The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 11, 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 is disappointed with the chips that were picked up from DuBois. Four percent of the chips passed through a filter when tested. They contained a lot of dust. Dennis will talk to someone from the plant in DuBois about the condition of the chips. Dennis stated that the chips he has from Hamm’s Quarry are much cleaner than this.
- Dan Hammes has volunteered to haul the chips needed to chip and seal Cemetery Road. He wanted to contribute something since he drives this road so frequently with his trucks.
- Russell Anderson spoke with him last week about the old Oneida City dump site. Dennis explained what was going on at this location involving KDHE.
- he is concerned about Bridge B-3 along 200th Road in Nemaha Township. The creek here is trying to work its way west and is eating away at the bank of the creek. The board advised Dennis to have Lee Copeland with the Nemaha County Soil Conservation District take a look at this.
- Office Manager Janet Linden has visited with Brown County about the bill received for chipping and sealing Old Highway 75. Brown County is looking into this further. They think there may have been a mistake made in the billing for this.
- they were having a meeting this afternoon at the Pioneer Building meeting room with the oil salesman from Wright Asphalt Company.
- he hopes to start sealing roads this week.
The board reviewed the minutes from the July 5, 2011 meeting. Mark Wessel moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Discussion was held concerning ambulance service in the county after the first of the year. The board reviewed a report prepared by the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services concerning current statistical information involving the ambulance services in the county and recommendations for future service.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
- this past weekend was a normal summer weekend for his department with some alcohol related issues.
- they are currently holding seven or eight inmates at the jail.
- the annual fun day for the kids held by the Reserve Officers will be on September 18th in Seneca this year.
- they will be going to Florida to pick up someone under arrest there and bringing them back to Nemaha County. This person is in violation of his probation in Nemaha County for auto theft. It will be less expensive to pick this person up themselves rather than to hire a transport company this time.
Michael Olenhouse with Southwind Crop Insurance came before the board. Commissioners made him aware that the State is wanting some improvements made to the building he owns at 402 Main in Seneca in which the Driver’s License Office is located. Mr. Olenhouse will talk to Kevin Fulton with the Kansas Department of Revenue concerning these improvements and get back with Commissioners later on.
Mike Peroo and Dee Howell with MDP came before the board to present their findings to Commissioners after finishing the 2009 and 2010 audits for Nemaha County. Mr. Peroo also made recommendations to the board concerning how the county could make improvements to their processes and procedures. MDP will also be working with Commissioners and department heads on the 2012 budget preparation soon.
Con Olson, Brent Teter, Jay Watkins, and Ed Steinlage with EMS Services came before the board to discuss ambulance service in the county after the first of the year. Doug Allen with the City of Sabethaand County Attorney Brad Lippert were also present for this meeting. Commissioners stated that they felt that the contract presented earlier by Techs, Inc. for providing ambulance service for part of the county after January 1, 2012 is for more money than they feel is necessary. Following discussion, Commissioners asked Mr. Teter to draft two different contracts for them to review. One contract would reflect Techs, Inc. being paid by the county per run and also receiving reimbursement by the county to pay employees on-call pay. The second contract would reflect this same set up with the county owning the ambulances and equipment needed. Commissioners have stated that whatever the county pays to Techs, Inc. for providing ambulance service for a portion of the county will also be paid accordingly to Sabetha EMS for providing ambulance service for its portion of the county. The group will meet again with Commissioners on August 1st at 10:30 am to review the new contracts drafted and to discuss these issues further.
Michael Olenhouse with Southwind Crop Insurance came back before the board to let Commissioners know what changes the State is requiring at the Driver’s License Office. He stated that he would take care of making the changes requested and that he would like to renew the contract that he holds with the county at the same terms as contained in the last contract.
Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of the month.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 4:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 9:00 am.