Brown County Commission 3.29.2019

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Friday, March 29, 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.

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.

Commissioners approved the Notice of Hearing of Proposed Resolution of Cemetery District. The hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Michael Butz, Restoration and Waterproofing, and Buzz Siebenmorgen, janitor, discussed the proposal for $6,600 to repair the mortar joints and interior leaks at the courthouse. The bid was accepted.

Sherri McNary, ARC Wild Director, updated the commission on the ARC Wild program.

The commission offered James Stuart the position of Emergency Management Director with a base pay of $40,000. Stuart will let the County Clerk know of his decision by Monday, April 1.

Hiawatha Hospital Advisory Committee

Mike Nichols, John Calhoon and Jake Wisdom, Joint Hospital Advisory Committee, along with John Broberg, Hiawatha Community Hospital CEO, discussed amending Resolution 19-07 to read as follows:

“A resolution amending and supplementing resolution No. 19-07 of the county which authorized and provided for the calling of an election in Brown County, Kansas for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the county the question of imposing a one-half percent (0.50 percent) countywide retailers’ sales tax for the purpose of financing the provision of health care services in the county. Resolution 19-07a amendment.”

Resolution 19-07a was approved.

Department Reports

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold discussed handicap parking and accessibility for Brown County customers. Lippold asked the commission to consider putting in a ramp coming directly into the building. The steps are currently crumbling, and this would be the time to make that change.

Gormley updated the commissioners on health insurance coverage for employees who have worked for the county for 10 or more years and retire.

Executive Sessions

Commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with Gormley. Following the session, no binding action was taken.

Commissioners held a 15-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the interviewee. Following the session, no binding action was taken.

Commissioners held a 15-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the interviewee. Following the session, no binding action was taken.

Commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel. Following the session, no binding action was taken.

Commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel. Following the session, no binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the liquor license for Mission Lake Country Club.

The March 27, 2019, payroll was approved as follows: General, $72,751.34; Road and Bridge, $12,959.68; Election, $245.77; Technology, $503.63; Appraiser, $4,456.43; Noxious Weed, $1,617.13; ACC, $9,667.55; JJA Core, $10,963.48; Reinvestment Grant, $3,065.30; Services for Elderly, $2,653.25; Solid Waste, $4,108.38; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,349.29; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,353.14. After State Unemployment/Workers Compensation of $208.75 and Insurance of $11,017.86 were taken out, the total paid was $128,467.76.

The March 29, 2019 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $104,990.11; Road and Bridge, $60,103.29; Health, $15,500; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $71,569.92; Election, $5,967.03; Extension, $8,320.83; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Conservation, $6,875; Appraiser, $1,179.67; Ambulance, $19,216.80; Noxious Weed, $540.40; Alcohol, $0; Diversion, $526.72; 911 SB50, $2,254.55; ACC, $1,855.47; CC123, $1,728.25; JJCR, $3,412.36; Reinvestment Grant, $53; Services for Elderly, $3,316.25;  Solid Waste, $29,075.09; Payroll, $211.59. The total paid was $349,175.66.

Commissioners approved the March 25 minutes.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, April 1. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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