05 a.m. with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that an applicant briefing was held last week for the disaster declaration declared recently by the Governor of the State of Kansas. Russel stated that 19 townships and the county itself got signed up for the program during the applicant briefing.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to request pay increases for some of her employees. Commissioners approved a pay increase for Sherry Cardwell from $16.18 per hour to $16.27 per hour effective July 21, a pay increase for Michelle Schiffman from $13.53 per hour to $14.32 per hour effective Aug. 21, a pay increase for Tamra Wittwer from $13.53 per hour to $14.32 per hour effective July 21, and a pay increase for Thomas Krueger from $13.53 per hour to $14.32 per hour effective Aug. 21.

Lippert came before the board, and commissioners spoke to him about the speed limit on J Road just south of the City of Seneca. Commissioners also spoke to Lippert about the fence view that they conducted last week concerning property owned by Duane Mueting and the Fern Weyer Trust.

Budget Requests

Appraiser Roeder submitted to commissioners her 2020 budget request in the amount of $202,100, which is an increase of $12,500 over what was approved for 2019.

Emergency Preparedness Director Lierz presented his 2020 budget request to commissioners in the amount of $94,100, which is an increase of $54,200 over what was approved for 2019. Russel reminded commissioners that the county only budgeted for a part-time Emergency Preparedness Director when doing the 2019 budget, but now need to budget for a full-time director.

Ray Thieme and Karen Holthaus came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Historical Society to request funding from Nemaha County for 2020. They are requesting $12,000 for 2020, which is an increase of $8,500 over what was approved for 2019 for this organization.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the July 15 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 31, beginning at the Nemaha County Community Building.

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