Brown County Commission 1.6.2020

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 6, 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. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Sealed bids for roof repair on the Auditorium Roof and Courthouse Roof were opened on Dec. 31, 2019. The bids were as follows: CCR Roofing, $52,355.06; Quality Roofing, $156,850; ADS Distributing, Inc., $51,466.70 and $38,899.25. Commissioners accepted the bid from CCR Roofing for $52,355.06, for roof repair on the Auditorium Roof and Courthouse Roof.

John Broberg, Hiawatha Community Hospital CEO, updated the commission on the financials of the Hiawatha Community Hospital.

Lynn Allen, Brown County Historical Society curator, and Delores Waite, Brown County Historical Society treasurer, discussed placing signs indicating the City of Hiawatha being the hometown of Edmund Morrill, 13th governor of Kansas.

Department Reports

Noxious Weed Director George Bruning discussed soil samples on the hay ground. Bruning will talk to Brown County Extension Agent Matt Young about testing the soil.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the Dec. 31, 2019, minutes.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners and Gormley to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. The meeting closed at 8:25 a.m. and opened at 8:30 a.m. No binding action was taken.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Jan. 13. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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