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Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – March 24

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 24, 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 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 would like an executive session with Commissioners. Dennis Henry moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 9:15 am to discuss non-elected personnel. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum, and Road and Bridge employee Rodney Schmitz. At 9:15 am, Chairman Tim Burdiek requested an additional five minutes in executive session. The meeting returned to open session at 9:20 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.
  • He was made aware of an issue with crossing a bridge near Goff by Luke Sourk. Dennis discussed this issue with Commissioners.
  • The used bridge beams ordered recently have come in and have been unloaded near the site where they will be used.
  • Donna Stallbaumer spoke to him about the heavy traffic on J Road now that a bridge is out along Highway 63 north of Seneca. Dennis asked Commissioners about posting speed limit signs along this road. Commissioners advised Dennis to speak to the Richmond Township officials concerning this issue.

Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board. She updated Commissioners concerning the training center parking lot in Sabetha. Commissioners stated that they would talk to AHRS Construction about this issue. Ms. Lackey also updated Commissioners concerning the training center roof in Seneca.

Ms. Lackey asked Commissioners if NCTC could make some modifications to the entranceway to the building in Seneca. Commissioners approved this request. Ms. Lackey also updated Commissioners concerning future funding for the NCTC organization.

Chairman Tim Burdiek called the public hearing to order at 10:05 am to consider vacating a portion of 200th Road in Clear Creek Township. With no public comment being given, Chairman Tim Burdiek closed the hearing at 10:10 am. Dennis Henry moved to adopt Resolution 2014-5 vacating the one mile stretch of 200th Road between sections 30 and 31 of Clear Creek Township. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The board phoned and spoke to Dan Stallbaumer with AHRS Construction concerning the condition of the parking lot at the Nemaha County Training Center in Sabetha. Mr. Stallbaumer will take a look at the parking lot and get back to the Commissioners.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:

  • His office had a fairly quiet week.
  • Jeff Lane with Treanor Architects will be here on Thursday, March 27th at 9:30 am to meet again with jail staff concerning construction of the new jail.
  • They are currently holding eleven inmates in the jail.

Dave Rethman, Con Olson, Jay Watkins, and Brent Teter came before the board on behalf of Seneca EMS. Mr. Teter stated that the group wanted to update Commissioners today concerning recent issues that Seneca EMS has been dealing with in Nemaha County including improvement of radio communications and future ambulance service staffing.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board. Diane stated that the Sabetha Transportation minivan needs new struts on it. Agee’s Service quoted a price of up to $1,000 to replace the struts on the van. Commissioners approved the quote with Agee’s Service.

Diane requested that Francis Rottinghaus, Alane Bloom, and Lori Carlson be moved to the next step on the salary schedule. Each employee has been employed by the county long enough now to meet the next step on the salary schedule. Following discussion, Commissioners agreed to increase Francis’ pay from $14.61 per hour to $14.70 per hour effective February 21st, to increase Alane’s pay from $15.13 per hour to $15.38 per hour effective March 21st, and to increase Lori’s pay from $11.65 per hour to $12.25 per hour effective April 21st.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Brad about the discussion held at last week’s meeting concerning the issues with 88th Road near Kelly with Illinois and Harrison Township officials.

Bill Shroyer and Doug Allen with the City of Sabetha came before the board. Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum was also present for this discussion. Mr. Allen stated that the City of Sabetha is trying to entice city residents to tear down inhabitable structures to improve the beautification of the city. The City of Sabetha is asking that the county waive the dumping fees at the landfill involved with the tearing down of these structures. Following discussion, Commissioners decided to limit the charge at the landfill to $100 per structure for this situation through the end of calendar year 2014.

The board reviewed the minutes from the March 17, 2014 meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Chairman Tim Burdiek signed add/abate orders as presented.

The board reviewed EMT Grant Applications submitted by Sabetha EMS. Dennis Henry moved to pay $520 toward the training costs for eight individuals to become EMT certified. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 1:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:00 am.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.