Nemaha County Commission 9.23.19

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 23, 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.

Nick Novelly with Reese and Novelly came before the board to present to commissioners the 2018 Nemaha County Financial Statement and audit findings for fiscal year 2018.

Corley Becker came before the board to present to commissioners a final design plan for the landscaping project that she would like to do at the Nemaha County Community Building. Commissioners agreed to allow Becker to move forward with this design plan at a cost estimate of $2,162.57.

Susan Futscher with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board to let commissioners know that the air conditioning unit at the NCTC building in Seneca will need to be replaced soon. Commissioners advised Futscher to get bids for a new air conditioning unit for this building.

Commissioners spoke by phone to Flint Hills Regional Council Director Gary Stith about the general procedures involved in the zoning process.

Wind Farm

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners. Neeld let commissioners know that the attorney that was supposed to present on zoning today will not be coming due to a health condition of a family member. Neeld asked for an executive session with commissioners.

Commissioners held 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 with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Following the executive session, Chairman Scoby announced that they are still working on establishing the haul route to be used in the construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm at this time.

Department Reports

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• The active shooter training that was held last week at Nemaha Central High School went well.

• He would like to clean out the trailer that Emergency Preparedness has and set it up to be used as a Mobile Command Center.

• He is currently updating the Homeland Security ID badges provided several years ago.

• He attended training with the Seneca Fire Department recently.

• He would like to get an AED installed in the Nemaha County Community Building and in the Nemaha County Pioneer Building. Commissioners agreed to the purchase of two AEDs through Medical Arts Pharmacy at a cost of $1,800 per unit.

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

• They finished sealing county roads last week.

• Ge plans to have the guys start hauling millings from Beattie this week.

• Ge has hired Todd Swart in the Road and Bridge Department. Ronnebaum stated that Swart will begin work for the county effective Sept. 23, at a rate of pay of $16.15 per hour.

• He wanted to know if commissioners were going to continue the program allowing uninhabitable structures to be dumped at the landfill for a maximum cost of $500 per structure. Commissioners decided to leave this program in place at this time.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• They are currently holding 11 inmates in the jail.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners signed the management representation letter for the 2018 audit as presented.

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Sept. 16, meeting.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Sept. 30. Minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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