Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 1/28/19


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

January 28, 2019 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 28, 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 fifty minute executive session until 10:00 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. The meeting returned to open session at 10:00 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Open discussion concerning the development of the Soldier Creek Windfarm in Nemaha County began at 10:00 am. Present for this discussion with the board and County Attorney Brad Lippert included several local landowners and members of the local media. Chairman Gary Scoby stated that Attorney James Neeld received information from NextEra Energy Resources and that he is currently reviewing this information. Gary also stated that Mr. Neeld hopes to be able to reply back to NextEra Energy Resources within two weeks. Questions and comments were given by those present for the windfarm discussion.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• he thinks that they probably need to pick up another load of salt sometime soon.
• he is asking for fuel bids at this time for 2019.
• he will talk to Hall Brothers about possibly overlaying 146th Road from Highway 63 into Seneca.
• a core sample was taken along 200th Road near Sabetha, but the results are not back yet at this time.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board. Diane let Commissioners know that Lori Carlson resigned her position with the county effective January 25th and that Alan Hartter is retiring effective March 1st. Diane stated that she is advertising at this time to fill these positions.

Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas came before the board to ask Commissioners to review the semi-annual microloan report due to the Kansas Department of Commerce. Ms. Gafford asked Commissioners for a short executive session. Tim Burdiek moved to hold a ten minute executive session until 11:45 am to discuss financial matters of the county. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Nancy Gafford with RDA of NEK, and

Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session at 11:45 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session. Chairman Gary Scoby signed the microloan report as presented.

Dennis Henry moved to approve the appointment of Tim Burdiek to the Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center Board for another three year term. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Commissioners spoke to Appraiser Betty Roeder about the countywide Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and about the estimated taxes generated by a proposed windfarm in Nemaha County.

Maintenance employee Troy Melvin came before the board to let Commissioners know that he is having problems with the snow blower attachment on the Grasshopper mower. Commissioners advised Troy to talk to someone who works with Grasshopper mowers about the issues that he has been having. Troy also let Commissioners know that the PA system at the Nemaha County Community Building is not currently working. Commissioners advised Troy to have Martin Schmelzle take a look at the PA system.

Noxious Weed Report:

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:
• she had the 2018 Noxious Weed Report for Commissioners to review before it is submitted to the State. Dennis Henry moved to approve the Nemaha County 2018 Noxious Weed Report. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the report as presented.

Representatives from Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers came before the board to see if Commissioners had any further questions concerning the road and bridge inspection services that this company could provide during the construction of a windfarm in the county.

The board reviewed the minutes from the January 22, 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 end of January.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 2:40 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, February 4, 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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