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Nemaha Commissioners’ Minutes




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


January 9, 2012 Unofficial


The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 9, 2012 in the Commission Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mark Wessel leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Gary Scoby and Tim Burdiek, 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:

  1. he has the guys hauling rock yet in several places throughout the county.
  2. two of the patrols are up for buy back in March. Dennis stated that he would like to trade in these patrols for newer models. Dennis asked Commissioners about possibly getting a bid on a front wheel assist model. The board agreed to see what the bid would come in at.

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

Chairman Mark Wessel signed the Agreement for Physical Capacity Profile Testing for 2012 and the Agreement for Drug Collection for 2012 through Occupational Assessment Services as presented.

The board reviewed the minutes from the January 3, 2012 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Chairman Mark Wessel signed add/abate orders as presented.

Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board. She gave board members copies of past NCTC board meeting minutes and agendas. Ms. Lackey spoke to the Commissioners again about repairing the parking lots at the training centers in Seneca and Sabetha. She asked if money from the Broxterman Estate could be used for this purpose. The board asked Ms. Lackey to get bids again for replacing the parking lots at both centers.

Ms. Lackey stated that they will be doing some energy efficiency work in a building they own in Sabetha. Ms. Lackey spoke to the board concerning the managed care program being initiated by the State. She also stated that Sarah Henry will now be serving on the board representing the Seneca area.

Chairman Mark Wessel signed the Nemaha County Quarterly Financial Statement for the quarter ending December 30, 2011 as presented.

Chairman Mark Wessel also signed the Clerk’s Monthly Fees Report for December 2011 as presented.

Senior Services Director Fern Odum came before the board. She spoke to Commissioners about a pay raise for Don Strathman who has been with the county for three months now. The board agreed to this pay raise at this time. Fern also stated that the girls at the center will be putting in some overtime this month due to working out of a temporary location at the Knights of Columbus Building.

Fern let Commissioners know that she is considering replacing the public transportation mini-bus in Seneca soon. She also asked the board about getting a new desk for Alane Bloom to use when renovations are completed at the Seneca Nutrition Center. The board agreed to the purchase of a new desk.

Gary Scoby moved to approve membership with the Kansas Association of Counties for 2012. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board agreed to renew the subscription to the Local Road Engineer Service at a cost of $350.00 for 2012.


Sheriff’s Report:


Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

  1. his department had a busy weekend this past weekend.
  2. he had a situation this morning that showed how the State is trying to cut back on spending. He had an inmate that was to be sent to prison, but the State has refused to accept him and would like Rich to continue to hold him locally instead.
  3. bids for new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department are due on January 13th. Commissioners will look at the sealed bids at their meeting on January 17th.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board to give Commissioners paperwork concerning the buyback on the two patrols mentioned earlier this morning.

Mark Lawlor with Clean Line Energy Partners came before the board. He wanted to make Commissioners aware that their company is working to be able to transmit wind energy in western Kansas to market through direct current transmission lines. Mr. Lawlor is working with a project called Grain Belt Express in which these transmission lines would run through Nemaha County. He stated that landowners would receive compensation and the county would receive property tax revenue from this project. A meeting will be held in Seneca in February to talk to community leaders about the project.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad stated that he needed a legal description for the road in Neuchatel Township that the Commissioners would like to open. Brad will work with the Register of Deeds Office to get the information needed.

Brad stated that he talked to Sheriff Rich Vernon about the emergency red light permit application received by David Rethman. He stated that he would sit down with Rich sometime to develop a policy that the county would follow in deciding whether to approve any such permit.

Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret called to speak to the board. He informed Commissioners that Terry Cardwell received his CDL on November 30

th, but did not receive the pay raise in his December paycheck. Commissioners stated that this error would be corrected in Terry’s January paycheck.

Doug also made the board aware that the red pickup in his department is broke down leaving him without a pickup in the Solid Waste Department. Commissioners advised Doug to use the Dodge pickup from the Road and Bridge Department that they no longer need for now.

Doug also spoke to the board about replacing a fork lift for their department. The board advised Doug to see if Kansas Surplus would have a fork lift for sale that might work.

Tim Burdiek moved to adopt Resolution 2012 -1 reapportioning the Commissioner Districts in Nemaha County. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board signed the resolution as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Mark Wessel adjourned the meeting at 1:55 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 due to observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 16


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