Nemaha County Commission

Submitted by Mary Kay Schultejans, County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 25, 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, Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Celene Holthaus with Nemaha County United 4 Youth came before the board to provide the commissioners with an update concerning the recent activities of the Nemaha County United 4 Youth organization. She stated the organization continues to request county financial support in the coming years.

Wind Farm

Paul Strathman with Nemaha County Rural Water District No. 3 came before the board to speak to the commissioners and Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt and Strobel about his concerns with running the Soldier Creek Wind Farm transmission lines in Nemaha County. He also spoke about the county possibly helping relieve the burden placed on the water district during the installation of the transmission lines.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board to review Supplemental Agreement No. 1 to the Agreement for Engineering Services between Nemaha County and Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers for construction of the Soldier Creek Wind Farm.

Rinkes let commissioners know that they have not received any updates from NextEra Energy Resources concerning the haul route or the road agreement at this time.

The county’s hired wind farm attorney, James Neeld, called to speak to commissioners by phone. Henry moved to hold an 80-minute executive session until 11 a.m. to discuss attorney-client privileges. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Rinkes, Ronnebaum, Strathman, Lippert and Neeld by phone. The meeting returned to open session at 11 a.m. with no action taken.

Department Reports

Ronnebaum advised the board that his employees have been hauling millings, patching tubes and doing other odd jobs. He also said he will have them get the salt and sand spreaders ready to go this week.

Commissioners spoke to Lippert about possibly having a current county employee assist his secretary with electronic filing when needed.

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board of the following:

• A patrol car was hit recently on the side of the car by a deer.

• They are currently holding nine inmates in the Nemaha County jail and one inmate in the Jackson County Jail

• He plans to work with a company called LexiPro, which provides legal-based standard operating guidelines, for officers in the Sheriff’s Office.

Also at the meeting:

The board reviewed and approved the minutes from the Nov. 18 meeting.

The next meeting was held on Monday, Dec. 2. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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