Nemaha County Commission 8.26.2019

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, Nemaha County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 19, and Monday, Aug. 26.

Monday, August 19

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug.19, 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 was Commissioner Tim Burdiek, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes. Commissioner Dennis Henry was absent from today’s meeting.

Hilary Edwards with Willdan Performance Engineering came before the board to speak to commissioners about energy efficiency projects that were done at the county approximately eight years ago. Edwards also spoke to commissioners about her company looking at further projects that could be done to make county buildings more energy efficient. Commissioners gave Edwards the go ahead to begin the preliminary audit of several county buildings.

Budgets

Chairman Scoby signed the District Court 2020 budget and the Four-County 2020 budget as presented.

Sheriff Vernon presented 2020 budget requests for the 912 and 913 funds of the county. Vernon is requesting a budget authority of $10,000 for the 912 fund and a budget authority of $100,750 for the 913 fund.

Commissioners reviewed a draft of the Nemaha County 2020 budget, suggesting changes to be made to the document before it is reviewed again during next week’s meeting.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. The commissioners entered into executive session for 30 minutes with the two commissioners and Neeld. Following executive session, no binding action was taken. Scoby announced that Neeld would be present at the Aug. 26 meeting, and the board anticipated holding executive session with him to discuss zoning.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that testing is being done on W Road north of Highway 36 now that concrete has been added to the base of the road.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board of the following:

• A storm with heavy winds and large hail hit northeast Nemaha County last Thursday. Lierz stated that the storm did significant damage to crops and property in that area.

• A diesel spill occurred at Casey’s in Seneca last week. Lierz stated that the City of Seneca’s Fire Department responded and cleaned up the spill with floor dry.

• He is beginning to train people in first aid skills with the Stop the Bleed Program. Lierz stated that he recently did a training with staff at the Sabetha schools.

• He plans to place the message board that the Emergency Preparedness Department owns on J Road coming into Seneca with a message about reducing speed.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board of the following:

• Stop signs located at the intersection of 120th Road and J Road were sawed off sometime over the past weekend.

• They are currently holding 14 inmates in the jail.

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

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to speak to commissioners about purchasing a new dishwasher for the Sabetha Nutrition Center. Yunghans stated that they did have Mitchell Appliance look at the dishwasher, but they do not think that repairing the dishwasher would be feasible. Following discussion, commissioners agreed to the purchase of a new dishwasher from Central Restaurant Supply Company in the amount of $3,639 including delivery.

County Attorney Brad Lippert told commissioners that his secretary having is having trouble keeping up with all of the electronic filing that needs to be done in his office. He requested that he be allowed to hire someone a few hours a day to help with some of this work. Commissioners made no decision concerning this issue at this time.

Also at the meeting:

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

The board reviewed and approved minutes from the Aug.12 meeting.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 4:10 p.m.

August 26

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 26, 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.

Corley Becker came before the board to speak to commissioners about doing a landscaping project in front of the Nemaha County Community Building as her Senior Project. Commissioners agreed to this request and will meet with Becker later when she has a plan drawn up for the project.

Later in the meeting, commissioners spoke to maintenance employee Troy Melvin about the request received this morning to do a landscaping project at the Nemaha County Community Building.

Steve Lukert came before the board to speak to commissioners about striping Old Highway 75, which runs from Highway 36 into the City of Sabetha. County Attorney Brad Lippert also was present for this discussion. The maintenance of this stretch of road is shared between Nemaha County and Brown County. Lukert stated that he has already spoken to the Brown County commissioners about this issue. Commissioners made no decision regarding this issue at this time.

Budget

Commissioners reviewed a draft of the Nemaha County 2020 budget, suggesting changes to be made to the document. Commissioners approved the budget for publication with a total mill levy of 42.436 mills.

Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, came before the board. The commissioners went into executive session for 45 minutes with the three commissioners, Neeld and Lippert present. Following executive session, no binding action was taken.

Neeld stated that he is currently working on five different agreements for the county pertaining to the Soldier Creek Wind Farm — the development agreement, the contribution agreement, the decommissioning agreement, the road use agreement, and a complaint procedure agreement.

Neeld also stated that he has asked the commissioners to address three items during their upcoming meetings pertaining to the Soldier Creek Wind Farm — the contract with a third party engineer; the extension of the moratorium currently in place; and the holding of an open, informational session with a zoning attorney.

Department Reports

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

• He had a map for commissioners to review of the preliminary haul routes to be used in the construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm.

• They started sealing county roads last week, but are having some problems with the oiler.

• Danny Schultejans, assistant mechanic in the Road and Bridge Department, has resigned his position with the county effective Aug. 28.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board of the following:

• They are currently holding 12 inmates in the jail.

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

• A new dock door was installed last week at the new jail.

• They have not had any problems with the roof of the new jail leaking during the recent rains that we have had. However, Vernon stated that he would still like to see a three foot apron installed along the south side of the new jail to direct the water away from the building.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board of the following:

• Highway 187 was underwater in places this morning.

• The Red Cross would like to update their Site Disaster Location System in Nemaha County.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Scoby adjourned the meeting at 3:05 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.3, due to observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Minutes from this meeting were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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