Nemaha County Commission 11.4.2019

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 4, 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.

Seneca Chamber Director Kylee Luckeroth and Sabetha Chamber Director Gina Murchison came before the board to update the commissioners concerning the plans being done for the upcoming Big Kansas Road Trip. Commissioners approved the payment of $2,500 to the Kansas Sampler Foundation for Nemaha County’s share of the fee for the Big Kansas Road Trip. They also approved the payment of $251.68 to the Seneca Chamber of Commerce for the rack cards ordered from the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Both of these payments are to be made out of the county’s Commissioner Fund.

Moni Elaasar with BG Consultants came before the board to ask the commissioners to sign an agreement with KDOT for the sign replacement project to be done south of Highway 36 in Nemaha County. Commissioners signed the agreement as presented.

Wind Farm

Mark Trumbauer with Next Era Energy Resources came before the board to inform the commissioners that they have submitted an alternate proposed haul route to Wind Farm Attorney James Neeld. The alternate route would only utilize four bridges in the county that are currently deemed insufficient to handle the loads necessary during the construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm.

Neeld stated that the county still is working to negotiate four different agreements with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm, and he is therefore requesting an executive session with the commissioners.

The commissioners held a 90-minute executive session until 10:45 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Neeld, Lippert, Ronnebaum and Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel (CFS).

At 10:45 a.m., the commissioners extended the executive session for an additional 15 minutes. The meeting returned to open session at 11 a.m. with no action taken.

Later in the meeting, Neeld stated that a new proposed haul route has been submitted by NextEra Energy Resources, as well as a proposed transmission line map. He also stated that he is currently working on drafting the road use agreement at this time.

Moratorium

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board to present a resolution that would extend the moratorium currently in place in Nemaha County whereby the commissioners will not hear any requests to use the roads, infrastructure and other public areas of Nemaha County. Commissioners  approved Resolution 2019-8, extending the moratorium for a period of six months from Nov. 13.

Seneca Annexation

Following discussion with Lippert, the commissioners approved the City of Seneca Resolution 10162019, finding and determining that the annexation of (1) approximately 40 acres east of Maxwell Springs, (2) the Seneca Municipal Airport, and (3) Well No. 9 will not hinder or prevent the proper growth and development of the area, or that of any other incorporated city located within the county.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that his employees are replacing a tube at Bridge N-29 in Illinois Township.

He also said they have only been doing odd jobs at this time, such as hauling millings, rock and dirt, and mixing and storing sand and salt.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to ask the commissioners to review and sign off on information to be submitted with Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) grant proposal. Commissioners approved the Complaint Procedure for Title VI as presented. Commissioners also signed a letter of commitment for local matching funds for the KDOT grant in the amount of $83,355.50 for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that he will get 2020 Emergency Response Guides distributed to emergency personnel soon, and he plans to work with the local school districts so they can get more frequent updates from the weather service during inclement weather.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Oct. 28 meeting, as well as the warrants for October 2019 and vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of October.

With no further county business coming before the board, Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:35 p.m. The next meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 18. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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