June 24 Unofficial Minutes

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 was Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Keith Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Pastor Shane Spangler led the meeting with a prayer.

The June 5 payroll of $136,627.66 was approved as follows: General $68,359.92; Road & Bridge $16,013.52; Election $1,745.77; Technology $1,096.50; Appraiser $7,432.08; Noxious Weed $2,895.44; ACC $9,624.64; JJA Core $10,963.19; Reinvestment Grant $3,079.65; Services for Elderly $2,673; Solid Waste $4,121.88; Special MVT $2,560; Employee Ben FICA $7,926.05; Employee Ben KPERS $9,600.63; State Unemploy/Work Comp -$228.78; Insurance -$11,235.84.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 12 male inmates and five female inmates in the county jail. Sheriff Merchant also announced he has been in contact with KDOT and confirmed that I-29 is open.

Charlie Brockhoff, Solid Waste director, updated the commission on his department. Brockhoff also discussed replacement of the scales at the landfill.

Venice Sloan, Community Corrections Director, discussed purchasing new computers from Dell for a total of $5,939.93. Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to allow Sloan to purchase the computers for $5,939.93. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. motion carried.

Manny Martinez and Ben Walker, courthouse custodians, gave an update on the generator replacement. Martinez and Walker also updated the commission on the trees on the courthouse square.

Mikaela Moore, HFED Director, discussed the ROZ program and the option for the county to fund the program. Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to allow HFED to sponsor the Brown County ROZ program. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to approve the June 17, 2019 minutes. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

Chairman Keith Olsen discussed advertising for the Emergency Management Director position. Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to advertise for the Emergency management Director position. Seconded by Dwight Kruse.

Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley discussed the Hiawatha Chamber requesting to use the roof of the courthouse to do the Maple Leaf Drop. Chairman Olsen opened the floor for motions. Died due to lack of a motion.

The commissioners discussed the interim Emergency Management Director position. Brown County Undersheriff Randy Linck declined the offer of interim Brown County Emergency Management Director. The commission tabled this discussion.

Buried cable permit 19-03 was approved and signed.

Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley presented the title sheet for Bridge OS-226 for the commissioner’s signatures.

Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley requested a five minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Motion by Dwight Kruse for a 5-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the thee 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 Richard Lehmkuhl. Closed at 8:57 a.m. Opened at 9:02 a.m. No binding action was taken.

The budgets were reviewed by the Board of Commissioners. Some budget requests were trimmed, while others were increased.

Motion by Dwight Kruse to adjourn. Seconded by Keith Olsen. Motion carried. Meeting closed at 10:16 a.m. The next regular meeting will be Friday, June 28 to approve month-end bills.

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