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Board of Nemaha County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 27, 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:

• no one has called concerning the dust control program yet.

• he met with someone from the State concerning a tube on Stringtown Road. It was not clear which entity was responsible for the tube, so a mutual agreement was made that the county would pay for a new tube and the State would put it in and maintain it.

• the bridge crew was finishing up at Bridge Q-16 and would be moving on to another location soon.

• the guys have been hauling rock and blade patching on the Goff-Oneida Road. Also, they have just over a mile left to tear up of this road south of Highway 36.

• some of the county roads, such as Church Road and the Goff-Oneida Road, are becoming so hard that it is very difficult to maintain them. He stated that this could be caused by the Base One product that was applied to these roads or by the amount of rock that was put down on these roads as well. Dennis felt that maybe we needed to back off of the Base One and rock some so that the roads could still be maintained.

• the guys will be blade patching south of Centralia this week and that he hopes to start sealing roads soon.

Office Manager Janet Linden gave Commissioners information about a meeting to be held in Topeka concerning the bridge inspection review being done by the State.

The board discussed with Dennis Bridge L-12 near Renyer’s, Old Highway 75 south of Sabetha, and the CDBG grant for KSI Conveyors, Inc.

Mark Wessel moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 9:30 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 Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum. The meeting returned to open session at 9:30 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret came before the board to introduce his new employee, Terry Cardwell, to Commissioners. Doug stated that Terry began work in the Solid Waste Department on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Doug spoke to Commissioners about purchasing a new water pump to be used at the landfill, about Dennis Kramer getting a ticket for being overloaded last week, about the Peterbuilt truck in the Solid Waste Department, about hiring someone to do repairs at the Recycling Building at the landfill, and about purchasing a gravel fork for use at the C&D pit. The board asked Doug to see how much a bigger water pump would cost, and they tabled the decision concerning the gravel fork until next week’s meeting.

Nancy Gafford and Virginia Dienstbier with Rural Development Association and Jason Kaeb with KSI Conveyors, Inc. came before the board for the public hearing being held for a proposed tax abatement on an expansion of KSI Conveyors, Inc. Chairman Tim Burdiek opened the public hearing at 10:09 am. Ms. Dienstbier reviewed the cost benefit analysis of the expansion project with Commissioners. With no public comment being given, Chairman Tim Burdiek closed the public hearing at 10:15 am. Gary Scoby moved to adopt Resolution 2011-6 to approve the ten year tax abatement for KSI Conveyors, Inc. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the resolution as presented.

Ms. Dienstbier asked Commissioners to review the environmental review document for the expansion project for KSI Conveyors, Inc. After review, Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the document as presented.

County Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to request purchase of a new copier for her office. She presented Commissioners with a quote from Century United for a Savin copier in the amount of $7,700.00. This copier would also be used as a printer, fax machine, and scanner as well. The board asked Betty to look into how much it would cost to lease this copier instead of purchasing it.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and mechanic John Morrison came before the board to discuss hiring another mechanic for the Road and Bridge Department. Following discussion, Commissioners agreed to hire an additional mechanic for the department.

Maintenance employee Jennifer Melvin came before the board to request the purchase of a new microwave for the Community Building kitchen. Commissioners agreed to allow this purchase.

Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret called and let Commissioners know the price of a bigger water pump for the landfill. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of a water pump from Heinen True Value at a cost of $2,388.00. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting. Doug stated that he would get the pump ordered as soon as possible.

County Appraiser Betty Roeder came back before Commissioners to let them know the cost to lease the Savin copier discussed earlier. It would cost the county $227.15 per month to lease the Savin copier from Century United. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to approve purchasing the Savin copier from Century United in the amount of $7,700.00 for the Appraiser’s Office. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board spoke with Betty about the results of the Real Estate Appraisal Study received from the State for 2010.

Betty also spoke to Commissioners about purchasing a new vehicle for the Appraiser’s Office staff to use when traveling throughout the county to do property appraisals. No decision was made concerning this issue at this time.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. He presented Commissioners with a copy of a drug and alcohol policy for county employees for them to review.

The board spoke to Brad about drafting a new contract for Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret as a county employee instead of an independent contractor. Brad stated that Commissioners will need to decide on the wage to be included in the new contract.

Brad let Commissioners know that this past weekend was a busy one with arrests and charges.

The board reviewed the minutes from the June 20, 2011 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

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

County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans spoke to Commissioners about purchasing items for election. The items included a scanner, batteries for election equipment, and twenty-two new voting booths to be used at polling places throughout the county. Mary Kay stated that these items could be purchased through the 2011 HAVA Endowment Program, in which the county would only have to pay 10% of the total cost for such items. Following discussion, Gary Scoby moved to approve the purchase of the items for the Election Department at a total cost to the county of $1,938.90. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Maintenance employee Troy Melvin spoke to the board about the NEK-CAP Head Start playground area not being maintained. Commissioners stated that they would talk to Rose Sigmund at NEK-CAP about this issue.

Troy also stated that he is not sure what to do with the old playground area at the Pioneer Building. There are two areas where playground equipment was pulled out that are becoming overgrown with weeds. Commissioners asked Troy to check with the Noxious Weed Department about spraying these areas, and stated that they would look into getting dirt hauled in to fill in these areas so that Troy would be able to mow these areas in the future.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:55 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 9:00 am due to the Fourth of July Holiday on Monday, July 4th.

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