Brown County Commission 11.18.2019

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Nov. 18, 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. 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. Pastor Jim Farris led the meeting with a prayer.

Joey May with the Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce requested use of the Courthouse and Courthouse Square from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, for the annual Christmas Lighting and Santa Comes to Town. May also requested use of the lobby and restrooms from 6 to 8 p.m. The commissioners approved this request.

Election Canvass

The commissioners recessed into the Canvass Meeting and allowed Boyles to assist in canvassing the ballots.

The Nov. 5 City/School General Election voting records were canvassed. There were 40 provisional ballots. The commissioners approved counting 30 provisional ballots, with 10 provisional ballots not counted, all according to Kansas State Statutes.

Gormley reported there were three ties for positions within the county. The names drawn were as follows: Robinson City Council, Ron Wissler; Morrill City Council, Leon Huning; and Fairview City Council, Margaret Wikle.

Gormley reported a 43.47 percent voter turnout for Brown County, including the provisional ballots. The commissioners accepted the Nov. 5 City/School General Election canvass.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported on the fatality accident in Brown County over the weekend.

Also at the meeting:

The Nov. 6 payroll was approved as follows: General, $70,215.43; Road and Bridge, $12,886.77; Election, $1,854.15; Technology, $1,565.06; Appraiser, $7,400.33; Noxious Weed, $1,572.51; ACC, $6,883.79; JJA Core, $6,652.68; Reinvestment Grant, $1,753.31; Services for Elderly, $2,666.25; Solid Waste, $4,153.15; Special MVT, $2,640.01; Employee Benefits FICA, $7,590.10; and Employee Benefits KPERS, $9,758.60. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $291.57 and Insurance of $3,156.84 were taken out, the total was $134,143.73.

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Sheriff Merchant and dispatcher Brittney Phroper present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The commissioners approved the Monday, Nov. 4, minutes.

The commission signed a letter to the Ruth and Roger and Wolfe Trust requesting for $3,315.40 for four picnic tables for Courthouse Square.

Kruse updated the commission on the KAC meeting he attended last week.

Tax Change orders 2018-148 and 2018-149 were signed and approved.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Nov. 25. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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