Brown County Commission 11.17.2017 and 11.20.2017
Friday, Nov. 17
The Board of County Commissioners met on Friday, Nov. 17, as provided by KSA 25-3101 as a Special Canvassing Board to determine the tie for one Morrill City Council position and two Robinson City Council positions from the Nov. 7 General Election.
The following members were present: Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present were Brown County Clerk/Election Officer Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles. Steve Roberts opened the meeting at 9:16 a.m.
Morrill City Council Candidates
No candidates were present to draw names from a hat for the tie breaker from the Nov. 7 General Election. The tie breaker was required due to the candidates each receiving one write-in vote in the election.
Commissioner Roberts drew Robert Baumgartner from the hat. Baumgartner won the tiebreaker and therefore won the position of Morrill City Council Member.
Robinson City Council Candidates
No candidates were present to draw names from a hat for the tie breaker from the Nov. 7 General Election. The tie breaker was required due to the candidates each receiving four write-in votes in the election.
Commissioner Roberts drew Marvin Massey and Dalton Covert from the hat. Massey and Covert won the tiebreaker and therefore won the two open positions of Robinson City Council Members.
The meeting adjourned.
Monday, Nov. 20
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 20, with the following members present: Chairman Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present were County Clerk Melissa Gormley, Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles and County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.
Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce Director Deidre Leander requested use of the courthouse from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in case of bad weather.
Commissioners approved a pay increase for Road and Bridge foreman positions to $18 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 26 inmates — 20 males and six females — in the County Jail.
Merchant also presented the bills to move compressors at the jail with it being funded from the half-cent sales tax fund. Commissioners approved paying the bills.
Sheriff Merchant requested the option to modify the pay steps for the Sheriff Department employees. Merchant reported the pay steps have not been updated for eight years. The modification was approved.
Brown County Information Technology Director Sandy Carter discussed purchasing an Oil and Gas Program to assist the Appraiser’s and Clerk’s offices in processing the oil and gas taxes. Carter reported the initial cost would be $16,200 with annual maintenance of $2,200 and would be funded from the capital improvement fund. It was approved to purchase the program.
Also at the meeting:
Commissioners approved the Nov. 13 regular meeting minutes with a correction of, “Motion to adjourn the canvassing meeting by Steve Roberts. Seconded by Keith Olsen. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 10:01 a.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.”
Tax change order Nos. 2017-1 through 2017-4 were signed and approved.
Commissioners entered into a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of non elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests.
Commissioners entered into a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Merchant, Hill and Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of non elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken in these sessions.
Commissioners entered into a 10-minute executive session on security measures with Hill, Merchant and Gormley present to discuss security measures with executive session necessary to not jeopardize the security measures that protect county employees. No binding action was taken.
The next regular meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, to approve month end bills.