— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
July 23, 2012 Unofficial
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 23, 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:
- he had copies for Commissioners of correspondence between him and the county’s bridge inspector, of remaining amounts of money left in the Road and Bridge 2012 budget at this time, and of the total number of miles of county roads in Nemaha County and the number of miles of chipped and sealed roads in the county as well. Commissioners reviewed the information presented to them with Dennis.
- he met with the Road and Bridge Supervisor from Richardson County, Nebraska to discuss Bridge C-5, which lies on the State line. Dennis stated that Richardson County plans to replace this bridge, and that he would like to purchase different beams to be used for this project. Commissioners agreed to the purchase of these beams.
- he would like direction from Commissioners concerning the next projects in the county to be completed. The board advised Dennis to finish sealing the Baileyville Road and to plan to tear up more of the Goff-Oneida Road and redo as a rock road. Commissioners also advised Dennis that they are not in favor of chipping and sealing Church Road yet this year, but possibly next year.
- Terry Cardwell has almost completed a year of employment in the Solid Waste Department and that he would like to be able to raise him to the next step on the pay scale. Commissioners approved raising Terry to step D on the Truck Driver’s pay scale, which would be $14.42 per hour.
- he would still like to be able to raise Diane Sowers’ pay in the Solid Waste Department. Following discussion, Commissioners approved raising Diane to the Assistant Supervisor line item on the pay scale, which would be $15.00 per hour effective for the next pay period.
- Commissioners still need to consider replacing the truck in the Solid Waste Department that hauls trash to the landfill near Topeka every day.
- Office Manager Janet Linden received a right of way easement request from Rural Water District #3 to bore under O Road in sections 28 and 29 of Harrison Township in order to lay a new water line. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the right of way easement with Rural Water District #3. Gary Scoby seconded the
motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board signed the agreement as presented.
• Janet also received a copy of the Federal Fund Exchange Agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation. Following review of this document, the board signed the agreement as presented.
• Janet also received a couple of new job applications for Commissioners to review.
• Justin Mars in the Road and Bridge Department and Dennis Williams in the Solid Waste Department both now hold a Commercial Driver’s License.
Galen Ackerman, Todd Rokey, and Richard Meyer came before the board to speak to Commissioners and Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum about Church Road. Dennis explained to the group what he is doing with the road right now. Discussion was held concerning whether or not Church Road could be chipped and sealed again yet this year. No decision was made at this time as to whether this road will be chipped and sealed again or not.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
- he is asking for the same amount of money for 2013 as what was approved in 2012 for his Noxious Weed budget and for his Emergency Preparedness budget.
- he received a report from the insurance adjuster working with the claim for Jim Woolsoncroft. Todd shared this report with Commissioners.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
- they are currently holding six inmates in the jail.
- his department had a busy week the past week.
- he is still looking for another relief jailer to cover shifts when needed.
Commissioners received a request from a county resident to purchase the old metal off of the Fair Building, however the county already has plans to use this metal on the salt storage building.
David Key, Nancy Gafford, Teresa McAnerney, Gary Lortscher, and Betty Lortscher came before the board on behalf of the Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation to request funding for 2013. This organization is requesting $2,100.00 for 2013, which is an increase of $100.00 from what was approved by the county in 2012.
District Court Clerk Patty Heideman came before the board to speak to Commissioners about replacing the backup software for her department. Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of the new software from Manatron at a cost of $973.00. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Senior Services Director Fern Odum came before the board to speak to Commissioners about replacing the computer in her office. Fern stated that she has been having problems with the internet connection on this computer and that Rainbow Communications has looked at the issue and feel that the problem is with her computer. Mark Wessel stated that he would take a look at Fern’s computer and let her know what he thinks needs to be done with it.
Randy Dick with Kaw Valley Insurance came before the board to speak to Commissioners about the county’s health insurance coverage for 2013. Mr. Dick would like to serve as an insurance broker for the county as they work toward establishing a health insurance company to cover the county for 2013. Commissioners agreed to have employees fill out a health questionnaire in order for Mr. Dick to provide quotes for different types of health insurance coverage for the county for 2013.
County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners talked to Brad about the most recent version of the lease agreement between the City of Seneca and Nemaha County in order for the county to continue housing ambulances in the Seneca EMS Building. Discussion was also held concerning increasing the setback requirements in connection with the proposed Nemaha County wind farm.
Road and Bridge Office Manager Janet Linden presented another right of way easement request from Rainbow Communications to do work in Richmond and Mitchell Townships along 146
th Road and 144th Road. Mark Wessel moved to approve the right of way easement request with Rainbow Communications. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The board signed the request as presented.
Maintenance employee Jennifer Melvin came before the board to let Commissioners know that an air conditioning unit is not working at the Pioneer Building. Jennifer stated that Eisenbarth Plumbing has looked at the unit and is recommending that the county replace this unit. They quoted a price of $1,662.00 to replace the unit. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the purchase of the new air conditioning unit through Eisenbarth Plumbing at a cost of $1,662.00 installed. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
The board reviewed the minutes from the July 9, 2012 meeting and the July 16, 2012 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes from the July 9
th meeting as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes from the July 16th meeting as corrected. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board to let Commissioners know that they have looked at a truck for the Solid Waste Department that is for sale. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of a 2003 Sterling truck from Midwest Ag for $27,000.00 contingent upon the roll-off frame fitting this truck. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting
aye. Mark Wessel also moved to approve the purchase of the roll-off frame from Midwest Truck Equipment at a cost not to exceed $33,000.00. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Chairman Mark Wessel signed add/abate orders as presented.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Mark Wessel adjourned the meeting at 2:15 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 9:00 am.