Brown County Commission 1.20.2020

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with the following members present: Chairman Dwight Kruse, Keith Olsen and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting.

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

Mikaela Moore, HFED Director, presented the microloan report. Kruse signed the microloan report. Moore discussed various other projects that HFED is working on.

Angelina Shaw with Shaw Heritage Acres discussed problems the ice has caused on her road. Shaw stated the county has not spread salt or sand. She also stated that a neighbor salted part of the road so the residents could get to Robinson. Shaw wanted to know why the road crew has not been out. Olsen stated that he talked to Road Foreman Jerry Hisle, and his district would be out. Shaw also discussed the potholes. Lehmkuhl stated that farm equipment is getting bigger and the roads can’t handle it. Shaw suggested the commission come up with a plan to maintain the roads.

Commissioner Kruse reported on the NEKES meeting he attended.

Lance Whitney and Gerald Gilkey, representatives from Bergkamp Construction, visited with the commissioners concerning roads. They discussed different processes their company uses to improve roads.

Department Reports

Custodian Ben Walker presented an annual contract from Jaytech, Inc., for $1,200 to maintain the boiler. Jaytech, Inc. would come for five months out of the year to put chemical in the water for the boiler.

Community Corrections Director Venice Sloan reported on the quarter and presented the reports for signature from Clerk Gormley.

The tonnage report for Solid Waste was reviewed and signed.

Executive Sessions

Commissioners entered into a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with Gormley to discuss personnel matter of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Commissioners entered into a five-minute executive session on attorney client privilege to discuss legal matters with legal counsel, to protect the board’s privilege and communication with an attorney, Walker, Hill and the three commissioners present. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Lehmkul requested a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel to discuss personnel matter of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests, with the three commissioners and Gormley present. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

The Jan. 15 payroll was approved as follows: General, $75,643.53; Road and Bridge, $16,070.21; Election, $1,805.03; Technology, $761.88; Appraiser, $7,337.94; Noxious Weed, $1,894.88; ACC, $11,063.94; JJA Core, $10,312.22; Reinvestment Grant, $3,264.51; Services for Elderly, $2,352; Solid Waste, $4,160.40; Employee Benefit FICA, $7,956.48; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,109.96. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $283.16 and Insurance of $11,829.73 were taken out, the total paid was $140,620.09.

Minutes from the Jan. 13 meeting were approved.

The commissioners presented Manuel Martinez with a plaque for his service.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Jan. 27. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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