Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – April 25, 2016

—These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.

April 25, 2016 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 25, 2016 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.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• he has the guys hauling rock and blading roads this week.
• he has several items he would like to place on a county sale if held by the county. Discussion was held concerning a possible date for a county sale.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• the new mower for the Noxious Weed Department has been delivered.
• three more radios are needed for the Road and Bridge Department vehicles. Commissioners advised Todd to go ahead and get these and pay for them out of the General Fund.
• he would like to hire summer help again this summer for the Noxious Weed Department. Todd stated that he would like to hire Kyle Schumaker again this summer. He will start work for the county on May 16th at a rate of pay of $9.00 per hour. Todd stated that he would also like to hire Kyle Morrison, who will begin work on May 23rd at a rate of pay of $8.50 per hour. Commissioners advised Todd that they were OK with this plan.
• he needed an executive session with Commissioners. Tim Burdiek moved to hold a five minute executive session until 9:35 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart, and Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 9:35 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

The board reviewed the minutes from the April 18, 2016 meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Tim Burdiek moved to accept the resignation of Lynn Kohake as the Center Township Treasurer effective April 30th and to appoint Brad Hammes to the position of Center Township Treasurer effective May 1st per the recommendation of the remaining Center Township officials. Dennis

Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the appointment letter for Brad Hammes as presented.

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to request a pay increase for Sherri Sparling in her office. Commissioners approved a pay increase for Sherri from $14.25 per hour to $15.07 per hour effective March 21st.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• there were two fatalities in the county over the weekend.
• they are currently holding eleven inmates in the jail.
• they booked in five individuals this past week.
• he needed an executive session with Commissioners. Tim Burdiek moved to hold a five minute executive session until 10:20 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Rich Vernon, and Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 10:20 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Jason Rokey, Garrett Stallbaumer, and Norman Kroemer with the Bern Fire Department came before the board for the opening of sealed bids for grant administration services of the Nemaha County Fire District #4 Kan-Step Grant for the building of a new fire station in Bern. Only one bid was received for administrative services. Commissioners spoke with Lyle Peterson from the Kansas Department of Commerce by phone concerning the maximum amount that grant funding will pay for administrative services for a Kan-Step Grant. Mr. Peterson let Commissioners know that the maximum amount is $20,000. Following discussion, Commissioners decided to reject the bid received and to go out for bid again for administrative services for this Kan-Step Grant.

Rob Peschel with CES Group, P.A. and Eric Bergman came before the board to speak to Commissioners about the possibility of establishing an improvement district in St. Benedict to provide sewer services in St. Benedict. Commissioners advised Mr. Peschel and Mr. Bergman that they would support the establishment of this improvement district.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

Commissioners approved a request from NEK-CAP, Inc. to install a camera system at the Nemaha County Pioneer Building. Chairman Gary Scoby signed the request letter as presented.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Brad about the establishment of an improvement district in the county.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of April.

Tim Burdiek moved to approve the bid from Lifestyle Window Coverings at a cost of $3,992 to install shades in the Register of Deeds Office and the Senior Services/Public Transit Office at the courthouse. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:25 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 9:00 am.