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Nemaha County Board Meeting Minutes

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

August 27, 2012 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 27, 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:

There are several places throughout the county where rock will need to be hauled on county roads following the rainfall received over the weekend. Dennis showed Commissioners pictures he had taken east of Highway 62 along Parallel Road.

He began blade patching on the south end of the Goff-Oneida Road last week. Dennis stated that this project will be put on hold now until rock is put down in places where needed throughout the county.

The had sealed bids for Commissioners to open for a new truck for the Solid Waste Department. MHC Kenworth bid $109,659.00 for a 2013 Kenworth T800. Westfall Truck Sales bid $131,570.44 for a 2013 Freightliner 114SD and Galfab roll off hoist. The price bid for the truck is $97,008.44 and the price bid for the roll off hoist is $34,562.00. TCS bid $28,704.00 for a Galfab roll off hoist, $29,759.00 for a G&H 1500 roll off hoist, and $30,640.00 for a Wastequip U5 roll off hoist. Commissioners left the meeting room briefly to look at a 2013 Freightliner truck that the salesman for Westfall Truck Sales drove to the meeting this morning. No decision was made at this time concerning the purchase of a new truck for the Solid Waste Department.

Mark Wessel stated that Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart has been contacted by Todd Tractor about using Visser Tower for John Deere’s GPS equipment. Following discussion, Commissioners decided that Todd Tractor needed to talk directly to Eugene and Lois Visser concerning this issue.

Kerry Bramhall with KDOT came before the board to ask Commissioners to sign off on the overlay project recently completed on a two mile stretch of Wichman Road. Chairman Mark Wessel signed the document as presented.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

They received an electronic fingerprint system from Homeland Security. The system will be installed and employees will be trained to use the new system. It should be up and running by Wednesday.

His department had a calm weekend this past weekend.

They have an inmate in Osawatomie that they will need to transport back to Nemaha County this week.

Mike Trent, Lynn Dickey, and Dennis Kissinger with Freedom 105 Health Insurance came before the board to request information containing names of employees currently on the county’s health insurance plan and names of employees’ dependents covered under the county’s health insurance plan. This information will enable Freedom 105 Health Insurance to quote a price to Commissioners for providing health insurance coverage for Nemaha County employees for 2013.

Linda Wertenberger, Pam Wenger, Melissa Detweiler, Teresa Stallbaumer, Jana Strahm, Kurt Detweiler, Craig Strahm, Stephen Ukele, Myron Menold, Jocelyne Strahm, Brenda Wenger, Jeff Wenger, Allen Rokey, Joni Hackney, Lee Ukele, Jim Menold, Chris Menold, Terry Montgomery, and Jeanette Montgomery came before the board to discuss with Commissioners increasing the setback requirements of wind turbines to be constructed in connection with the proposed Nemaha County Wind Farm. Following discussion, Commissioners stated that they were in favor of increasing the setback requirements to 3,000 feet from homes and 1,500 feet from property lines. Those in attendance at the meeting agreed with these setback amounts. Commissioners stated that they would have the county attorney draw up a resolution to establish the increased setback requirements.

The board reviewed the minutes from the August 13, 2012 meeting. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners asked Brad to draft a resolution that would establish the increased setback requirements discussed earlier in the meeting. Commissioners also asked Brad about releasing information to Freedom 105 Health Insurance containing names and birth dates of employees and their dependents covered under the county’s health insurance plan. Brad presented Commissioners with a lease agreement drafted for NEK-CAP Headstart to utilize an additional room in the Pioneer Building for office space. Chairman Mark Wessel signed the lease agreement as presented. The agreement will be sent to NEK-CAP for signature as well.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board. Dennis let Commissioners know that Hamm Quarries will charge the county $6.00 per ton for road rock that the county will load and haul themselves. Dennis also spoke to Commissioners about the bids received for a new truck and roll off hoist for the Solid Waste Department.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of the month.

Commissioners reviewed the 2013 budget requests and 2013 appropriation requests made thus far and reviewed what has been spent out of each fund thus far in 2012.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Mark Wessel adjourned the meeting at 4:30 pm. Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, August 29th at 9:00 am to work on preparing the county’s 2013 budget.

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