Brown County Commission 07.19.2021

Submitted by Dawn Boyles

County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, July 19, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Lehmkuhl opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Department Reports

Brown County IT Director Sandy Carter discussed the Sirius Solutions Contract for the IBM AS400 software and hardware support three-year invoice totaling $7,858.94. The commissioners approved the three-year contract with Sirius Solutions for the IBM AS400 software and hardware support.

Hamm’s representatives, Charlie Sedlock and Dan Watkins, discussed the trailer fires at the landfill and the mitigation of preventing future fires. Sedlock and Watkins also discussed the cost associated with the fires and options to financially recover from the fires.

Brown County Health Nurse Robin Downard updated the commission on the pandemic in Brown County. Downard reported there are currently four active cases in Brown County. Downard also reported Brown County has had one case of the Delta variant and the individual has recovered. Brown County has had three breakthrough cases of individuals who had received the vaccine and had contracted the virus after vaccine, and the county is currently 40 percent vaccinated.

Boyles presented the KWORCC open claims report for the board’s review.

Boyles presented a letter from Hiawatha City Administrator Mike Nichols in regard to the dispatch services. The Hiawatha City Commission would like clarification on what the County Commission hopes to achieve by visiting in regard to the dispatch services. Commissioner Pollock feels the City of Hiawatha should contribute to the cost of dispatch services. Hill clarified the agreement between the City of Hiawatha and Brown County. Hill also stated Sheriff John Merchant needs to be involved.

Executive sessions

Hill requested a five-minute executive session on attorney client privilege. Present were the three commissioners, Solid Waste Director George Bruning and Hill to discuss legal matters with legal counsel, to protect the board’s privilege and communication with an attorney. No binding action was taken.

Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners, Hill and Boyles present, to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented the 2021 Fracture Critical and 2022 Routine Bridge Inspections Agreement from BG Consultants for the board’s approval. The commissioners approved the 2021 Fracture Critical and 2022 Routine Bridge Inspections Agreement from BG Consultants.

T. Lehmkuhl also presented the bridges that are eligible for the KDOT Off-System Bridge Program. The commissioners would like Brady Hedstrom’s opinion on the bridge most in need of repairs to submit for the program.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the following:

• Resolution 2021-14, adopting the order of the Finger and Zimmers fence viewing located in Section 27 Township 3 Range 16, on June 30.

• Resolution 2021-15.

• Request for use of the southeast side of the courthouse lawn for discussions in the Black Lives Matter Book Club, for approximately one to two hours on Aug. 9 and Sept. 13. Leah McPeak made the request.

• A wage scale revision to change Assistant Landfill Director to Operator VIII.

• The July 12 meeting minutes.

• The July 14 payroll as follows: General, $79,809.73; Road and Bridge, $20,310.33; Election, $2,061; Technology, $281.56; Appraiser, $7,323.44; Noxious Weed, $3,053.62; ACC, $8,120.28; JJA Core, 7,716.79; Services for Elderly, 2,471; Solid Waste, $5,812.87; Special MVT, $4,321.01; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,957.10; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,969.70. After State Unemployment/Workers Compensation of $120.93 and insurance of $3,793.29 were taken out, the total paid was $156,294.21.

The City of Horton is requesting Brown County contribute half of the cost of the repairs for the Brown County Fair building roof. The bid from Lanter Roofing Systems LLC is for $17,100. The board approved up to $8,500 to City of Horton for the repair of the Brown County Fair building.

The commission discussed budgets and possibilities of where to reduce. They will revisit after Boyles gets revised figures from the CPAs.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, July 26. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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