The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 21, 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 reviewed the one ton truck bids opened at last week’s meeting. He stated that Aberle Ford is unable to get a truck with a midframe fuel tank as was specified in the bid specs. Mark Wessel moved to approve the bid from Honeyman Ford for a 2011 Ford F-350 one ton pickup at a cost of $24,659.00. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
• Dennis informed Commissioners that he met with Marshall County last week to discuss a cement box bridge located on the county line in Home Township. He stated that they decided to put in a 50 foot tube at this location instead of the 34 foot tube currently in place here. Nemaha County and Marshall County will share the cost of installing the new tube.
• Dennis let the board know that he also discussed with Marshall County a low water crossing (bridge M-60) located on the county line. He stated that everyone there agreed that they needed to consider putting in a new bridge at this location. Dennis stated that the Marshall County Commissioners will be calling to speak to Commissioners concerning this bridge.
• Dennis advised the board that a property owner in section 36 of Capioma Township would like an entrance tube put in at a field entrance. Gary Scoby let Dennis know that he would take a look at this location.
• Office Manager Janet Linden shared information with Commissioners about the Kansas County Highway Association’s Spring Conference coming up in May in Hays.
• Janet presented an easement request from Morris Feldkamp for work to be done in Marion Township. Mark Wessel moved to approve the easement. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the easement as presented.
Recycling Director Matt McFall came before the board to let them know that the heater/air conditioner unit in his office needed to be replaced. Commissioners asked Matt to take a look at a unit that was no longer being used at the courthouse to see if it would work for him.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
• Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart came before the board to request permission to hire two temporary employees this summer in the Noxious Weed Department. Todd stated that these employees would also help out in the Road and Bridge Department from time to time as well. Commissioners agreed to the request, stating that the pay for these positions would be set at minimum wage.
Recycling Director Matt McFall came back before the board. He stated that the heater/air conditioner unit they asked him to take a look at was not the same size as what he needed for his office. Matt shared with Commissioners the bids he had already gotten for a new unit, including a bid of $833.00 from Eisenbarth Plumbing and a bid of $740.00 from Rogers & Son Electric. Gary Scoby moved to approve the purchase of a new heater/air conditioner unit from Rogers & Son Electric at a cost of $740.00. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Commissioners reviewed a bid received from Young Backhoe and Trenching for running conduit from the courthouse to the Law Enforcement Center. The bid was in the amount of $925.00.
• Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that the new pickup for the Sheriff’s Department came in last week.
• Rich reported that his department had a normal weekend and are back down to holding eleven in the jail.
• Rich informed the Commissioners that legislators are being lobbied for funds to pay for meth lab cleanup since the federal government will no longer pay for this.
• Rich stated that it would be approximately two weeks until construction would begin at the jail.
Kathleen Bleach and Scott Yankey with KDHE came before the board to speak to them about KDHE’s dump cleanup program. They had contacted the county earlier about participating in this program in order to clean up the old City of Oneida dump located south of Oneida. Ms. Bleach and Mr. Yankey showed a slide presentation and answered questions that Commissioners had concerning the program. Commissioners submitted a letter to KDHE stating their interest in participating in this program and stating that the county would be interested in receiving grant funds to pay for the cleanup project.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad wanted to make sure that Commissioners were aware that the judges want blinds to be put back up in the courtroom. They are concerned about holding a jury trial in the courtroom and members of the jury not being able to see exhibits that are presented. Commissioners stated that they would take this request under advisement, but that they would like to give it a year before making a decision on blinds.
The board reviewed the minutes from the March 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.
Michael Peroo and Dee Howell with mdp came before the board to answer any questions Commissioners had concerning the services that they will provide for the county while serving as the county’s auditor. Commissioners were assured that things would run much more smoothly this year than they did at the end of last year when their company first merged with Stecher Accounting. Mr. Peroo and Ms. Howell took information with them provided by the Clerk’s Office to be able to give recommendations to the board concerning 2010 year end fund transfers.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:00 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:00 am.