Brown County Commission 1.7.2019

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 7, with the following members present: Chairman Steve Roberts, Keith Olsen and Dwight 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. Steve Roberts opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m.

The Commission had a brief discussion on the wind energy activity in Brown County.

Commissioners approved a letter of support for the Indian Community Development Block Grant for Sac and Fox of Missouri.

Bids for Brown County’s official newspaper for 2019 were as follows: Horton Headlight with a bid of $2 per column inch. The bid was accepted.

Gormley discussed the county reimbursement for mileage versus the IRS reimbursement. They decided to keep the county mileage reimbursement at 50 cents per mile.

Nick Aberle discussed his concerns over Brown County not dispatching Sabetha Fire Department to the house fire in Morrill. Brown County Sheriff Deputy Richard Lehmkuhl clarified that dispatch sends out fire departments after requested from the chief on the scene.

Brown County Commissioners presented Charlene Chellew a plaque for her years of service to Brown County. Chellew is retiring on Jan. 18, after more than 29 years with Brown County.

Commissioner Olsen presented Steve Roberts with a plaque for his years of service to Brown County. Roberts is retiring after 20 years with Brown County.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 15 male inmates in the County Jail.

Brown County Register of Deeds Nellie Brockhoff introduced her new employee, Deana Long.

Also at the meeting:

Motion by Keith Olsen to approve the December 31, 2018, minutes. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.

The Jan. 2, payroll was approved as follows: General, $79,370.12; Road and Bridge, $12,672; Election, $245.77; Technology, $739.50; Appraiser, $5,240; Noxious Weed, $1,556.32; ACC, $6,636.89; JJA Core, $7,252.08; Reinvestment Grant, $1,745.04; Services for Elderly, $2,146.50; Solid Waste, $4,256.75; Special MVT, $0; Employee Benefits FICA, $7,886.31; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,036.92. After state unemployment/workers compensation of $162.45 and insurance of $2,348.16 were taken out, the total paid was $137,273.59.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Jan. 14. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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