— These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
February 11, 2013 Unofficial
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 11, 2013 in the Commission Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Tim Burdiek and Dennis Henry, 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:
- a salesman has been in contact with him concerning used pipe and beams that they currently have for sale. Dennis stated that he doesn’t see the need to purchase pipe or beams at this time however. Commissioners agreed with Dennis’ recommendation.
- Road and Bridge employee Tony Hundley has been employed by the county for six months now. Dennis recommended moving Tony to step C of the truck driver salary scale. Commissioners agreed to the pay increase.
- last week he authorized Gudenkauf Tree Service to remove three trees from the Pioneer Building grounds.
- he had several recently submitted applications to the Road and Bridge Department for Commissioners to review.
- Office Manager Janet Linden had an invitation for Commissioners to the District One meeting to be held in Shawnee County.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
- the final paperwork is being completed for the communications grant used to purchase equipment necessary to comply with narrow banding programming requirements in Nemaha County. Todd stated that the 5% county match required for this grant needs to be paid at the middle of the month.
- they have taken the mowing tractor into John Deere for repairs.
Under Sheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:
- they are having some plumbing issues at the jail.
- they had no major incidents to deal with over the weekend.
- they are currently holding eight or nine inmates in the jail.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum, Road and Bridge Office Manager Janet Linden, Senior Services Director Fern Odum, County Appraiser Betty Roeder, County Attorney Brad Lippert, and Deputy County Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board to review the recently updated Employee Handbook before Commissioners approve the document. Following discussion with the group, it was decided that Commissioners will work with County Attorney Brad Lippert in identifying further changes to be made to this document by Tracy Seitz with Scott Human Resources before moving to approve the document.
The board spoke to County Attorney Brad Lippert about the public meeting scheduled to discuss the transmission line proposed to run through Nemaha County to carry renewable power. Brad stated that he would try to be present for this public meeting if possible.
Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to request the chairman’s signature on the annual report required for the Nemaha County Micro Loan Program. Following review of the document, Chairman Gary Scoby signed with corrections noted.
Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board to speak with Commissioners about the interview process for the open position in the Road and Bridge Department.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of the month.
The board reviewed the minutes from the February 4, 2013 meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve the minutes with the corrections noted. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Tim Burdiek moved to appoint Brad Lippert to the NEK-CAP Board as the Nemaha County public sector representative for 2013. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed an appointment letter to this effect as presented.
County Appraiser Betty Roeder came back before the board to update Commissioners on what she had found out regarding the estimated tax dollars that could be generated from the transmission line proposed to run through Nemaha County by Clean Line Energy.
Commissioners spoke with maintenance employees Troy and Jennifer Melvin concerning the construction being done at the Community Building and concerning contacting Gudenkauf Tree Service about trimming trees on the Courthouse grounds.
Commissioners called and spoke to Extension Agent David Key at the Nemaha County Community Building concerning work needing to be completed in connection with the construction of a new entryway at the Community Building.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 2:25 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:00 am due to the President’s Day Holiday on Monday, February 18