Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 2/11/19


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

February 11, 2019 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 11, 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.

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Windfarm Attorney James Neeld called to speak to Commissioners by phone. Dennis Henry moved to hold a one hour executive session until 10:15 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 10:15 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Open discussion concerning the development of a windfarm in Nemaha County began at 10:20 am. Chairman Gary Scoby announced that Commissioners plan to meet this Thursday, February 14th at 9:00 am with Windfarm Attorney James Neeld in executive session. Gary also stated that the county is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources regarding the term sheet for the development of the Solider Creek Windfarm. Gary also stated that Commissioners plan to address the moratorium resolution presented at last week’s meeting at the time of the public hearing to approve the term sheet. Lori Menold presented to Commissioners copies of supporting documents from three Nemaha Valley Community Hospital physicians concerning the possible adverse health effects of living near commercial wind turbines. Galen Ackerman presented to Commissioners a revised copy of a House Bill that is currently being reviewed by State legislators cited as the Wind Generation Permit and Property Protection Act.

Emergency Preparedness Report:

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• he recently attended a pipeline meeting.
• he has been speaking with the Red Cross about starting a program with the schools in the county.
• he needs to purchase new manikins to be used for CPR Training and First Aid Training. Russel presented a quote in the amount of $556.48 for the purchase of four new manikins. Commissioners approved this purchase.
• he is now signed up for a new program with the National Weather Service that detects hot spots in the county.
• he had information for Commissioners to review concerning the Floodplain Manager Position for Nemaha County.

Senior Services/Public Transit Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver and Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans by phone came before the board to let Commissioners know that they would like to hire Tamara Wittwer and Tom Kruger as part-time

Transportation drivers in Sabetha to replace Alan Hartter who is retiring. Tamara will begin work for the county on February 13th at a rate of pay of $13.53 per hour and Tom will begin work on February 21st at a rate of pay of $13.53 per hour as well. Diane also let Commissioners know that they will be interviewing someone later this week for the open part-time position at the Nutrition Center.

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

Noxious Weed Report:

Noxious Weed Director Mixie Vance advised the board that:
• she had truck bids for Commissioners to review. Bids were received from Nemaha Valley Motors, Honeyman Ford, and Aberle Ford. Following review of the bids, Dennis Henry moved to approve the purchase of a 2019 Dodge 1500 Classic Quad Cab pickup from Nemaha Valley Motors at a cost of $27,000. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.
• she would be available to speak to townships at the upcoming safety meeting about spraying roadsides along township roads.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

County Attorney Brad Lippert came before the board. Commissioners spoke to Brad about an open records request received in the County Clerk’s Office last week.

The board reviewed the minutes from the February 4, 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.

The board reviewed a right of way easement request submitted by Blue Valley Telecommunications to bore under D Road just north of Highway 36. Tim Burdiek moved to approve the right of way easement request with Blue Valley Telecommunications. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Commissioners signed the request form as presented.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:55 pm. Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 9:00 am and the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9:00 am due to the President’s Day Holiday on Monday, February 18th.

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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