Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 1/7/19


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

January 7, 2019 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 7, 2019 in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Tim Burdiek and Dennis Henry, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Windfarm Attorney James Neeld came before the board. Dennis Henry moved to hold a thirty minute executive session until 9:33 am to discuss attorney-client privileges. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners and Windfarm Attorney James Neeld. At 9:33 am, Tim Burdiek moved to extend the executive session until 10:00 am. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. County Attorney Brad Lippert joined the executive session at this time. The meeting returned to open session at 10:00 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Kenny Blair and Bruce Rinkes with Cook, Flatt, & Strobel came before the board. Cook, Flatt, & Strobel is an engineering firm that spoke to Commissioners about the services they could provide to the county in regards to the roads and bridges used in the construction of a windfarm in Nemaha County.

Several local landowners in Nemaha County, representatives from Next Era Energy Resources, and members of the local media came before the board for a discussion with Commissioners concerning the establishment of windfarms in Nemaha County. Windfarm Attorney James Neeld gave an update to the group regarding what he and Commissioners have been working on in recent meetings. Questions were asked and comments given by those present for the windfarm discussion.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to speak to Commissioners about possibly selling some older Transportation vans on the Axtell Consignment Sale that is coming up soon. Commissioners agreed to allow Diane to do this as long as the county attorney did not see a problem with this. Diane also let Commissioners know that she and Regis Feldkamp may have to go without pay for some time due to medical issues that they are both dealing with at this time.

The board reviewed the minutes from the December 31, 2018 meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• he doesn’t really have anything to report to Commissioners at this time.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• he needed to share information with Commissioners about activity in the State Seizure Fund for 2018. Rich shared this information with Commissioners.
• he plans to make a request soon for Scott Meade in his department to receive shared leave.
• they are currently holding nine inmates in the jail.
• they booked six individuals into the jail this past week.
• Sheriff’s Office/Courthouse employee Jim Penix has been on sick leave, but is back at work today with some limitations.
• he received patrol car bids to share with Commissioners. Rich stated that all bids include trade in of a 2014 Dodge Charger and a 2015 Dodge Charger. Nemaha Valley Motors bid $25,900 for a 2019 Dodge Durango SUV and $19,600 for a 2019 Dodge Charger. Aberle Ford bid $30,400 for a 2019 Ford Utility Police Interceptor. Rich stated that he recommends purchasing both vehicles from Nemaha Valley Motors. Following discussion, Tim Burdiek moved to approve the purchase of the 2019 Dodge Durango SUV and the purchase of the 2019 Dodge Charger from Nemaha Valley Motors at the cost listed above. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Noxious Weed Report:

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:
• she would like to purchase a truck for use when going on site to look at fields and road right of ways and when attending meetings. Commissioners advised Mixie that they will look into this issue.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad spoke to Commissioners again about the purchase of office furniture from District Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Deiter for use in the District Judge’s Office.

Dennis Henry moved to approve the Nemaha County 2019 Reorganization which includes a
$0.35 per hour raise for employees. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the reorganization as presented.

Dennis Henry moved to approve the Nemaha County 2019 Employee Handbook with the changes recently made to the document. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Tim Burdiek moved to approve the payment of 2019 KAC dues in the amount of $3,531.95 and the payment of 2019 KCCA dues in the amount of $485.00. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 3:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 9:00 am.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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