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Nemaha County Board of Commissioners’ Minutes


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

August 29, 2011 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 29, 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:

they were able to get in a couple of days of sealing last week, but still have five miles left to do yet on the Bern-Sabetha Road. They will finish this road this week and then work on blade patching where needed in other areas.

he received a bid from Landoll’s for a new belly dump rock trailer. Trail King did not submit a bid to Dennis. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of a rock trailer from Landoll’s at a cost of $27,993.05 to be paid out of Road and Bridge funds. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

the tube at the intersection of 168th & W Road is plugged. They will work on getting the tube cleaned out.

Leroy Koehn with KDOT is here this morning to speak to Commissioners about the resurfacing project planned on 176th Road. Mr. Koehn stated that the project will be let in November and that the State will be drafting an agreement for this project for the board to review. Under this agreement, the county will stand half of the cost of the resurfacing project. Also, Mr. Koehn requested that the county do the work of preparing the road bed prior to the road being resurfaced.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:

the spare repeater being temporarily used at the civil defense tower near Goff is not working. Todd is working with Haug Communications to get a new repeater ordered. He has received a quote from Haug Communications for all the equipment needed and installed including a housing unit for the equipment at a cost of $9,367.00.

the inspection renewal fee of $75.00 is due again through Schendel Pest Control for the chemical storage building. Commissioners advised Todd that they did not think it was necessary to renew this at this time.

he did get radios reprogrammed Friday in Horton.

Solid Waste Report:

Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret advised the board that:

the green Kenworth truck at the landfill needs several repairs made to it. Commissioners stated that they will consider what they would like to do with this truck and get back to Doug concerning this issue.

they have a couple of trailers still sitting at the landfill that are shot. Commissioners advised Doug to go ahead and take these trailers to a salvage yard.

Habib with KDHE and Bruce with BG Consultants were at the C&D pit recently. They stated that the work done recently at the pit looked good. Habib is now stating that the county can fill Phase 2 of the C&D pit and then tie Phase 2 in with Phase 3. This is a different plan than was previously presented by Habib. Doug stated that he was advised to have Habib sign off on this new plan to cover the county for the future.

he would like Commissioners to come out to the landfill to see what has been done concerning the C&D pit and how they will be moving forward with this as well. The board stated that they would plan on being at the landfill later this afternoon.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

he had one portion of the proposed contract with Tech’s Inc. that he wanted changed. Commissioners will relay this change to County Attorney Brad Lippert who is working on making other changes to the contract at this time.

Frontier Forensics, the company that takes care of autopsies and forensic work for Nemaha County, will be relocating. Rich stated that the county will now be forced to bring these cases to Kansas City instead of to Topeka, which will result in additional costs for these services.

his department had a relatively normal weekend this past weekend.

the Reserve Officers’ annual fun day for the kids will be held this year on Sunday, September 18th at the Nemaha County Community Building.

Donna Crawford with Governmental Assistance Services came before the board to present Commissioners with a contract allowing her to serve as the administrator of the CDBG project being pursued by the county on behalf of KSI Conveyors, Inc. Ms. Crawford stated that several items need to be completed to enable the county to move forward with the project. The board will meet with Ms. Crawford and with Terry Marlin from the Department of Commerce on September 8th at 11:00 am to complete some of the outstanding items concerned with this project. Following review of the contract with Governmental Assistance Services, Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the contract as presented.

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.

Mark Wessel moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 12:00 pm 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 Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret. The meeting returned to open session at 12:00 pm with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Following discussion with Brad, Mark Wessel made a motion to end the contract signed with Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret effective August 1, 2011. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Mark Wessel also made a motion to amend the Nemaha County 2011 Reorganization to state that the beginning pay for any county position may vary dependent upon the experience of the person being hired for such position. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Gary Scoby then moved to hire Doug Jeanneret as the Nemaha County Solid Waste Director at an annual salary of $32,000.00 effective August 1, 2011. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Commissioners discussed purchasing blinds for the courthouse windows with maintenance employee Jennifer Melvin and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. The board stated that they would revisit the issue of whether or not to purchase blinds at the courthouse in June 2012 after the new windows have been installed for a full complete year.

Commissioners spoke with maintenance employee Troy Melvin about mowing the courthouse grounds in a different direction occasionally. Troy asked Commissioners about drainage pipe issues still needing to be taken care of at the Pioneer Building.

The board left the meeting room at 1:50 pm to travel to the landfill to look at the C&D pit at this location. The board returned to the meeting room at 3:35 pm.

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

Solid Waste employee Stan Feldkamp came before the board to speak to Commissioners about an injury that occurred to his back while at work for Nemaha County.

The board discussed providing ambulance service in Nemaha County after the first of the year.

Commissioners reviewed the minutes from the August 22, 2011 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 5:45 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 9:00 am due to observance of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 5th.

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