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. 14, 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.

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

Chairman Olsen discussed a letter from the Roger and Ruth Charitable Trust. Commissioners approved purchasing four picnic tables for the courthouse lawn from this fund.

Brown County Election Officer Melissa Gormley discussed moving the Nov. 5 General Election canvass to Monday, Nov. 18.

Commissioners approved buried cable permits 19-04 and 19-05.

Commissioners approved renewal of the Federal Surplus Certification.

Gormley discussed an error in the neighborhood revitalization plans. Gormley will transfer $5,721.21, from the commissioner’s fund to the Neighborhood Revitalization fund.

John Matalone of Matalone Insurance discussed the 2020 employee health premiums. The health insurance increased by 6.3 percent over two years. Commissioners approved the 2020 Health Insurance premiums and the 2020 Delta Dental premiums. Commissioners approved signing the 2020 contract with John Matalone as the insurance broker for Brown County.

Executive Sessions

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant requested a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Present for the session were the three commissioners and Sheriff Merchant. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Services for the Elderly Director Lori Gray, requested a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel. Present for the session were the three commissioners, Gray, Gormley and Boyles, present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

The Oct. 9 payroll was approved as follows: General, $74,319.88; Road and Bridge, $16,708.89; Election, $1,841.40; Technology, $1,469.45; Appraiser, $7,314.38; Noxious Weed, $1,743.63; ACC, $6,896.11; JJA Core, $6,679.75; Reinvestment Grant, $1,759.65; Services for Elderly, $2,704.75; Solid Waste, $4,499.51; Special MVT, $2,640; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,230.88; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,409.92. After State Unemployment/Workers Compensation of $258.93 and Insurance of $3,151.59 were taken out, the total was $143,807.68.

The Oct. 11 payroll was approved as follows: KPERS, $457, $125.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold, presented an invoice for $5,980.25 for five new computers in the Motor Vehicle department to be taken from Special MVT fund. Commissioners approved to pay the invoice out of the Special MVT fund.

Commissioners approved the Oct. 7 minutes. Tax Change orders 2018-145 through 2018-147 were signed and approved.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Oct. 21. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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