Brown County Commission 3.19.20

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, March 19, with the following members present: Chairman Dwight A. Kruse, Keith Olsen and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present were Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill was present via video conference.

Chairman Kruse opened the meeting at 1 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.


Chastity Schumann, Northeast Kansas Health Department, was available to speak with the commissioners. Brown County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Brown County Elected Officials and Department Heads were available to discuss concerns of COVID-19. Most offices have already suspended services or cut back on services.

Hill spoke to the commission concerning KOMA. Hill suggested the commission designate one commissioner to be able to act on emergencies. The commissioners appointed Kruse to be emergency contact for County Health.

Discussion was held about curbside pick-up. Department Heads want to see citizens send mail, so there will be no person-to-person contact. The commissioners agreed.

Clerk of the District Court Joy Moore said that some people will still need to have access to their system.

Brown County Register of Deeds Nellie Brockhoff said she would need to allow abstractors in to view books. The commissioners agreed.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant requested all employees use one door.

The commissioners adopted the Brown County Internal Changes due to COVID-19 with the exceptions mentioned to be put into effect at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020, including closing of the courthouse to the general public.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, March 23. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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