Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 12-31-18

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

December 31, 2018 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 31, 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, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

The board reviewed the minutes from the December 26, 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.

Virgil Deters came before the board to speak to Commissioners about being appointed to the Marion Township Board to fill the vacancy created by the death of Frank Hulsing.

Tim Burdiek moved to hold a thirty minute executive session until 10:00 am to discuss attorney- client privileges. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney James Neeld by phone, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 10:00 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Chairman Dennis Henry opened the public hearing at 10:02 am that was scheduled to consider the adoption of the Nemaha County 2018 Budget Amendments. With no public comment given during the hearing, Chairman Dennis Henry closed the hearing at 10:06 am. Gary Scoby moved to approve the Nemaha County 2018 Budget Amendments as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the amended budget as presented. The only fund amended was the Register of Deeds Tech Fund. The budget authority of this fund was increased from $10,000 to $62,545 for 2018.

Emergency Preparedness Report:

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• he met with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management on December 18th and with Homeland Security on December 26th.
• he assisted with several EMS calls this past week.
• he has scheduled a storm spotter class in Sabetha on March 21st at 7:00 pm.

Commissioners signed a letter of appointment as presented to be sent to the Kansas Department of Emergency Management letting them know that Russel Lierz has been appointed as the Nemaha County Emergency Preparedness Director.

At 10:30 am, the meeting was moved to the courtroom of the Nemaha County Courthouse due to the number of people present for discussion with Commissioners concerning windfarms in Nemaha County.

Present for the windfarm discussion with Commissioners were many local landowners in Nemaha County, representatives from Next Era Energy Resources, and members of the local media. Questions were asked and comments given by those present for the windfarm discussion.

Lori Menold came before the board to share information with Commissioners concerning the possible detrimental health effects caused by industrial wind turbines.

Melissa Detweiler came before the board to share her concerns and opinions with Commissioners concerning the establishment of windfarms in Nemaha County.

At 12:30 pm, the meeting continued in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad let Commissioners know that current Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Deiter is willing to sell the office furniture from her office for use in the District Judge’s Office at the Nemaha County Courthouse. Commissioners agreed to do this as long as Judge Patton was also in agreeance with this idea.

Commissioners called and spoke to Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt, & Strobel by phone about this company possibly serving as the road engineer in the construction of the Soldier Creek Windfarm in Nemaha County. County Attorney Brad Lippert was also present for this discussion.

Treasurer Janell Niehues came before the board to speak to Commissioners about the compensation she receives through the fees collected on motor vehicle titles and registrations that are done in the Nemaha County Treasurer’s Office.

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

Gary Scoby moved to approve Resolution 2018-6 allowing Nemaha County financial statements for 2018 to be prepared on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the resolution as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Dennis Henry adjourned the meeting at 2:52 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 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 May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.