The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 3, 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 the guys in his department have been working on trimming up brush and on other odd jobs.
- Dennis asked Commissioners if they were interested in contracting fuel for the next year. The board advised Dennis to ask for prices on this and get back to them at a later date.
Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association came before the board. A public hearing was set for January 18, 2011 at 10:00 am for the renewal of the City of Sabetha’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Gary Scoby moved to adopt Resolution 2011-1 to hold the public hearing. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the resolution as presented.
Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
Tom Madsen with AVI Systems, Inc. phoned and spoke to the board about setting up the video conferencing system to be installed in the secondary courtroom at the courthouse. This company would set up the system and provide training on how to use the system. Mr. Madsen will prepare and send a quote for the cost of installing this system.
- Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that his department had a fairly normal weekend despite the New Year’s Holiday.
- Rich reported that they are still working on the burglary that occurred in Centralia last weekend.
- Rich stated that he is back to having a full staff at this time in the Sheriff’s Office. Several employees have taken vacation over the last few weeks.
- Rich also stated that the new patrol car has now been striped.
Regis Tanking came before the board to speak to them about closing the railroad crossing on M4 Road in Gilman Township. Commissioners stated that closing the railroad crossing has been discussed, but that nothing has been signed or decided upon at this time.
The board reviewed the minutes from the December 20, 2010 meeting and the December 27, 2010 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes from the December 20, 2010 meeting with the corrections noted. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Mark Wessel moved to approve the minutes from the December 27, 2010 meeting as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of December. Mark Wessel made a motion to approve the pay vouchers and warrants for December 2010. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Commissioners reviewed the third draft of the Nemaha County 2011 Reorganization, suggesting further changes that they would like made to the document.
Eugene Edelman, Todd Rokey, Wayne Edelman, Arden Stoller, Neil Hartter, Faron Strahm, Steven Edelman, and Galen Ackerman came before the board to discuss with them the county’s plans for a five mile stretch of the Church Road (200th Road). This stretch of road has recently been torn up and redone by the county. The group stated that the base of the road is now better than it has ever been, but now their concern is the surface of the road. The group would like to see this road returned to a blacktop surface. After discussion, Commissioners stated that they are still committed to chip and sealing this road again and that if this was not completed in 2011, it would be in 2012. Also, Commissioners stated that more rock will be put on this road in the springtime. The board discussed having Norm Bowers, Road Engineer with KAC, come and take a look at this road to see what he would recommend.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Brad about the county moving to a direct deposit payroll in 2011. County Treasurer Rose Wilhelm and Payroll Clerk Sandy Koelzer joined the meeting for this discussion. The board asked Rose and Sandy to begin the process of setting up this system for the county payroll.
Brad reported that two tracts of land still need to be sent to the abstract company in preparation for the next tax sale. Brad estimated that it would still probably be one to two years yet before the county is ready to hold this tax sale.
Ronnie Creed came before the board to inquire about getting dust control applied on the road in front of his property. Commissioners supplied Mr. Creed with the information that he needed.
The board reviewed the 2011 Physical Capacity Profile and Drug Testing Agreements sent to them by Occupational Assessment Services. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the agreements as presented.
Gary Scoby moved to hold a fifteen minute executive session until 2:25 pm to discuss non-elected personnel. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Senior Services Director Fern Odum, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 2:25 pm with no action taken by Commissioners following the executive session.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:00 am.