Brown County Commission 12.29.17

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Friday, Dec. 29. 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. Commissioner Roberts opened the meeting at 8 a.m.

Brown County resident Malachi Oswald presented a letter from the state to the commission for their review. Oswald discussed that he is currently on the waiting list and is interested in the program. The commission recommended Oswald visit with Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development.

Olsen reported to the commission on the accident on Dec. 21 involving a county owned vehicle.

Department Reports

Services for the Elderly Director Lori Gray and Services for the Elderly employees Bill Bailey and John Eicher discussed their concerns about parking after the new security measures take effect.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant presented a job description of the Courthouse Security Officer position to the commission.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on security measures with Merchant, Hill and Gormley 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.

Hill, Merchant and the three commissioners addressed questions and concerns about the new courthouse security measures.

Gormley requested clarification on the Assistant Road Foremen raises. The commission had previously given the Assistant Foremen a pay increase of 45 cents and should have been 50 cents.

Also at the meeting:

The Dec. 29, 2017, month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $98,779.63; Road and Bridge, $84,417.99; Health, $14,756.50; Historical Society, $3,750; Employee Benefits, $73,520.35; Election, $846.80; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improvement, $39,965.29; Appraiser, $10,340.19; Ambulance, $7,975; Noxious Weed, $2,023.91; Special Parks and Recreation, $7,100; Diversion, $1,239.13; 911 SB50, $108.08; ACC, $5,183.24; JJCR, $8,924.05; Services for Elderly, $3,933.08; Solid Waste, $37,730.31; and Payroll, $330.33. The total is $403,178.21.

The Dec. 20, 2017 payroll was approved as follows: General, $61,721.58; Road and Bridge, $13,612.74; Election, $1,625.77; Technology, $519.94; Appraiser, $6,940.01; Noxious Weed, $1,432.94; ACC, $10,350.43; JJA Core, $13,160.25; ACE Fund, $155.33; Services for Elderly, $2,512.50; Solid Waste, $2,472.04; Special MVT, $2,500; Employee Benefit FICA, $6,774.02; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $8,504.48. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $161.33 and Insurance of $10,376.39 were taken out, the total was 121,744.31.

The commissioners approved a Sheriff salary increase of $5,000 per year to administer the Courthouse Security.

The commissioners approved to begin regular commission meetings at 8:10 a.m. starting on Jan. 2.

The commissioners approved the Dec. 18, 2017, minutes.

Tax Change orders 2016-00110 and 2017-25 were signed and approved.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with Hill and Gormley to discuss personnel matters of non elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests.

The commissioners voted to raise the Legal Administrative Assistant hourly rate to $17.75 per hour effective Dec. 17, 2017.

Gormley presented the 2018 KWORCC premium of $39,230 to the commission for their approval. The commissioners voted to pay the 2018 KWORCC premium of $39,230.

Gormley presented the 2018 KCAMP premium of $87,698 to the commission for their approval. The commissioners voted to pay the 2018 KCAMP premium of $87,698.

Gormley presented the 2018 KAC membership dues of $3,314.50 to the commission for their approval. The commissioners voted to pay the 2018 KAC membership dues of $3,314.50.

Hill updated the commission on the tax sale. Hill reported a tentative sale to take place in May or June of 2018.

The commissioners met on Tuesday, Jan. 2. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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