— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
February 6, 2012 Unofficial
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 6, 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:
- he recently purchased steel from Husker Steel to finish out a load that they were already bringing to this area.
- he recently ordered more tubes again. Dennis stated that the price of the tubes remained about the same as what the county has paid in the past.
- Justin Gregory with Murphy Tractor is present at today’s meeting to provide Commissioners with information on new road patrols through Murphy Tractor. Mr. Gregory presented the board with a quote for the purchase of two new John Deere motor graders including trade in of two of the county’s motor graders that are up for buy back. Commissioners asked Dennis to look at the graders and let them know what he thinks.
- Office Manager Janet Linden needed to send out letters again for bridge inspections to be completed. The board advised Janet to send out letters to the same companies as last time.
- Janet had an advertisement for Commissioners to review. The advertisement is for bids being accepted for the KSI Conveyors road project. Janet stated that she will send the notice to the companies that they normally do business with and that grant administrator Donna Crawford will publish the notice in the paper and send to minority companies. Chairman Mark Wessel signed the notice as presented.
Solid Waste Report:
Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret advised the board that:
- he is aware of a used pickup that Aberle Ford has that he is interested in to replace the pickup in his department that is no longer running. Commissioners advised Doug to look around for used pickups and let them know what he is able to find that is available at this time.
- the gutters are coming off of the Recycling Building at the landfill. Doug stated that he would like to have this repair taken care of at the same time as the window work is completed. The board agreed to this plan.
- he would still like to be able to hire someone to run the baler in the Recycling Building at the landfill. Mark Wessel moved to hold a ten minute executive
session until 10:05 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 10:05 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session. Following discussion, Commissioners advised Doug to advertise for a part-time person for his department at this time.
Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
- he and 911 Coordinator Amy Lierz will be attending a pipeline safety meeting this afternoon in Marysville.
- the Sheriff’s Department had a busy weekend with several traffic accidents due to weather conditions and with an issue with minors in possession of alcohol at a private residence in the county.
- they recently received equipment that was ordered for the new patrol cars purchased for 2012.
The board reviewed the minutes from the January 30, 2012 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes with the corrections noted. 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 end of January. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the warrants and pay vouchers for January 2012 as presented. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Chairman Mark Wessel signed the Clerk’s Monthly Fees Report for January 2012 as presented.
Chairman Mark Wessel signed add/abate orders as presented.
Mark Wessel moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 10:45 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. The meeting returned to open session at 10:45 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Maintenance employee Jennifer Melvin came before the board with a definitive quote from Lifestyle Drapery Service for installing window blinds at the courthouse. This company quoted a price of $10,216.70 for 29 solar screen shades and $750.00 for the installation of these shades. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the purchase of the shades from Lifestyle Drapery Service. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Lyle Feldkamp came before the board to let Commissioners know about a pond that is to be removed on property in Gilman Township. Mr. Feldkamp stated that he is concerned that this may require the county to install a bigger tube under the road at this location to handle the runoff after a rain. Commissioners stated that they would talk with Road Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum about this issue.
Road Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board to discuss with Commissioners the quotes received by Foley Equipment Company and Murphy Tractor for two new motor graders for the county. No decision was made at this time concerning the purchase of new equipment.
Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret called to speak to Commissioners about bids that he had gotten for a used pickup for his department. He stated that Nemaha Valley Motors has a 2006 Chevy pickup for $13,500.00 and Aberle Ford has a 2008 Ford pickup for $22,900.00. Commissioners asked Doug to call a few more places to see what they had as well.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners shared with Brad a letter sent to them by the City of Seneca regarding payment to the county for dispatch services. Following discussion, Brad stated that he would formulate a response to the letter and have Commissioners review the response at next week’s meeting before sending it to the City of Seneca.
The board asked Brad about the requirements that must be followed relating to the Family and Medical Leave Act. Brad stated that he would research this and have information for Commissioners at next week’s meeting.
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 13, 2012 at 9:00 am.