Governing Body: Brown County Commission

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Members present were Chairman Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present was County Clerk Melissa Gormley, and County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Roberts opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m.

Gormley reported to the commissioners about the 2018 General Election. The election office has mailed 260 advance ballots and so far 135 have been returned. The count for Early Voters was 345 as of Tuesday.

NEK-CAP Center Manager Kaitlyn Kramer presented to the commissioners a letter requesting support of NEK-CAP, Inc. Early Head Start and Head Start Program’s application to continue as the grantee for Early Head Start and Head Start in Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Nemaha and Pottawatomie Counties. The commissioners signed the letter of support for the NEK-CAP Inc grant.

Gormley presented a letter of confirmation services from Mize Houser and Company for year end Dec. 31, 2018. The commissioners signed the letter of confirmation.

Gormley presented a letter to the Ruth and Roger Wolfe Charitable Trust for signatures from the commission. The letter is a request for funding of two Dog Waste Stations around the Courthouse. The commissioners signed the letter.

Gormley presented to the commissioners a letter requesting support in regards to a grant from KDOT for transportation services for which the NEK Area Agency on Aging is applying. The commissioners signed the letter of support for NEK Area Agency on Aging for transportation.

The commissioners approved George Groshong and Jeremy Forkenbrock for Emergency Vehicle Permits.

The commissioners decided to pay accumulative vacation for the County Attorney Administrative Assistant from the miscellaneous fund.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported there are 26 inmates – 20 males and six females– currently at the Brown County Jail.

Bids were opened for the two vehicles the Sheriff’s Office was offering. Bids were as follows: Vehicle No. 1 2002 Dodge Durango: Jacques Muller $312.99; Vehicle No. 2 2011 Ford Crown Victoria: Jacues Muller $412.99, and Jesse Kimmi $521. Olsen motioned to accept the high bidder. The motion did not carry due to lack of a second motion.

Brown County ROD Deputy Charlene Chellew presented the commissioners with her letter of resignation. Chellew said that she has worked for Brown County for 30 years. The board wished her luck and thanked her for her time at Brown County.

Solid Waste Director Charlie Brockhoff presented a written request for a John Deere Gator to be purchased for the landfill. The Gator would be used for picking up trash around the property. The cost of the Gator HPX is $3,500. The commissioners decided to purchase the gator for the landfill.

Also at the meeting:

The Oct. 24, 2018, payroll was approved as follows: General, $71,413.39; Road and Bridge, $12,856.75; Election, $3,050.35; Technology, $661.50; Appraiser, $5,011.58; Noxious Weed, $1,815.25; Diversion, $966.45; ACC, $9,259.03; JJA Core, $10,828.82; Reinvestment Grant, $3,022.30; Services for Elderly, $2,613; Solid Waste, $4,069.50; Special MVT, $2,560.02; Employee Benefits FICA, $7,805.73; and Employee Benefits KPERS, $9,418.60. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $134.35 and Insurance of $10,409.40 were taken out, the total was $134,808.52.

The Oct. 24, 2018, number two payroll was approved as follows: General, $760; Employee Benefit FICA, $58.15; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $71.36. After Insurance of $1.27 was taken out the total was $888.24.

The Oct. 31, 2018, month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $133,332.60; Road and Bridge, $50,601.62; Health, $14,500; Historical Society, $4,166.66; Employee Benefit, $71,434.52; Election, $3,641.11; Extension, $8,150; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Conservation, $6,511.50; Appraiser, $462.98; Ambulance, $11,725.01; Noxious Weed, $2,151.03; Diversion, $746.01; 911 SB50, $3,296.44; ACC, $3,392.55; JJCR, $5,567.52; Reinvestment Grant, $229.92; Services for Elderly, $3,205.65; Solid Waste, $47,424.71; and Payroll, $330.33. The total was $378,974.49.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Hill, and Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of non elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

The commissioners approved the Oct. 22 minutes.

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

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