Governing Body: Brown County Commission

Submitted by Melissa Gormley

Brown County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 7, with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Richard Lehmkuhl and Dwight A. Kruse.

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. Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

The Brown County Commissioners presented a plaque to Todd Gruber for his years of service to Brown County.

Ruth Shaver, Brown County Humane Society, requested to close Mallard between 230th and 240th from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, for the Dog Jog. This request was approved.

Olsen reported that the Kansas Historical Society stated the roof on the Civic building would need to be returned to the original state in order to apply for the grant. Olsen will get new bids.

Sharese Moser, Hiawatha Community Hospital Director of Finance, updated the commission on the hospital.

Peggy Stader discussed concerns with the DOVES program now operating under Unity for All.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported that there are 21 inmates in the County Jail — 19 males and two females.

Merchant will move forward with the HVAC system.

Manny Martinez and Ben Walker, courthouse custodians, discussed the lawn treatment at the sheriff’s department. Commissioners approved allowing Maplewood Lawn Care to treat the courthouse and sheriff department lawns to be funded from the janitor budget.

Martinez discussed issues with one of the air handlers on the third floor.

Martinez and Walker updated the commission on the generator.

Executive Session

Commissioners entered into a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests.

Present for the session were the three commissioners, Hill, Gormley, Boyles and custodians Martinez and Walker. Following the session, no binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

Minutes from the Sept. 30, meeting were approved.

Commissioners approved the appointment of Lehmkuhl as the KCAMP voting delegate with Kruse as the alternate. Gormley presented the Annual KCAMP Coverage Questionnaire for the commission’s approval.

The commissioners reviewed the report from CCR Roofing. Commissioner approved contacting KCAMP to send an adjuster to look at the buildings CCR Roofing has recommended be looked at.

Commissioners appointed Nick James to Padonia Township Clerk to fill the unexpired term of Lee Mueller.

Gormley presented the Waste Management Service Agreement for the commission’s review.

The commission would like to get prices from the area trash collectors before making a decision.

Lehmkuhl will meet with Sheriff Merchant about the jail’s trash needs, and Gormley will contact the area trash collectors for prices.

Patti Merchant requested use of the Courthouse for the 23rd annual Jingle Bell Ride. Commissioners approved the use of the courthouse restrooms, courthouse square and the electricity from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, for this event.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, Oct. 14.


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