Minutes from the February 19 and the February 21, 2019 Nemaha County Commission Meetings

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

February 19, 2019 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 19, 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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The board reviewed the minutes from the February 11, 2019 regular meeting and the February 14, 2019 special meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve both sets of minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Windfarm Attorney James Neeld came before the board. Tim Burdiek moved to hold a one hour executive session until 10:15 am to discuss attorney-client privileges. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney James Neeld, 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. Attorney James Neeld announced that the county is still negotiating two points of the term sheet with NextEra Energy Resources. Mr. Neeld stated that he feels confident that the county will be ready to share the conditions of the term sheet by next Monday, February 25th. Several questions were posed to Mr. Neeld from those present for the open windfarm discussion.

Riley Bontrager from Nemaha Central High School, Ally Davis from Wetmore High School, and Anna Cochenour from Sabetha High School came before the board along with other local students and teachers to let Commissioners know that they are supporting a campaign to make Highway 75 safer. The group let Commissioners know what steps they are asking legislators and KDOT to take to make Highway 75 safer for all motorists. The group asked Commissioners to write a letter of support on their behalf as well to support them in this endeavor. Commissioners agreed to write and submit such letter of support.

Madeline Rogers and several other local FFA members and teachers came before the board to let Commissioners know that this week is National FFA Week and to let them know what they are doing this week to raise awareness of FFA in the local area. Following discussion, Chairman Gary Scoby signed a proclamation designating the week of February 17 – February 23, 2019 as National FFA Week in Nemaha County.

The board reviewed vouchers submitted by the different departments that were paid at the middle of February.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board by phone that:
• he would like Commissioners to consider allowing holiday hours to be included in overtime calculations in the future.
• the annual safety meeting will be held in Nemaha County on Thursday, February 28th.

Chairman Gary Scoby signed add/abate orders as presented.

Tim Burdiek moved to hold a fifteen minute executive session until 12:50 pm to discuss attorney-client privileges. Dennis Henry seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, Attorney James Neeld, and County Attorney Brad Lippert. The meeting returned to open session at 12:50 pm with no action taken following the executive session.

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

Dan Ronnebaum came before the board to let Commissioners know that people are sitting on the tables at the Community Building during auctions and that the rocking chair in the lobby of the Courthouse is broken and needs to be repaired. Commissioners advised Mr. Ronnebaum that they will see that these issues are addressed.

Roger Becker came before the board to speak to Commissioners about the Payment in Lieu of Taxes received from the windfarm being distributed to the schools in the county.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 1:45 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:00 am.


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

February 21, 2019 Unofficial

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, February 21, 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 was Commissioner Tim Burdiek and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes. Commissioner Dennis Henry joined the meeting by phone.

Tim Burdiek moved to hold a thirty minute executive session until 10:00 am to discuss attorney- client privileges. Gary Scoby seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye. Present for the executive session was the Board of Commissioners, County Attorney Brad Lippert, and Windfarm Attorney James Neeld by phone. The meeting returned to open session at 10:00 am with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 10:05 am. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:00 am.