Governing Body: Brown County Commission
Submitted by Melissa Gormley County Clerk
Monday, May 28
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, May 28. Members present were Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. 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.
Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Pastor Shane Spangler led the meeting with a prayer.
Chairman Olsen asked for a motion to recess until 9 a.m. It died due to lack of motion.
Brad Rosenberger with J and B Construction discussed the two proposed handicap accessible ramps from Oregon Street on the north side of the courthouse with a cost of $5,000. Commissioners approved allowing J and B Construction to install two handicap accessible ramps from Oregon Street on the north side of the courthouse with a cost of $5,000.
Hill discussed amending Resolution 2019-09 creating a Cemetery District. Hill discussed the expansion to allow board members living within a 25-mile radius of Cemetery District No. 14 to be on the board. The commissioners amended Resolution 2019-09 to allow board members living within a 25 mile radius of Cemetery District No. 14 to be on the board.
Mark Gomez with Constellation Energy discussed energy costs with the commission. The commissioners decided to go with the four year 50/50 option and lock it in at $2.77.
Unity for All Director Debbie Duncan requested a donation for Unity for All, formerly known as DOVES. Gormley indicated there is a budgeted amount of $4,000 for DOVES. Duncan will send a request to the Clerk’s office.
Brown County Resident Bill Pollock discussed his concerns with Brown County giving tax money to organizations that are not accountable to the taxpayers of Brown County.
Hiawatha Community Hospital CEO John Broberg updated the commission on Hiawatha Community Hospital. Broberg also invited the commission to Hiawatha Community Hospital Board Meeting at 4 p.m. and a meeting with Senator Pat Roberts at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.
Brown County resident Dean Tollefson visited with commission about Dr. Conrad. Dr. Conrad was one of the founders of Hiawatha Community Hospital.
The commissioners recessed into the canvass meeting. The commissioners decided to allow Boyles to assist in canvassing the ballots.
The May 21, 2019, Special Election voting records were canvassed. There were 51 provisional ballots. The commissioners approved the counting of 26 provisional ballots, with 25 provisional ballots not counted, all according to Kansas State Statutes.
Gormley reported a 37.84 percent voter turnout for Brown County, including the provisional ballots. The totals were as follows: Yes votes, 1,097; and No votes, 1,126.
The commissioners accepted the May 21, 2019, Special Election canvass.
The commissioners reconvened the regular Board of Commissioners meeting.
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 19 inmates – 10 males and nine females – in the County Jail.
Brown County Deputy Brian Guilliams updated the commission on the new Ford Raptor pick up at the Brown County Sheriff’s Department.
Also at the meeting:
The May 22 payroll was approved as follows: General, $72,760.86; Road and Bridge, $14,838.95; Election, $245.77; Technology, $1,188.94; Appraiser, $6,765.38; Noxious Weed, $1,594; ACC, $9,676.93; JJA Core, $10,952.02; Reinvestment Grant, $3,074.09; Services for Elderly, $2,713.50; Solid Waste, $4,148.51; Special MVT, $2,600.01; Employee Benefits FICA, $7,928.55; and Employee Benefits KPERS, $9,722.10. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $215.46 and Insurance of $10,989.04 were taken out, the total was $137,005.11.
The commissioners approved John Merchant Jr. for a Lights and Sirens Permit.
Jeremy Stover discussed his Lights and Sirens permit with the commission.
The commissioners approved the May 20 minutes.
The commissioners approved the 2020 holidays for Brown County as follows: New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020; Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020; Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020; Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020; Independence Day, Friday, July 3, 2020; Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020; Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020; Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, and Friday, Nov. 27, 2020; and Christmas Holiday, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020; and Friday, Dec. 25, 2020.
Gormley presented the Emergency Management agreement with Jackson County, Nemaha County, Doniphan County and Richardson County for the commission’s approval. The commissioners approved this agreement.
Gormley presented the Local Road Safety Plan Funding Application for the commission’s review. The commissioners decided to sign the application for the Local Road Safety Funding.
The next meeting was Friday, May 31, to approve month end bills.
Friday, May 31
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was County Clerk Dawn Boyles. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant updated the commission on the new TextCaster emergency alert system.
Commissioner Olsen, discussed an engineering study of the replacement of a concrete culvert located in District 3.
James Stuart, Emergency Management Director, updated the commission on the dam south of Sabetha. Stuart informed the commission that the possible flooding would only affect 220th Road around Bittersweet Road.
Stuart also discussed the update on the Brown County Emergency Operations Plan. The state will be releasing new requirements and training in August. Stuart will update the county plan at that time.
Courthouse Janitors Manny Martinez and Ben Walker discussed the commission on the repairs for the generator. Martinez and Walker also updated the commission on the installation of a new sump pump with the boiler.
Also at the meeting:
Commissioners approved a lights and sirens permit for Jeremy Stover
The May 31month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $139,330.37; Road and Bridge, $122,395.80; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $72,421.42; Election, $9,054.53; Extension, $8,320.83; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improve Fund, $11,735; Appraiser, $1,681.77; Ambulance, $18,577.52; Noxious Weed, $22,575.69; Diversion, $789.29; 911 SB50, $5,247.38; ACC, $2,340.75; JJCR, $2,869.26; Reinvestment Grant, $103.47; Services for Elderly, $3,836.68; Solid Waste, $51,477.80; and Payroll, $211.59. The total paid was $485,448.48.
Commissioners approved the May 28 minutes.
The next regular meeting was held Monday, June 3. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.