Brown County Commission

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 5, with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present were Brown 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. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Linda Duessing and Connie Werner, Brown County co-chairs, introduced the Big Kansas Road Trip that will be in Brown, Nemaha and Doniphan counties next year. They requested a donation of $8,350 to go toward promoting the event. Also present were Wes Duessing, Joey May, Jim and Alice Smith, Gil and Carol Bunning and Connie Yaussi. No action was taken. Commissioner Olsen suggested Duessing and Werner ask the cities for donations as well.

Department Reports

Manny Martinez and Ben Walker, courthouse custodians, updated the commission on the replacement dates of the generator.

Lori Gray, Services for the Elderly director, discussed the routes of the taxi in Horton. Gray will set a time and day in which the taxi will run to the Kickapoo Reservation.

Moni El-Aasar, vice president of BG Consultants, discussed Bridge OS-226 located on the Brown/Nemaha County line.

Bid opening for the Kingfisher Bridge were as follows: Norfolk Construction with a bid of $169,688 with a start date of Sept. 16; Ebert Construction with a bid of $197,768.39 with a start date of Nov. 4; and Reece Construction with a bid of $139,229.40 with a start date of April 1, 2020. Commissioner Olsen made a motion to reject the bids. The motion died to lack of a second. El-Aasar will return with the cost of replacing with a tube and the commission will revisit the bids at that time.

County Attorney Hill discussed planting a tree in memory of Bob Thornburgh in the courthouse yard. Thornburgh was a long-time attorney in Brown County.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the July 30, 2019, and July 31, 2019, minutes.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Aug. 12.

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