— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
May 21, 2012 Unofficial
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 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/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Janet Linden, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
- Todd Rokey and Richard Meyer are present at today’s meeting to ask for an update on Church Road. Commissioners stated that this road is not on this year’s schedule to be chipped and sealed. Commissioners also stated that the county has been having problems with chip and seal roads holding together in the county and that they are still considering what to do with Church Road at this time. Mr. Rokey and Mr. Meyer let Commissioners know that they would like to set up a time to meet with them at Church Road to discuss the future plans for this road. This meeting was scheduled for Monday, June 18
th at 11:00 am.
- he has reviewed the applications received for the open position in the Solid Waste Department. Dennis shared with Commissioners who he plans to offer the position to.
- he has been approached about closing the road south of Bridge P-22, which is between sections 5 and 6 of Granada Township. Dennis let Commissioners know that a landowner in this area does not want to see the road closed.
- they are working on getting all of the 1 ½ inch rock hauled that is needed for the KSI Conveyor’s road project.
- Office Manager Janet Linden received a right of way easement request from Rural Water District #3 who would like to bore under the Goff-Oneida Road between sections 26 and 27 of Adams Township. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the right of way easement request from Rural Water District #3. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the request as presented.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
- he reported an incorrect price to Commissioners to purchase the mowing tractor out right at this time. The pay off price from John Deere Financial should have been reported as $36,958.80. Following discussion, Tim Burdiek moved to rescind the motion made on April 9
th to purchase the 7130 John Deere tractor at a cost of $20,262.08 and to approve the purchase of this tractor at the new price of
$36,958.80. Mark Wessel seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Kylee Luckeroth came before the board. She discussed with Commissioners the creation of a new organization within the community, the Seneca Area Community Theatre. She also discussed with Commissioners the immediate plans of this organization and asked for a donation to the organization from Nemaha County. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to appropriate $500.00 from the county’s Parks and Recreation Fund to the Seneca Area Community Theatre. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
- they are currently holding five inmates in the jail and still have one inmate in Osawatomie at this time.
- the paperwork is completed in order to hold an auction to sell the cars in the impound yard and other equipment from the Sheriff’s Department.
- they had a busy weekend over Graduation weekend, but did not have anything major to deal with.
- the new air conditioning unit has been installed at the Law Enforcement Center.
- the Sabetha area will be holding a Fishing Derby on June 2
nd at the Sabetha Lake.
Judy Adams and Lee Copeland came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Conservation District to make a budget request for 2013 from Nemaha County. They are requesting $32,400.00 for 2013, which is the same amount as requested from Nemaha County over the past several years.
The board spoke with Fred Henry with the Nemaha County Fair Board by phone concerning the South Fair Building at the Nemaha County Fairgrounds. They discussed the specs for the new building that will replace this building in the near future.
Commissioners discussed establishing and signing a Memorandum of Understanding concerning Nemaha Valley Community Hospital using the Nemaha County Community Building as a backup location in case of an emergency situation. They will discuss this issue further with County Attorney Brad Lippert.
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 with sealed bids received for the 1998 Ford Explorer in her department. Mark Bergman bid $777.00, Greg Enneking bid $1,526.00, Matt Diehl bid $1,400.00, and William Dunford bid $550.00. Gary Scoby moved to accept the bid from Greg Enneking in the amount of $1,526.00 for the 1998 Ford Explorer. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad suggested changes that he would like made to the lease agreement submitted by the City of Seneca for housing the ambulances at the Seneca EMS Building. Brad will make the changes discussed and send the updated version to the City of Seneca’s attorney for his review.
Commissioners discussed with Brad an issue of a township grader operator gradually moving a road, which in turn is decreasing the acreage farmed by the landowner at this location. Brad stated that this issue is something that the landowner should take care of or that the township should take care of.
The board discussed with Brad the Memorandum of Understanding that Nemaha Valley Community Hospital would like for using the Nemaha County Community Building as a backup hospital or triage center in an emergency situation.
Gary Scoby moved to hold a five minute executive session until 12:55 pm to discuss non-elected personnel. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 12:55 pm with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Gary Scoby moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 1:10 pm to discuss non-elected personnel. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and County Appraiser Betty Roeder. At 1:10 pm, Chairman Mark Wessel requested an additional ten minutes in executive session. The meeting returned to open session at 1:20 pm with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Mark Wessel adjourned the meeting at 1:35 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 9:00 am due to the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 28