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Nemaha County Commissioners Continue Discussion About Ambulance Services

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.

August 15, 2011 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 15, 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 would like to see the county do the asphalt work needed on Bridge F-12 themselves rather than having Hall Brothers do the work. This bridge is along Wichman Road (176th Road) which is being resurfaced in preparation for it to be used as a detour by the State. Dennis stated that he would see if the State would draft a contract for this project and then let Commissioners review it to see if there are changes they would like made to the contract.

they will probably not be chipping and sealing this week due to the weather forecast for the week.

he has the guys hauling rock where it is needed.

JR Crow with JR Crow & Company Bridge Material is present at today’s meeting because he has a set of used bridge beams for sale that Dennis is interested in. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of the beams at a total cost of $14,383.49. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Office Manager Janet Linden had some paperwork for them to sign. Janet stated that Cook, Flatt, & Strobel wanted a supplemental contract signed on Bridge BF-1 due to the fact that the project took longer to complete than expected. Commissioners asked Janet to look into this further and let them know what she finds out.

Solid Waste Report:

Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret advised the board that:

he would like a short executive session with Commissioners. Gary Scoby moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 9:25 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret. At 9:25 am, Chairman Tim Burdiek requested an additional five minutes in executive session. The meeting returned to open session at 9:30 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

the holding ponds have been built at the landfill and a burm built up around them, that he has moved the fuel tank at the landfill, and that they are now accepting e-waste (computer and electronic equipment) at the landfill.

he would like to pour a concrete pad in the parking lot area of the landfill sometime, get a wood burning stove to bring in heat in the Recycling Building at the landfill, and get more hose for the water pump at the landfill as well.

Michelle Strube with United 4 Youth came before the board. She spoke to Commissioners about the impact that they are having on area youth in regards to alcohol use and stated that they hope to start working with area youth on other issues as well. Ms. Strube requested a donation from Nemaha County to help cover the cost of a speaker that they will be having soon. Following discussion, Gary Scoby moved to appropriate $4,000.00 to United 4 Youth, half of which will be paid out of the Parks & Recreation Fund and half out of the Alcohol Control Fund. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with Commissioner Burdiek and Commissioner Scoby voting aye. Commissioner Wessel abstained from the vote due to his membership on the United 4 Youth executive board. Ms. Strube also spoke to Commissioners about granting funding to United 4 Youth beginning in 2012 on a regular basis out of the liquor tax money received by Nemaha County. The board stated that they would consider this request.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

his department had to deal with a semi-tractor trailer accident with a train on Highway 36 and a plane crash at the Sabetha Airport over the weekend. Rich reported that no serious injuries resulted from these events however.

they now have a second suspect in the Bern School burglary under arrest, a Brandon Frye of Oneida.

they are currently holding ten inmates in the jail.

Jerry Birdsley will be changing from relief employment to full-time employment with the Sheriff’s Office beginning August 21st.

his employees undergo a physical and drug screening before beginning employment with the Sheriff’s Office, but that he would also have them do the Occupational Assessment Screening as well if Commissioners so desired. The board stated that they would talk to County Attorney Brad Lippert about this and get back to Rich at a later time.

Nancy Gafford, Doug Allen, and David Key with Rural Development Association came before the board. Ms. Gafford stated that she needed a semi-annual microloan report signed by the board. After review of the report, Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the report as presented. Mr. Allen wanted to let Commissioners know that RDA would be willing to pay the difference between the amount that they bid to administer the CDBG project on behalf of KSI Conveyors, Inc. and the amount that the new administrator chosen bid on the project. No decision was made concerning this at this time.

Joe Hurla and Aaron Etzkorn with 360 Energy Solutions came before the board to hold a project completion meeting with Commissioners concerning the facility energy conservation project completed involving several Nemaha County buildings. Maintenance employees Troy and Jennifer Melvin were also present during this discussion. Mr. Hurla and Mr. Etzkorn updated Commissioners on the status of the project and verified with Commissioners that there were no outstanding issues still needing to be resolved concerning the project. They stated that they will continue to monitor the utility bills received by the county for the next eighteen months. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the project completion certificate as presented by 360 Energy Solutions.

Con Olson, Brent Teter, Jay Watkins, Jenny Blevins, and Ed Steinlage with EMS Services came before the board. Doug Allen with the City of Sabetha was also present during this discussion. Commissioners reviewed the new contract drafted by Techs, Inc. for providing ambulance service for the Seneca and Centralia areas of the county. Commissioner Mark Wessel stated that he would like to see separate contracts signed with Techs, Inc. for covering the Seneca area and for covering the Centralia area. Following discussion however, Commissioners decided against this idea. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the contract as written with Techs, Inc. for providing ambulance service for the Seneca and Centralia areas of the county. The motion died for lack of a second. The contract will be considered again after Commissioners have consulted with the City of Seneca about continuing to house the ambulances.

Commissioners spoke briefly with Doug Allen with the City of Sabetha concerning a contract to be drafted between Nemaha County and the City of Sabetha for providing ambulance service for the Sabetha area of the county. Nemaha County will draft such contract and submit to the Sabetha City Commission for their approval.

Fred Bosilevac, Lynn Dickey, and Dennis Kissinger with Freedom 105 Group Health Plan came before the board. They discussed with Commissioners the health insurance plan that they offer. They asked for permission to do a comparative analysis between our current coverage through the Kansas Health Policy Authority and our coverage under their plan. The board gave permission for such comparison to be completed.

Mike Peroo and Dee Howell with MDP, CPA, PA came before the board to present Nemaha County’s budget overview for 2012. Following the presentation, discussion was held concerning changes that Commissioners would like to make to the draft of the 2012 budget.

Rich Vernon, Janell Niehues, and Sharon Reinecke came before the board on behalf of the employee advisory committee to speak to Commissioners about wage increases for Nemaha County employees for 2012. The group requested a 4% increase in personnel wages for 2012.

Mark Wessel requested a five minute executive session until 4:20 pm to discuss contract negotiations. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners. The meeting returned to open session at 4:20 pm with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the 2012 Four County District Court Budget, the 2012 District Court Clerk’s Office Budget, the Community Health Services contract for 2011-2012, and the Clerk’s Monthly Fees Report for July 2011 as presented.

Mark Wessel moved to rescind the motion made in regular session on May 23, 2011 to approve Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas as the grant administrator of the CDBG project on behalf of KSI Conveyors, Inc. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board then opened sealed bids received for a new administrator for the grant project. Commissioners received two bids, one from Governmental Assistance Services and the other from City Solutions, LLC. Board members rated each company on factors pertaining to their ability to effectively administer the grant project. After their individual ratings were compiled and the results reviewed, Mark Wessel moved to approve Governmental Assistance Services as the grant administrator for the CDBG project being pursued on behalf of KSI Conveyors, Inc. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board reviewed the minutes from the August 1, 2011 meeting and the August 3, 2011 special meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve both sets of minutes as presented. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Road and Bridge Office Manager Janet Linden brought information back before the board that she had obtained concerning the supplemental contract that Cook, Flatt, & Strobel wants signed on Bridge BF-1. She stated that the contract does not require any additional funds to be provided by the county for this project. Following discussion, board members signed the supplemental contract as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 5:25 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:00 am.

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