Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 1/14/19


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

January 14, 2019 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 14, 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 called to speak to Commissioners by phone. Dennis Henry moved to hold a fifteen minute executive session until 9:30 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, Attorney James Neeld by phone, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. At 9:30 am, Tim Burdiek moved to extend the executive session until 9:40 am. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. The meeting returned to open session at 9:40 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Open discussion was held concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Windfarm in Nemaha County. Present for this discussion with the board included several local landowners, representatives from NextEra Energy Resources, members of the local media, USD 115 Superintendent Darrel Kohlman, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. Chairman Gary Scoby stated that the county is waiting on the final footprint of the project and the density study from NextEra Energy Resources before finalizing the term sheet. Commissioners also stated that they are planning to travel to Reno County and Pratt County on Tuesday, January 15th to speak to county officials from each of those counties about the development of windfarms in their respective counties. County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans plans to travel with Commissioners as well.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• they are currently holding ten inmates in the jail.
• they booked four individuals into the jail this past week.
• he is preparing for another winter storm to hit the area this coming weekend.

Emergency Preparedness Report:

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• he is also preparing for another winter storm to hit the area this coming weekend. Russel stated that he has been in contact with Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management as well concerning the predicted winter storm.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• they have repairs to do to one of the snowplows following this past weekend’s snow removal.
• he is also preparing for another winter storm to hit the area this coming weekend.
• Pottawatomie County is speaking to him about Nemaha County purchasing the road right of way necessary for the replacement of a bridge that lies on the Nemaha County- Pottawatomie County line.
• he would like to move Road and Bridge Department Secretary Kristina Talkington on the pay scale at this time. Commissioners approved increasing Kristina’s pay from $14.32 per hour to $15.07 per hour effective January 21st.

Appraiser Betty Roeder came before the board. Betty asked Commissioners if they still wanted her office to take over the 911 addressing in the county. Commissioners stated that they would like the Appraiser’s Office to do this. Betty presented Commissioners with a quote from Dell in the amount of $1,889.38 for the purchase of a new PC to be used for GIS purposes. Dennis Henry moved to approve the purchase of the new computer as indicated above. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Betty plans to pay for this purchase out of remaining 2018 money from the Appraiser’s Fund.

Commissioner Dennis Henry signed the Nemaha County Quarterly Financial Statement for the quarter ending December 31, 2018 as presented.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

Commissioners signed an engagement letter with Reese & Novelly, P.A. as presented to conduct the Nemaha County 2018 audit.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed the monitoring resolution letter for the Bern Fire District #4 CDBG Grant as presented to be sent to the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed the Clerk’s Annual Fees Report for 2018 as presented.

The board reviewed the minutes from the January 7, 2019 meeting. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the minutes as presented. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

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

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Brad spoke to Commissioners about the number of staff members in the Marshall County Attorney’s Office compared to the Nemaha County Attorney’s Office and also about what Marshall County pays for defensive services compared to what Nemaha County pays for these same services.

Noxious Weed Report:

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:
• she has begun to put together a specification sheet for a new truck for the Noxious Weed Department. Commissioners made some suggestions of what they thought should be included in the spec sheet.
• she had an agreement for Commissioners to review to allow the Noxious Weed Department to spray the State road right of ways in Nemaha County. Following review, Chairman Gary Scoby signed the agreement as presented.
• she attended a Noxious Weed meeting in Topeka last week.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:55 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:00 am due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 21st.

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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