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. 21, 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. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Pastor Jim Farris led the meeting with a prayer.

Brown County resident Rick Clouse discussed the proposed county wide sales tax for Hiawatha Community Hospital. Clouse asked what the commissioners’ thoughts were on assessing property tax if the sales tax question did not pass in the election. All three commissioners indicated they were not interested in assessing property taxes at this time.

Department Reports

The commissioners reviewed applications for the District 3 Road Foreman position.

Brown County Solid Waste Director Charlie Brockhoff presented the Solid Waste quarterly report to the commissioners. Brockhoff also reported on a trailer fire at the landfill on Friday, Oct. 18.

Brown County IT Director Sandy Carter presented the IT Department quarterly report to the commissioners. Carter also reported on the progress of the new county website.

Brown County Emergency Management Director Don Pounds presented the Emergency Department quarterly report to the commissioners.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold presented the Treasurer’s Department quarterly report to the commissioners.

Brown County Register of Deeds Nellie Brockhoff presented the Register of Deeds Department quarterly report to the commissioners. Brockhoff also updated the commissioners on the filings pertaining to wind energy.

Executive Session

Commissioners entered into a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the Oct. 14 minutes. Commissioners approved buried cable permits 19-06. The commissioners reviewed and signed the Quarterly Tonnage Report. The commissioners signed a letter of support for the Kansas Department of Transportation Grant.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Oct. 28. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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