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Nemaha County Minutes


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

October 1, 2012 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 1, 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. the guys got the tube put in along 184th Road in Gilman Township between sections 1 and 12.
  • Adam Kuckelman’s truck was taken to Lincoln last week. The truck is now fixed and back in service.
  • the guys are still hauling rock. Dennis stated that he recently put 2 inch rock down on the Powhattan Road.
  • he will be having a couple of guys working on filling in the approaches from township roads to recently sealed county roads this week.
  • Office Manager Janet Linden talked to KDOT about reimbursement to the county through the federal funds exchange program. Janet stated that they have decided to wait and file their paperwork at a later date and hopefully get reimbursed for everything in one payment.
  • BG Consultants stopped by the office and picked up the county’s bridge files to review. Janet stated that the State of Kansas is requiring further bridge inspection to be completed, but that there will be no cost to the county for this review.

Randy Elliott came before the board to ask Commissioners if the county plans to replace the bridge north of his residence on 16th Road. Mr. Elliott stated that he felt that signs should be posted letting the public know that the bridge is out at this location. Commissioners advised Mr. Elliott to talk with Road Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum about this issue.

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board. Ms. Gafford stated that she is here today to request that the county apply for a $150,000.00 CDBG grant on behalf of Flint Hills Recyling, LLC for infrastructure for a new business. Commissioners agreed to this request. Ms. Gafford stated that more information will be coming later after the paperwork for the grant is completed.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of September. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the warrants and pay vouchers for

September 2012 as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board reviewed the minutes from the September 24, 2012 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Commissioners opened sealed bids received for a new mower for county grounds. Lang Diesel, Inc. bid $6,575.00 for a Grasshopper 727T mower, $8,400.00 for a Grasshopper 725DT mower, $1,575.00 for a Grasshopper vacuum, and $1,285.00 for a Grasshopper snow thrower. Bruna Implement Company bid $9,872.62 for a Grasshopper 727T mower with bagger and snow blower, $11,932.98 for a Grasshopper 725DT mower with bagger and snow blower, and $9,872.62 for a Grasshopper 729BT mower with bagger and snow blower. All of these bids are with trade in of a 2003 Grasshopper mower with attachments. Commissioners will have maintenance employee Troy Melvin review the bids before making a decision on a new mower.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon and Under Sheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

  1. his department had an active week this past week.
  2. they are holding seven inmates in the jail right now.
  3. Kenny Millers’ last day was Sunday. Rich stated that he will be moving him from full-time deputy to relief deputy.
  4. they had extensive plumbing work done in the jail last week. Rich stated that he is considering installing a filter system to prevent rust from clogging up the system in the future.
  5. he would like Commissioners to consider paying the employer’s payment to employees’ Health Savings Accounts for those employees enrolled in Plan C of the State Employee Health Plan in one lump sum payment in January instead of twelve monthly payments throughout the year.

Maintenance employee Troy Melvin came before the board. Following discussion, Mark Wessel moved to approve the bid from Lang Diesel, Inc. for the purchase of a Grasshopper 727T mower with vacuum and snow thrower at a total cost of $9,435.00. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad spoke to Commissioners about the sublease agreement that he is preparing for Techs, Inc. for use of the Seneca EMS Building. Commissioners spoke to Brad about Sheriff Vernon’s request concerning the employer lump sum payment into employees’ Health Savings Accounts.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Mark Wessel adjourned the meeting at 12:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 9:00 am.

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