Nemaha County Commission Meeting Minutes – 3/4/19


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

March 4, 2019 Unofficial

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

Windfarm Attorney James Neeld called to speak to Commissioners by phone. Tim Burdiek moved to hold a fifty minute executive session until 10:00 am to discuss legal issues relating to NextEra Energy Resources. 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 by phone, and County Attorney Brad Lippert by phone. 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 a windfarm in Nemaha County began at 10:05 am. Chairman Gary Scoby announced that the county is still in negotiations with NextEra Energy Resources concerning the term sheet for the Soldier Creek Windfarm. Questions and comments were posed to Commissioners from those present for the open windfarm discussion.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Report:

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum advised the board that:
• he had bids for Commissioners to review for two different road projects to be done this summer in Nemaha County. Bob Bergkamp Construction Company, Inc. bid
$506,265.00 for the four mile stretch of W Road north of Highway 36 project and
$303,573.00 for the two mile stretch of 200th Road project. Coughlin Company bid
$396,013.22 for the W Road project and $254,318.42 for the 200th Road project. Andale Construction, Inc. bid $641,245.44 for the W Road project and $434,430.12 for the 200th Road project. Commissioners did not approve any of the bids at this time.

Jane Sunderland with Nemaha County Community Health Services came before the board to let Commissioners know that she would like to apply again for the Formula Grant through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Following discussion, Chairman Gary Scoby signed the grant application form as presented.

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum came back before the board to request the purchase of a new laptop computer for the mechanic in the Road and Bridge Department. Dennis presented a quote from Dell in the amount of $1,638.67 for the purchase of a new laptop computer. Commissioners agreed to this purchase at this time.

Senior Services/Public Transit Director Diane Yunghans and Administrative Assistant Marie Weaver came before the board to request changing Sharon Haverkamp from a temporary

employee to a part-time employee with the county effective immediately. Commissioners agreed to this employment status request.

Sheriff’s Report:

Sheriff Rich Vernon advised the board that:
• Daniel Ross will be resigning as a full-time corrections officer with the county effective March 31st, but would like to remain on staff as a relief corrections officer. Rich stated that he will begin advertising for this position as soon as possible.

The board reviewed the minutes from the February 25, 2019 meeting. Dennis Henry moved to approve the minutes as presented. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

Dennis Henry moved to approve the 2019 Network Administration Services Contract with Bachelor Controls, Inc. Tim Burdiek seconded the motion. The motion carried with all voting aye.

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

Chairman Gary Scoby signed a notice as presented to be sent to the Marion Township Board letting them know that a Cereal Malt Beverage Application has been submitted for a location in their township.

Emergency Preparedness Report:

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:
• he does not feel that the county should participate in the new floodplain management requirements program.
• he has been working on updating the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. Russel stated that this plan must be updated by the end of March.
• he is distributing new city maps to the Fire Departments, EMS Services, and City Offices in the county.
• he is working on getting the Law Enforcement Officers in the county IFAK kits, which are small medical bag kits to carry in their patrol vehicles.
• the statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th at 10:00 am.
• he will be holding training this Thursday with the nurses from Nemaha Valley Community Hospital about using portable shelters provided by Homeland Security.

With no further county business coming before the board, Chairman Gary Scoby adjourned the meeting at 2:10 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, March 11, 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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