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Nemaha County Commissioners’ Meeting

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 20, 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 ordered the pipe needed for bridge D-14.

• he was able to find the dirt needed for bridge Q-6 in Neuchatel Township.

• he would be having the guys blade patch this week when possible and haul rock on the days when they are not able to blade patch.

• he has not had any inquiries from the public concerning the dust control program being offered to county residents.

• mechanic John Morrison is making progress on the reclaimer, but it is not finished yet at this time.

Office Manager Janet Linden asked Commissioners if they had made a decision concerning the permit request from Renyer’s Pumpkin Farm. Following discussion, Gary Scoby moved to approve the application for permission to erect a permanent sign at the intersection of US Highway 36 and W Road for Renyer’s Pumpkin Farm. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the permission form as presented.

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association came before the board to request a signature on a contract drafted for administering the CDBG grant on behalf of KSI Conveyors Inc. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the contract as presented.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of the month.

District Court Clerk’s Office employee Joan Steinlage came before the board to present the budget request for 2012 for the District Court Clerk’s Office and the Four County District Court of the 22nd Judicial District. The request for the District Court Clerk’s Office was for $59,680.00 and the request for the Four County District Court was for $10,856.80. These requests did not contain an increase in funds over the 2011 budget.

Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret came before the board. He stated that he wanted to hire another person in his department. Mark Wessel moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 9:40 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Doug Jeanneret. At 9:40 am, Commissioners requested an additional five minutes in executive session. The meeting returned to open session at 9:45 am. Mark Wessel moved to offer a position in the Solid Waste Department to Terry Cardwell at a rate of $12.70 per hour. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Doug also spoke to the board about the red Peterbuilt truck used in his department. He stated that it had several problems and would require a lot of work to be done to it and money to be put into it if they were going to continue to run it on the road. Commissioners agreed to try to sell this truck on Purple Wave.

Sheriff’s Report:

Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• the Sheriff’s Office made three DUI arrests and worked six traffic accidents this past week.

• an inmate had to be taken to the hospital last night.

Jim Runnebaum with SBS Insurance Agency came before the board to speak to Commissioners about insurance coverage for Doug Jeanneret, who was hired as an independent contractor for the county. Discussion was held concerning the county’s general liability policy, linebacker policy, and workers compensation policy.

Mr. Runnebaum also spoke to the board about Assistant Solid Waste Director Diane Sowers driving a semi around the county yard at the landfill since she does not hold a CDL. He assured Commissioners that the vehicle would be covered, but warned them that they could have problems if anyone was injured in this situation. The board stated that they would make sure that this was not being allowed in the future.

The board left the meeting room at 10:20 am to tour the Nemaha County Historical Museum. Anita Heiman, Diane Rottinghaus, and Richard Schmitz showed Commissioners around the museum pointing out improvements that have been made with grant money received and items that they have acquired over the years. The group asked the board to consider giving any money they could to the Historical Society to help them be able to afford to protect the items in the museum as they should be for posterity.

Commissioners returned to the meeting room at 11:20 am.

The board met with Bruce Hermesch, Ray Shinn, Joe Mitchell, and Tami Haverkamp with the City of Seneca to discuss if the county would be interested in utilizing the City’s building at 6th & Main to house ambulances after the first of the year. They also spoke with Commissioners about renegotiating the agreement established with the county for providing dispatch services for the City of Seneca. Jenny Blevins with Seneca EMS was also present for this discussion. The board will consider these items and discuss this issue further with the City of Seneca at a later date.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Auditor Mike Peroo spoke to Brad and the Commissioners concerning the employment of Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret. Mr. Peroo explained to them what criteria would be looked at by the IRS in determining if Doug Jeanneret should be paid as an independent contractor for the county or as an employee of the county. Following discussion, the board determined that Doug Jeanneret should be considered an employee of the county instead of an independent contractor for the county.

Mark Wessel moved to hold a five minute executive session until 11:50 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 11:50 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Con Olson, Brent Teter, Jay Watkins, Jenny Blevins, and Ed Steinlage with EMS Services came before the board to update Commissioners on how things are going in Centralia as the City of Centralia attempts to re-establish their ambulance service. Tami Haverkamp with the City of Seneca and Doug Allen with the City of Sabetha were also present for this discussion.

Mr. Teter stated that Techs, Inc. and Sabetha EMS would like to know what Commissioners have in mind for after the first of the year regarding ambulance service in Nemaha County. Discussion was held concerning how things will be handled after the first of the year. The group will meet with Commissioners again on July 11th at 12:00 pm to discuss these issues further.

The board reviewed the minutes from the June 13, 2011 meeting. Mark Wessel moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.

Commissioners spoke with Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret by phone concerning employee pay for his department. Doug requested that Stan Feldkamp be allowed to move to the next step on the payscale. The board agreed to increase Stan Feldkamp’s pay to $13.81 per hour effective June 21, 2011. Commissioners also agreed to increase Terry Cardwell’s pay to $13.81 per hour after six months of employment if things are going well and if he has completed his CDL by then.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 3:40 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 9:00 am.

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