Brown County Commission 11.13.17

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 13, with the following members present: Chairman Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present were County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported there are 26 inmates — 21 males and five females — currently at the Brown County Jail.

Brown County Noxious Weed Director George Bruning presented the annual Kansas Department of Transportation spraying contract to the commissioners for their signatures. The annual KDOT fees will be $30 per hour for labor and $40 per hour for equipment. The contract was approved.

Bruning presented a quote of $25,171.06 for two new sprayers from Fairbank Equipment. The commissioners approved the purchase of two new sprayers.

Gormley presented the JJA Award for the commission’s signatures.

Gormley discussed the lease agreement with the Brown County Historical Society pertaining to the property located at 607 Utah Street in Hiawatha.

Bid openings for the replacement of Bridge FAS-6 were as follows: Norfolk Contracting with a bid of $297,855; Bettis Asphalt and Construction Inc. with a bid of $498,900; Ebert Construction Company Inc. with a bid of $391,536.14; King Construction Company Inc. with a bid of $347,000; and Reece Construction with a bid of $315,146.66. The commission accepted the bid from Norfolk Contracting for $297,855.

Commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with Gormley and District No. 1 Road Foreman Herb Roland present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

Canvass of Ballots

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met as provided by KSA 25-3101 as a Canvassing Board to canvass the returns from the Nov. 7 City/School Election. Commissioners Roberts, Kruse and Olsen were present. Also present were County Clerk/Election Officer Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles.

The Nov. 7 City/School voting records were canvassed. There were 10 provisional ballots.

It was approved to count six provisional ballots, with four provisional ballots not counted, all according to Kansas State Statutes.

Gormley reported an 11.05 percent voter turnout for Brown County, including the provisional ballots. The commissioners accepted the Nov. 7 City/School Election canvass.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the Nov. 6 minutes.

The Nov. 8 payroll was approved as follows: General, $60,184.23; Road and Bridge, $13,363.55; Election, $3,580.77; Technology, $608.06; Appraiser, $6,940; Noxious Weed, $1,801.59; County Attorney Diversion, $5,791.16; ACC, $6,053.07; JJA Core, $6,768.66; ACE Fund, $161.81; Services for Elderly, $2,700; Solid Waste, $2,446.29; Special MVT, $2,281.51; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,290.10; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,066.27. After State Unemployment/Work Compensation of $172.06 and Insurance of $2,140.26 were taken out, the total paid was $126,724.75.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Nov. 20.

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