The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 2, 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 had put together a quote for the total cost to upgrade 184th Road as discussed at last week’s meeting with Paul Kaeb of KSI Conveyors, Inc. He shared this quote with Commissioners and let them know that he faxed this information to Virginia Dienstbier with Rural Development Association last week as well.
• Dennis stated that they were not able to find any paperwork on the hoop shed that was recently damaged by winds. He stated that he met with a representative of the company from which the hoop shed was purchased and found out that the company will help pay to replace the west end of the shed. The amount the company will pay will be pro-rated out.
• Dennis reported that the guys started blade patching last week and will continue this week if the weather is warm enough.
• Dennis let Commissioners know that the county will probably run short on gas that was contracted earlier in the year and will need to purchase more after the contracted amount is gone.
Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
Virginia Dienstbier and Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association and Paul Kaeb with KSI Conveyors, Inc. came before the board to discuss applying for a CDBG grant to be used to make improvements to a portion of 184th Road. Ms. Dienstbier stated that she found out from the State that normally grant money is not used to pay for equipment and labor when the county does the work, but they are considering the issue and will let her know what they decide. KSI Conveyor’s estimated expansion project cost is $452,500.00, of which $252,500.00 will be requested from the CDBG program for infrastructure improvements. Gary Scoby moved to approve the economic development application for KSI Conveyors, Inc. and also to approve the publication of this proposal on May 4, 2011 with the public hearing for the proposal set for May 16, 2011 at 10:00 am. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
The board reviewed the minutes from the April 25, 2011 meeting and the April 29, 2011 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve both sets of minutes as presented. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
• Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that his department had a normal weekend and that they are currently holding ten inmates in the jail.
• Rich stated that he will be going to a joint conference in Topeka later this week.
• Rich reported that the new doors have now been installed at the jail.
• Rich let Commissioners know that the new patrol car is on the road at this time, but it does still need to be striped yet.
• Rich stated that their drug dog is doing a search at Nemaha Valley High School today.
• Rich informed Commissioners that he will be purchasing a large flat screen TV soon so that all four cameras located at the jail can be set on one TV screen.
Justin Pape and Scott McVey with 360 Energy Solutions came before the board to update them on the county’s facility energy conservation project. County maintenance staff Troy and Jennifer Melvin was also present for this meeting. Mr. Pape and Mr. McVey stated that the project is almost complete and that they will be inspecting county buildings and making a list of items still needing to be taken care of by the contractor. They made Commissioners aware of two items that the county may want to consider adding to the project. These items included replacing a heating/air conditioning register in the Treasurer’s Office and replacing the pump at the Pioneer Building that circulates water throughout the building for the boiler. The board approved adding both of these items to the current project being completed at the county.
Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board to discuss with them repairing the parking lot at the Sabetha NCTC location. Commissioners reviewed quotes received from Hall Brothers, Inc., Thieme Construction, Inc., and AHRS Construction for repairing the parking lot. Hall Brothers bid $28,900.45 to remove the existing parking lot and replace it with a three inch overlay of hot mix asphalt. Thieme Construction bid $21,380.00 and AHRS Construction bid $21,200.00 to replace the parking lot with a six inch concrete parking lot; however the county would be responsible for removing the existing parking lot. Ms. Lackey stated that NCTC would be willing to contribute up to $10,000.00 toward the cost of this project. Commissioners stated that they would like to talk to Road Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum about removing the existing parking lot before making a decision on this issue.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Brad about paying unemployment for employees no longer working for the county. Brad updated the board on the status of the next tax sale that the county is preparing for.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 12:20 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 9:00 am.