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Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 2/5/18

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

February 5, 2018 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dennis Henry leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Gary Scoby and Tim Burdiek, Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp, and 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 to move Steve Holthaus to the next step on the pay scale. Commissioners agreed to increase Steve’s pay from $16.53 per hour to $16.87 per hour effective January 21st.
• the Coughlin Company would like to start work on J Road south of Seneca around March 19th if the weather allows.

Nancy Gafford with the Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to request a signature on the semi-annual microloan report due to the Kansas Department of Commerce. Chairman Dennis Henry signed the report as presented.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• he needed a signature on the contract for 2018 with the State of Kansas for spraying the State right of ways in Nemaha County. Chairman Dennis Henry signed the contract as presented.

The board left the meeting room at 9:50 am to attend the public hearing scheduled for this morning at the Seneca Nutrition Center.

Mary W. Haug, Matt Rehder, Marlene K. Lackey, Elaine Frehe, Kathy Ganstrom, Betty Wenzl, Rex Reist, Mary Reist, Alvin Hammes, Sara Hammes, Janice Kuckelman, Alice Meyer, Alan D. Conley, Laura Schmelzle, Barb Korte, Tony Sedlacek, Bob Bartkoski, Sandy Bartkoski, Regis Feldkamp, Tom Mueting, Jerry Schultejans, Donald J. Strathman, Mary Ann Berkley, Phyllis J. Edelman, Mary Boeckman, and Marvin White were in attendance at the public hearing scheduled this morning for the consideration of the construction of a new Senior Center in Seneca. Co-Chairman Gary Scoby opened the public hearing at 10:05 am and introduced Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans. Diane summarized the project planned for the construction of a new Senior Center in Seneca. She stated that 50% of the project would be paid for by the grant and 50% would have to be paid for by the county. Co-Chairman Gary Scoby then opened the floor for public comments. Following all public comments received, Co-

Chairman Gary Scoby closed the public hearing at 11:00 am. No action was taken by the board at this time concerning this issue.

The board returned to the meeting room at 11:15 am.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to let Commissioners know that they would need a letter of support to submit with the final grant application if the Commissioners would like to continue with the grant to construct a new Senior Center in Seneca.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• they are currently holding eight inmates in the jail.
• they booked in eleven individuals into the jail this past week.
• the 911 system in several communities in Kansas was down temporarily the weekend of January 27th and 28th, including the Nemaha County 911 system. Rich presented a letter to Commissioners from the Regional 911 Council explaining and apologizing for the situation.
• he needed to share with Commissioners a report showing the money received and expended out of the State Seizure Fund in 2017. Commissioners reviewed this report.
• Chris Mooney resigned his position with the county effective February 5th.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. He let Commissioners know that he is having AHRS Construction look into the issues with the heating system in his office at the courthouse. Brad presented to Commissioners Resolution 2018-1 authorizing Nemaha County to proceed with the tax sale of the delinquent property in the county. Following discussion, Tim Burdiek moved to approve the adoption of Resolution 2018-1. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of January. Gary Scoby moved to approve the warrants and pay vouchers for January 2018 as presented. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Chairman Dennis Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.

The board reviewed the minutes from the January 22, 2018 meeting. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Dennis Henry adjourned the meeting at 1:40 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9:00 am.

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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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