Brown County Commission 4.8.19

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, Brown County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 8, with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was 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. Pastor Alan Aley led the meeting with a prayer.

Ruth Shaver and Phyllis Shaefer, Brown County Humane Society members, discussed the services they offer. Shaver and Shaefer also requested a donation for the Brown County Humane Society. The commissioners would like to table the topic and discuss the donation request.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported there are 21 inmates — 19 males and two females — currently at the Brown County Jail.

Merchant updated the commissioners on the traffic and activities on Highway 36.

Venice Sloan, Community Corrections Director, presented the Quarterly Financial Report for the commissioners’ approval and signatures.

Charlie Brockhoff, Solid Waste Director, updated the commissioners on activities at the Landfill. Brockhoff also presented the Landfill Tonnage Report for the commissioners’ signatures. Brockhoff also reported issues with the backhoe and is waiting for an estimate on repair costs, as well as quotes for a new backhoe.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold updated the commissioners on the activities in the Treasurer’s Office. Lippold discussed the delinquent personal property tax warrant procedures and will work with the Sheriff’s Department to determine the best way to address the warrants.

Brown County Appraiser Steve Markham discussed an NRP issue of a Brown County taxpayer. Markham and Gormley discussed the options and are in agreement that the NRP should start in 2019 for the five years.

The commission presented James Schuetz a plaque for his 20 years of service as a taxi driver for the Brown County Services for the Elderly.

Nellie Brockhoff, Brown County Register of Deeds, updated the commissioners on activities in the Register of Deeds office.

Lori Gray, Services for the Elderly Director, inquired about the possibility of Mission Village closing. Mission Village currently prepares the meals for the Meals on Wheels program in Horton.

The NEK Multi County Health department requested use of the courthouse to provide assistance in filling out Durable Power of Attorney documents. The commissioners agreed to this request.

Sandy Carter, Brown County Information Technology Director, updated the commissioners on the activities in the IT Department. Carter reported on the Microsoft Windows updates causing problems and the increase of purchases for computers and printers the state will no longer be funding.

Executive Session

Commissioners entered into a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Brown County Sheriff John Merchant present. No binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners entered into a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Brown County Sheriff John Merchant present. No binding action was taken.

Commissioner Lehmkuhl discussed the options for ramps and ADA sidewalks on the north side of the Courthouse. Lehmkuhl will report back with various options.

Minutes from the April 1 regular meeting were approved.

Commissioners approved Road and Bridge Permit 19-01 to install a 10-foot waterline across 180th, 2,400 feet west of Highway 73.

The commissioners met Monday, April 15. Those minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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