Brown County Commission 12.31.2019

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, with the following members present: Chairman Keith Olsen, Dwight A. Kruse and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley. 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. Commissioner Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Sealed bids for roof repair on the Auditorium Roof and Courthouse Roof were opened. The bids were as follows: CCR Roofing: $52,355.06; Quality Roofing: $156,850; ADS Distributing, Inc., $51,466.70 and $38,899.25. ADS Distributing was present to explain the two different bids. The commissioners decided to table the discussion until Monday, Jan. 6.

David Jasper and Jenny Knudson with KANZA discussed the local alcohol funds. Commissioner Lehmkuhl would like to see the funds go toward combating drug and alcohol problems among the youth. Knudson stated that she would gather some ideas to bring before the commissioners.

Later in the meeting, the commissioners approved the 2020 KANZA Mental Health contract.

Commissioner Kruse discussed the purchase of a truck. He requested to spend up to $40,000. The commissioners decided to allow spending up to $40,000.

Department Reports

Information Technology Director Sandy Carter spoke with the commission about the new website. Carter stated everything went well and the old site will be shut down tonight. The new county web address is

Services for the Elderly Director Lori Gray spoke with the commissioners about the Horton Senior Citizen Taxi service.

Brown County Treasurer Cheryl Lippold announced her retirement at the end of her term in October 2021.

Jerry Hisle, Rodney Allen and Herb Roland were present to discuss equipment with the commissioners. They also discussed the three districts working together on projects.

Also at the meeting:

The Wednesday, Jan. 1, payroll was approved as follows: General, $81,648.52; Road and Bridge, $13,119.40; Election, $1,785.78; Technology, $636; Appraiser, $7,591.90; Noxious Weed, $1,719.50; ACC, $7,014.38; JJA Core, $6,822.27; Reinvestment Grant, $1,796.70; Services for Elderly, $2,213.75; Solid Waste, $4,406.20; Special MVT, $2,809.32; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,434.80; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,717.43. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $255.38 and Insurance of $2,926.26 were taken out, the total was $147,534.31.

The Dec. 31, 2019, month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $232,435.99; Road and Bridge, $57,749.14; Special Machinery, $28,000; Health, $18,500; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $83,706.50; Election, $2,596.06; Developmental Services, $2,254.37; Capital Improve Fund, $41,663.59; Appraiser, $9,990.22; Ambulance, $18,577.54; Noxious Weed, $2,759.07; Special Parks and Rec, $6,959.40; Diversion, $522.10; 911 SB50, $5,914.03; ACC, $5,403.92; JJCR, $9,646.71; Reinvestment Grant, $83; Services for Elderly, $4,542.76; Solid Waste, $41,491.18; and Payroll, $211.59. The total was $577,382.17.

The commissioners approved the minutes of the Dec. 23, 2019, regular meeting.

The commissioners accepted the work estimate from BG Consultants for OS-226.

Tax Change Order 2019-55 was approved and signed.

Gormley presented the 2020 KWORCC invoice for $49,884. The commissioners approved the 2020 premium.

The commissioners decided to reappoint Jim Scherer to the NEK CAP Board of Directors.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Jan. 6. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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