Governing Body: Brown County Commission

Monday, June 25

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 25, 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. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.

Rural Development Association Director Nancy Gafford presented the Annual Solid Waste Review to the commission for their review.

The commission discussed the budget more in depth. The commission has requested a representative from the Hiawatha and Horton ambulance services and the Brown County Sheriff John Merchant be present at the Monday, July 2, commission meeting to discuss their budgets. Some budget requests were trimmed.

Department Reports

Brown County Undersheriff Randy Linck reported that there are 31 inmates — 22 males and nine females — in the County Jail.

Brown County Noxious Weed Director George Bruning discussed adding additional land located by the landfill to the hay bid. Bruning stated the ground was not CRP ground.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold introduced her new employee, Lynette Bowen.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved renting a broom from Berry Tractor for two months. Rental will be $2,112 per month.

Minutes from the June 18 meeting were approved.

The June 20 payroll was approved as follows: General, $66,699.98; Road and Bridge, $16,553.30; Election, $1,672.43; Technology, $753.38; Appraiser, $5,120.02; Noxious Weed, $1,750; ACC, $9,082.99; JJA Core, $10,759.65; Reinvestment Grant, $3,023.13; Services for Elderly, $2,743; Solid Waste, $3,986.19; Special MVT, $1,380; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,488.02; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $8,521.87. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $135.18 and Insurance of $10,174.14 was taken out, the total was $129,224.64.

Gormley presented seven Memorandum of Understanding agreements in regard to seven bridges located on the border of Brown County, Kan., and Richardson County, Neb., for the commissioners’ signatures.

Gormley presented an application for the appraiser position for the commission’s review. Gormley will contact the state on the qualifications for the appraiser position. Gormley will also contact the applicant about attending the July 2 commission meeting.

Friday, June 29

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Friday, June 29. Members present were 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.

NEK Multi County Health Director of Operations Kristina Romine presented a new quote for carpet installation at the NEK Multi County Health Office. The commissioners approved Chris Williams’ bid of $4,000 for carpet removal and carpet installation and approved the bid of Carpet Plus of $9,611.95 for the flooring.

Department Reports

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold presented the treasurer’s report for the county bank balances. Lippold also discussed the front counter clerk position that is open in her office.

Also at the meeting

The June 29 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $79,540.18; Road and Bridge, $129,363.64; Health, $14,500; Historical Society, $4,166.66; Employee Benefit, $70,936.68; Election, $4,238.86; Extension, $8,150; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Appraiser, $602.68; Ambulance, $8,391.66; Noxious Weed, $1,016.46; Alcohol, $7,286.98; Diversion, $690.19; 911 SB50, $2,805.62; ACC, $3,594.11; JJCR, $5,587.06; Reinvestment Grant, $350.18; Services for Elderly, $3,927.88; Solid Waste, $46,709.06; and Payroll, $330.33. The total was $400,292.56.

The commissioners voted to donate two loads of rock to City of Horton for the south entry of the civic arena.

Gormley presented the Bridge Maintenance Agreement between Nemaha County and Brown County for the commission’s approval. The commissioners approved the agreement.

The commissioners approved the June 25 minutes.

Tax Change orders 2017-95 through 2017-104 were signed and approved.

Gormley presented the KWORCC Inspection for the commission’s signatures.

The next meeting was held Monday, July 2. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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