— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
August 22, 2011 Unofficial
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 22, 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 replace at least one or maybe two of the county’s rock trailers. He stated that he will be asking for a quote from Trail King on rock trailers as well, because they have had issues in the past with Landoll’s trailers freezing up during the wintertime.
•he had been contacted by Kenny Schmitz about draining an outlet to the edge of the road north of Baileyville. Dennis stated that he was not in favor of allowing this, and Commissioners agreed with Dennis on this issue.
•he is hoping to start sealing roads again on Wednesday if the weather cooperates.
•he would take a look at the tube at 168th & W Road. Commissioner Scoby let Dennis know that he thinks the tube is leaking.
•he would also take a look at a location in section 21 of Berwick Township where Lee Ukele has requested another field entrance to be put.
•he may need to order tubes again soon.
Solid Waste Report:
Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret advised the board that:
•the cement for the concrete pad that he would like to pour in the parking lot area at the landfill will cost approximately $576.00. The concrete pad will be used to dolly down loaded trailers. Commissioners advised Doug to go ahead and get this done.
•he would like a load of rock to use at the landfill in places where it is needed. Commissioners advised Doug to talk to Road Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum about bringing a load of rock to the landfill.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
•he had received two bids for equipment for the meeting room at the Pioneer Building. Global Tech’s bid was for approximately $3,282.00 for a set up using a 55 inch screen TV versus a projector and screen. Audio Unlimited’s bid was for approximately $2,984.00 for the same set up. Mark Wessel moved to approve the bid from Audio Unlimited for the equipment needed for the meeting room. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The equipment will be paid for with grant funding from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.
•the ID badging system that the county owns needs to be updated. Todd stated that he will be taking the unit to Oskaloosa on Thursday to have it upgraded and to go through training on the new system.
•county radios will be taken to Horton on either August 26th or September 6th to be rebanded per new FCC regulations.
•lightning hit the civil defense tower near Goff. Todd stated that he will have Haug Communications take a look at the tower.
•he recently put new tires on the Emergency Management truck.
•Justin Kramer has begun work in the Noxious Weed Department and is working out good so far.
Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret called to speak to Commissioners about also pouring cement on the east side of the transfer station. The concrete area will be 24 foot by 54 foot. The board asked Doug to get bids for this project and discuss this with them again at a later date.
The board reviewed the minutes from the August 15, 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.
Following review of the proposed 2012 budget for Nemaha County, Mark Wessel moved to approve publication of the budget with an overall mill levy of 50.5. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The public hearing at which Commissioners will formally adopt the 2012 budget was set for September 12th at 10:00 am in the Commission Room of the courthouse.
Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret called back in to ask Commissioners if he should combine the two cement projects that he is wanting done at the landfill, but the board stated that they would prefer for him to keep them separate projects.
The board spoke with Randall Allen with the Kansas Association of Counties by phone. Mr. Allen would like to gather some information from Commissioners. He will meet with Commissioners at a special meeting to be held on Thursday, September 8th at 1:00 pm.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
•his department had a normal weekend involving drug activity, alcohol related activity, and a criminal damage to property incident at USC, LLC.
•they are currently holding nine in the jail. Rich informed Commissioners that he will not need to pay a transport company at this time to pick up the inmate that was being held in Florida, because the individual made bond and was released.
•Jerry Birdsley has begun full-time employment with the Sheriff’s Office.
•he would start having his new Sheriff’s Office employees go through the Occupational Assessment Services screening at the Sabetha Hospital before beginning work as Commissioners advised.
•he pulled a 2010 Dodge Charger off of the lot at Nemaha Valley Motors that he would like to purchase for the Sheriff’s Department and pay for out of capital outlay funds. Gary Scoby moved to approve the purchase of the 2010 Dodge Charger from Nemaha Valley Motors at a total cost of $21,000.00. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
The board reviewed a grant award letter received from Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nemaha County. Commissioners spoke to Angie McGuire with Big Brothers Big Sisters concerning the award letter.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners discussed with Brad the EMS contract with Techs, Inc. for providing ambulance service for the Seneca and Centralia areas of the county. Brad recommended changes that he would like made to the contract. Brad will make the changes to the contract that the board agreed to and present the contract for their review at next week’s meeting. Commissioners will then have Techs, Inc. review the changes made by the county to the contract.
Brad reported that they are in the process of publishing for the tax sale, and that the hearing will be in October.
Commissioner Burdiek reminded Brad that the Assistant County Attorney needed to be turning in time sheets each month to the Clerk’s Office to be attached to her pay voucher.
Ken Keller and Joe Blecha with American Medical Response came before the board to speak to Commissioners about providing EMS service in Nemaha County. Following discussion, Mr. Keller stated that he would put together some quotes for different EMS systems that could be provided for the county.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart came back before the board to let Commissioners know that Haug Communications had taken a look at the civil defense tower near Goff. They stated that the repeater will need to be replaced and estimated the cost do this at $5,000.00 to $6,000.00. Haug Communications also recommended that the county purchase a housing unit for the equipment that would cost $1600.00. Todd stated that he would get back with Commissioners concerning these purchases after he has looked into the issue further.
County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans and maintenance employee Jennifer Melvin requested that Jennifer be paid a cell phone reimbursement of $40.00 per month for the
use of her personal cell phone in handling county business. Commissioners agreed to this request.
The board left the meeting room at approximately 3:00 pm to take a look at updates that have been made at the Pioneer Building. They returned to the meeting room at approximately 3:30 pm.
Following discussion with maintenance employee Jennifer Melvin, Commissioners approved having Rosebaugh Janitorial Service strip and redo the floors in the Courthouse at a total cost of $4,200.00.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid the middle of the month.
County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans and Deputy Leann Jones discussed with Commissioners a payroll concern needing to be resolved.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 5:10 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 9:00 am.