Brown County Commission 6.10.19

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 10, with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, and Commissioners 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. Pastor Alan Aley led the meeting with a prayer.

Matt Sprick, supervisory district conservationist at USDA, discussed four locations he indicated may be eligible for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The commissioners decided to sign the request for federal assistance under the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

Len Lehmann, retirement plan counselor KPERS 457, and Arlen Zentner, deferred compensation plan officer, discussed the KPERS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, which is a voluntary retirement savings plan offered through KPERS. The commission would like to start the process to get the program started in Brown County.

Moni El-Aasar, vice president of BG Consultants, discussed a fiber optic line located at Bridge OS-226. El-Aasar also discussed the culvert located in District 2 that needs to be replaced. The commissioners decided to approve the engineering study to replace the culvert.

The commissioners decided to allow the Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce to use the Brown County Courthouse square and the restrooms for the Maple Leaf Festival from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Glen Obbards, Horton Chamber of Commerce President, requested funding for the Topeka Drumline and a meal for the drumline for the Brown County Fair Parade on Friday, July 12. The commissioners decided to sponsor $750 for the Topeka Drumline for the Brown County Fair Parade.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 17 inmates in the County Jail – 14 males and four females.

Courthouse janitors Manny Martinez and Ben Walker updated the commission on the generator issues. Walker discussed Westar Energy had indicated there are updates needed to bring the generator up to code. Martinez and Walker will get three bids for the generator and return them to the commission.

Martinez and Walker also presented a quote from Kyle’s Tree Service to remove the Maple and the Cottonwood trees on the west side of the courthouse. The commissioners accepted the bid from Kyle’s Tree Service for $530 to remove the trees.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold introduced Amanda Wilson as the new employee in the Treasurer’s office.

Emergency Management Director James Stuart presented a list of individuals he would like to be appointed to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. The commissioners decided to appoint the list of individuals.

Stuart also discussed storm damage in Brown County and the possible federal assistance available.

Also at the meeting:

The June 5 payroll was approved as follows: General, $73,848.60; Road and Bridge, $15,118.25; Election, $245.77; Technology, $933.95; Appraiser, $7,434.63; Noxious Weed, $2,149.69; ACC, $6,508.18; JJA Core, $7,153.42; Reinvestment Grant, $1,751.43; Services for Elderly, $2,447.75; Solid Waste, $3,970.63; Special MVT, $2,560; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,025.75; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,957.61. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $219.01 and Insurance of $2,973.20 were taken out, the total was $138,913.45.

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners and 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.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners and 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.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2019-11, a proclamation of a State of Local Disaster Emergency for Brown County.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners and Stuart 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.

Olsen stated Emergency Management will temporarily be located in the Courthouse.

The commissioners approved the June 3 minutes.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Gormley 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.

The commissioners corrected the May 31 minutes to read as follows: Commissioner, Keith Olsen, discussed an engineering study of the replacement of a concrete culvert located in District 2.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners and Gormley 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.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners, Stuart and Gormley present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests.

Following executive session, the commissioners decided to suspend Brown County Emergency Management Director James Stuart for one week without pay.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, June 17. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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