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Nemaha County Board Minutes




— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.


July 16, 2012 Unofficial


The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 16, 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:

  1. JNA Materials is now selling used steel for JR Crow and Company Bridge Material. This company sent Dennis some information to review that he shared with Commissioners.
  2. they have done quite a bit of chip and sealing this year. Dennis showed Commissioners the total amount of money spent so far on materials needed for chip and sealing of county roads. Dennis and the board discussed chip and sealing Church Road yet this summer as well.
  3. the start of construction on Bridge J-1 south of Seneca is on hold for now because of the possibility of damage to the ecosystem at this location at this time.
  4. he has received information from the county’s bridge inspection company stating that nine bridges in the county need load rate analyses completed to satisfy the State of Kansas. Dennis stated that he will be looking into this and discussing this further with Commissioners at next week’s meeting.
  5. Office Manager Janet Linden had several job applications to share with Commissioners that were completed and returned to the Road and Bridge Office.


Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:


Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:

  1. an insurance adjuster came out Friday to look at the crop damage reported by Jim Woolsoncroft. Todd stated that the insurance company will leave the case open for now, but at this time they are not sure what, if anything, will come of this report.
  2. he will be attending training in Colby this week.
  3. some counties in our area are issuing burn advisories because of the dry conditions at this time. A burn advisory would require residents to notify local fire chiefs before burning. Commissioners stated that they are in favor of issuing a burn advisory for Nemaha County and will advertise such this week.


Senior Services Report:


Senior Services Director Fern Odum advised the board that:


  1. the compressor has went out of the air conditioning unit on the Meals on Wheels van. Fern stated that it will cost between $600.00 and $700.00 to fix the air conditioning unit. Commissioners advised Fern to go ahead and get the air conditioning unit fixed.
  2. the transmission is going out on the Seneca bus. Fern stated that it will cost about $3,000.00 to fix the transmission and that she will need to get approval from KDOT before moving forward with the repair of the transmission. Fern also stated that the county would be required to pay half of the cost to repair the transmission, while KDOT would pay the remaining amount.
  3. they are still having problems with the fridge at the Nutrition Center in Seneca. She is not sure how much longer they can keep repairing the fridge. Fern stated that it would cost about $5,000.00 to replace the fridge at the center.


Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of a new Windows server for the courthouse at a cost of $8,411.00 and for the purchase of nightly online backup of this server and the AS400 server at the courthouse at a cost of $2,228.00 with an annual renewal cost of $1,728.00 with Manatron. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Mark Wessel signed the purchase orders for these purchases as presented.


Sheriff’s Report:


Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

  1. his department had an active week and weekend.
  2. they are currently holding seven inmates in the jail, one inmate in Montana and one inmate in Missouri.
  3. they have been having minor issues with the fire alarm system at the Law Enforcement Center. Rich stated that Mitchell Electric is currently dealing with these issues.
  4. they are looking at replacing the server at the Law Enforcement Center. The current server is almost five years old now. Discussion was held concerning changes that may be made with the installation of the new server.

Donna Hammes and Tresa Jones with the Seneca Housing Authority came before Commissioners. They stated that their board is considering making changes that would affect the Nutrition Center kitchen and the community room at the Seneca Housing Authority. They wanted to know the county’s intentions regarding the future of the Nutrition Center before they commit to these changes. Commissioners advised Ms. Hammes and Ms. Jones that they would like to see the Nutrition Center continue to operate out of the Seneca Housing Authority location into the future.

Chairman Mark Wessel signed add/abate orders as presented and the Clerk’s Monthly Fees Report for June 2012 as presented as well.

County Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board to let Commissioners know that Gladys Koch gave her two weeks notice and that her last day at work will be July 31

st. Betty stated that she would like to hire a full-time person to fill this position, but not at this time since she is already currently training another new employee in her office. Commissioners agreed to this request.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid the middle of July.

Melissa Detweiler, Allen Rokey, Chris Menold, Pam Wenger, Craig Strahm, Morris Rokey, Kurt Detweiler, Troy Strahm, Morris Edelman, Stephen Aberle, Linda Wertenberger, Jeannette Montgomery, and Terry Montgomery came before the board to discuss again with Commissioners the establishment of setback requirements for the turbines to be built in connection with a proposed wind farm in Nemaha County. County Attorney Brad Lippert was also present for this discussion. Melissa Detweiler presented research to Commissioners that she had done regarding the distance that turbines should be from homes. This research showed that the closest that they should be located is ¼ mile away from homes. Discussion was held between the property owners present, James Manning with juwi Wind, and the Commissioners regarding setback requirements and other issues related to the construction and future of a wind farm in Nemaha County.

County Attorney Brad Lippert let Commissioners know that the City of Seneca has agreed to modify the lease agreement with the county concerning the housing of ambulances in the Seneca EMS Building. They will lessen the threshold amount for repairs to the building that are the responsibility of the county from $500.00 to $250.00. Commissioners stated that they would like to see this cost taken care of by Techs, Inc. and will be discussing this issue with them.

Brad stated that he will be talking to KAC Road Engineer Norm Bowers regarding the opening of a road in Neuchatel Township. Brad also stated that his secretary has returned to work following recent surgery.

James Manning with juwi Wind, LLC and County Attorney Brad Lippert came back before the board. Mr. Manning stated that he will put together some information for Commissioners to review regarding the effect that setback requirements would have concerning the number of turbines that could be constructed with the wind farm project. Mr. Manning will present this information to Commissioners sometime in the middle of August.

Mark Wessel moved to approve the purchase of headsets from Zen-Tel, Inc. for use with the new phone system recently installed at the courthouse at a total cost of $2,055.00. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. This cost will be paid out of the county’s capital outlay fund.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Mark Wessel adjourned the meeting at 3:20 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 9:00 am.

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