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

October 17, 2011 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 17, 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 County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Road and Bridge Report:

Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:

• they have been continuing to make progress on the work being done on Richman Road.

•he has someone working on the south end of the Goff-Oneida Road today trying to repair the road as much as possible.

•he is interested in trading in one of the rock trucks for a new one. The board advised Dennis to get bids on a new rock truck and see what they come in at.

Brent Teter with Techs, Inc. came before the board. He let Commissioners know that a 2011 E450 ambulance is being finished up and will soon be in service in the county. Also, Mr. Teter stated that he will be checking with the Emergency Preparedness Department about when the county will be switching over to narrowband radios. Mr. Teter also let Commissioners know that the Centralia class went to boards on Saturday. He has received a preliminary report stating that everybody passed the hands on portion of the testing and now just need to pass the written portion of the testing in order to be certified.

The board reviewed bids received from Nancy Rilinger for installing a chain link fence around the Barnes Cemetery in Granada Township. Davis Family Farm Supply bid $7,040.00. Rieschick Fencing bid $3,864.00 for a heavy wall fence and $3,392.00 for a lighter gauge fence. The board made no decision regarding purchasing fencing for the cemetery at this time.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board again. He stated that he would like to raise Matt Boeckman to the next step on the salary schedule since he has been here for three months now and is working out really well in his department. Dennis stated that Matt does not have his CDL yet, but he does not foresee any issue with him getting his CDL soon. The board made no decision regarding this issue at this time.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

•his department had an active weekend.

•he has one inmate in the Osawatomie Mental Hospital at this time.

•he would like Commissioners to consider changing the policy concerning when employees have to have vacation time used down to the 100 hours allowed to carry over to the next year. Rich would like the policy changed to state that employees must have vacation time down to the allowed carry over by their anniversary date instead of by January 1 as is currently stated.

JoAnn Mott, Roz Lewis, and Kristi Hutfles with Community HomeHealth came before the board. Ms. Mott explained to Commissioners the services provided to county residents by their organization. She stated that a lot of these services are not paid by insurance companies, but by the private individuals needing the services. Ms. Mott stated that she felt that the money left to the county by the Broxterman Estate for the benefit of home health in the county would be ideal to be used for helping county residents pay for home health services if recommended by their physician.

Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board. She provided Commissioners with packets including agendas and minutes from past NCTC board meetings. Ms. Lackey presented the board with service agreements for 2011 and 2012 for their review. Commissioners signed both agreements with the Nemaha County Training Center as presented. Ms. Lackey reminded the board that the parking lot at the Seneca NCTC location still needs repairs made to it. She spoke to Commissioners about possible changes involving the organization and funding of their entity by the State. Ms. Lackey also updated the board on several other items concerning the NCTC organization as well.

The board reviewed the minutes from the October 10, 2011 meeting. Mark Wessel moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of the month.

County Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to speak to Commissioners about purchasing a new vehicle for the Appraiser’s Office to use when driving around the county to valuate property. The board advised Betty to look around and see what she is interested in. Betty also asked to replace a desktop computer, a laptop computer, and a monitor in her office. Commissioners reviewed the quotes presented by Betty for these purchases. No decision was made concerning these purchases at this time.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad and Commissioners reviewed the lease agreement proposed by the City of Seneca for the county to lease space in the building located at 603 Main Street in Seneca to house ambulances. Brad stated that he will talk to Martin Mishler about the changes the county would like made to the agreement.

County Appraiser Betty Roeder came back before the board with information requested by Commissioners concerning the quotes received for the computer purchases for her office. Following review of the information received, Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of a desktop computer for the Appraiser’s Office from Dell at a cost of $1,050.01. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Ed Steinlage with Sabetha EMS came before the board. He wanted to let Commissioners know that Sabetha is considering building a new ambulance barn, and he wanted to formally request funding from the Broxterman Estate to use in helping to fund the construction of this new ambulance barn.

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the Direct Deposit Form needed for the KSi Conveyors, Inc. CDBG project as presented. The board signed a letter of support for Cathy Holthaus concerning a Heritage Trust Fund grant application that she will be submitting. The board also signed the fence view determination letter concerning the Schurman/Metzger fence view completed on October 3, 2011.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 1:25 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 9:00 am.

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