Governing Body: Brown County Commission
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with the following members present: Chairman Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present were County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles.
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant, reported that there are 21 inmates — 18 males and three females — in the County Jail. Sheriff Merchant also discussed Lights and Sirens permits with the commission. The commissioners will speak with Attorney Hill regarding the matter of a permit holder.
Ryan Meininger, Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce, requested use of the Courthouse and Courthouse Square from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, for the annual Christmas Lighting and Santa Comes to Town. Meininger also requested use of the lobby and restrooms from 6 to 8 p.m. The request was approved.
District 1 Road Foreman Herb Roland notified the commission of a natural gas line break just west of 320th Street and Longspur Road. Roland will close the roads at 320th and Longspur and 320th and Kingfisher.
John Matalone of Matalone Insurance was available by phone. He discussed the employee insurance for 2019. Matalone suggested changing the company administering the Flexible Spending Account plans. Matalone also discussed a new vision plan option available.
The commissioners met Monday, Nov. 19. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.
Canvass of Ballots
The Board of Brown County Canvassers met with the following members present: Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse, Keith Olsen, Barb Grabhorn, Jennifer Barber, Stephanie Thompson and Love Kimmi. Also present were Election Officer Melissa Gormley and Election Clerk Dawn Boyles. Commissioners approved allowing Election Clerk Dawn Boyles to assist in canvassing the ballots.
The Nov. 6, 2018, General Election voting records were canvassed. There were 81 provisional ballots. The board approved the counting of 49 provisional ballots, with 32 provisional ballots not counted, all according to Kansas State Statutes.
Gormley reported a 56.24 percent voter turnout for Brown County, including the provisional ballots. The board approved accepting the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election canvass.
Also at the meeting:
A 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel was held. Present for the session were the three commissioners, Gormley, Boyles and Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold. The session was necessary to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.
Commissioners approved the Nov. 5 minutes. Commissioners approved Road and Bridge Permits 18-18 through 18-22.
The Nov. 7 payroll was approved as follows: General, $74,201.05; Road and Bridge, $12,312; Election, $245.77; Technology, $710.50; Appraiser, $5,080.01; Noxious Weed, $1,683; ACC, $6,349.57; JJA Core, $6,927.36; Reinvestment Grant, $1,687.46; Services for Elderly, $2,535; Solid Waste, $3,939.75; Special MVT, $2,560.01; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,642.08; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $8,769.94. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $146.71 and Insurance of $2,311.39 were taken out the total was $132,185.40.