These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Board of Commissioners at their next meeting.
The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 17, 2014 in the Commission Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tim Burdiek leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Dennis Henry and Gary Scoby, 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 received an estimate from Koss Construction to make the millings that the county has into a cold mix to use for blade patching.
- The right of way easement request submitted by AT&T for work to be done north of Sabetha along 192nd Road has been changed and resubmitted. Gary Scoby moved to approve the right of way easement request with AT&T. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the request as presented.
Sheriff Rich Vernon, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum, Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans, Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart, Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans, Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus, and Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board for a Department Head meeting being held to discuss changes that County Attorney Brad Lippert is suggesting to be made to the updated Nemaha County Employee Handbook.
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:
Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
- He would like to see a burn advisory issued throughout the county at this time. Under a burn advisory, a resident wishing to burn should contact their local fire department or the Dispatch Center prior to burning. Commissioners agreed to issue the burn advisory effective immediately.
Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
- His department had an eventful weekend.
- They are currently holding fourteen inmates in the jail.
- The water pump went out on one of the patrol cars, however this was still covered under the warranty on the vehicle.
- He needed an executive session with Commissioners. Gary Scoby moved to hold a fifteen minute executive session until 10:25 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Rich Vernon, and Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 10:25 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
Commissioner Gary Scoby, who is on the committee to review the bids submitted for the construction manager for the new jail project, advised the board that three applications for requests for qualifications were submitted for the construction manager position and that all three companies will be interviewed on Monday, March 24th.
County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans came before the board to recommend that Mandy Sudbeck in her office be moved to the next step on the salary schedule. Mandy has been employed by the county for one year now. Following discussion, Commissioners agreed to increase Mandy’s pay from $12.75 per hour to $13.47 per hour effective February 21st.
The board reviewed the minutes from the March 10, 2014 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Lynn Kramer, Luke Sourk, and Roy Winkler representing Harrison Township; Frank Niehues and Dale Deters representing Illinois Township; Steven Hermesch representing Reilly Township; Terry Mueting representing Red Vermillion Township; Earl Kramer and Daniel Rempe came before the board to discuss with Commissioners the condition of 88th Road near Kelly. Illinois Township and Harrison Township each maintain a portion of this stretch of road. County Attorney Brad Lippert later joined this discussion. Following discussion, Commissioners advised the group that ultimately it is up to the townships to work together to resolve road issues that involve multiple townships.
County Attorney Brad Lippert and Commissioners discussed further changes to be made to the updated Employee Handbook.
The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of March.
With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 9:00 am.