Brown County Commission

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 11, with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse, and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present were Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley, and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.

Chairman Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Commissioner Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Matt Tietjens and Jeremy Dolisi, Brown County Rescue Squad, updated the commission on the courthouse CPR training they did on Friday, Feb. 8. It was approved to pay $600 for the courthouse CPR training to be paid for from Commission funds.

In the process, Tietjens and Dolisi inspected the Courthouse AED machines and discussed updating the contents of the machines. Tietjens and Dolisi discussed the County purchasing glass cases for the AEDs. It was approved to update the contents of the AED machines and purchase glass cases for easier access to the machines in the courthouse to be paid for from the Janitor funds.

Tietjens also discussed the Life Tower at the Rescue Squad barn. Tietjens stated the tower is in need of service. It was approved to allow the Life Tower to be serviced to be paid for from Emergency Management funds.

Dolisi and Duke Koerperich updated the commission on the activities of the Rescue Squad.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 18 male inmates and two female inmates in the county jail.

Sheriff Merchant presented a quote for an engineering study on the Sheriff’s Department HVAC system from Orazem and Scalora Engineering for the commission’s review. Commissioner approved proceeding with the study.

Sheriff Merchant also requested the commissioners split the $7,200 purchase cost of new fire extinguishers from AKE Safety Equipment for the squad cars. It was approved to pay $3,600 for the fire extinguishers, to be funded out of the commissioner’s funds.

Road Foreman Todd Gruber presented a quote on a lease to buy on a new street broom. It was approved to split the lease cost of a new street broom between the three districts.

Randy Linck, Brown County Emergency Management Director, has resigned from the director position. He will stay on as the director until the commission can find a replacement.

Executive Sessions

Motion by Dwight Kruse for a 10 minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three Commissioners, Brown County Undersheriff Randy Linck, and Sheriff Merchant present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Seconded by Richard Lehmkuhl. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

County Attorney Hill updated the commission on the Hospital Financial Committee meeting that was held on Monday, Feb., 4.

The Feb. 4 minutes were approved.

The commissioners approved the Sac and Fox liquor License.

The next regular meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 19. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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