The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 28, 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 Assistant Carolyn Huerter, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.
Road and Bridge Report:
• Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that Caterpillar is not going to be able to bring up a demo backhoe loader. Dennis stated that he could go to Great Bend to see the demo, but Commissioners advised Dennis not to worry about this.
• Dennis stated that the new pickup came in last week and that they will be installing a new radio in it.
• Dennis informed the board that the transmission is going out of the 2001 Dodge pickup that the Road and Bridge Department uses. Commissioners advised Dennis to take bids for a new one ton pickup, since the 2001 Dodge has 204,000 miles on it.
• Dennis let the board know that John is starting to work on the reclaimer. It has been running hot and dumping more fuel than it should be. Commissioners advised Dennis to have John keep working on the reclaimer, but to also look into trading it off for a more updated model.
• Dennis presented Commissioners with an easement from the water district at a location 0.61 miles south of 96th & O Road. Mark Wessel moved to approve the easement with the water district. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board signed the easement as presented.
• Leroy Cain with KDOT was present this morning to update Commissioners on the State’s plans concerning the detour that will be used while replacing a bridge north of Seneca on Highway 63. Mr. Cain stated that the State will use Highway 75 as the official detour during construction of the new bridge, but that the State is aware that more than likely local traffic will use 176th Road to detour around construction. Because of this, the State is willing to pay to have rock and dust control put down on 176th Road when needed during the construction period if the county is interested in discussing this. Commissioner Wessel asked Mr. Cain to find out if the State would reconsider using 176th Road as the official detour and pay more to the county for use of this road if the county would put down a four inch overlay on 176th Road before construction of the new bridge along Highway 63.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
• Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that the new pickup recently purchased for the Emergency Management Department is in and that radios and sirens have been installed in the pickup.
• Todd also let Commissioners know that the new one ton pickup recently purchased for the Noxious Weed Department came in last week. Todd stated that he has taken bids on a flatbed for this truck. Myron Koch quoted a price of $2,696.00 installed and Krogmann Manufacturing quoted a price of $2,260.00 installed for a flatbed for the pickup. The board advised Todd to go ahead and order the flatbed through Krogmann Manufacturing.
• Todd reported that the refrigerator at the shop has quit working.
• Todd also reported that Steve Duryea recently attended training in Topeka in order to comply with the requirements of a grant received by the Emergency Management Department.
• Todd stated that a storm spotter meeting was recently held in Sabetha and an advanced storm spotter training session will be held soon in Seneca for first responders in the county.
Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board. She presented packets to Commissioners containing NCTC board meeting minutes and agendas. She informed Commissioners that NCTC has four new board members. The new board members include Audra Bruggeman, Dawn Hueske, Roxie Schmitz, and Shana Steinlage.
Ms. Lackey stated that NCTC is having an energy audit completed at a building they own in Sabetha and will be working towards trying to make this building more energy efficient.
Ms. Lackey reported that NCTC will no longer be receiving State General Funds from the State of Kansas.
Ms. Lackey asked Commissioners to take a look at the parking lots at the Sabetha and Seneca training center locations. She would like the board to provide her direction on what she should do to get the parking lots fixed and into good condition. Commissioners decided that they will go look at the parking lots together on Monday, March 14th at 10:30 am before asking for bids from companies to repair the parking lots.
Recycling Director Matt McFall came before the board. He stated that he would like to have the gas gauge and exhaust manifold repaired on the truck received from the Noxious Weed Department. Commissioners approved having these repairs done. Matt stated that he would take it either to Honeyman’s or Aberle’s, depending on who quoted the lower price for repairing the truck.
• Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that his department had an interesting weekend. He stated that they are holding eleven inmates in house and one inmate in Jackson County.
• Rich reported that he still has not heard anything concerning delivery of new vehicles yet. He thought it would probably be mid-March or so before he knows anything.
• Rich also reported that he has ordered new guns for his department. He stated that there is usually a 90 day turnaround time after ordering new weapons and that any old weapons that the officers don’t buy he will probably keep for backup for the department.
• Rich presented Commissioners with a drawing showing the security changes that he would like to make at the jail. The board left the meeting room at approximately 10:25 am to look at the jail and discuss these changes with Sheriff Vernon. Rich stated that all changes to the jail would be made to the old portion of the building and not to the new addition. Rich also stated that he would use capital outlay monies to pay for the remodeling work that would need to be done to implement the security changes he would like to make at the jail. These changes would improve security at the jail, especially as prisoners are being brought in and booked into the jail. The board returned to the meeting room at approximately 11:40 am.
• Recycling Committee member Doug Jeanneret and Sheriff Vernon talked to Commissioners about purchasing an incinerator to be used to dispose of drugs. They presented the board with a brochure which gave more information about the incinerator that they would like to purchase. Mr. Jeanneret and Sheriff Vernon stated that they have talked to surrounding counties about sharing the incinerator with Nemaha County and those other counties have been receptive of the idea. Rich let Commissioners know that he has spoken to the county attorney about paying the initial cost of the incinerator out of diversion funds, and that Mr. Lippert thought that this was a good idea. Mr. Jeanneret will research further to see if the incinerator could also handle biological materials and will report back to the board later with this information.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad made Commissioners aware that Martin Mishler has let him know that Nemaha County has been named as a beneficiary of an estate.
Brad stated that many people who would be involved in the next tax sale are redeeming their properties at this time.
Brad talked to the board about doing more updating in the courtroom sometime, specifically about painting or replacing the cork style walls and replacing the flooring in the courtroom.
Commissioners reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of the month. Mark Wessel moved to approve the warrants and pay vouchers for payment for February 2011. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
The board reviewed the minutes from the February 14, 2011 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes with the corrections noted. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
Recycling Committee member Doug Jeanneret called to let Commissioners know that the incinerator they would like to purchase would be able to take care of biological materials as well. Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of the drug incinerator for $3,900.00 with diversion funds. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Kathleen Bleach with KDHE called to speak to the board about the county participating in a dump cleanup program involving the old city dump for the City of Oneida. More information will be sent to Commissioners before they decide whether to participate in this program.
Mark Wessel moved to approve paying dues for membership in the KCCA for 2011. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Mark Wessel moved to approve Resolution 2011-4, asking the legislature to reconsider their proposed budget cut which would eliminate the Local Environmental Protection Program. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board signed the resolution as presented.
Chairman Tim Burdiek advised that he would return tomorrow for the meeting scheduled with 360 Energy Solutions and the window contractor at the courthouse.
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 7, 2011 at 9:00 am.