Brown County Commission

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Chairman Dwight A. Kruse, Keith Olsen and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present were Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles.

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

Kruse gave an update on the legislative update he attended last week.

Custodian

Ben Walker, courthouse custodian, updated the commission on the courthouse sewer system. The plumber determined there was blockage at the manhole. The city jetted the city side and indicated the blockage was on the county side. During the spring, they will need to replace a portion of the outside sewer system.

Walker requested a 10-minute executive session with the three commissioners to discuss personnel matter of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

Board members motioned and approved to allow Walker to work an eight-hour work day with a two-hour lunch break.

Commissioner Olsen requested a five-minute executive session to discuss personnel matter of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Present for the executive session were the commissioners and custodian Walker. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Department Reports

Commissioners approved District 1 and District 2 to reimburse District 3 $5,500 each, for the Sterling that will now become the rover/lowboy truck.

Chairman Kruse discussed billing discrepancies in the Road and Bridge Department.

Also at the meeting:

Board members approved the minutes of the Jan. 21, 2020, regular meeting.

Tax Change Orders 2019-54 through 2019-63 were approved and signed.

Commissioners adopted Authority to Award Contract Commitment to County Funds.

Commissioners approved the appointments of Dr. Julie Rosa, M.D., and Dr. Jessica Jarvis, M.D., as Deputy Coroners for the 22nd Judicial District.

The meeting adjourned at 9:37 a.m.

Friday, January 31

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Friday, Jan. 31, with the following members present: Chairman Dwight A. Kruse, Keith Olsen and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present were County Clerk Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles. 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.

The commissioners discussed the cost of van rental compared to the cost to purchase a new van for the county. The discussion was tabled.

Custodian

Ben Walker, courthouse custodian, discussed custodian hours versus maintenance hours of the custodial positions. Walker also discussed the locks on the south doors.

The commission reviewed the applications received for the head courthouse custodial position.

Department Reports

George Bruning with Noxious Weed, presented the Noxious Weed Annual Reports for signatures. Bruning also discussed a new flatbed replacement for the Noxious Weed truck.

Commissioners approved to allow Bruning to purchase a new flatbed for the Noxious Weed truck from Knapheide for $4,441.

Services for the Elderly Director Lori Gray discussed snow removal and trash disposal at the Senior Citizens Center.

Also at the meeting:

The Jan. 31 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $112,405.25; Road and Bridge, $58,800.42; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $131,374.43; Election, $4.39; Extension, $17,000; Mental Health, $11,700; Developmental Services, $2,254.37; Conservation, $6,875; Appraiser, $2,109.13; Ambulance, $21,250; Noxious Weed, $1,561.82; Alcohol, $8,029.92; Diversion, $638.58; 911 SB50, $5,856.10; ACC, $6,137.73; CC123, $1,290; JJCR, $5,273.70; Reinvestment Grant, $54; Services for Elderly, $8,227.26; Solid Waste, $37,884.28; and Payroll, $211.59. The total was $443,312.97.

The Jan. 29 payroll was approved as follows: General, $86,987.63; Road and Bridge, $19,625.21; Election, $1,785.77; Technology, $642.63; Appraiser, $7,468.48; Noxious Weed, $1,995; ACC, $7,482.36; JJA Core, $7,009.28; Reinvestment Grant, $1,807.32; Services for Elderly, $2,338; Solid Waste, $4,936.65; Employee Benefit FICA, $9,403.71; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,916.30. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $287.04 and Insurance of $2.54 were taken out, the total was $162,113.84.

Commissioner Kruse requested a five-minute executive session to discuss a personnel matter of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Present for the executive session were the three commissioners, Attorney Hill, Clerk Gormley and Deputy Clerk Boyles. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Commissioner Kruse requested a five-minute executive session to discuss personnel matter of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Present for the executive session were the three commissioners, Attorney Hill and Deputy Clerk Boyles. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Commissioners approved the Jan. 27 minutes.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2020-06, authorizing Brown County’s participation in Rural Opportunity Zone’s student loan repayment program.

Tax Change Orders 2019-64 and 2019-65 were approved and signed.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Feb. 3. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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