Brown County Commission 10.9.17

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Oct. 9. Members present were Chairman Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present were County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.

Gormley presented a letter of acceptance from the City of Hiawatha in regards to the suspended dispatch payments from the City of Hiawatha to be used toward the Hiawatha City Police Department.

The commissioners appointed Jackie Wenger to the KANZA Mental Health Board. Wenger is currently filling the unexpired term of Dr. Steve Davies.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported there are 26 inmates – 22 males and four females – currently at the Brown County Jail.

Merchant discussed the state mandated Next Generation 911 System. The State’s bid is $402,000 with the equipment being owned by the state. Commenco’s bid is $221,000 with the equipment being owned by the county. Merchant plans to use PSAP funds to pay for the system using a three- to five-year payment option. The commissioners accepted Commenco’s bid at $221,000.

Merchant presented a quote from Motorola to upgrade the current radios for $91,282.37 to stay up-to-date with the Next Generation 911 System. The commissioners accepted the quote.

Merchant discussed the issues the county currently has with mobile and portable coverage with current towers. Merchant is looking into options.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes of the Oct. 2 meeting with the correction of the next meeting being on Oct. 9.

Tax Change orders 2016-106 through 2016-108 and 2016-111 through 2016-112 were signed and approved.

Gormley presented the delinquent personal property tax list for the Commission’s review.

The commissioners met on Monday, Oct. 16. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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