Governing Body: Brown County Commission

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, Brown County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 30, with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present were County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Pastor Michael Dunaway led the meeting with a prayer.

Bryan Stirton, City of Horton Mayor, and John Calhoon, City of Horton City Administrator/Chief of Police, requested the county to provide 10 percent of the cost to replace the roof on the Horton Civic Center. Commissioners approved providing up to $12,000 toward the replacement of the roof contingent upon the grant approval and other funds raised.

Department Reports

Lori Gray, Services for the Elderly Director, requested that the Hiawatha Senior Taxi still operate on Friday while the courthouse is closed. Gray will take calls for the taxi on Friday.

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

Don Pounds, Emergency Management Director, updated the commission on the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Commissioners signed the Local Emergency Planning Committee nominations.

Executive Sessions

Commissioners entered into a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel. Present for the session were the three commissioners, Gormley and Hill 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.

Commissioners entered into a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Gormley and Hill 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.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the Sept. 23, minutes. Tax Change orders 2018-143 and 2018-144 were signed and approved.

The Sept. 30 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $195,860.38; Road and Bridge, $112,288.48; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $77,697.31; Election, $1,298.83; Extension, $8,320.83; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33;  Capital Improve Fund, $4,925; Appraiser, $2,307.89; Ambulance, $18,577.52; Noxious Weed, $1,259.73; Diversion, $524.49; 911 SB50, $31,001.09; ACC, $5,169.08; JJCR, $3,459.35; Reinvestment Grant, $132.67; Services for Elderly, $3,703.20; Solid Waste, $39,493.71; and Payroll, $211.59; The total was $518,710.48.

The Sept. 25 payroll was approved as follows: General, $70,034.24; Road and Bridge, $14,486.01; Election, $1,745.77; Technology, $1,386.56; Appraiser, $7,383.76; Noxious Weed, $1,762.81; ACC, $10,495.51; JJA Core, $10,146.32; Reinvestment Grant, $3,079.57; Services for Elderly, $2,754; Solid Waste, $4,155.86; Special MVT, $2,644.44; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,745.22; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,886.14. After State Unemployment/Workers Compensation of $293.11 and Insurance of $11,577.55 were taken out, the total was $135,835.55.

The next regular meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 7.

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