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Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 4/30/18

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

April 30, 2018 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 30, 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 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 sites have been prepared for the replacement of Bridge D-5 north of Berwick and Bridge BC-1.
• Bridge M-40 in Centralia needs to be replaced. Dennis stated that this bridge was turned over to the county by the State of Kansas sometime around 1963. Dennis showed Commissioners pictures of the condition of this bridge. Commissioners advised Dennis to speak to the City of Centralia and to get a couple of bids for the cost to replace this bridge.
• he recently ran an ad for sealed bids for the hay ground around the landfill.

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Report:

Noxious Weed/Emergency Preparedness Director Todd Swart advised the board that:
• he has hired Cole Strathman again as summer help in the Noxious Weed Department. Cole will begin work for the county on May 28th at a rate of $9.00 per hour.

Jim Buser with the Kansas Fur Harvester’s Association came before the board to speak to Commissioners about using the Recycling Building and the lean-to near the county shop during the Kansas Fur Harvester’s Association Conference to be held in Seneca October 5th – 7th. Mr. Buser also spoke to Commissioners about adding some outlets on the outside of some of the buildings so that people could plug their campers in and stay on the grounds during the weekend event.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans, Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver, Seneca Nutrition Center Manager Alane Bloom, and Public Transit Driver Don Strathman came before the board to speak to Commissioners about the increase in services provided to county residents on the transit side since 2013 and the increase in services provided to county residents on the nutrition side since 2011. The group also spoke to Commissioners about the construction of a new Transit/Nutrition Center in Seneca. Diane let Commissioners know that she is going to have to tell KDOT soon if the county plans to proceed with the construction of this building and with the grant that was recently awarded to Nemaha County.

One bid was received for the sale of the 2009 Dodge Caravan through the Meals on Wheels Program. This bid was from Joe Yunghans in the amount of $200.00. Commissioners decided to reject this bid at this time in order to explore the electrical issues on the vehicle.

Brent Teter, Jay Watkins, and Con Olson with Nemaha County EMS and Dan Matson, Brandon Feldkamp, and Jerry Feldkamp with the Centralia Fire Department came before the board to speak to Commissioners about adding on to the current fire station in Centralia in order to free up space to continue to house an ambulance in Centralia. Following discussion, Dennis Henry moved to appropriate $30,000 to Nemaha County Fire District #6 to free up space to store an ambulance and an air trailer for Nemaha County. This cost is to be paid out of the Broxterman EMT Fund. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Brent Teter provided information to Commissioners concerning Nemaha County EMS’s last service inspection and education inspection done by the Kansas State Board of EMS. Mr. Teter stated that Nemaha County EMS received an outstanding report following both of these inspections.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners asked Brad to review a draft amendment to the lease agreement between the Nemaha County Commission and the Kansas Department of Revenue for office space for the Driver’s License Office in Seneca.
Commissioners also spoke to Brad about the replacement of a bridge in the city limits of the City of Centralia.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments to be paid at the end of April. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the pay vouchers and warrants for April 2018 as presented. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

The board reviewed the minutes from the April 23, 2018 meeting. Gary Scoby moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Chairman Dennis Henry signed add/abate orders as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Dennis Henry adjourned the meeting at 2:15 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 9:00 am.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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