Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – March 27, 2017


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

March 27, 2017 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 27, 2017 in the Commissioner’s 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 Kathy Haverkamp, 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:
• the Ergon salesman quoted him a price for road oil for this season of $1.75 per gallon delivered. Commissioners advised Dennis to go ahead and order road oil from Ergon at this price.
• the trash truck broke down last week and is being looked at to see how much it will cost the county to repair the truck. Dennis also spoke to Commissioners about the possibility of purchasing a used trash truck to replace this truck if necessary.

The board reviewed the minutes from the March 20, 2017 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• they booked in six individuals into the jail this past week.
• they are currently holding fourteen inmates in the jail.

Vicky Olenhouse came before the board to speak to Commissioners about the county’s lease agreement with Olenhouse Crop Consultants, Inc. for the space used in the building located at 402 Main Street in Seneca for the Driver’s License Office. This lease agreement expired at the end of 2016 and will need to be renewed.

Dennis Foster, Martha Smith, and Logan Bausch with Northeast Kansas Environmental Services came before the board to update Commissioners concerning the services they provide in Nemaha County and to discuss with Commissioners the possibility of updating the Nemaha County Sanitation Code that went into effect in Nemaha County in 1993. This code has not been updated since the date that it went into effect. Discussion was held concerning establishing a committee to make recommendations of needed updates to the Sanitation Code to Commissioners for their approval. Mr. Foster also requested that Nemaha County continue to support Northeast Kansas Environmental Services with an annual appropriation of $10,000.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Brad about the lease agreement with Olenhouse Crop Consultants, Inc. for the Driver’s License Office on Main Street in Seneca.

Commissioner Dennis Henry left the meeting at 1:00 pm.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of March.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Tim Burdiek adjourned the meeting at 2:00 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 am.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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