The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 23, 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 bridge beams came in last week that were ordered from JR Crow & Company Bridge Material.
• Dennis reported that he mainly had the guys hauling rock for the Goff-Oneida Road last week since the weather was not favorable for blade patching.
• Dennis asked Commissioners if they were in favor of widening out bridge G-5 just off of Highway 36 in Gilman Township. He stated that this bridge also needs a new floor put in it. The board agreed to the improvements that Dennis suggested for the bridge.
• Dennis informed Commissioners that as of last week, they had to start on the next two months’ fuel contract.
• Office Manager Janet Linden advised that the engineers were here last week to complete Phase 2 of the scour critical bridge inspection process. The county will be sent a report later on summarizing their findings from the inspection.
Virginia Dienstbier and Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association and Paul Kaeb with KSI Conveyors, Inc. came before the board to discuss with them the company’s plans to apply for a ten year tax abatement through the county for the planned expansion of the business. Commissioners stated that they would support such application. The group will come before the board at a later time to make a formal request for the abatement.
Ms. Dienstbier stated that she has been working on the CDBG grant application due soon. She presented board members with a copy of the form to be submitted that will begin the environmental review for the expansion project. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the form as presented. Ms. Dienstbier also presented Commissioners with a copy of Resolution 2011-5 which authorizes the CDBG grant application on behalf of KSI Conveyors, Inc. Gary Scoby made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-5. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the resolution as presented.
The board opened and reviewed sealed administrative proposals submitted to administer the CDBG grant for Nemaha County on behalf of KSI Conveyors, Inc. Proposals were received from City Solutions, LLC and Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas.
• Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that his department had an active weekend this past weekend.
• Rich stated that one of the doors at the jail is still being adjusted and that they are still waiting to receive one set of door locks from the company.
• Rich let Commissioners know that the new television has been installed at the jail. So far only one bank of cameras is on it, but they will be doing more configuring on this soon.
• Rich reported that the new Charger is getting stripes put on it as we speak.
• Rich also reported that they are currently holding nine inmates in the jail at this time.
Doug Jeanneret came before the board. The board reviewed with Mr. Jeanneret a contract drafted by the county attorney for a Solid Waste Director. Following discussion, Mr. Jeanneret and Commissioners suggested changes that they would like made to the contract.
Commissioners reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of the month.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners and Mr. Jeanneret reviewed with Brad the changes that they suggested to be made to the Solid Waste Director contract. County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans made such changes to the contract that were agreed upon by the group. Mark Wessel made a motion to offer an independent contractor agreement to Doug Jeanneret as Nemaha County Solid Waste Director. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek and Mr. Jeanneret signed the agreement as presented.
Brad stated that he had received an e-mail from the United 4 Youth organization asking for a donation from the Nemaha County Diversion Fund to help pay for a guest speaker for an upcoming event that the organization is hosting. Brad stated that he felt that this would be a good use of the money from that particular fund.
Commissioners spoke with Dan Harden with BG Consultants by phone concerning the cleanup of the old Oneida City dump. After discussion, the board requested Mr. Harden to draft a work plan for such cleanup for the county through the KDHE Dump Cleanup Program.
The board reviewed the minutes from the May 16, 2011 meeting. Mark Wessel moved to approve the minutes with the corrections noted. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Commissioners independently ranked the two companies who submitted administrative proposals to the county for administering the CDBG grant on behalf of KSI Conveyors, Inc. After viewing the compiled results of the rankings, Mark Wessel moved to approve Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas as the administrator of the grant. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the rating sheet as presented.
Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
The board phoned Transfer Station Manager Diane Sowers to let her know of their decision to contract Doug Jeanneret as Solid Waste Director beginning June 1, 2011. Commissioners will discuss other issues concerning the Nemaha County Landfill with Doug and Diane at next week’s regular meeting.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:10 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 9:00 am due to observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th.