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Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – May 5

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, May 5, 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 a phone call from a county resident notifying him that someone drove a dozer over a bridge near Wetmore. Dennis stated that he went out and looked at the bridge, but did not notice any damage that was done to the bridge.
  • They are having problems with the roller used in the Road and Bridge Department.

Dennis presented quotes to Commissioners for a different used roller. Following discussion, Commissioners advised Dennis to take bids for a new roller.

Greg Visser and Ross Mosteller came before the board on behalf of the Nemaha County Fair Board. Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum was also present for this discussion. Mr. Visser let Commissioners know what changes they have made to the plans for the new Fair Building after meeting with area electricians last week. The county will be accepting bids for the electrical work to be done in connection with the construction of the new Fair Building.

Sheriff’s Report:

Under Sheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

  • The Sheriff’s Department had a busy weekend.
  • They are currently holding nine inmates in the jail and one inmate in the Jackson County jail.

Dana Schmelzle and Lee Copeland with the Nemaha County Soil Conservation District came before the board to share with Commissioners the services provided to Nemaha County residents in 2014 by this entity, and also to request funding from the county for 2015. They are requesting an appropriation of $32,400 for 2015, which is the same amount that the county has funded the Conservation District for the past several years. Commissioners made no decision regarding this request at this time.

Brent Teter, Jay Watkins, and Dave Rethman came before the board on behalf of Seneca EMS. Mr. Teter reviewed with Commissioners the current monthly charges paid to Seneca EMS by Nemaha County for ambulance service. Mr. Teter also discussed with Commissioners a plan for a staffed ambulance service to cover the same area of the county that Seneca EMS currently covers. This plan would include one fully staffed paid ambulance unit to cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; one on-call volunteer paid ambulance unit to cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and one call back volunteer unpaid ambulance unit to cover as needed only if the first two units are busy. Mr. Teter stated that they will be talking to the local doctors concerning this plan as well.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad let Commissioners know that he is still waiting to hear back from Jeff Lane with Treanor Architects concerning his proposed changes to be made to the Construction Manager at Risk contract with AHRS Construction, Inc. Commissioners talked to Brad about possibly vacating a portion of B Road between sections 19 and 20 of Home Township.

The board reviewed the minutes from the April 28, 2014 meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Following discussion, Dennis Henry moved to approve the appointment of Leslie Scoby to the Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center governing board for a three year term to expire on December 31, 2016. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of April. Dennis Henry moved to approve the pay vouchers and warrants submitted for April 2014 as presented. Gary Scoby 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 2:25 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 9:00 am.

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