Brown County Commission
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Oct. 16. Members present were Chairman Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present was County Clerk Melissa Gormley. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.
Kaw Valley Insurance Representatives Randy Dick, Derek Dick and Roy Frey, visited with the commissioners about the Self-Funded Group Health Benefit Program. R. Dick discussed the Proposed Schedule of Benefits and the projected annual costs.
Hamlin Township representatives Victor Menold, Larry Ewing, Joe Noll, Keith Grimm, Terry Menold and Dayton Menold were present to request that the commissioners close road 285th between Grasshopper and Goldfinch. The commissioners will speak with Hill to begin the paperwork.
Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce Director Deidre Leander requested use of the east side of the Courthouse Square, restrooms and electrical access on Oct. 31 throughout the day until after the Halloween Parade. The commissioners voted to allow the Chamber use of the Courthouse Square, bathrooms and electricity.
John Matalone with Matalone Insurance discussed the BCBS renewal rate with the commissioners. The renewal is being resubmitted with additional information.
The commissioners signed the Ruth and Roger Wolfe Charitable Trust request. Brown County is requesting $1,610 for the purchase of two Courtyard Benches.
Gormley presented the award letter from KCAMP regarding the Risk Avoidance Grant. The award went to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
Gormley discussed the new Delta Dental rates. The commissioners accepted the new rates from Delta Dental.
Gormley spoke with the commissioners about sending bids to different contractors for Bridge FAS-6, located eight miles east and seven miles north of Hiawatha. The bridge is on 310th Street and is 2.7 miles east of Prairie Road. Northeast Quarter of Section 22 Township 1 South Range 18 East.
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported there are 27 inmates – 23 males and four females – currently at the Brown County Jail.
Community Corrections Director Venice Sloan gave the commissioners a quarterly update on the budgets for the Adult Community Corrections and Juvenile Services.
Also at the meeting:
The commissioners approved the Oct. 9 minutes.
The Oct. 11 payroll was approved as follows: General, $60,338.28; Road and Bridge, $13,413.50; Election, $1,625.77; Technology, $569.88; Appraiser, $6,940.01; Noxious Weed, $2,240.91; ACC, $6,049.13; JJA Core, $6,759.20; ACE Fund, $155.33; Services for Elderly, $2,250; Solid Waste, $2,690.39; Special MVT, $2,460; Employee Benefit FICA, $6,739.72; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $8,410.92. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $169.83 and Insurance of $2,125.31 were taken out, the total was $118,347.90.
The commissioners held two separate five-minute executive sessions on non-elected personnel with Gormley and Brown County Sheriff John Merchant present to discuss personnel matters of non elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.
The next regular meeting was held Monday, Oct. 23. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.