Brown County Commission 3.4.2019

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, Brown County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 4, 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.

Keith 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.

Ben Swinger, Brown County resident, updated commissioners on wind energy and setback possibilities.

Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill, updated the Commission on Hiawatha Community Hospital Financial Committee. He said there would be another meeting held later in the afternoon at Hiawatha City Hall.

Commissioner Kruse updated the commissioners on his findings from Cook, Flat and Strobel and BG Consultants on the bi-annual bridge inspections.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 17 male inmates and one female inmate in the county jail.

Gormley presented the following to commissioners:

• Annual Fixed Assets for signatures.

• Environmental review for the CoC Program for approval and signatures.

• Job descriptions for the Emergency Management positions from various counties for review. The commissioners would like to run a help wanted ad for two weeks. The commissioners will look at the applications on Monday, March 18, and start scheduling interviews at that time.

• Brown County Financial Management Process for approval. It was approved.

• Industrial Storm Water Permit for signatures.

• Letters for signatures informing Hiawatha Foundation of Economic Development and the American Legion Post 66 that commissioners have previously addressed the cemetery district request.

Gormley also updated commissioners on the $514 awarded to the county from the Ruth and Roger Wolfe Charitable Trust. Brown County applied for the grant to purchase two pet stations for the Courthouse Square.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners entered into a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with Sheriff Merchant 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.

Commissioners approved the Feb. 28 minutes. Commissioners reviewed and approved the Annual Township Reports. Washington Township was not approved, because the commissioners did not receive a report.

Commissioners approved Resolution 19-06, appointing Steve Markham to the Brown County Appraiser position.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, March 11. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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