June 10, 2019

The board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present were Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles. Keith Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Pastor Alan Aley led the meeting with a prayer.

The June 5 payroll of $138,913.45 was approved as follows: General $73,848.60, Road & Bridge $15,118.25, Election $245.77, Technology $933.95, Appraiser $7,434.63, Noxious Weed $2,149.69, ACC $6,508.18, JJA Core $7,153.42, Reinvestment Grant $1,751.43, Services for Elderly $2,447.75, Solid Waste $3,970.63, Special MVT, Employee Ben FICA $8,025.75, Employee Ben KPERS $9,957.61, State Unemploy/Work Comp -$219.01, Iinsurance -$2,973.20.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 17 inmates in the County Jail, 14 males and four females.

Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl for a 15 minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Sheriff Merchant present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Closed 8:26 a.m. Opened 8:36 a.m. No binding action was taken.

Courthouse janitors Manny Martinez and Ben Walker presented a quote from Kyle’s Tree Service to remove the maple and the cottonwood trees on the west side of the courthouse. Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to accept the bid from the Kyle’s Tree Service for $530 to remove the trees. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold introduced Amanda Wilson as the new employee in the Treasurer’s office.

Matt Sprick, Supervisory District Conservationist at USDA, discuss four locations he indicated may be eligible for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Motion by Dwight Kruse to sign the request for federal assistance under the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Seconded by Richard Lehmkuhl. Motion carried.

James Stuart Emergency Management Director presented a list of individuals be would like to appointed to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Motion by Richard Lehmkhul to appoint the list of individuals. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

James Stuart, Emergency Management Director, discussed storm damage in Brown County and the possible federal assistance available.

Motion by Dwight Kruse to approve Resolution 2019-11, a proclamation of a State of Local Disaster Emergency for Brown County. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl for a five minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Emergency Management Director James Stuart present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Closed 9:03 a.m. Opened 9:08 a.m. No binding action taken.

Chairman Keith Olsen stated Emergency Management will be temporarily located at the courthouse.

Len Lehmann, Retirement Plan Counselor KPERS 457, and Arlen Zentner, Deferred Compensation Plan, which is a voluntary retirement savings plan offered through KPERS. The commission would like to start the process to get the program started in Brown County.

Motion by Dwight Kruse to approve the June 3, 2019 minutes. Seconded by Keith Olsen. Motion carried.

Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to allow the Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce to use the Brown County Courthouse square the restrooms for the Maple Leaf Festival on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl for a five minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect priacy interests. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Closed 9:27 a.m. Opened 9:33 a.m. No binding action was taken.

Moni El-Aasar, vice president BG Consultants, discussed a fiber optic line located at Bridge OS-226. El-Aasar also discussed the culvert located in District 2 that is needing replaced. Motion by Keith Olsen to approve the engineering study to replace the culvert. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

Glen Obbards, Horton Chamber of Commerce president, requested funding for the Topeka Drumline and a meal for the drumline for the Brown County Fair parade on Friday, July 12. Motion by Dwight Kruse to sponsor $750 for the Topeka Drumline for the Brown County Fair Parade. Seconded by Richard Lehmkuhl. Motion carried.

Motion by Dwight Kruse to correct the May 31, 2019 minutes to read as follows: Commissioner Keith Olsen discussed an engineering study of the replacement of a concrete culvert located in District 2. Seconded by Richard Lehmkuhl. Motion carried.

Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl for a 10 minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Closed 10:05 a.m. Opened 10:15 a.m. No binding action taken.

Motion by Dwight Kruse for a five minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Emergency Management Director James Stuart and Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of no-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Closed 10:17 a.m. Opened 10:23 a.m. No binding action taken.

Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to suspend Brown County Emergency Management Director James Stuart for one week without pay. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

Motion by Dwight Kruse to adjourn. Seconded by Richard Lehmkuhl. Motion carried. Meeting closed at 10:25 a.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, June 17.

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