Brown County Commission 12.28.18

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Friday, Dec. 28. Members present were 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. Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m.

Wind Farm

Invenergy representative Nate Drucker met with the commission via phone call to discuss the current wind energy activity in the county.

Brown County resident Amy Kopp voiced her concerns about the wind energy coming to Brown County.


Olsen discussed an amendment to the 2018 Brown County Budget made for the Solid Waste Department from $626,000 to $671,000 to cover the new full time employee. The commissioners approved the proposed amendment to the 2018 Brown County Budget.

Department Reports

Brown County Register of Deeds Nellie Brockhoff reported she had hired Deana Long as her new employee. Long will start on January 7, 2019. Brockhoff also discussed the wind farm activity and filings she has had in her office.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold discussed the motor vehicle account that always runs in the negative. Lippold would like to move money into the account to zero it out. Lippold is contacting the auditors.

Noxious Weed Director George Bruning presented the annual Kansas Department of Transportation contract for the Commission’s approval.

Also at the meeting:

The December 19, 2018 payroll was approved as follows: General, $67,540.49; Road and Bridge, $13,360.30; Election, $245.77; Technology, $722.76; Appraiser, $5,080.02; Noxious Weed, $1,642; ACC, $10,710.18; JJA Core, $13,304.32; Reinvestment Grant, $3,647.40; Services for Elderly, $2,613; Solid Waste, $3,989.75; Special MVT, $2,560; Employee Benefits FICA, $7,240.46; and Employee Benefits KPERS, $8,634.49. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $131.72 and Insurance of $11,061.11 were taken out, the total was $130,098.11.

The commissioners approved the minutes of the Dec. 17 regular meeting.

Gormley presented the KWORCC 2019 Premium Statement invoice of $45,214. The commissioners voted to pay the invoice.

Gormley presented the KAC 2019 Membership Dues invoice with a sum of $3,444.69. The commissioners voted to pay the invoice.

Gormley presented the KCAMP 2019 Annual Contribution invoice with of $101,068. The commissioners voted to pay the invoice.

Gormley presented a Hiawatha Community Hospital bill to the commission for their approval to submit the bill to insurance.

Gormley presented the 2018 year end journal entries for the Commission’s approval. The commissioners approved the journal entries.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the two commissioners, 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 met Monday, Dec. 31, to approve month end bills. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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