Governing Body: Brown County Commission

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 11. Members present were Chairman Steve Roberts and Keith Olsen. Also present were County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the two commissioners, Brown County Sheriff John Merchant, Brown County Sheriff Chaplain Rich Lehmkuhl, Hill and Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of non elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. The executive session opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 8:07 a.m., with no binding action taken.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on security measures with the two commissioners, Merchant, Hill and Gormley present to discuss security measures with executive session necessary to not jeopardize the security measures that protect county employees. The executive session opened at 8:08 a.m. and closed at 8:18 a.m. No binding action was taken.

Brown County Historical Society Director Elizabeth Lane discussed the building located at 607 Utah with the commission. The commissioners decided to quit claim deed the property located at 607 Utah, being the west 44 feet of lot 84 on Utah Street in the City of Hiawatha; and lot 86 on Utah Street in the City of Hiawatha, all in Brown County, back to the Brown County Historical Society.

Department Reports

Merchant reported there are 24 inmates – 20 males and four females – currently at the Brown County Jail.

Community Corrections Director Venice Sloan addressed her concerns about the new proposed pay scales and salary caps. Sloan is not in favor of any salary caps.

Gormley discussed the new proposed pay scale for the commission’s review. Also present to discuss the pay scale were Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold, Brown County Appraiser Tami Antoine, and Brown County Information Technology Director Sandy Carter. Carter requested clarification on the pay scale for non-elected department heads. The commission will make the decisions on non-elected department heads pay increases.

Hill discussed the parking issue with the Services for the Elderly van. The commissioners approved Resolution 2017-13 approving a designated parking space for the Services for the Elderly senior taxi located on the south side of the Courthouse.

Lippold updated the commission on the county bank accounts.

Also at the meeting:

The Dec. 6 payroll was approved as follows: General, $65,806.99; Road AND Bridge, $14,502.48; Election, $1,625.77; Technology, $499.38; Appraiser, $6,940.01; Noxious Weed, $1,472.72; ACC, $6,153.09; JJA Core, $6,717.75; ACE Fund, $158.57; Services for Elderly $2,025; Solid Waste, $2,482.88; Special MVT, $2,460; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,097.39; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $8,910.80. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $118.78 and Insurance $3,160.42 were taken out, the total was $123,573.63.

The commissioners approved the minutes of the Dec. 4 regular meeting.

The commissioners amended the motion by Roberts from the Dec. 4 meeting to include County Attorney Kevin Hill on the elected official raise.

The commissioners approved Trey Muse and Cody Nuss for Emergency Vehicle Permits.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Dec. 18. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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