— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
February 21, 2012 Unofficial
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 21, 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:
- Husker Steel sent the H-piling and rebar last week that the county had ordered.
- he has asked Mike Craig, Public Works Administrator with Marshall County, to take a look at bridge Q-60 on the Nemaha-Marshall county line.
- Marshall County now wants to keep bridge I-27, which is also on the Nemaha-Marshall county line, on their inventory, but they are not planning to rebuild this bridge this year.
- Office Manager Janet Linden had a letter from the State to share with Commissioners concerning federal funds available to Nemaha County to help with the cost of planned projects within the county.
- Janet also had a right of way easement request from Alltel. They would like to lay phone lines along Highway 75 north of Sabetha. Gary Scoby moved to approve the right of way easement request for Alltel. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Mark Wessel signed the request as presented.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
- he would like to send Justin Kramer to a Noxious Weed course in Manhattan that is coming up soon.
- he would like to purchase a laptop computer for Emergency Preparedness. Todd presented a price quote from Toshiba for a laptop computer at a cost of $743.00. Gary Scoby moved to approve the purchase of the Toshiba laptop. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
- the storm spotter meeting held last week at the Pioneer Building went well.
- the State has sent out a Discovery Report concerning flood management of the Big Blue River.
Solid Waste Report:
Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret advised the board that:
- he toured a glass plant in Kansas City last week. Doug stated that after speaking with a company representative, he found out that this company will pick up the glass at the transfer station and pay to have it shipped to their location in Kansas City.
- he had quotes for a new fork lift for his department to share with Commissioners. However no decision was made at this time concerning the purchase of a fork lift.
- the engine is bad in the Kenworth truck that the Solid Waste Department runs to the landfill in Topeka. Doug stated that he is aware of a 1991 Freightliner that is available for purchase that could replace the Kenworth. Commissioners advised Doug to see what he could get for the Peterbuilt truck that the Solid Waste Department has and to take a look at the Freightliner truck and let them know what he thinks.
- he would like to have Mark Burdiek make repairs to the doors at the Recycling Center. The board advised Doug to find out what the quotes will be for the work at this time.
Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board. She presented Commissioners with bids she received for replacing the parking lot at the Seneca training center location. Suther Building Supply bid $75,800.00 to remove and replace the parking lot with a six inch concrete paving and $12,000.00 to remove and replace the sidewalk as well. Goodman Construction bid $77,500.00 to remove and replace the parking lot with a six inch concrete paving and $7,800.00 to remove and replace the sidewalk as well. AHRS Construction bid $67,000.00 to remove and replace the parking lot with a six inch concrete paving and $8,560.00 to remove and replace the sidewalk as well. Hall Brothers bid $87,007.20 to remove and replace the parking lot with a six inch asphalt paving and $6,099.60 to remove and replace the sidewalk as well. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to accept the bid from AHRS Construction including the sidewalk replacement at a total cost of $75,560.00. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Ms. Lackey stated that she will also need to talk with the board about the Sabetha training center parking lot some time later as well.
Joe Mitchell, Tami Haverkamp, Galen Niehues, and Ray Shinn with the City of Seneca came before the board. Doug Allen and Bill Shroyer with the City of Sabetha were also present for this meeting. Discussion was held concerning the City of Seneca continuing to pay 30% of the dispatch salaries and benefits to the county to have the county dispatch for city services. City representatives stated that they would like to see a billing sent from the county that is broke out in respect to what the city is being charged for office space for city police officers, for a space for evidence storage for city police, and for dispatch services provided to the city. Commissioners stated that they would have solid numbers for the city to review before the city’s March 7
Tim Burdiek moved to hold a twenty minute executive session until 11:40 am to discuss land acquisition. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Joe Mitchell,
Tami Haverkamp, Galen Niehues, and Ray Shinn with the City of Seneca. The meeting returned to open session at 11:40 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
- they are currently holding six or seven inmates in the jail.
- they have had a busy morning this morning including taking three children in the county into protective custody.
- Rich is back to work after a recent knee replacement, but is on light duty only for now.
The board reviewed the minutes from the February 13, 2012 meeting. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Gary Scoby moved to approve donating $50.00 to any after-prom party committee who requests a donation from the county. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. These donations will be paid out of the county’s Parks and Recreation Fund.
County Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to ask Commissioners what they would like her to do with the Ford Explorer that her office was using now that they have a new vehicle. Commissioners made no decision concerning this issue at this time.
Mark Wessel moved to designate the County Clerk’s Office to provide assistance at no charge to any person applying for a Birth Certificate from the State Registrar of Vital Statistics for the purpose of registering to vote. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
The board reviewed quotes received for replacing the garbage disposal at the kitchen sink at the Community Building. Glen Rusche quoted a price of $1,189.50 including installation of the disposal. Eisenbarth Plumbing quoted a price of $1,684.00 including installation of the disposal. Gary Scoby moved to approve the bid from Glen Rusche. Tim Burdiek 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.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Mark Wessel adjourned the meeting at 1:00 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 9:00 am.