Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – March 13, 2017

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

March 13, 2017 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 13, 2017 in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tim Burdiek leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Dennis Henry and Gary Scoby, 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:
• Bridge G-40, which lies between sections 23 and 26 of Gilman Township, has been repaired.
• he ordered wider tires to be put on the new motor grader at a cost of $2,000.
• he had the guys put the spreaders back in their trucks last week.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• they are having issues at the county shop with the internet service. Todd let Commissioners know that he would prefer to install fiber optic internet service through Rainbow Communications at the county shop. Commissioners advised Todd to move forward with the installation of the fiber optic internet. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed a service agreement with Rainbow Communications as presented.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• he had problems last week with the backup generator at the Law Enforcement Center. Rich stated that the warranty on the generator is no longer valid and that it will cost the county approximately $3,500 to repair the generator. Commissioners advised Rich to move forward with this repair. This cost will be paid out of Capital Outlay Funds.
• they are currently holding 13 inmates in the jail.
• they booked in 12 individuals into the jail this past week.

Dick Miller, Ray Thieme, and Darlann Rial came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Historical Society to speak to Commissioners about further repairs needing to be made to the old jail building and Sheriff’s residence. The group let Commissioners know that they are planning a brick and mortar restoration project for this building at an estimated cost of $19,000. Gary Scoby moved to appropriate $9,000 to the Nemaha County Historical Society to help pay for this restoration project. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. This appropriation is to be paid out of the Commissioner’s Fund.

Jim Buser came before the board to speak to Commissioners about holding the annual Fur Harvester’s Conference in Seneca in either 2018 or 2019 and again in 2022. The conference would require use of the Nemaha County Community Building and the Nemaha County Recycling Building. Commissioners let Mr. Buser know that they would be glad to see this conference held in Seneca again and would allow use of the specified buildings.

The board reviewed the minutes from the March 6, 2017 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Gary Scoby moved to approve a quote from Eisenbarth Plumbing in the amount of $22,541.76 for improvements to be made to the restrooms at the Nemaha County Community Building.
Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Gary Scoby moved to approve a quote from Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation in the amount of $1,268 for repair of the elevator located in the Nemaha County Pioneer Building. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners asked Brad about what kind of things could be paid for out of the county’s Special Machinery Fund.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board to speak to Commissioners about transferring money from the Road and Bridge Fund to the Special Machinery Fund.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of March.

Dennis Henry moved to approve the adoption of Resolution 2017-2 authorizing 2016 year end county fund transfers. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

Following discussion, Dennis Henry moved to transfer 2016 year end funds as follows:
$600,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, $18,000 from the Law Enforcement Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, $300,000 from the Road and Bridge Fund to the Special Machinery Fund, $45,500 from the Noxious Weed Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, $17,000 from the Election Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, and $2,861.28 from the Diversion Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:05 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:00 am.