Brown County Commission

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

Monday, July 29

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 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 Brown County Deputy Clerk Dawn Boyles.

Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Commissioners approved the 2020 budget of $6,236,168 for publication. The Brown County budget hearing will take place on Monday, Aug. 12.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2019-15, appointing Don Pounds as Brown County Emergency Management Coordinator.

Mike Nichols, Hiawatha City Administrator, gave an update on the city and Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development (HFED) funds. Nichols indicated the city budgets $23,000 toward bond payments and $12,000 directly to HFED, for a total of $35,000 for HFED.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 16 male inmates in the county jail.

Merchant also gave an update on the summer lunch program.

Manny Martinez and Ben Walker, courthouse custodians, gave an update on the generator. Walker also gave a bid from Maplewood to treat the courthouse lawn. Walker will get a quote from Weed Free Lawns, as well.

Executive Session

Olsen requested a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel to discuss personnel matters with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Present for the session were the three commissioners. No binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved a lights and sirens permit for Elizabeth Jeschke. Commissioners approved the July 22 minutes.

Commissioners approved signing the agreement for the removal of trees for the bridge project on Kingfisher Road in District 2.

Commissioners approved allowing Barbara Grahborn to take minutes at the Wednesday, July 31, commission meeting.

Hilary Edwards, development manager, discussed the services they have to offer.

The commissioners accepted and signed tax change order 2019-135.

The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to approve month-end bills.

Wednesday, July 31

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen and Dwight A. Kruse. Commissioner Richard L. Lehmkuhl was present at 8:15 a.m. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Also present was Brown County Accounts Payable Clerk Barbara Grabhorn.

Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Department Reports

Solid Waste Supervisor Charlie Brockhoff presented the commissioners with a quarterly update of the landfill.

John Broberg presented the commission with an update for Plan B for the Hiawatha Hospital funding.

Also at the meeting:

The July 31 payroll was approved as follows: General, $68,738.27; Road and Bridge, $19,936.19; Election, $1,745.77; Technology, $918; Appraiser, $7,375.38; Noxious Weed, $2,946.94; ACC, $6,403.72; JJA Core, $7,168.87; Reinvestment Grant, $1,769.34; Services for Elderly, $2,711; Solid Waste, $3,530.63; Special MVT, $2,640; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,399.08; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,846. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $210.33 was taken out, the total paid was $143,918.86.

The July 31 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $124,909.83; Road and Bridge, $943,273.67; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $75,041.90; Election, $1,393; Extension, $8,320.83; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improvement Fund, $51,100; Appraiser, $1,473.25; Ambulance, $18,577.52; Noxious Weed, $1,598.13; Diversion, $703.41; 911 SB50, $11,425.06; ACC, $1,746.74; JJCR, $3,196.83; Reinvestment Grant, $82.64; Services for Elderly, $3,319.32; Solid Waste, $48,139.19; and Payroll, $211.59. The total paid was $1,306,992.24.

Commissioners approved the July 23 and July 29 minutes.

The next regular meeting was held on Monday, Aug. 5. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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