Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 2/12/18


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

February 12, 2018 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 12, 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:
• Bridge O-6 and Bridge O-43 in section 15 of Harrison Township are both closed. Dennis stated that this is creating a land lock situation that needs to be addressed.
• he is in the process of getting a permit to replace Bridge D-5 north of Berwick.
• he has hired Kristina Talkington to the position of Road and Bridge Office Assistant. Kristina will begin work for the county on February 20th at a rate of pay of $13.18 per hour.
• Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp received notification that the county’s 2018 Federal Funds allotment will be in the amount of $123,481.06.

Alice Lackey with the Nemaha County Training Center came before the board. She let Commissioners know that the floor jacking is done at the Seneca Day Center. She also let Commissioners know that two doors and one window need to be repaired at the building and that she would like to look into having the flooring redone at the building. Commissioners advised Alice to get bids for this work to be done.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the middle of February.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• they are currently holding four inmates in the jail.

Lisa Edelman, Wayne Edelman, Jay Baumgartner, Doug Metzger, and Jim Moser came before the board to speak to Commissioners about the condition of the Bern-Oneida Road (a six-mile stretch north of Oneida on Q Road). The group would like to see this road made into a black- topped road. Commissioners stated that they will take the group’s comments into consideration when planning future road improvements in the county.

Nick Scott and Susan Bowman with Nemaha County United 4 Youth came before the board. They let Commissioners know that they are requesting an appropriation of $3,875 per quarter for 2018, with an additional appropriation of $819 per quarter if Commissioners also would like to

continue sponsoring the mentoring program in Nemaha County schools. Following discussion, Gary Scoby moved to appropriate a total of $4,700 per quarter in 2018 to the Nemaha County United 4 Youth organization. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Jim Shump came before the board to let Commissioners know that he is still dealing with issues with a Gilman Township official and the motor grader operator for Gilman Township.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with Brad at this time.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board. She spoke to Commissioners about their opinion of the Nemaha Transit and Senior Services Building project following last week’s public hearing. Following discussion, Commissioners advised Diane to move forward with submitting the final grant application for this project to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Tim Burdiek moved to sign the two letters of endorsement that are to be submitted with the final grant application. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Chairman Dennis Henry signed the two letters as presented.

The board reviewed the minutes from the February 5, 2018 meeting. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the minutes as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Gary Scoby moved to approve the 2018 Kansas County Commissioners Association membership dues in the amount of $485. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Tim Burdiek moved to approve 2018 appropriation requests as follows: Glacial Hills RC&D Council in the amount of $2,500; the Northeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department in the amount of $6,100; the Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation in the amount of $3,000; Northeast Kansas Environmental Services in the amount of $10,000; Nemaha County United 4 Youth in the amount of $2,376 (for 2017 mentoring program); and Doves, Inc. in the amount of
$6,000. 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 2:09 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00 am due to the President’s Day Holiday on Monday, February 19th.

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Derek Nester
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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 2020 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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