Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 2/4/19

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

February 4, 2019 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 4, 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.

Tim Burdiek moved to hold a thirty minute executive session until 9:35 am to discuss legal 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 and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 9:35 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• he is in need of some pipe piling and would like to buy a load of this. Commissioners approved the purchase of a load of pipe piling. Dennis stated that he has also been looking at pricing for H-piling and would like to purchase two loads of this if possible. Commissioners approved the purchase of two loads of H-piling from The Railroad Yard at a cost of $19.71 per foot.
• the guys did go get a couple of loads of salt this past Friday.

Open discussion concerning the development of a windfarm in Nemaha County began at 10:00 am. Chairman Gary Scoby announced that the Commissioners did not speak with Windfarm Attorney James Neeld this morning due to a family funeral that Mr. Neeld needed to attend.

Gary also stated that the county is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the term sheet that the county is proposing. Brad Lueger and Will Eisenbise presented to Commissioners a copy of a House Bill that is currently being reviewed by State legislators concerning the establishment of wind generation permits and a property protection act relating to boards of county commissioners. Mr. Lueger and Mr. Eisenbise also presented to Commissioners a copy of a resolution establishing a moratorium on commercial wind energy projects in Nemaha County. Mr. Lueger and Mr. Eisenbise also presented to Commissioners a request sheet from a concerned citizen group regarding industrial wind turbines in Nemaha & Brown Counties. Melinda Sperfslage presented to Commissioners copies of resolutions approved by other counties in Kansas that regulate noise control in their counties. Questions and comments were given by those present for the windfarm discussion.

The board reviewed the minutes from the January 28, 2019 meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve the minutes with the corrections noted. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• they are currently holding thirteen inmates in the jail.
• they booked seven individuals into the jail this past week.
• one of the patrol cars hit a coyote recently and will need to be repaired.
• he and Under Sheriff Bob Cross attended training last week in Topeka.
• they had problems with the generator at the new jail last week. Rich stated that he found out that the generator needs to have a winter kit put on it to keep water out of it.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans came before the board to let Commissioners know that the county made approximately $11,000 on items sold at the Axtell Consignment Sale this past weekend. Diane spoke to Commissioners about hiring two part-time employees for the Transportation Driver position in Sabetha instead of one full-time employee. Commissioners agreed to this. Diane also let Commissioners know that Deb Haverkamp replaced Lori Carlson at the Seneca Nutrition Center effective January 28th.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the end of January. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the warrants and pay vouchers for January 2019 as presented. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners had no county business to discuss with Brad at this time.

Commissioners approved the renewal of the Online Compensation Survey Subscription with TechNet at a cost of $175.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 9:00 am.

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Derek Nester
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.