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Nemaha County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes

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

October 10, 2011 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 10, 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 completely tore up one mile of Wichman Road, grinding it up and putting Base One into it. On the next mile of this road they just tore up the top 1 ½ inches of road and smoothed it back out. Dennis stated that he is not sure which way he should proceed on this road. He stated that he felt that this depended on if the road was going to be returned to chip and seal or not. Dennis stated that he was going to proceed by just tearing up the top layer of the road for now. Commissioners agreed to this plan. Discussion was held concerning which county roads should remain black top in the future and which may possibly be returned to rock roads.

• Dale is using roller tip blades to break up the top layer of Wichman Road. Dennis requested purchasing eight feet of roller tip blades, which would cost approximately $1,975.00. The board agreed to this purchase.

• Office Manager Janet Linden had a right of way easement form from Housley Communications. They want to run a line two miles south of Kelly on 80th Road. Tim Burdiek moved to allow Housley Communications to run the AT&T wire. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board signed the easement form as presented.

Solid Waste Report:

Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret advised the board that:

• he would like an executive session with Commissioners. Tim Burdiek moved to hold a fifteen minute executive session until 9:50 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 Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret. The meeting returned to open session at 9:50 am. Resulting from the executive session held, Recycling Department employee Dennis Kramer has been put on suspension for three days with no pay.

• he attended the RDA meeting last Monday evening. He reviewed with the RDA board what has been going on concerning recycling and the C&D landfill in Nemaha County.

• he would still like Commissioners to consider purchasing equipment for use at the C&D landfill, specifically a newer, heavier dozer.

• he also attended a recycling meeting in Westmoreland last Wednesday evening.

Bill Glace came before the board. Mr. Glace and Commissioners reviewed the updated work plan and contract (contract #11-1164L) for the cleanup of the Oneida City dump. Mark Wessel moved to approve the contract with Bill Glace for doing the dirt work needed in this project. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek and Mr. Glace signed the contract as presented.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

• his department had a busy week last week.

• they are now currently holding six inmates in the jail.

• he has no major issues to report to Commissioners at this time.

Patty Remmers with Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice came before the board. Ms. Remmers explained to Commissioners the services that this organization currently provides to Nemaha County residents. She also expressed this organization’s need for funding that could be provided by Nemaha County. She asked that the board keep Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice in mind for future funding allocations from money left to the county in the Broxterman Estate.

The board reviewed the updated contract (contract #BERLF 2012-02) with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the repair of the Oneida City dump. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the contract. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the contract as presented. The board also reviewed Resolution 2011-9 regarding the cleanup of the Oneida City dump and providing for cooperation with KDHE in achieving said repair and cleanup. Mark Wessel moved to approve Resolution 2011-9. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board signed the resolution as presented.

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board. Ms. Gafford presented Commissioners with a copy of the minutes from last week’s RDA meeting for them to review. Mark Wessel made a motion to accept the report as written. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Ms. Gafford let the board know that Karen Rottinghaus is now working as office manager for RDA of NEK. She also stated that they are still working with Jackson County in trying to add this county as one that RDA of NEK serves.

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the Nemaha County Quarterly Financial Statement for the quarter ending September 30, 2011 and the Clerk’s Monthly Fees Report for September 2011 as presented.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad stated that he has found out that the board is required to alter its Commissioner District lines as needed every three years to keep the population in each district as equal as possible according to K.S.A. 19-204. Brad advised the board to look at doing this at the time they do the 2012 Nemaha County Reorganization.

Recycling Department employee Dennis Kramer phoned in to speak to Commissioners. Gary Scoby moved to hold a fifteen minute executive session until 12:10 pm 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, County Attorney Brad Lippert, and Dennis Kramer by phone. The meeting returned to open session at 12:10 pm with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Commissioners discussed with Brad the Schurman/Metzger fence view completed last Monday. Following discussion, it was agreed upon by the board to have Douglas Metzger maintain the portion of the fence beginning at the center of section 8 of Gilman Township, going south ¼ mile, and west 1/8 mile. Donald Schurman shall be responsible for maintaining the remainder of the fence which exists beginning 1/4 mile east of the southwest corner of said section 8, then north ¼ mile, then east 1/8 mile. The county clerk will prepare a statement to this effect to be signed by the Board of Commissioners, sent to the property owners involved, and filed with the Nemaha County Register of Deeds Office.

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

The board reviewed the minutes from the October 3, 2011 meeting. Mark Wessel moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of a Toshiba laptop computer for the Road and Bridge Department at a cost of $848.00. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board reviewed quotes submitted for tables and chairs for the meeting room located at the Nemaha County Community Building and the meeting room located at the Pioneer Building. Virco, Inc. bid $252.54 for a 24 inch by 72 inch seminar table and $21.87 for a plastic stackable chair. School Outfitters bid $86.54 for a 24 inch by 72 inch melamine top folding training table and $22.97 for a plastic folding chair. Commissioners made no decision concerning the purchase of tables and chairs at this time.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:40 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 9:00 am.

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