Brown County Commission 8.26.2019
Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 26, 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. Pastor Shane Spangler led the meeting with a prayer.
Jacob Hurla, president of Community Building Solutions, discussed the services they have to offer. Commissioner Lehmkuhl said he would pass the information on to Sheriff John Merchant.
Connie Werner and Linda Duessing, Big Kansas Road Trip, returned to discuss a donation of $5,000 for the Big Kansas Road Trip.Duessing indicated they have received $1,500 from the City of Hiawatha, $1,500 from the City of Horton, and $500 from Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development. The commission approved a donation of $5,000 from the miscellaneous fund toward the Big Kansas Road Trip.
Brown County resident Steve Lukert discussed striping on Old Highway 75 from Highway 36 to the City of Sabetha. Lukert had spoken to Norm Bowers from the KAC, and he indicated if stripes are put down there would have to be passing lanes as well. Chairman Olsen indicated that, if the county stripes Old Highway 75, they would need to stripe all blacktop in the county.
Chairman Olsen discussed promoting John Selland to the Rover position for all three Road and Bridge Departments. Commissioner Lehmkuhl said he would visit with District 1 Road Foreman Herb Roland before making a decision.
Later in the meeting, commissioners approved promoting John Selland to the Rover position for all three road and bridge districts.
Commissioner Kruse discussed the sweeper Road and Bridge has been renting with the option to purchase. Chairman Olsen and Commissioner Lehmkuhl said they would discuss it with their Road Foremen and return with a decision.
Later in the meeting, District 3 Road Foreman, Todd Gruber, and District 1 Road Foreman, Herb Roland, presented a bid from Berry Tractor for a 2019 Superior Broom Sweeper for $56,279. The bid was accepted and will be paid from the Special Machinery fund.
Manny Martinez and Ben Walker, courthouse custodians, discussed the storm drainage pipe issues. Walker also indicated the old generator sold for $925 and is waiting on contact from the buyer for pick up.
Don Pounds, Emergency Management Director, discussed Resolution No. 08-20, appointing the Emergency Management Director as the Floodplain Manager. Pounds is working on the online course in Floodplain Management.
Also at the meeting:
Commissioners approved the minutes of the Aug. 19 regular meeting. Tax Change orders 2018-136, 139, 140, 141 and 142 were signed and approved.
Gormley reminded the Commissioners that when speaking of non-elected personnel, it needs to done in executive session.
The next regular meeting will be held Friday, Aug. 30, to approve month-end bills.