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Board of Nemaha County Commissioners’ Minutes

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 10, 2011 in the Commission Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tim Burdiek leading the flag salute.  Present also were Commissioners Mark Wessel and Gary Scoby, Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Janet Linden, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Road and Bridge Report:


  • Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that he did pursue the idea of trading off two of their backhoes for one new one.  Bids for the new backhoe are due February 7th.
  • Dennis presented Commissioners with a draft of a bid letter requesting bids for fuel for the Road and Bridge Department for 2011.  The board advised Dennis to go ahead and send out the letter to the area fuel companies.
  • Dennis reported that he has everybody out working the county roads, but that he is not having them put down sand or salt at this time however.
  • Office Manager Janet Linden presented the board with a job application that was received in her office last week.
  • Leroy Cain with KDOT came before the board to discuss again the issue of using 176th Road as the official detour while replacing a bridge on Highway 63 north of Seneca.  Mr. Cain stated that the road would need some surface work done in order for it to be ready to be used for the detour and that the cost to put down a four inch overlay on the two mile stretch of this road that would be used for the detour would be approximately $430,000.00.  He stated that the State would share in the cost to prepare the road, but that he did not know to what extent.  Mr. Cain advised that the State may also end up using Highway 75 as the official detour during construction of the new bridge instead.  This issue will be discussed again with Commissioners at a later time.


The board phoned and spoke to Brent Teeter with Seneca EMS concerning ambulance services in Nemaha County.  Commissioners let Mr. Teeter know that if the City of Centralia was able to reinstate their ambulance service, the county would subsidize the program in the amount of $1,000.00 per month as they had done in the past.  Commissioners also stated that they were not in favor of providing on-call pay for EMT’s in the county.

Sheriff’s Report:


  • Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that his department had a fairly busy weekend this past weekend.  They gained a couple of inmates in the jail over the weekend and are now holding nine with one additional inmate still being held in a neighboring county.   


Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board.  She provided Commissioners with packets containing minutes and agendas from the past two NCTC board meetings that were held.  She spoke to the board about needing to have the chips spread out again at the parking lot at the training center in Sabetha.  Ms. Lackey stated that they now have a house in Seneca which would be able to house three of their home-based clients.  She also let the board know that Shana Steinlage has been nominated to the NCTC board to represent the Centralia area, and that they are still looking for a nominee from the Goff-Wetmore area.

Ross Mosteller with Meadowlark Extension District #7 came before the board.  He presented Commissioners with a history of the facilities used for the Nemaha County Fair and recommendations for improvements to these facilities.  The board stated that they would review the information and decide what they would like to do from here.

Recycling Director Matt McFall came before the board.  He wanted to make sure that Commissioners were aware of an issue that he and Transfer Station Manager Diane Sowers were dealing with at the Nemaha County Landfill.  He stated that they had received notification from KDHE that more information and further test samples were needed from wells at the landfill.

Matt also reported that they had to install a new toilet at the landfill due to a water leak on the old one, that the holding tank at the landfill will need to be pumped out again soon, that they were able to repair the valve on the trash truck, and that they are now using a pickup from the Noxious Weed Department to haul bales of recycled materials.

Senior Services Director Fern Odum came before the board to speak to Commissioners about purchasing a new copier for the Sabetha Nutrition Center.  She let the board know that Century United quoted a price of $1,000.00 for a Savin 917 copier.  Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of the Savin 917 copier from Century United for the Sabetha Nutrition Center.  Gary Scoby seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all voting aye.

Fern also made the board aware that they are having problems with the refrigerator at the Seneca Nutrition Center leaking Freon and that shelf stable meals have been delivered to homebound seniors in Seneca and Centralia.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board.  Commissioners discussed ambulance services in the county with Brad.  They also showed Brad a quote received from AVI Systems for installing a video conferencing system in the secondary courtroom at the courthouse.  AVI Systems quoted a price of $14,762.00, which would include a 52 inch monitor, and also a price of $14,088.00, which would include a 47 inch monitor.  Brad stated that he did not foresee any problems with being able to use law library funds to pay for this system.

The board reviewed minutes from the January 3, 2011 meeting.  Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Mark Wessel seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board reviewed the fourth draft of the Nemaha County 2011 Reorganization and suggested further changes to be made to the document.

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

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the Clerk’s Monthly Fees Report for December 2010 and for 2010 Year End.

Mark Wessel moved to approve the Nemaha County 2011 Reorganization.  Gary Scoby seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all voting aye.  The board signed the reorganization as presented.

Mark Wessel moved to accept the maintenance agreement from ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation to service the elevator at the Courthouse and the Pioneer Building at an annual cost of $2,172.80.  Gary Scoby seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all voting aye.  Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the agreement as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:40 pm.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 9:00 am due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17th.

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