Brown County Commission 2.24.20

Submitted by Melissa Gormley, Brown County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 24, 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. 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. Pastor Alan Ely led the meeting with a prayer.

County Clerk Gormley presented a letter of approval and a check from the Roger and Ruth Charitable Trust to purchase picnic tables for courthouse square.

Oil Bids for an estimated 500,000 gallons of RS-1HP for road oiling were opened. Bids were as follows: Vance Brothers, Inc. with a bid of $2.18 per gallon, Ergon Asphalt with a bid of $2.40 per gallon, and Coastal Energy with a bid of $2.39 per gallon. Road Foreman Herb Roland was present for the bid opening. The commissioners accepted the Vance Brothers bid of $2.18 per gallon for RS-1HP.

Mark Tollefson, Mission Township clerk, discussed a possibility of upgrading two miles of township road on Meadowlark Road between 170th and 190th. Tollefson also discussed a long term plan. Tollefson also requested information on the right of way, and whose responsibility it is to maintain the entrance off of U.S. Highway 73 onto 170th Road on the east side.

Logan Selmon, CCR Roofing, discussed the courthouse roof with the three commissioners and Ben Walker, courthouse custodian, via phone conference. Selmon and the KCAMP insurance adjuster inspected the courthouse roof last week, and determined it does need to be replaced. Selmon will return with a quote for the repairs.

Ryan Meiniger, Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce, discussed use of the courthouse bathrooms and courthouse square for the Maple Leaf Festival on Sept. 26. The commissioners approved the motion to allow use of the courthouse bathrooms and courthouse square. Meiniger also discussed electrical issues during outdoor events downtown. Clerk Gormley will contact Meiniger about getting quotes to upgrade the electrical.

Department Reports

Brown County Appraiser Steve Markham updated the commission on happenings in his department.

Brown County Information Technology Director Sandy Carter discussed upgrading the computer system for the solid waste station. Costs for the upgrade would be $9,229.19 and would be funded from the solid waste budget. The commissioners approved upgrading the solid waste station computer system for $9,229.19.

The commissioners approved the motion to raise Road and Bridge crewman Caleb Clement’s pay to $17.50 per hour; and to raise Terri Siebenmorgen, Josh Linck, and Rodney Allen to the Deputy Foreman pay of $18 per hour.

Executive Sessions

County Appraiser Markham requested a five-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Present were the three commissioners, Clerk Gormley and Markham. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Clerk Gormley requested a five-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Present were the three commissioners and Gormley. Following the executive session, no binding action was taken.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the minutes from the Feb. 18 meeting, with a correction to the first executive session from a 10-minute to a five-minute executive session.

The commissioners approved a liquor license for MLCC DBA Mission Lake Country Club.

The next meeting was held Friday, Feb. 28, to approve month-end bills.

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