Governing Body: Brown County Commission

Submitted by Melissa Gormley

County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 28. The following members present were Chairman Keith Olsen, and Commissioners 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, and Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

The public hearing for the Brown/Nemaha Solid Waste Management Plan commenced at 9 a.m. Those present were the commissioners, Gormley, Boyles and Nancy Gafford with Rural Development Association. The committee recommended the plan be adopted by resolution. The commissioners closed the public hearing portion of the meeting. The commissioners approved Resolution 19-06, adopting a new solid waste management and disposal plan for Brown and Nemaha counties.

Karen Wilson and Justina Cockerham with Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging discussed the Access and Innovation Collaboration Grant from Kansas Department of Transportation for which the NEK AAA is applying.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported on an incident in which Brown County Sheriff’s Department helped the Richardson County, Neb., Sheriff’s Department.

Brown County Noxious Weed Director George Bruning presented the Noxious Weed quarterly report to the commissioners.

Attorney Hill discussed Dec. 12 as the tentative date for the Brown County tax sale.

Brown County Services for the Elderly Director Lori Gray presented the Services for the Elderly quarterly report to the commissioners.

Brown County Bridge Committee Herb Roland, Jerry Hisle and Rodney Allen were present to discuss a possible engineer for the Brown/Nemaha bridge replacement. The commissioners decided to allow BG Consultants to be the engineer for the bridge replacement located 1 mile east and 2.6 miles north of Wetmore over Muddy Creek.

Also at the meeting:

Sheriff Merchant requested a five-minute executive session with the commissioners on non-elected personnel. Present at the executive session were the three commissioners, Sheriff Merchant and Gormley. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

The Oct. 23 payroll was approved as follows: General, $71,171.97; Road and Bridge, $13,026.84; Election, $1,905.15; Technology, $1,220.82; Appraiser, $7,394.23; Noxious Weed, $1,853; ACC, $10,491.65; JJA Core, $10,147.11; Reinvestment Grant, $3,079.65; Services for Elderly, $2,711; Solid Waste, $4,252.57; Special MVT, $5,957.51; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,980.66; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,209.25. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $291.70, Insurance of $11,617.75, and KPERS of $125 were taken out, the total was $139,366.96.

The commissioners approved the Oct. 21 minutes.

Gormley presented the KWORCC inspection for the commissioner’s signatures.

Thursday, Oct. 31

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Thursday, Oct. 31, 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.

Olsen opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all, and Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Also at the meeting:

The Oct. 31 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $114,094.43; Road and Bridge, $331,242.18; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $76,680.92; Election, $8,641.64; Extension, $8,320.83; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Conservation, $6,875; Appraiser, $948.05; Ambulance, $18,577.52; Noxious Weed, $10,602.05; Diversion, $659.31; 911 SB50, $58.08; ACC, $3,085.68; JJCR, $5,798.52; Reinvestment Grant, $485.10; Services for Elderly, $2,899.88; Solid Waste, $43,173.02; and 909 Payroll, $211.59. The total was $644,833.13.

The commissioners approved the Oct. 28 minutes.

Gormley presented two quotes to the commissioners for rental of an excavator — Berry Tractor with a bid of $4,570 per month and Murphy Tractor with a bid of $6,300 per month. The commissioners tabled the discussion until Monday, Nov. 4.

The commissioners accepted a contract adjustment for the attorney flat fee contracts of Judd Herbster and Kelly J. Fuemmeler for $3,000 per month each, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

The next meeting was held Monday, Nov. 4. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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