Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 3/19/18


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

March 19, 2018 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 19, 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:
• Coughlin Company now plans to begin work on J Road south of Seneca about a month from now.
• he would like to transfer the money budgeted in the 2018 budget from the Road and Bridge Fund to the Special Machinery Fund.
• Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp received notification of the Kansas County Highway Association’s 2018 Spring Conference to be held in Salina May 7th – May 9th.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• he has requested chemical bids for 2018.
• there were several fires throughout the county last week. Commissioners advised Todd to put something in the paper and on the radio asking people to notify dispatch of any controlled burns that are planned.
• the City of Bern is still wanting to get a new emergency siren.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to let Commissioners know that she plans to sell the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan used for the Meals on Wheels Program. Commissioners advised Diane to advertise that she will be accepting sealed bids for the sale of this vehicle. Diane also let Commissioners know that she has someone interested in serving on the Nemaha County Advisory Council. Gary Scoby moved to appoint Chris Grote to the Nemaha County Advisory Council. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Diane requested a pay increase for Sharon Haverkamp and Linda Middendorf in her department. Commissioners agreed to increase Sharon’s pay from $13.97 per hour to $14.72 per hour effective February 21st and to increase Linda’s pay from $16.10 per hour to $16.37 per hour effective March 21st.

David Elsbury with Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc. came before the board to let Commissioners know that he will be resigning from his position as CEO effective March 30th.

The board reviewed the minutes from the March 12, 2018 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Tim Burdiek moved to transfer 2017 year end funds as follows: $290,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, $1,162.45 from the Law Enforcement Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, $10,000 from the Noxious Weed Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund, and $39,000 from the Election Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Martha Smith and Logan Bausch with Northeast Kansas Environmental Services came before the board to provide their annual update to Commissioners and to request continued financial support from the county for this organization.

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

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of March.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Dennis Henry adjourned the meeting at 1:07 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:00 am.

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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 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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