Governing Body: Brown County Commission

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday, Jan. 31. Members present were Chairman Steve Roberts, Keith Olsen and Dwight A. Kruse. 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.

Gormley presented the following to commissioners:

• A resignation letter from Dr. Lowell Searight. The commissioners appointed Dr. Gary McIntosh to the NEK Multi County Health Board to fulfill the unexpired term of Dr. Searight.

• A letter requesting a final cost on the Richardson County, Nebraska bridge replacement project.

Commissioners were presented the following for signatures:

• Noxious Weed Director George Bruning presented the 2018 Noxious Weed Annual Management Plan and Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report for 2017.

• Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development Director Mikaela Moore presented the Annual Microloan Report.

Department Report

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported there are 20 inmates – 18 males and two females – currently at the Brown County Jail.

Executive Sessions

The commissioners held a five-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 following the executive session.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on security measures with the three commissioners, 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 following the executive session.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Gormley and Brown County Appraiser Tami Antoine 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 commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Gormley and Boyles 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.

Also at the meeting:

The Jan. 31 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $193,903.09; Road and Bridge, $96,802.18; Historical Society, $4,166.74; Employee Benefits, $112,042.46; Election, $2,500; Extension, $16,300; Mental Health, $11,700; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improvement, $14,000; Tech Fund, Treasurer, $949.41; Conservation, $6,511.50; Appraiser, $1,932.28; Ambulance, $9,702.61; Noxious Weed, $13,806.83; Alcohol, $2,061.43; Diversion, $341.72; 911 SB50, $4,280.96; ACC, $3,708.13; JJCR, $5,946.50; Investment Grant, $7,801.76; Services for Elderly, $3,712.59; Solid Waste, $37,213.77; and Payroll, $330.33. The total was $551,968.62.

The Jan. 31 payroll was approved as follows: General, $72,059.54; Road and Bridge, $12,602.82; Election, $1,665.77; Technology, $505.32; Appraiser, $7,140.01; Noxious Weed, $1,806.75; ACC,$6,705.41; JJA Core, $6,987.18; Investment Grant, $1,747.09; ACE Fund, $161.78; Services for Elderly, $2,359.50; Solid Waste, $2,709.75; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,551.19; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $8,990.04. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $160.47 and Insurance of $935.36 were taken out, the total paid was $131,896.32.

The commissioners approved the Jan. 22 minutes, with the following correction: “Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported on the updated bid on the Next Gen 911 System. The original bid of $221,000 included all county dispatch services being located at the Brown County Sheriff’s Department. The new bid of $324,722 with a five-year payment plan includes a back-up system located in Horton and also a five-year warranty on all equipment. Motion by Keith Olsen to approve the new bid. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.”

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Feb. 5. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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