Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 30, 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 still has some guys out hauling rock, especially in the south part of the county along the Parallel.
- he spoke with the Road Supervisor in Marshall County about doing maintenance on the low water crossing that lies on the county line. Marshall County’s Road Supervisor stated that he would speak to his Commissioners about this issue.
- Joe Schmidtlein with Foley Equipment Company is present at today’s meeting to speak to Commissioners about the buy back on two of the county’s patrols. Mr. Schmidtlein presented the board with a quote for two new M series patrols trading in the two H series patrols that the county now owns. Foley’s trade in offer is greater than the original buy back price on these machines. Dennis stated that he would like his operators to be able to demo the new machines before the county makes any decision. Mr. Schmidtlein stated that this could definitely be done.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
- he had the Noxious Weed Progress Report for 2011 for Commissioners to review. Following review of the report, the Commissioners signed the report as presented.
Solid Waste Report:
Solid Waste Director Doug Jeanneret advised the board that:
- he would like to request a pay raise for Assistant Solid Waste Director Diane Sowers to the next step on the pay scale. Commissioners stated that they would consider the request at this time.
- he would like to hire another full-time employee to run the baler at the Recycling Center. Mark Wessel moved to hold a fifteen minute executive session until 10:15 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. At 10:15 am, Chairman Mark Wessel requested an additional five minutes in executive session. The meeting returned to open session at 10:20 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
- the blue Dodge pickup from the Road and Bridge Department has problems with the transmission.
Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
- they are currently holding six inmates in the jail.
- the Sheriff’s Department had a fairly quiet weekend. They did assist Jackson County with a vehicle pursuit that started in Jackson County.
- he and Sheriff Rich Vernon attended class in Topeka last week to acquire hours needed for certification.
- they have had a report of a possible home improvement scam in the southern part of the county. Bob stated that he will be putting information out about this to the public.