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Marshall and Nemaha County Commissioners Continue Talks on Bridge Project

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 25, 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 they took Adam’s Mack truck to Lincoln to have warranty work done on it.

• Dennis informed Commissioners that the wind tore up the west end of the hoop storage building near Sabetha. Commissioners asked Office Manager Janet Linden to check to see if the county had any warranty on this storage building.

• Dennis reported that John is working on the reclaimer. He thinks a head gasket is leaking.

• Dennis stated that the Marshall County Commissioners may call this morning to discuss bridge M-60 which lies on the Nemaha-Marshall county line.

• Dennis let the board know that he has had the guys hauling rock, and they have delivered one load of chips to Fairview so far, but will continue to work on this during cool, rainy days.

• Janet presented Commissioners with an updated lease agreement with Linus Holthaus. The board signed the lease agreement as presented.

Dennis Foster, Keith Eubanks, and Jane Sunderland from Northeast Kansas Environmental Services came before the board to provide an annual update concerning services their agency has provided to Nemaha County citizens over the past year. They also thanked Commissioners for sending a letter to the legislature asking them to reconsider cutting funds provided to their agency by the State of Kansas. They asked the board to continue to fund the program as they have in the past. Mark Wessel moved to approve appropriating $10,000.00 to Northeast Kansas Environmental Services. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:

• Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that he would like to equip the meeting room at the Pioneer Building. He stated that he has already been approved for grant money to be used to furnish a meeting room for emergency management public meetings.

• Todd reminded Commissioners that he still needs internet and phone lines installed in his office in the Pioneer Building and would like to have lines ran in the meeting room as well at the same time.

• Todd reported that Steve Duryea is still working on revisions to the mitigation plan.

• Todd stated that he will be attending a regional GIS project meeting in Marysville on May 2nd.

• Todd let Commissioners know that there was a chemical spill last Wednesday in the county along a dirt road. He stated that the spill has been cleaned up, the paperwork has been completed, and KDHE has been notified of the spill.

• Todd also reported that the new sprayer has been calibrated and is ready to go.

Marshall County Commissioners called to speak to the board about replacing bridge M-60 in Home Township along the county line between Nemaha and Marshall Counties. Nemaha County Commissioners stated that they are in favor of the Marshall County Road & Bridge Department doing the work to replace the bridge next summer with both counties sharing in the cost to replace the bridge. Marshall County Commissioners stated that they will see if they can add this to their schedule for next summer and will follow up with the Nemaha County Commissioners concerning this issue at a later time.

Sheriff’s Report:

• Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that his department had a relatively quiet weekend.

• Rich reported that construction at the jail is complete except for the doors.

• Rich also reported that the new Charger should be on the road today.

• Gary Scoby moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 10:20 am 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 and Sheriff Rich Vernon. The meeting returned to open session at 10:20 am with Sheriff Vernon announcing that the Sheriff’s Department has hired Joshua Lawson and Timothy Huninghake as relief jailers.

David Elsbury with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center came before the board to review with them Kanza’s Fiscal Year 2010 Report. Mr. Elsbury also wanted to speak to Commissioners about the importance of his agency sustaining county funding, especially with State budget cuts impacting the agency at this time. He discussed with the board the options that Kanza Mental Health has been considering in order to adjust their business practices to allow for the State reduction of funding for their program. Mr. Elsbury stated that he will come back before Commissioners in June when he knows what the legislature has decided on state funding and let them know how Kanza intends to deal with the reduced funding and also to present Kanza’s 2012 budget request at that time as well.

Mr. Elsbury also discussed with the board a meeting he attended concerning providing mental health first training to local groups of people in order to enable them to know how to recognize the signs of depression, eating disorders, and other mental issues and to know what to do to help such individuals.

Commissioners left the meeting room at approximately 11:10 am to go to the Seneca Nutrition Center site to see what remodeling is planned at the site to be paid for by grant money received by the Seneca Housing Authority. The board met with Donna Hammes, Tresa Jones, and Linda Burden at the site to review the work planned and the timeline anticipated for the work to be started and completed. Commissioners returned to the meeting room at approximately 11:40 am.

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

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.

The board reviewed the minutes from the April 18, 2011 meeting. Mark Wessel moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with Mark Wessel and Tim Burdiek voting aye and Gary Scoby abstaining from the vote due to his absence at last week’s meeting.

Commissioners again left the meeting room at approximately 12:05 pm to go to KSI Conveyors, Inc. to view the condition of 184th Road, which runs past this business, and to meet with Paul Kaeb from KSI Conveyors, Virginia Dienstbier from Rural Development Association, and Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum to discuss possibly upgrading a portion of 184th Road. Virginia Dienstbier informed the board that as part of the requirements for the State grant that Mr. Kaeb would obtain to help pay for the cost of any upgrades to the road, the county would need to pledge to pay for the maintenance on the road to upkeep the road in future years. She also stated that the grant application is due June 3rd. The group discussed the county redoing the base of the road first before chip and sealing this road. Mr. Kaeb stated that he would like to see the road triple sealed over the two year period that the county would have to complete the project. The Road and Bridge Department will put together a quote of the cost to do the work discussed at today’s meeting and get this information to Virginia Dienstbier for her to share with the State’s Economic Development representative. Another meeting will be held at a later date to further discuss the proposed project.

Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:20 pm from KSI Conveyors, Inc. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:30 am.

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