Brown County Commission 7.22.19 & 7.23.19

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, July 22. Members present were Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley. 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. Shane Spangler led the meeting with a prayer.

Michaela Moore, Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development (HFED) Director, gave the commissioners an update on the Microloan program. The current balance of the microloan is $89,543.55. Moore also discussed various HFED activities.

Brown County Resident Bill Pollock discussed the budget that the commissioners allow for Industrial Development. Pollock asked if the money was really the commissioners to give out. Commissioner Olsen stated that the board trusted the two entities.

Matt Sprick with NRCS discussed the Laus Creek Tributary Bank Stabilization, 290th Road project. The commissioners decided to sign the Application for Federal Assistance SF-424.

Emergency Management Director

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Gormley and the interviewee present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Melissa Gormley and the interviewee present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Gormley and the interviewee present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

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. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The commissioners reviewed two more applications for the emergency management position.

The commissioners decided to offer the Emergency Management Director position to Don Pounds with a salary of $40,000.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reviewed a letter from Orazem and Scalora Engineeering, P.A., that discussed the existing HVAC Equipment. Merchant stated the biggest problem being the existing units are residential units, not commercial. The commissioners will review the letter and revisit the matter next week.

Services for the Elderly Director Lori Gray gave a quarterly update to the commissioners. Gray provided two estimates to the commission for the 2010 Chrysler that was ran into last month. Bids were as follows: The Fender Mender for $1,055. Davis Body Shop for $1,409.60. The commissioners decided to accept the bid from The Fender Mender for $1,055 for repair of the van.

Senator Jerry Moran will be at a town hall meeting from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Hiawatha American Legion Building. She invited the commission to attend.

Noxious Weed Director George Bruning updated the commissioners on various activities in the department. Bruning stated that chemical sales were down.

Community Corrections Director Venice Sloan updated the commissioners on the JJA budget. The commissioners signed the quarterly cash reports.

Also at the meeting:

The July 17, 2019, payroll was approved as follows: General, $70,606.13; Road and Bridge, $17,695.79; Election, $1,745.78; Technology, $717.19; Appraiser, $7,379.20; Noxious Weed, $2,431.19; ACC, $9,667.36; JJA Core, $10,948.53; Reinvestment Grant, $3,071.14; Services for Elderly, $2,447.75; Solid Waste, $4,109.38; Special MVT, $2,643.81; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,170.35; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,860.85. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $199.41 and Insurance of $10,998.90 were taken out, the total was $140,296.14.

The commissioners approved the July 15 minutes.

Tuesday, July 23

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, July 23. Members present were Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley. Chairman Olsen opened the meeting at 1 p.m.

Budgets

Commissioner Olsen questioned the exact amount that needed to be cut out of the budget. Gormley stated the amount was $77,876. Commissioner Kruse explained the 911 fund. The Commissioners reviewed the budget requests again. Some budgets were cut while others remained the same.

The amendments are as follows: General, $3,782,538; Road and Bridge, $3,750,000; Health, $65,000; Historical Society, $52,500; Direct Election, $122,000; Extension Council, $102,000; Conservation, $27,500; Appraiser, $230,000; Ambulance, $255,000; Noxious Weed, $150,000; Services for the Elderly, $135,000; Employee Benefits, $1,590,000; Mental Health, $70,200; Developmental Services, $27,052; Parks and Recreation, $7,200; Prosecuting Attorney Training, $2,000; Alcohol Program, $29,000; Solid Waste, $725,000; 911 fund, $125,000; Tech Fund, $40,000; and Diversion, $20,000.

Brown County Resident Bill Pollock asked the commission why the commission funds Industrial Development $50,000. He stated the City of Hiawatha only funds HFED $10,000, and that the budget should be cut. He stated that taxpayer money should not be used to raise more taxes.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, July 29. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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